Andrea Keeble
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Forecasting Automotive Aftermarket Parts: Industry Analysis

The global automotive aftermarket size was valued at USD $378.4 billion in 2019 and is expected to register a CAGR of 4.0% from 2020 to 2027. Want a bigger slice of that pie? Today we have a few insights from an automotive aftermarket industry analysis by Grandview Research. Thought you might enjoy learning what trends are driving increased demand […]

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Andrea Keeble
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Amazon’s Holiday Logistics Nightmare

As I was sitting here, kicking my own butt for procrastinating my holiday shopping, I started to wonder about Amazon and what a monstrous holiday logistics nightmare their distribution operations must be. But hey, somehow they seem to have a handle on it mostly. It still makes me wonder… How […]

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Andrea Keeble
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Inside Chewy’s First Automated Fulfillment Center

Chewy’s, the pet supplies e-tailer that has grown YoY sales by 47% YoY for the last two quarters, opened its first automated fulfillment center to address 4 key priorities: Worker safety, cost structure, delivery speed, and minimizing product damaged during fulfillment and delivery. These are also key problems for many […]

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Andrea Keeble
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Demand Planning in ERP? I’d Rather Chew Broken Glass.

Why do demand planning teams despise their ERP? That’s an easy one. It’s totally impractical for supply chain planning in the distribution world! Despite what some ERP vendors tout, these systems cannot be all things to all customers. They do aid in making timely decisions around selling, accounting and purchasing. […]

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Andrea Keeble
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What is Supply Chain Management?

More than 50% of companies believe that supply chain management is a source of competitive advantage for their organizations. Especially in a highly competitive market, supply chain management can be the difference between success and failure. So it’s not surprising that firms are willing to spend $4.8 billion worldwide on supply […]

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Andrea Keeble
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How is COVID-Related Urban Exodus Impacting Supply Chains?

Supply chain implications from COVID-19 are widespread, with many dimensions. We talk a lot about those in this blog. One angle that hasn’t received much attention until now is the urban exodus resulting from consumers moving outside of cities. It’s an interesting question: How is COVID-related urban exodus impacting supply […]

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Andrea Keeble
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And You Thought YOUR Job Was Stressful!

A great story ran in Valley News about “the unsung heroes of the pandemic“. Who would you peg at your distribution or retail company? In 2020, that’s an easy one… Supply Chain Managers. Aside from doctors and nurses, of course! For supply chain managers, things have always been topsy-turvy. A […]

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Andrea Keeble
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How Machine Learning Eases Global Supply Chain Volatility

Supply chain volatility is causing distribution companies to invest in machine learning and pricing tools. Particularly for companies that source internationally, these technologies are crucial to managing strong fluctuations on the customer demand side – while softening the impact of costly issues on the supply side. These challenges are forcing […]

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Andrea Keeble
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28 Supply Chain Management Pros Weigh In on Challenges

What are the biggest challenges of supply chain management? 6 River Systems, a robotics company focused on revolutionizing fulfillment, put together a nice panel of supply chain pros to discuss the biggest challenges in supply chain management and how to overcome them. Here’s a sampling of what they listed: Not […]

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Andrea Keeble
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Supply Chain Trends and Predictions for 2020-2021

Did you know that 79% of companies with high-performing supply chains achieve above-average revenue growth within their industries? Let’s back up and answer the bigger question here, how do you create a high-performing supply chain? It all starts with understanding today’s supply chain trends, statistics and predictions. “By staying on […]

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Andrea Keeble
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SCP and S&OP Solutions Put Norwegian Meat Producer Grilstad into Elite Competitive Position

“Planning production in a food processing company is a complex and fast-moving target,” said Terje Kløver, food retail supply planning manager at Grilstad, one of Norway’s largest meat producers. Supply Chain Planning (SCP) and Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) solutions can certainly solve these challenges. These solutions are a key […]

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Andrea Keeble
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Your Supply Chain Can’t Handle the Truth!

“I’d like an answer to the question, Judge”… “Colonel Jessup, did you order the Code Red???” The year 2020 has proven with brutal force that many firms’ supply chain applications ‘can’t handle disruption’! Forever 21, Toys ‘R Us, century-old Brooks Brothers and Lord & Taylor, and a growing list of […]

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Andrea Keeble
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5 Supply Chain Disruptions Our Software Can Solve

The year 2020. OMG. Seems like everything could go wrong, did. All you read about these days is supply chain disruptions. The need to build resilience. I’m guilty; I’ve blogged a lot about it, too. And here I go again… Today is different, though. Let’s talk about how Blue Ridge’s […]

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Andrea Keeble
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How’s Your Supply Chain Resilience Planning Going?

5 Recommendations for Supply Chain Cost Control & Sustainability Many manufacturers and retailers have experienced the stress, service problems and financial costs of business disruptions caused by unforeseen external events. In particular, of course, the worldwide recession caused by the pandemic has forced supply chain leaders to take calculated risks […]

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Andrea Keeble
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Who Doesn’t Love a Hot Pink Taco Truck?

Work Hard, Play Hard: Company Picnic on the Tails of BLUEPRINT After wrapping up a well-attended BLUEPRINT virtual conference last Thursday, we decided that hard work deserves hard play. Blue Ridge employees from the Atlanta Office gathered at East Cobb Park for some camaraderie and corn hole. I mean, REALLY??? […]

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Andrea Keeble
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Top 4 Drivers of Supply Chain Success

What are the best strategies that drive supply chain success? Ask a few people and you’ll get a lot of different answers. After all, opinions are like… Well, you know. Everyone has one. But when you break it down to its simplest form, there are really 4 things you need. […]

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Andrea Keeble
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We Are Rolling with BLUEPRINT2020!

Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights and Jim Byrnes are rolling the conference kick-off. We have a great lineup of supply chain content in store for the next 2 days! We added 50 new seats in the final hours, after blowing away the capacity limit we originally set up in […]

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Andrea Keeble
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11 Benefits of Shifting Inventory Risk onto the Manufacturer

“Who should own inventory risk?” That question was posed – and answered – by SupplyChainBrain’s Think Tank. You can read their article here. In short, SCB Contributor M. Scott Moon proposes shifting inventory risk onto the manufacturer, rather than the seller. “The time is right to fundamentally change the way […]

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Andrea Keeble
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Data Analytics: A Competitive Edge for Supply Chain Management

Organizations are finding that data analytics and related technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning hold the key to supply chain management excellence. How are analytics, AI and machine learning used in supply chain management? CIO magazine recently detailed how several organizations are putting data analytics to work […]

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Andrea Keeble
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6 Statistics That Prove Supply Chain Visibility Matters

Yesterday we blogged about supply chain risk management and the crucial role that supply chain visibility plays in it. In a worldwide supply chain study by GEODIS, it is apparent that most companies just aren’t doing ‘supply chain visibility’ well. It’s not to say they don’t want to. Other things […]

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Andrea Keeble
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Supply Chain Risk Management: Are You Flying Blind?

Coronavirus has brought supply chain risk management into many boardroom conversations. To understand risk, we must first understand how much visibility companies have into their facilities and their extended supplier networks. It’s not much, says a study by Indago and TalkingLogistics. Many are flying blind in terms of how they […]

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Andrea Keeble
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A Great Comparison Chart of 6 ERP Solutions

Today’s ERP market is uber-competitive. These ERP solutions are constantly evolving to keep up with the needs of an increasingly complex business landscape, making it tough to decide which is the best ERP solution for your business. What all should you consider in ERP solution selection? To make that difficult […]

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Andrea Keeble
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How to Improve Forecast Accuracy in Multi-Echelon Manufacturing Supply Chains

Forecast accuracy is a key stumbling block for manufacturing supply chains, as it continues to paralyze a variety of short-term operational decisions, such as production scheduling and inventory management. This is especially true where there are multi-echelon complexities – including poor collaboration, costly allocation of inventory between locations, and a […]

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Andrea Keeble
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6 Signs That Your Supply Chain Risk Just Shot Up

Worried about the reliability and security of your supply chain? Supply chain risk levels are not steady states, and can feel like walking a tightrope. Your systems and the systems of everyone touching your supply chain must be monitored. Software vendors, especially, should hold a reputable certification that their development […]

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Andrea Keeble
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Tips to Stop Hemorrhaging Cash from Rising Retail Returns

Retail returns are on the rise. Yet, they are a costly reality to expect and prep for. What’s the going cost of retail returns? An article in today’s RetailTouchpoints reports $309 billion in lost sales for retailers last year to manage returns processing, incurred shipping costs, e-commerce adoption (it’s 8-10% […]

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Andrea Keeble
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COVID-19 is a Catalyst in Supply Chain Technology Adoption

If supply chain technology was a flickering item on the docket last year, this year it is a full-blown, 5-alarm fire. COVID-19 has lit a fire under the keister of retail, manufacturing and logistics leaders to implement supply chain technology. Where are these decision makers putting their supply chain technology […]

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Andrea Keeble
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Painless Collaborative Planning and Forecasting in Manufacturing

I’d be willing to bet there are very few manufacturing companies that would describe forecasting and planning as “collaborative”, much less “painless”. Blame the pandemic. Blame e-commerce. Blame trade tariffs, transportation costs,  supplier (mis)communication, or those stupid unreliable spreadsheets. Whatever it is, it all amounts to challenges and frustration. Manufacturing […]

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Andrea Keeble
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3 Ways to Create Resilient Supply Chains

Systemic shocks in global supply chains are here, but with the right resilience strategy, you can break through. It depends on how you manage the risk. [Or not]. Supply Chain Digital says you don’t need to be an Einstein to create more resilient supply chains. You just need these 3 […]

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Andrea Keeble
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HVAC Industry Trends Distributors Should Know About

In mid-July, the HARDI Pulse Survey revealed some insightful HVAC industry trends. These stats, which cover sales, inventory delays, employee health and customer delivery preferences, may be super helpful to HVACR and plumbing distributors who want to refine their demand forecasting strategies.

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Andrea Keeble
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Supply Chain Management Disruption: To Prepare, or Not Prepare?

Supply chain visibility is something all distributors need, but most don’t have. A crisis such as the big “C” word that we’re in now is a huge wake-up call in the supply chain management department. Harvard Business Review recently wrote about supply network mapping and the expensive, reactive and uncoordinated hoops companies are going through to secure supply.

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Andrea Keeble
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Specialty Retail Series: Part 4 of 4

Inventory Optimization Strategies for Retail CX Domination Welcome to the final post in our “Specialty Retail Series.” In case you need a refresher, Part 3 covered “Where to Put Your Retail Tech Investment in 2020,” which was all about being adaptable in your replenishment forecasting. Today we’ll wrap up with […]

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