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The Four Stages of Digital Adoption Within Supply Chains - Waller & Associates - Supply Chain Consulting

The Four Stages of Digital Adoption Within Supply Chains

According to data contained in “Elevating Supply Chain Digital Consciousness”, the 2019 MHI Annual Industry Report, successful digital adoption within supply chains is an evolutionary process that consists of four distinct stages of digital adoption within Supply Chains.

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Four Stages of Digital Adoption

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Pressure on Supply Chains is Driving the Need for Digitization - Waller & Associates - Supply Chain Consulting

Pressure on Supply Chains is Driving the Need for Digitization

The surveys conducted by MHI as part of the drafting of their recently released 2019 Annual Industry Report, “Elevating Supply Chain Digital Consciousness”, show that the following factors and market dynamics are driving companies to digitize as a way to stay relevant and competitive into the future:

  • Digitization and the “always on” supply chain. Today’s consumers demand a lot from the companies they do business with, expecting free shipping, same-day delivery, and real-time updates on purchases.

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Pressure on Supply Chains is Driving the Need for Digitization

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Supply Chain Optimization - Waller & Associates - Consultants for your supply chain, materials handling facilities, processes, and equipment optimization

2019 MHI Annual Industry Report

The recently released 2019 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Elevating Supply Chain Digital Consciousness” revealed some interesting trends and expected future developments, including:

  • The digital innovation that has become part of the supply chain industry over the past few years will continue to have a substantial effect on supply chains over at least the next ten years, with many of these innovations having the power to disrupt existing supply chain methods and give companies that embrace them a major competitive advantage going forward.

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Survey Highlights – 2019 MHI Annual Industry Report

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Do You Need Help With Recruiting And Onboarding Logistics and Distribution Staff? - Waller & Associates - Your Supply Chain Consulting Partners

Do You Need Help With Recruiting And Onboarding Logistics and Distribution Staff?

The success of your distribution chain is significantly affected by the quality of the personnel who work in the various areas that fall within this function, so it is vital to have the right people in place to ensure efficiency.

However, recruiting and properly onboarding new hires is not as easy as some might think. The structure and requirements of the SCM industry have fundamentally changed over the last few years, and so have the profiles and aspirations of many, especially younger, workers.

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Do You Need Help With Recruiting And Onboarding Logistics and Distribution Staff?

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Your Supply Chain May Have Pains You Don’t Even Know About - Waller & Associates - Your Supply Chain Consulting Partners

Your Supply Chain May Have Pains You Don’t Even Know About

What are the key pain points affecting the logistics/supply chain management within your business?

When asked this question, many SCM managers will immediately mention factors like rising fuel costs; a shortage of manpower with the correct skills, experience, training, and mindset; outdated equipment that does not make use of the latest technology; constant pressure from customers who expect ever-shorter deliver lead times (partly caused by the increasing importance of e-commerce in the modern economy); and a host of other factors.

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Your Supply Chain May Have Pains You Don’t Even Know About

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Supply Chain Optimization - Waller & Associates - Consultants for your supply chain, materials handling facilities, processes, and equipment optimization

Optimization: It’s Why You Care That We Exist

In today’s ultra-competitive and fast-paced business environment where it is getting harder to differentiate products and services, a highly efficient distribution system can make your company stand out from the rest and serve as a major competitive advantage. Optimization is the key!

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Optimization: It’s Why You Care That We Exist

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Maybe You’ve Heard of Us, or Maybe You Haven’t - Waller & Associates - Supply Chain Consulting - boxes on conveyor

Maybe You’ve Heard of Us, or Maybe You Haven’t

If you work in the logistics/SCM sector, it is possible that you have not heard of us yet. We are a relatively small, specialized company, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make a big difference. As they say, dynamite comes in small packages. We may be small, but we are mighty.

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Maybe You’ve Heard of Us, or Maybe You Haven’t

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The Why How and What of-Supply Chain Optimization - 3 - Waller & Associates Supply Chain Blog

The Why, How, and What of Supply Chain Optimization – Part 3

In the previous two posts on this topic we looked at the basic principle of inspiration being a more powerful force than manipulation, and of understanding and prioritizing the “why” of your business, as contained in the book Start With Why, by Simon Sinek.

This time around, we are going to explore whether outcomes and results (the “what”) are more influenced by the “why” (motivation and values) or the “how” (operational process) of the business.

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The Why, How, and What of Supply Chain Optimization – Part 3

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The Why How and What of-Supply Chain Optimization - 2 - Waller & Associates Supply Chain Blog

The Why, How, and What of Supply Chain Optimization – Part 2

Last time, in the first installment of a three-part series about the “why”, “how”, and “what” of supply chain optimization, we introduced some of the principles contained in the book Start With Why, by Simon Sinek, and began to explore how these relate the supply chain/warehousing environment.

Today we are asking this question: Is the “why” really that important when it comes to implementing efficient supply chain optimization processes?

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The Why, How, and What of Supply Chain Optimization – Part 2

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The Why, How, and What of Supply Chain Optimization – Part 1

Today, we are starting a 3-part series of posts in which we will explore three core elements of supply chain optimization, namely the why, the how, and the what.

We were inspired to think deeply about this topic by the principles and examples contained in the book Start With Why, by Simon Sinek – a British-American author, motivational speaker, and organizational consultant.

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The Why, How, and What of Supply Chain Optimization – Part 1

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