Does Data Help or Hamper Your Ability to Execute Effectively?

Winning the game requires you to manage the details in short increment time intervals. For a fast/short cycle time business, if you learned that you missed the day at the end of the day, it’s too late to do much about it. But if you had the ability to measure and address performance in hourly or shorter time frames, there’s time to take action to ensure you meet the day’s goals.

To learn more about data-driven daily management, check out this eguide by Dploy Solutions! 

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Managing Your Cold Supply Chain to Ensure Your Vaccinations Get to Where They’re Needed Most

World Courier is transporting Zika diagnostic test kits to and from South America.

Companies trust us to transport and store time- and temperature-sensitive products, and the urgent and sensitive Zika diagnostic test kits are no exception! In the midst of concerns, especially for the well-being of athletes, World Courier’s capability and expertise are another reason to have peace of mind.

The Zika virus was a huge fear for the 2016 Olympic summer games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the white paper below, World Courrier explains the process and challenges of transporting Zika tests for the 2016 Olympic games to ensure the safety of the Olympic athletes and those attending.

Take a look at the full white paper below!

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Optimizing Temperature Control for Biopharmaceuticals

This article first appeared in BioPharm International, October 1, Caroline Hroncich

Today pharma companies are faced with an ever-changing market that includes increased regulatory challenges, globalization, and heightened competition (1). Biopharma companies are rapidly expanding into emerging markets where there are new opportunities for drug development. Conversely, logistics companies must keep up with the demand, ensuring all storage technology is equipped to retain the safety and efficacy of a drug by the time it reaches the end of its journey.

This article by World Courier delves into these relevant industry topics:

  • Common considerations for shipping biopharmaceuticals;
  • Temperature management in extreme climates;
  • Recent advancements; and
  • Looking ahead.

Learn more about optimizing temperature control for biopharmaceuticals in the article below!  

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An Interview with Bill Remy, Chairman and CEO, TBM Consulting Group

Bill Remy is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at TBM Consulting and a member of the Board of Directors. He has 30plus years of leadership experience in general management and manufacturing operations. Bill’s areas of expertise include operational performance improvement through LeanSigma deployment in manufacturing operations, supply chain, product development and project management. He has experience in a broad array of business leadership positions across various industries including aerospace and defense, railway, industrial and agricultural equipment, technology and process automation. Bill returned to TBM in the summer of 2011 after working at Invensys as Vice President, Continuous Improvement. Prior to Invensys, Bill led the initiative

Bill returned to TBM in the summer of 2011 after working at Invensys as Vice President, Continuous Improvement. Prior to Invensys, Bill led the initiative.

This Q&A eBook with Bill Remy will touch on the ways that technology is transforming the manufacturing and supply chain industries, lean manufacturing, technology investments, and best practices for manufacturing managers.

Read the full eBook below!

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Q&A eBook with Bossard: How Will Industry 4.0 Impact Your Supply Chain?

Previously many of these technologies were emerging on their own, but not considered collectively. With a recent push toward an integrated approach, the Internet of Things, the focused effort is much more clear. While efforts are being made to allow technologies to be more interchangeable and data non-exclusive, much of the progress thus far has been disjointed….

This Q&A eBook with Bossard, published by the Generis Group, highlights Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, full inventory transparency, and more!

Bossard creates solutions that enable you to achieve higher productivity while helping you to surface your potential. Connect with Bossard at our American Supply Chain Summit taking place April 24-25th in Orlando, FL.

Read the full eBook below:

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QReview: Supply Chain News You Can Use

Transportation Impact, a 4-time Inc. 5000 company, comes from humble beginnings. In 2008, Keith Byrd and Travis Burt, both then senior-level managers at UPS, left the world’s largest shipping company after nearly two decades, respectively, to launch their own start-up with the mission of providing clients with the most competitive small package contracts in the country.

The QReview is a magazine that highlights Transportation Impact’s Quarterly Review learnings and is filled with supply chain news that delves into specific strategies, statistics, and stories relevant to the supply chain industry.

Take a look inside and find out how to overcome market challenges, look for optimization opportunities, and more below!

Subscribe to QReview here. 

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Tomorrow’s Medicine: Curing One Patient at a Time

You know that tomorrow’s medicine is personalized. With more than 8,100 active cell therapy studies and 1,300 active gene therapy studies underway now, you’re changing the way patients will be treated.

To achieve the best clinical outcomes, the living cells and biological samples you develop or treat must be transported to patients on time and under the most rigorous product and stability specification. Anything less than perfect is unacceptable.

The World Courier eBook below highlights the logistics challenges of gene and cell therapies. Download the full eBook below for more information! 

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Infographic: A Strong S&OP / IBP Process is Designed to Reduce Costs While Growing the Top Line

This infographic by the Aberdeen Group and the TBM Consulting Group outlines the top business pressures facing sales and operations planning and integrated business planning (S&OP/INP) process.

S&OP/IBP Users have superior customer service, cash-to-cash cycle, and forecast accuracy, driven by the effective measurement of their process and strategic actions. These improvements move them from predicting results toward a prescriptive approach, allowing them to manage their costs while growing their top line.

View the full infographic and read the report on this topic below!

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American Supply Chain Summit 2017

The American Supply Chain Summit is a leadership focused meeting designed around improving supply chain and procurement strategy across the globe.

The Supply Chain Summit serves as an annual platform to exchange ideas and collaborate on the impact of market dynamics and new technologies for current and future supply chain & operations leaders. This year’s Summit creates an opportunity to examine key case studies on how workforce management, advanced analytics, process improvement, and automation are being rolled out in the world’s best facilities. Join the in-depth discussions on achieving innovation, maximizing supply chain profitability, and increasing visibility and flexibility to mitigate risk.

KEY THEMES


PROFITABILITY & RISK MANAGEMENT

  • Going beyond cost reduction and control to enable profitable growth
  • Building a flexible supply chain to deal with uncertainty
  • Managing for customer service while balancing risk and cost
  • Managing Risk in a Global Market

COST OPTIMIZATION

  • Tools and Logistics processes engineered for greater efficiency
  • Taming complex supply chains to reduce costs without increasing risk
  • Supplier Management that drives “should cost” mentality
  • Cost Reduction through Network Optimization

TECHNOLOGY

  • Disruptive technologies that are changing the supply chain environment
  • The impact of additive manufacturing
  • The Agile Supply Chain as a source of competitive advantage
  • Understanding how IoT will interact and change the Supply Chain

WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT

  • Designing programs that produce desired attraction, development & retention outcomes
  • Talent Management as a driver to reduce labor costs
  • Identifying top performers and building the talent pipeline
  • Building a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Don’t Miss Out — Register Today!  

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Q&A with Intel: Looking at the Factory of the Future

When looking at the future of manufacturing, we wanted to gather thoughts and insights from our American Manufacturing Summit elite speaker Dr. Irene J. Petrick of Intel, an internationally recognized expert in strategic road mapping and innovation, and the Director of Business Strategy for the Industrial and Energy Solutions Division in Intel’s Internet of Things Group. At Intel, it is Dr.Petrick’s job to provide leadership in the integration of business and technology strategy and to develop solutions that will drive exciting technology to create smart edge devices and end-to-end solutions.

In the manufacturing space, there have been major shifts towards smart manufacturing, with a goal to optimize the manufacturing process entirely. Dr. Irene Petrick believes that smart manufacturing triggers are likely to emerge from needs-based business drivers such as operational efficiency and flexibility, ROI, and enhanced customer relationships, and social accelerators such as a growing middle class with an appetite for customized products and a declining manufacturing workforce. Solutions that support the convergence of operating technologies and information technologies will accelerate this manufacturing transformation. It is important to note that there are four shifts that drive smart manufacturing adoption:

  • Modular Manufacturing
  • Digital Threads
  • Networked Ecosystems
  • Human and A.I. Choreography

Today’s manufacturers have the opportunity to increase the transparency in their operations using IoT technologies that will acquire and transfer data from the asset through the fog to the cloud, resulting in efficiency ROI, and closer customer relationships, Dr. Petrick notes.

Fixed mass production systems of today must migrate to more flexible, software defined operations.  Automation and control, material handling, inventory management and enterprise-wide systems will need to be integrated to enable real-time operations and decision-making.

How has technology changed the manufacturing industry, and how can manufacturers use technology to improve their operations and culture of the business?

Globalization begets competition from every direction, making it necessary for industrial companies to continually innovate, increase product quality, and optimize their operations, assets, processes, facilities, and workforce with the goal of lowering operating expenditures (OpEx). Achieving these business goals necessitates a higher level of flexibility and agility, which may require a move away from OEM proprietary control systems that lock manufacturers into a single vendor’s solutions. It is also important to implement robust data and network security technology to protect intellectual property (IP) and personal information from cyber attack, keeping trade secrets out of the hands of competitors and criminals. Technology can also be used to maintain a safe, healthy, and collaborative work environment that fosters a high level of productivity. The factory of the future will be smarter and more agile. Specifically, among the key trends and developments that we anticipate driving operations in this digital industrial age:

  • Digitization is transforming how manufacturers need to think about human capital management. The workforce will need greater digital literacy to have high tech and collaboration skills and will need to be able to work cross-functionally as well as with increasingly intelligent machines.
  • Future factory designs and footprints will likely favor modularization, with micro-factories capable of mass customization using such technologies as 3D printing as well as digital manufacturing technologies.
  • The manufacturing innovation process will likely evolve to be more open and extended, with collaborative models that span internal as well as external constituencies.
  • Supply chains will become highly integrated, increasingly intelligent, and even self-managing.
  • New business models based around outcome-based services will emerge, enabling manufacturers to diversify their revenue streams and provide greater value to customers.
  • Factory floor machines will become increasingly intelligent and able to work side by side with people, offering manufacturers higher levels of efficiency and productivity.
  • Cognitive computing and analytic techniques will enable production environments to self-configure, self-adjust, and self-optimize, leading to greater agility, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness.
How can manufacturers better implement and sustain a successful factory of the future?

Industrial processes in the age of big data, security breaches, and information and operations technology (IT/OT) convergence require edge-to-cloud solutions that Intel is uniquely well-positioned to deliver. Our collaboration with a diverse ecosystem of leading providers – from device to edge computing, to data center and cloud, and across the solutions spectrum from analytics to IoT technologies – enables a broad range of secure, interoperable, multi vendor solutions that translate into real business value.To help industrial companies achieve their business goals they need to connect the unconnected, deploy smart, connected things, and move to a software-defined autonomous world. Intel® architecture, reference designs, and ecosystem components are optimizing manufacturing processes and operations, increasing worker safety and productivity, and providing the analytics-based insights needed to compete.

Intel is actively participating in standards development, helping to create interoperable and scalable architectures that will accelerate digital manufacturing adoption.  As a technology company, Intel is positioning itself to be a trusted advisor for companies seeking to migrate their production operations.

In your experience, what has the outcome been like when a manufacturer is able to implement a successful, smart manufacturing initiative?

Smart manufacturing initiatives are often undertaken to reduce operating costs and increase throughput. But what starts out as a cost-based motivation is often overshadowed by the power that unleashing data at the machine operating level provides. Those companies that successfully transition to a more digitally intensive manufacturing environment often find that building trust with their workforce is a critical factor toward successful implementation.