Redefining the Model for Third Party Logistics (3PL) Innovation

Over the past 30 years, the 3PL industry has gone through tremendous transformation. The shifts in manufacturing and retail business models, enhanced delivery models, such as last mile and click and collect, along with the innovative advances in technologies, have created significant opportunities for 3PL companies. On the other hand, commoditization, mega consolidations, workforce shortage,…

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Congratulations to 15 JDA Customers for Being Named to the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Third Party Logistics, North America

Gartner recently released the Magic Quadrant Report for Third Party Logistics (3PL), and 15 of the 18 companies use JDA to deliver their logistics services, meet their customer commitments, and grow their businesses. According to Gartner, a 3PL provider is defined as a commercial firm that delivers one or more logistics functions on behalf of…

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Wholesale-Distributors Step Up to Play a Strategic Role in a Multi-channel World

The world of wholesale distribution has been changing. It used to be fairly simple, wholesale-distributors focused their attention on driving out costs in delivering for their customers. But increasing numbers of millennials are now involved in purchasing decisions and in fact more than a third are empowered to make their own. This new generation of…

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Rethinking Category Management from Strategy to Execution

In a world before social media, mobile apps and smart phones, retailers and manufacturers had very little visibility into shopper insights without investing in focus groups and surveys and manually gathering data. Decisions were based on intuition and whatever data they could uncover. Shift to today – manufacturers are faced with an opposite problem, where a mountain of data and consumer information is widely available from a number of sources.

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Why Segmentation and Profitability Go Hand in Hand

The Aberdeen Supply Chain Summit in Chicago earlier this month was a productive event for supply chain executives and practitioners. The conference format and size were just right to allow comfortable sharing of ideas and lessons learned about various topics from S&OP and supply chain planning, to inventory optimization and transportation. I personally enjoyed the…

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