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We pick up where we left off yesterday from posting the Top 10 Manufacturing Blog Posts for 2014 by page views from the Cerasis blog by featuring the Top 10 Supply Chain Blog Posts in 2014.

For the Supply Chain, technology & operations posts were the most popular as well as a focus on collaboration with suppliers and a focus on customer service. This all makes sense given the rapid change in consumer power in the economy as well as the task by Supply Chain Directors to remain efficient, meet customer demand, all while driving value up and costs down. What did you find most intriguing in the Supply Chain arena in 2014?

Top Supply Chain Blog Posts for 2014

The following are ranked in order to most page views to the 10th most viewed supply chain blog we wrote in 2014 for the Cerasis blog. I hope you enjoy!

  1. The Impact of 3D Printing in the Supply Chain and Logistics Arenas: As we noted in our top issues in American Manufacturing series, 3D printing is a key trend and applications manufacturers are paying attention to over the next decade. Currently around 28% of the money spent on printing things is for final products, according to Terry Wohlers, who runs a research firm specializing in the field. He predicts that this will rise to just over 50% by 2016 and to more than 80% by 2020. Read the Full Blog Post
  2. 5 Amazingly Educational Supply Chain Infographics Covering the SCM, Logistics, Transportation, Distribution and 3PLs: In some intriguing yet minimalistic way, infographics provide the basic explanation of a topic or a trend. Just as in the following five examples that reveal interesting data, best practices, and tips related to the supply chain. Most certainly, complex ideas, which the supply chain and related functions can be at time, are easy to digest if they are presented in a fun way, with lots of color and less clutter. Read the Full Blog Post
  3. Supply Chain 2014 Infographic: The State of the Supply Chain: I recently came across an interesting infographic from SAPinsider and insiderPROFILES that showcased a survey around the State of Supply Chain 2014. You can find the infographic at the bottom of this post. The survey, conducted in late 2013, asked supply chain management (SCM) professionals about their priorities for the coming year.From the findings, it was interesting to see that supply chain 2014 is going to be of greater focus for executives in 2014, with 71% of the respondents agreeing that it would be a higher priority in 2014 than in the recent past. This was supported by the fact that 47% are planning to increase spending on supply chain related IT and 48% saying that they will continue to spend at the current rate. Read the Full Blog Post
  4. Supply Chain Solutions: 5 Ways To Successfully Work with Suppliers: If you run a products-based business, then you likely know how important it is to find the best suppliers, as of course, it is your job to find the best supply chain solutions. And if by chance, you’ve found great suppliers you realize how hard it was to find them. Read the Full Blog Post
  5. Distribution Network Optimization Studies in the Supply Chain: 14 Areas To Get Prepared: If you work in the world of supply chain or logistics management, you understand the volatility of both fuel and restraints on rising freight capacity. Whether driven by reducing costs or by new business strategies, rethinking your distribution network optimization has become more important than ever. Read the Full Blog Post
  6. Customer Service in the Supply Chain Has Changed Drastically and The Candy Dish is Empty: Customer service in the supply chain today has changed from the convenience to the customer in the past, to the profitability and convenience of the selling organization. In the past, customer service was never outsourced to another country for profit. A customer wasn’t treated by a customer service rep they couldn’t understand, or background noise that made it impossible to hear what the agent is saying. You weren’t put on hold almost indefinitely without the rep checking back with you, frustrating the customer. Read the Full Blog Post
  7. Sales and Operations Planning: Adding Supplier Collaboration For Better Results: Sales and operations planning (S&OP), sometimes known as aggregate planning, is a process where executive level management regularly meets and reviews projections for demand, supply and the resulting financial impact. S&OP is a decision making process that makes certain that tactical plans in every business area are in line with the overall view of the company’s business plan. The overall result of the Sales and Operations Planning process is that a single operating plan is created that identifies the allocation of company resources, including time, money and employees. Read the Full Blog Post
  8. The Importance of Credibility in the Supply Chain: The key to credibility: You need to be authentic. People who are authentic do what they say; there’s no mystery about their intentions, or about how those intentions might translate to their actions. This is why it’s important to know yourself inside and out, and to demonstrate authenticity in everything that you do. Read the Full Blog Post
  9. Bridging the Supply Chain Technology Gap on your Dock & Logistics Activities: Supply Chain technology has improved immensely in the last decade, yet there are still some huge gaps. As a provider of supply chain technology solutions we are continually meeting prospective customers that are trying to bridge a technology gap in their supply chain logistics process. Read the Full Blog Post
  10. 6 Competitive Advantages from Effective Transportation Management for the Automotive Aftermarket Supply Chain (And Any Shipper): When an automobile parts dealer or a business in the automotive aftermarket industry makes a request to its suppliers to fulfill an order, there is an expectation that the right component shows up at the right place, in the right time frame, at the right cost. After all, at the end of the line in this complex automotive aftermarket supply chain fulfillment cycle is a customer with a vehicle waiting for a repair part. That customer has the choice of going to a dealer’s service department, or an independent shop in the service parts retail network. The complexities of the automotive aftermarket supply chain and the physical movement of millions of individual parts made by manufacturers around the world demands flawless execution at every link to satisfy that customer. Read the Full Blog Post

What are your favorite blogs to read around the supply chain? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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