Why was Kewill Named a Top 100 Logistics IT Provider?

We are happy to announce that Kewill has been selected as an InBound Logistics Top 100 Logistics IT Provider for the seventh consecutive year. Every year, InBound Logistics editors recognize 100 logistics IT companies that support and enable logistics excellence. This year, Kewill was selected from a pool of more than 400 providers for leading…

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Why Visibility is Top Priority for Supply Chain Managers?

BinocularsI was at SCOPE (Supply Chain Operations Private Exposition) in Dallas, TX 2 weeks back. SCOPE is one of the most respected forums where 500 of the Supply Chain industry’s most influential executives meet for 2 days of educational sessions, software solution research and peer networking. I got an opportunity to meet at least 50 delegates over a 2-day period and a recurring theme with almost all of them was the need for visibility in their operations.

One interesting conversation I would like to share on this blog further strengthens my conviction that visibility is the key to control the Supply Chain. I met a consultant from a company that had conducted a survey on top priorities for logistics operations. He told me they had interviewed 300 CXO level people who were responsible for logistics and supply chain functions in their respective companies. The interview had questions related to day to day challenges in their operations and asked them to list top 3 issues that they faced. The participants had to rank 3 challenges that they felt were most critical to their operations and affected their companies the most. The survey results were startling.

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Why Standard Software Always Wins and the Need to Stay Up to Date

BatteriesUp until about 25 years ago, it was common to build bespoke software either in-house or to pay a software developer. The advantage of bespoke is of course that you can specify exactly what you want and tailor it to your processes. This may sound great, but there are a number of downsides: firstly it can stop you from challenging your current processes in search of best practice; secondly, it only meets your needs at a specific point in time!

Businesses, structures, processes, functional and compliance requirements all change and evolve. Thus, standard and configurable software is more flexible to meet your needs as they change. Also, technology evolves in leaps and bounds and opens up new opportunities. A software vendor typically services many customers, so can invest in researching and adopting new technologies that add value, whereas an in-house or bespoke development usually cannot justify the cost.

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What’s at the Core of Supply Chain Execution Convergence?

Supply chain execution convergence is a topic that has been gaining in popularity, causing shippers to wonder how they can implement it from a technology standpoint and what, if any, ripple effect it will have throughout the enterprise. Last month, I sat down with Adrian Gonzalez of Talking Logistics to discuss what supply chain execution…

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What is ‘Big Data’ and how can forwarders exploit it?

“Large collections of operational data. Integrity must be confirmed before it can be exploited. Conclusions based on incorrect data are worthless.” Ken Lyon, Managing Director of Virtual Partners Ltd A supply chain can generate huge amounts of data as orders and shipments pass along it. At each stage, data is entered, validated and often combined or…

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What Impact Could Ebola Have on the Global Supply Chain?

One of the world’s most deadly diseases, killing up to 90% of people who contract it, the current outbreak of Ebola is widespread and causing panic on a global scale. It is decimating the populations of Western African countries, having claimed at least 2,811 lives to date. After the well-publicized scares over outbreaks of SARS…

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Weathering the Weather with Drop Shipping

So here we are, smack-dab in the dog days of summer. What better time to discuss the impact of weather on retailers? Like it or not, Mother Nature can have a huge impact on consumer behavior – be it for in-store shoppers or those who like to curl up on the couch and shop online.…

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We’ve Changed Kewill’s Mission Statement. Here’s Why.

A couple of weeks ago, at our annual sales kickoff meeting in the Netherlands, we unveiled Kewill’s new mission statement – a clear and direct message that gets to the heart of who we are and what we do. A worldwide leader in logistics software, Kewill empowers organizations to efficiently MOVE goods and information across…

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