Shari Fenn

Shari is a member of the Calgary Region's transportation, supply chain and logistics content development team. She is a communications strategist, storyteller, professional writer and champion for inbound content marketing. Shari has a professional background in communications that includes clients such as VIA Rail Canada and Calgary Regional Partnership's regional transit brand, On-It. Shari is passionate about developing relevant, remarkable and authentic content.
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Calgary Regional Partnership collaborates to strengthen the emerging Inland Port

Calgary Region is home to Western Canada’s leading distribution hub and logistics centre.

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Calgary Regional Partnership strengthens awareness of Inland Port and emerging trade corridor at International Logistics Symposium

Leaders from the logistics and manufacturing industry in North America gathered for the 24th Annual Logistics and Manufacturing Symposium Pathways for Trade: North America, the Most Competitive Region in the World held on September 19-20, 2017.

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New MOU between Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) and Calgary Economic Development (CED) to strengthen emerging Calgary Region Inland Port

Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) and Calgary Economic Development (CED) announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the alignment of activities to strengthen the emerging Calgary Region Inland Port. The announcement was made at the recent 2017 Canada Inland Ports conference. The Calgary Regional Inland Port MOU is a collaborative initiative to market and strengthen the Calgary Region as a supply chain and distribution hub and foreign trade zone. Colleen Shepherd, Executive Director, Calgary Regional Partnership announces the signing of the MOU in this video clip taken from the conference.

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Calgary Regional Partnership collaborates to strengthen economy with emerging trade corridor to Port of Prince Rupert

Photo credit: Prince Rupert Port Authority

For a second year, Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) partnered with Prince Rupert Port Authority bringing together influential leaders from industry and government to plan for the development of an emerging trade corridor. The corridor runs from Southern Alberta through Calgary Region, CN Rail’s Calgary Logistics Park to the gateway of Port of Prince Rupert destined for Asia Pacific markets.

The Port of Prince Rupert is a desirable partner for the Southern Alberta’s supply chain industry due to the potential growth to increase exports along the trade corridor, especially in agricultural products including grains.

The growth of imports into Canada from Asia-Pacific markets has been the catalyst for billions of dollars in investments into Port of Prince Rupert terminals and CN rail intermodal capabilities at Calgary Logistics Park.

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Why supply chains need to get excited about autonomous transport robots

(A case study on their impact)

Imagine robots whizzing about in a warehouse, all coordinated with a defined purpose. A hive of activity...efficient and focused on completing their next task. 

This future is quickly approaching with BMW leading the way. 

They just launched the first fleet of autonomous transport robots in their warehouse and assembly operations.

It’s about the size of a suitcase.

We all know automation is next big thing in the supply chain industry.

Well, now it’s already arrived . . . An initial fleet of ten self-driving Smart Transport Robots (STR) transporting components through the logistics hall at BMW’s Wackersdorf plant in Germany.

Interested? This article explains why autonomous robots are the future of warehousing and assembly. 

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Blockchain technology poised to transform supply chains

"Like Internet or Wikipedia, blockchain is not owned by any single company or government. You will not be dependent on Googles and Facebooks of the world that owns your data. What if nobody owns or stores that data – this is what blockchain can do,” says Kunal Nandwani, Founder and CEO, uTrade Solutions

For supply chains, blockchain can significantly increase transparency from the origin of a product, through the shipping process, and ultimately to customer delivery.

Currently, only a handful of companies are experimenting with blockchain implementation but the opportunities are boundless. 

In this article, you’ll learn about block chain technology and read some examples supply chain giants using the technology. You’ll also get a glimpse of its potential future in logisitcs.

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Enterprise resource planning software: 20 must-ask questions before buying (to save you money)

The top enterprise resource planning (ERP) software can significantly improve your business operations.

Lately, ERP supply chain software received bad press.

They’re developing an expensive reputation ewithout living up to expectations.

ERP is a powerful and adaptable business tool.

Yet, there are a growing number supply chains experiencing software operational shortfalls.

This article looks to explain these problems are happening. 

And you'll learn foundational questions you need to ask before making a ERP purchase.

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Supply chain transformation challenges: How to make a successful change

So how do supply chains handle the rapid pace of innovation?

A pace that can leave them struggling to adapt and make the right decisions?

There’s intense competition in the global economy…where only the strong survive.

Breakthrough technologies meeting the growing demand of e-commerce are the drivers of change. 

Also, the pace of on-demand customers entering the market is always changing.

The speed of technology advances mean entire supply chains are continuously adapting. But major transformations are notorious for not delivering on their original intent.

However, achieving successful business transformation is not easy.

According to the McKinsey Global Survey 2015, two thirds (74%) of respondents said the transformations they’re most familiar with are short term. 

They've been unsuccessful at improving performance and equipping organizations with the skills to sustain improvements over the medium to long term.

Riddled with cost and schedule overruns, critical projects requiring organizational transformation often miss the mark with negative consequences. 

Some of the key considerations are:

  • issues with inconsistent delivery
  • negative impact on service
  • direct impact on profitability
  • potential damage of organizational and personal reputations.

This article will highlight three strategic approaches designed to provide you with some insights and keys for a supply chain transformation roadmap.

Before going any further, let’s get on the same page on what supply chain transformation is about.

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Top 10 reasons to join the Supply Chain Management Association

Have you heard of the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA)?

With almost 8,000 members, it’s the leading and the largest association in Canada for supply chain management professionals.

It sets the standard of excellence for professional skills, knowledge and integrity.

You’ll find this article helpful if you’re considering a career in the supply chain or a student in the field.

SCMA is a welcoming organization to anyone with an interest in the supply chain. 

Here are our top 10 reasons to become an SCMA member:

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How to prepare your distribution centre for holiday fulfillment (and plan for next year)

Many supply chain distribution centres are on the home stretch for peak season holiday distribution centre fulfillment.

Whether you service wholesale, retail or e-commerce (or any combination of these), you're already out of time to prepare for another peak season.

With the unprecedented demands placed on distribution centres (DCs) with the rise of omnichannel, e-commerce and rapid direct-to-consumer delivery, many are scrambling to meet the final rush before Christmas.

The rise of Amazon distribution centres with their rapid delivery times has made for very competitive holiday distribution logistics.

We’ll give you seven valuable inside tips on making that list and checking it twice to ensure your set up for success for peak holiday logistics

for the final days of this holiday season as well as next.

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