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Solving the Supply Chain Planning Puzzle

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The variety of products available through a growing number of distribution channels is truly amazing. Competition between brick and mortar and e-commerce retail channels, often within the same company, has led to a proliferation of products and services.

Planned Obsolescence in the Durable Goods Industry

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Durable goods , also referred to as hard goods, are items that are not supposed to quickly wear out, or more specifically, goods that yield utility over time.

Three Critical Supply Chain Capabilities for Private Label Industry Success

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I generally do not like the shopping experience. I prefer to develop a list of carefully researched products so I can get into and out of a store as fast as possible.

Periodic Versus Continuous Planning – What’s Needed for Success?

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The vast amount of information vying for our attention can make your head spin. When you think about how much this has changed over the last 10, 20 or more years, it is quite dizzying. It has been 11 years since the iPhone was introduced.

Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

Myopic and Hyperopic Supply Chain Planning

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Myopia , more commonly referred to as nearsightedness, is a medical condition in which one can see near objects but cannot see far objects clearly. More than 200,000 people per year are diagnosed with nearsightedness.

Process Chemicals – A Complex Supply Chain in Motion

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On a recent road trip to retrieve my daughter from college I drove past a handful for chemical manufacturing plants of various types. Viewing a chemical manufacturing plant from a distance everything seems so peaceful and static.

Advanced Analytics Are Everywhere!

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The ability to analyze performance and determine the root-cause of issues has become standard functionality in many of the devices we use today. For many years, automobiles have provided the capability to determine why a dash light is on through fault code readers.

Five Tips for Improving Demand Planner Effectiveness

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A forecast is more than a projection of future business; it is a request for product (or a request for resources to ensure supply of a product).

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.

The Importance of Demand Planning

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With increasing frequency, I have noticed blog posts touting the position that ‘demand planning is dead.’ ’ Why?

How the Supply Chain Can Improve Healthcare for All

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As someone on the tail end of the Baby Boomer generation, I have a vested interest in the life science industry’s focus to improve both products and services.

DDMRP – “Where’s the Beef”

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I will have to admit that I spent my fair share of time sitting in front of the TV set during my formative years.

Enabling S&OP through Advanced Analytics

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Transformation is coming to your supply chain and according to most industry research, most CEOs and executives believe their supply chain will be substantially or unrecognizably transformed by 2020. That is less than two years from now.

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

Common problems like data access and quality are preventing you from taking the first step towards transformation. Modern visibility providers are putting band-aids on bad data, giving you the ability to make misinformed decisions. Solve the data first.

Collections and Markdowns and BOGOs – oh my!

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As the seasons and styles change, many retailers are faced with a dilemma: what to do with the left over inventory. Markdowns, clearance racks and BOGOs become the norm to make way for the new season or the latest collection.

Question and Answer – Accelerate Supply Chain Performance Using Advanced Analytics

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The ability to rapidly evaluate multiple scenarios and drive smart business decisions faster can be the difference between success and failure.

Building the Business Case for Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Planning

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It seems like the phrase “digital transformation” is everywhere these days. There are as many definitions for digital transformation and articles on the subject. I like the definition provided in i-scoop’s online guide to digital transformation.

Imagine 2030: Supply Chain Talent

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

The Talent Gap

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What It Is, Why We Have It, and Some Simple Ideas to Fill the Gap. Rising Demand. At recent supply chain user conferences, a major concern for many companies was the talent gap in supply chain.

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Does Your Company Have the ‘Right Stuff’ to Embrace Advanced Analytics?

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John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on Mercury-Atlas 6 on February 20, 1962, just a few days after I was born. I grew up watching the Apollo Space Program launches including the six launches that sent humans to the moon and back.

Five Capabilities to Take the Food and Beverage Supply Chain to the Next Level

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Food and beverage supply chains face mounting pressure to reduce costs, add more value and do more with fewer resources. All while the pace of new product introductions increases, customers become more demanding and the need to serve multiple channels grows.

Think Differently

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Stop for a moment and imagine the supply chain differently. These were Supply Chain Insights’ founder Lora Cecere’s opening remarks at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in Atlanta earlier this month. The customer is changing, business is changing, the world is changing.

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End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.

The 100 Billion Returns Question

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Now that the holiday season is behind us, retailers can sleep easy, right? Well, no. Seasons are now both shorter and more frequent which means you quickly move on to the next one. However, a large and rapidly growing issue has emerged: the cost of returns.

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Ensuring Reliability in Supply Chain

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Question and Answer – How to Break Six Bad Retail Planning Habits

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Retail has changed a lot in just the last few years, never mind the past 10 or 20 years.

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Winning the Inventory Battle in the Consumer Products Industry

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The Consumer Products Industry experienced a 32% growth in active items in 2015 and that trend has accelerated over the last 18 months. 1 As product life cycles shorten, product portfolios expand and the channels through which products are sold continue to increase.

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

Supply Chain Metrics - Gaining Visibility in a Data-rich World

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The late consultant, educator, and author, Peter Drucker, is often quoted as saying "you can't manage what you can't measure.” ” This holds just as true today as the day it was first said.

Removing the Two Barriers to Optimizing Inventory

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Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Supply chain leaders often find themselves in a difficult situation when it comes to the conflicting goals of improving customer service and minimizing inventory. The omni-channel world we live in has driven customer service to new heights.

Fragmented Planning Horizons: How They Undermine Supply Chains

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Even under the best circumstances, developing production/sourcing plans three, six, or nine months into the future with a high degree of confidence is difficult. Huge sales and margin impacts hang in the balance.

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How Many SKUs Could a Planner Plan if a Planner Could Plan SKUs

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As a classical and jazz musician, I understand the need for both structured and artistic abilities when performing. In its basic form, music is a mathematical language.

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

Machine Learning and AI are not magic bullets to solve all supply chain problems. Despite many software companies slapping AI on everything the reality is that there are a lot of hurdles to overcome before AI can be effective. Learn how to leap them.