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3 Prerequisites to a Modern Demand-Driven Supply Chain

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In 2010, Gartner estimated that manufacturers outsourced about 70% of the products they make to other manufacturers. I haven’t seen a recent statistic, but that still feels about right.

Three Ways Leaders Create Lean

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Three Ways Leaders Create Lean. Relentless” leadership and team empowerment drive lean change. For those of you who have heard this before, it bears repeating. For those of you who have not, this is important – leadership is the single most important component to lean success. .

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Fast Results Using TOC for Demand-Driven Manufacturing – Part Two

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Manufacturers use constraints management first to gain the most demand-driven change. Last time, we talked about focusing on enterprise improvements rather than local efficiencies using constraints management (TOC).

3 Ways to Put Big Data to Work in Your Factory

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Is enthusiasm for Big Data wavering? In 2015, McKinsey Global Institute claimed that the IIoT had the potential to create as much as $3.7 trillion in economic value in the global manufacturing sector by 2025.

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.

It’s Time: Manufacturers Need to Cut Ties with MRP and Spreadsheets

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A few years ago, Aberdeen Group did a study that showed that 63% of “best in class” manufacturers still used spreadsheets for planning. With percentages this high, it’s probably safe to say that there is a lack of trust in planning tools like ERP and MRP even in the best-run companies.

It’s Time to Revisit Vendor Managed Inventory

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A few decades ago, Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) was a hot topic. Many manufacturers saw it as a way to reduce inventory levels and costs.

Weathering the Next Recession

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The global economic recession that started in 2007/2008 hit the manufacturing sector hard. In February of 2009, The Economist even published a piece called The Collapse of Manufacturing.

The Magic Bullet for Real-Time Supply Chain Collaboration? Cloud Visibility.

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Jessica Twentyman reported in the Financial Times , that for many manufacturers, supply chain collaboration is stuck in the dark ages.

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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.

Supply Chain Visibility and the Bottom-line

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Visibility Matte rs.

Manufacturing Metrics that Actually Matter (The Ones We Rely On)

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Part one of a multi-part series to help you measure your production efforts wisely. LNS Research blogger Mark Davidson said, “When it comes to metrics, it’s often said that what gets measured gets done.”. I have found this to be true when working with many different manufacturers.

The Future of the Organization is On Your Shoulders

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Imagine this: You’re in a high-level planning meeting with senior leadership, when the CEO and CFO issue a clear mandate: Get inventory levels under control.

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POV: 3 Ways Layered Technology Differs from the ERP Add-On

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Most manufacturers have, at one time or another, deployed an “ERP add-on.” These are the bits and pieces of functionality sold through third parties that round out the capabilities of an ERP system.

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.

Efficiency vs. Productivity: Metrics that Matter…Until They Don’t

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Measure efficiency and productivity against your REAL goal. I keep seeing the word efficiency in the manufacturing media. For s omeone who is a Constraints Management person, this is the equivalent of saying “Ni” to the Knights Who Say Ni (Monty Python reference, okay?)

Supply Chain Visibility and Collaboration – How ERP Falls Short

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TR Cutler, Inc. Market Research (TMR) just released the results of a survey conducted in the first two weeks of February, 2017. The respondents were all discrete manufacturers and all held VP or C-level titles.

Modern Metrics

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How Technology Has Changed What We Measure. The two areas of my working world are embracing technology like never before: Marketing and manufacturing.

Five Key Elements that Drive Manufacturing Flow

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If you follow the Demand-Driven Matters blog, you know we specialize in Demand-Driven Manufacturing and have identified the two key components of this method as synchronization and flow.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

Lean Manufacturing Driven by Rapid Return on eKanban Technology Investment

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Lean Manufacturing relies heavily on trusted relationships with suppliers and pre-negotiated terms of engagement.

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Smooth the rough spots with TOC, then Lean – and fine-tune with Six Sigma

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What Grade of Sandpaper Will You Use? Part Four. Here we are at the final installment of our four-part, Sandpaper blog series about when to use the tools of Lean Manufacturing, the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and Six Sigma to address constraints, drive flow and promote continuous improvement.

Demand-Driven Supply Chain Transformation

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End-to-end Visibility for Real-time Coordination, Communication, and Commitment. By applying demand-driven methods and synchronizing processes, manufacturers are reaching new levels of communication, profitability, and customer responsiveness.

Creating Trust Throughout the Supply Chain Using Demand-Driven Methods

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How reducing forecasting errors and disruption risks create better supplier relationships. . Building trust in the supply chain is essential to driving flow; and when there are forecast errors, there is an inherent mistrust throughout the supply chain.

Increasing Supply Chain Visibility and Security

Securing the supply chain starts with having visibility into the status of your assets, but this requires more than GPS coordinates on a map, because security isn’t just about preventing theft. Your assets don’t just need to arrive at their destination. They need to get there on time and untainted by heat, moisture, or physical shock.

FAQ: Is Demand-Driven Manufacturing the Same Thing as Lean?

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Many of our customers don’t start out looking to implement Demand-Driven Manufacturing per se. Often, they’re focused on Lean Manufacturing or at least some element of it.

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Doing more with less: Learning from Kanban

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The manual Kanban cards that were the precursor to Lean Manufacturing have evolved into eKanban systems that automate inventory replenishment and reduce material waste. READ MORE on our guest post on EBN, the premier online community for global supply chain professionals. The post Doing more with less: Learning from Kanban appeared first on Synchrono. eKanban Inventory Lean Manufacturing ekanban inventory kanban lean manufacturing replenishment

Demand Driven Manufacturing in the Engineer-to-Order Space

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Aligning Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement Practices. Demand-driven manufacturing (DDM) is an approach to manufacturing where production is based on actual demand rather than forecasts.

Guest Blog: Real-world Advice for Getting Started on eKanban

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by Jim Shore. Through this guest blog series, I’d like to share some of my experiences implementing supplier quality and Lean manufacturing initiatives by focusing on eKanban systems.

Real time analytics for your S&OP Meetings?

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.

Aligning Metrics to Strategy

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Measuring your strategic goals against their value and the time, money and attention they need. When we began our metrics discussion, we talked about how behaviors are too often dictated by metrics—and whether or not these behaviors actually “move the needle” for sustainable supply chain improvements. Mark Davidson’s blog about aligning metrics to larger goals and objectives covers this topic well. I’d like to go over what I find especially valuable about these tactics.

Made for Manufacturers

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By Sarah Balogh. Made for Manufacturers. A common statement I hear from customers is that they are working with technology and software that doesn’t provide the functionality they need as manufacturers.

Common Lean Manufacturing Software Project Constraints

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Leveraging Project “Constraints” and Maximizing Results. As a project manager for demand-driven, lean manufacturing software, I have more than a nodding acquaintance with the theory of constraints (TOC).

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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the Modern Marketer

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For your customers, it’s more than just connectivity. I was recently reading about the Industrial Internet of Things as it relates to my business—manufacturing software.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Demand-Driven Technologies Evolved

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By John Maher. When I first began instituting demand-driven practices in the late 90s, we were into creating pull, eliminating waste, and getting on a path of continuous improvement. Technology at the time was seen as an inhibitor rather than an enabler.