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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.

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).

The Pros and Cons of Consolidating Manufacturing ERP Systems

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Managing operations through multiple manufacturing systems can be challenging, but it’s a daily reality for many manufacturers. In this post, we’ll look at the pros and cons of consolidating ERP systems – and propose an alternative. When Two Worlds Collide.

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.

How ClearMetal Customers Stay a Day Ahead of the Competition

Every shipper in the world receives alerts that their shipment arrived at port 1.5 days after it actually happened. ClearMetal customers get alerted 31 hours earlier. Learn how ClearMetal is giving their customers a competitive advantage nobody else can.

What Sandpaper Will You Use? – Part One

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What to Use to Get the Most of Your Demand-Driven Changes. Demand-driven manufacturing leaders are always refining their tools and tactics to ensure they’re spending their time wisely.

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.

Supply Chain Visibility and the Bottom-line

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You are Here!

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. . Where to Start Your Lean Journey. There’s one sure-fire way to tell when someone has lived in Minneapolis long enough to be called a Minnesotan. No, it doesn’t involve rooting for the Vikings, though that helps. It’s when they can find their way around The Mall of America without a directory.

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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Optimize Supply Chain Network Capacity Utilization for Manufacturing Competitiveness

Download a complimentary copy of this Gartner report and get best practices to sustain agility and set the stage for growth. More and more companies are using advanced analytics as an enabler to handle demand variability, reign in network complexity, and improve decision making around capacity planning. Will you be among them? Insights you will gain from this report: How you can best structure decision-making around capacity planning. How to design your network to deal with rising complexity and overflows. How to leverage prescriptive analytics to make decisions around desired trade-offs. How to deal with change management and governance.

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.

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.

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.

IT/OT Convergence in the Factory of the Future

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Since the advent of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), experts and enthusiasts have been talking about the coming together of IT (information technology) and OT (operational technologies). Some call it an integration, while others call it a convergence. I call it a good thing.

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.

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.

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?)

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.

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.

Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Get more “aha” moments in 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.

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

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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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.

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 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.