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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.

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.

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.

Top 5 Barriers to Supply Chain Network Design Adoption and How to Overcome Them

Speaker: Brian Dooley, Director SC Navigator, AIMMS, and Paul van Nierop, Supply Chain Planning Specialist, AIMMS

Want to build your internal capability, reduce costs and make better decisions? It's easier than you think. This on-demand webinar shares research findings from Supply Chain Insights, including the top 5 obstacles that bog you down when trying to improve your network design efforts.

Supply Chain Visibility and the Bottom-line

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Visibility Matte rs.

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.

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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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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Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

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.

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.

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 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

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/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.

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.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

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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How To Improve Your Shipper-Carrier Relationship

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.

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.

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.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

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.

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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Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

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.