Seven Misconceptions on Managing Inventory in a Market-Driven World

Supply Chain Shaman

When it comes to the management of inventory in value chains, frustration abounds. Executive, after executive, lament, “They have purchased many technologies and sponsored many projects to reduce inventories, but they are not seeing results.” Digital Supply Chain.

Why Our Goal Should Not Be an Integrated Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

This week I spoke at an SAS Global Analytics Summit on the connected supply chain. In my view, the connected supply chain is very, very different from the integrated supply chain. In 2002 I worked for Gartner Group in the business applications practice.

VTech: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Financial balance sheet improvements cannot be driven by traditional supply chain processes. In the words of a supply chain leader yesterday, “Lora, please give me stories of success. About the Supply Chains to Admire Research. Inventory Turns.

Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

Supply Chain Shaman

High-tech manufacturers in the Silicon Valley of the United States are some of the best at supply chain planning. With changing product profiles, short life cycles, constraints with downstream suppliers, and changing markets, being good at supply chain planning matters.

Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

Supply Chain Shaman

High-tech manufacturers in the Silicon Valley of the United States are some of the best at supply chain planning. With changing product profiles, short life cycles, constraints with downstream suppliers, and changing markets, being good at supply chain planning matters.

Five Things You Need to Know About Machine Learning for Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

First a confession: I borrowed this blog’s title directly from Gartner Analyst Noha Tohamy and her recent research note Five Things Supply Chain Strategists Need to Know About Machine Learning. Machine learning is only part of the total supply chain planning solution.

Tackling Item Complexity

Supply Chain Shaman

Discontinuing products is a struggle with tension between supply chain and marketing functions. The lack of product rationalization results in the long tail of the supply chain with increasing complexity. Personalization. Market microsegmentation. New product launch.

Supply Chain Redesign: A Conversation with Lennox International’s Keith Nash

Talking Logistics

Last month on Talking Logistics , Adrian Gonzalez, Keith Nash (VP Supply Chain Logistics at Lennox International ) and I discussed “Lennox International’s Complete Supply Chain Redesign.” What are some of the key supply chain trends and challenges you are facing today? With Manhattan as our core logistics solution provider for TMS, WM, Labor and Slotting, we’ve been able to transform our supply chain despite the complexity of redesign project.

Vendor Managed Inventory? Think twice and consider the risks!

Supply Chain View from the Field

Historically, businesses have used one of two extremes for inventory management: push-based or pull-based. Push-based inventory management uses demand forecast to manage inventory and replenish from the supply base. Pull-based inventory management, on the other hand, uses consumption to replenish from the supply base and manage inventory. Inventory levels actually increased at downstream (buyer) facilities.

Insights from Kenco Customer Summit 2015

Talking Logistics

I attend and speak at many supply chain and logistics conferences throughout the year, but among my favorites are those that bring a relatively small group of executives together to discuss timely and important industry topics. Engage your supply chain partners.

Throwback Thursday

Supply Chain Shaman

This was WBR’s first event in the United States targeted for the Medical Device Supply Chain Leader. Today, managing a medical device supply chain is tougher. As hospitals adopted consignment planning programs, inventory progress slowed.

How Supply Chain Strategy Misalignment is Killing Kmart USA

Logistics Bureau

At the next Logistics Bureau Free Executive Breakfast (which will take place in August), I’ll be discussing the alignment of supply chain and business strategy along with eight other important levers for supply chain performance improvement. Supply Chain Technology.

Seasoned Leadership in Action™! An Interview with Michael Massetti, VP at Gartner!

Supply Chain Game Changer

At Supply Chain Game Changer we believe in sharing experiences and expertise from people in every industry and from across the globe. As such we have introduced our “Seasoned Leadership in Action ” Interview series at Supply Chain Game Changer. Subscribe Here!

The ‘Why’ in S&OP: or How to Find More Meaning

Supply Chain Trend

Usually lead and motivated by supply chain who promises a great business governing model, there is some enthusiasm and support from other functions. There is a lot of evidence that S&OP is hard to implement and get right.

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What’s New with MMOG/LE Version 5?

QAD

The MMOG/LE assessment has been a go-to document for automotive supply chain best practices for thousands of global Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers since its first publication in 2002. Benchmark supply chain operations. What is MMOG/LE?

What’s Your Plan if There’s a West Coast Port Strike?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Supply chains can face disruption from man-made events, as well as natural disasters. Or, will we see a repeat of 2002, when a 10-day lockout left dozens of ships lined up outside the West Coast docks, unable to unload? What’s Your Plan if There’s a West Coast Port Strike?

Why the West Coast Ports Labor Dispute Matters to Retailers

The Network Effect

Director, Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium. Shippers still bear the scars from the disastrous 2002 work stoppage and have countermeasures in-place to avoid major disruption. By Chris Ferrell.

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Bio-based Products Future is Promising, but Hurdles Exist

Supply Chain View from the Field

The global apparel sector’s effort resulted in the development of the Higg Index, a universally accepted LCA tool and life cycle inventory database. The costs and time for individual firms to garner the life cycle inventory data from global suppliers can be cost prohibitive and time demanding. Biobased Products Local Food Systems Supply Chain Management

Nearshoring & Reshoring Will Continue to Increase Thanks to these Main Benefits

Cerasis

It was cheaper than producing products in the US, manufacturers could produce large inventories with little capital up front, and consumers did not really have a public voice. Overseas supply chains reduce U.S. Take a moment to think about offshoring.

Is Warehouse Robotics at the Inflection Point?

Locus Robotics

As the CEO of Locus Robotics, I often get asked a very simple question by supply chain executives, operators, analysts, press and investors. We recently conducted a Locus demo and presentation for 30 supply chain executives with a very large global brand.

Trending: Effects of West Coast Ports Labor Dispute

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

Director, Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium. Shippers still bear the scars from the disastrous 2002 work stoppage and have countermeasures in-place to avoid major disruption. By Chris Ferrell.

Striking a Balance

Supply Chain Nation

Today’s Wednesdays for Women blog is an insightful conversation with Kirsten Piacentini, Vice President of Inventory Management at L.L.Bean; who just so happens to be one of JDA’s transformative customers in retail!

This Week in Logistics News (February 27 – March 3, 2017)

Talking Logistics

With corrected vision, here is the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Longshoreman Union Leader Stalls Planned Work Shutdown (WSJ – sub. Boston startup raises $10M for retail software that predicts inventory needs (Boston Business Journal).

Getting Ready for 2017: Reflections on Telling Lies

Supply Chain Shaman

This thing called research in the supply chain market has many arms and legs. I struggle to find a good supply chain academic journal, and often speak to my academic network about the need for one. Bimodal Supply Chains Are a Viable Strategy.