Supply Chain Resilience 2011

SCM Research

One of my primary research interests is in the area of supply chain resilience and I was particularly curious when I got the report Supply Chain Resilience 2011 into my hands. Volatility, demand swings, and supply uncertainty are SCM trends ( I recently reported ). It reveals that 85% of the organizations surveyed experienced at least one supply chain disruption in the last twelve months.

Connections 2011: A Preview

Logility

We are officially one week away from the kickoff of Connections 2011, our annual customer conference. Attendance is up more than 40%. And, we have added 25% more sessions. The conference is designed to help attendees navigate their voyage to supply chain success, starting in sunny Orlando. In addition to our on-site activities, this year we are providing in-the-field reporting from the conference for everyone that is unable to join us in Orlando.

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Connections 2011: A Preview

Logility

We are officially one week away from the kickoff of Connections 2011, our annual customer conference. Attendance is up more than 40%. And, we have added 25% more sessions. The conference is designed to help attendees navigate their voyage to supply chain success, starting in sunny Orlando. In addition to our on-site activities, this year we are providing in-the-field reporting from the conference for everyone that is unable to join us in Orlando.

Connections 2011: Day 1

Logility

We are just wrapping up a great first day here in Orlando. It is amazing to see so many customers in one place. Attendance was up nearly 40%. The level of interest highlights the importance of supply chain in the success of a company. In speaking with many companies today I get a sense of optimism in the air with many looking at how technology can help them better manage their forecasts in such a dynamic economy.

Connections 2011: Day 1

Logility

We are just wrapping up a great first day here in Orlando. It is amazing to see so many customers in one place. Attendance was up nearly 40%. The level of interest highlights the importance of supply chain in the success of a company. In speaking with many companies today I get a sense of optimism in the air with many looking at how technology can help them better manage their forecasts in such a dynamic economy.

SCM Best Paper Award Winners 2011

SCM Research

is the 2011 Bernard J. Best paper award winners can serve as a blueprint for one’s own research projects. Some of the leading supply chain management journals have now announced their winners. The Journal of Business Logistics has just announced that the paper Exploring a governance theory of supply chain management: Barriers and facilitators to integration by Richey et al. LaLonde Best Paper Winner and, thus, the most valuable paper presented in that journal.

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CSCMP Annual General Conference 2011: So much to discover. Hundreds of ways to learn.

Supply Chain Network

What can you expect in 2011? Why should you attend in 2011? In Philadelphia from October 2nd to 5th, thousands of supply chain professionals will gather again for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Annual General Conference. CSCMP’s Annual Global Conference offers supply chain management practitioners more professional education and personal growth opportunities than any other event in the world.

CSCMP 2011 Recap: The Synergy Supply Chain of the Future

Supply Chain Network

My first CSCMP Annual Conference was in 1989 and I always try to get there every year to catch up with all my logistics and supply chain friends! As with every year, there are opportunities to learn new things and meet new people. Here’s a link to my recent tweetstream for shoutouts to some of the great people I met this year!

JDA Software to Present at the 2011 CSCMP Annual Global Conference

Supply Chain Network

JDA® Software Group, Inc. NASDAQ: JDAS), The Supply Chain Company®, today announced that Fabrizio Brasca, vice president, global logistics, JDA Software, will participate in a panel discussion at the CSCMP Annual Global Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa. The panel is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. Session Details.

Mastering Financial Strategies to Drive Supply Chain Value – CSCMP Europe 2011

Supply Chain Network

In today’s highly competitive global marketplace, supply chain leaders need to understand how financial strategies and decisions can significantly impact their supply chains’ performance, potentially determining the success—or failure—of their organizations. Learning how to develop a sound financial strategy and apply it to your entire supply chain operation will be mission critical if your company intends to compete on a global scale.

Trends—January 2011

Inbound Logistics

Trends—June 2011

Inbound Logistics

Restaurant chains squeeze costs out of the supply chain; TMW Systems acquires Appian Logistics; CPG companies pushed to adopt extended producer responsibility programs

Trends—June 2011

Inbound Logistics

Restaurant chains squeeze costs out of the supply chain; TMW Systems acquires Appian Logistics; CPG companies pushed to adopt extended producer responsibility programs

Transaction Cost Economics vs. Supply Chain Management

SCM Research

When Oliver E. Williamson published his article Outsourcing: Transaction cost economics and supply chain management (2008), he confronted SCM research with uncomfortable questions. Surprisingly, it took four years until the first SCM researcher, Paul Zipkin, published A Reply to Williamson’s “Outsourcing …” (Production and Operations Management, Vol. 21, No. Some of them may be provoking, but we should not brush aside the questions raised by Williamson.

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Trends—January 2011

Inbound Logistics

Using Experiments in Supply Chain Management Research

SCM Research

Recently, the use of laboratory experiments has attracted attention in SCM research. The Journal of Supply Chain Management dedicated a discussion forum to that topic , which is introduced with an essay by Eckerd and Bendoly. In this forum, Bachrach and Bendoly “touch on some of the basic tenets of rigorous behavioral experimentation” and “promote such rigor in future SCM behavioral studies” The commentary by Rungtusanatham et al.

MEIO By the Numbers

Logility

The Good. 100 million – Amount Proctor & Gamble saved in just the beauty division from multi-echelon inventory optimization ( Link ) ( Video ). $50 50 million – Total savings HP realized from MEIO as well as a 30% inventory reduction ( Link ). 27% – Amount Stanley Black & Decker’s reduced its finished goods inventory ( Link ). 26% – Amount Boston Scientific reduced their inventory ( Link ). $20 20 million – Savings achieved by Kraft Foods ( Link ).

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New Capabilities Video: LeanCor Supply Chain Group

LeanCor

New Capabilities Video: LeanCor Supply Chain Group. The Business Development team recently completed a 4-minute capabilities video to tell the LeanCor Supply Chain Group story: Check it out and let us know what you think! Posted by Kelley Dodd, Marketing Specialist at LeanCor Supply Chain Group. Related articles. Special Post: Healing Supply Chain Pain (A Multi-Client Case Study) (leanlogisticsblog.leancor.com).

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The Relational View in SCM Research

SCM Research

Published in 1998, The relational view: Cooperative strategy and sources of interorganizational competitive advantage by Dyer and Singh remains one of the most influential business papers. Ten years later, the authors discussed their paper in an interview with ScienceWatch.com.

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The Efficient Frontier Awaits

Logility

Whenever you set a goal, your natural inclination is to achieve it; swipe a line through it, and be done. Supply chain management is full of goals such as mounting pressure from the top to get costs down quickly. We tend to grab this bull by the horns with the intent of showing demonstrable results. But, sometimes grabbing the bull may be short-sighted, and to really achieve the goal we might need to first step back.

“Facebook for Scientists”

SCM Research

I recently discovered ResearchGate , which is a Cambridge and Berlin based social network for researchers. It is described by its founders as “Facebook for scientists” and helps scientists to collaborate with colleagues and find new publications. ResearchGate has implemented workgroups, which are invitation-only. Own workgroups can be created in order to collaborate in a closed and secure environment.

The Supply Chain Shaman’s Top Five of Top Ten

Logility

Personally, I can’t wait for her 6 – 10 list and I will be sure to ask her about it when we meet up in Philadelphia next week at CSCMP Global Annual Conference 2011. Ever wondered what questions analysts are asked most often? What your colleagues are burning to know? Altimeter Group’s Lora Cecere posted on her blog Supply Chain Shaman, the top 5 questions she is asked.

Characteristics of a High-quality Review

SCM Research

At this year’s CSCMP Conference in Philadelphia I joined a presentation about high-quality reviews held by the co?editors editors in chief of the Journal of Supply Chain Management. Therefore, I’d like to remember their July 2010 editorial, Crafting High-quality Reviews: Guidelines, Examples and Feedback.

International Procurement in Emerging Markets

SCM Research

Emerging markets have been playing an important role in sourcing activities. Rapid growth has raised their value in world trade as both sourcing regions and sales markets. Procurement companies that are sourcing in emerging markets realize great opportunities and competitive advantages. However, procurement companies face challenges and risks in emerging markets.

Supply Chain Disruptions or Minor Inconveniences?

Logility

In addition, we need to understand our alternate sourcing options, and increasing the flexibility in physical distribution networks… Earlier this year, ERP Analyst Michael Koploy of Software Advice analyzed the impact of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and how several companies were able to overcome the challenges this horrific event brought in his post, The Post-Tsunami Supply Chain All-Stars | Who Recovered the Fastest and How? How do you plan for the unimaginable?

Supply Chain Disruptions or Minor Inconveniences?

Logility

In addition, we need to understand our alternate sourcing options, and increasing the flexibility in physical distribution networks… Earlier this year, ERP Analyst Michael Koploy of Software Advice analyzed the impact of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and how several companies were able to overcome the challenges this horrific event brought in his post, The Post-Tsunami Supply Chain All-Stars | Who Recovered the Fastest and How? How do you plan for the unimaginable?

Are You Ready for the Social Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Network

This information does not mean that the functionality of other social media platforms, including blogs, and enterprise systems like Moxie Software and Yammer are not valuable to enhance external communication and collaboration (See 11 Predictions for B2B Social Media in 2011). As I look forward to the holiday season (yes it is hurtling towards us again), I now do all of my planning, negotiating and actual shopping from the comfort of my armchair.

Innovation’s Impact on the High-Tech Industry

Logility

Just the other week I met with one of our consumer high-tech customers who spoke about the impact of the pace of innovation on their industry. He mentioned how the supply chain organization, particularly aftermarket parts , has changed and how they have had to evolve their forecasting and inventory management practices.

Collaboration – Are we there yet?

Logility

For more than a decade, the idea of a close working relationship between trading partners has been one of the Holy Grails of the supply chain. Information moving seamlessly…everyone knows what the other is doing…bottlenecks removed…a Utopia of sorts. But, are we there yet? IndustryWeek recently highlighted a new book, The New Supply Chain Agenda , which outlines the five steps to drive value.

Who said supply chains are boring?: Social Media and Supply Chains

Supply Chains Rock

Thursday, April 28, 2011. Who said supply chains are boring? Whenever I tell a friend, colleague or family member about my job as soon as the words "supply chain" are muttered I immediately see glassy eyes followed by a yawn or two. Little do they realize that every time they discard or recycle a carton of milk they are completing the end of the supply chain cycle. Without supply chains consumers would be stuck using products that they had to make or grow with their own two hands.

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Going Lean? Don’t Leave Money on the Table

Logility

The prophets of lean manufacturing methods usually scorn planning systems. ERP and Advanced Planning Systems (APS) systems stochastically propagate a combination of hard demand and forecasts through the supply chain. Demand signals are ignored and individual inventory buffers are based on lead times and lot size requirements throughout the supply chain.

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Video Podcast: Five Core Competencies of Inventory Optimization

Logility

A key characteristic of best-in-class companies is their success in using inventory optimization (IO) and cash management techniques to free up working capital. The amount of a company’s working capital trapped in inventory can be expressed as days inventory outstanding (DIO).

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Video Podcast: Five Core Competencies of Inventory Optimization

Logility

A key characteristic of best-in-class companies is their success in using inventory optimization (IO) and cash management techniques to free up working capital. The amount of a company’s working capital trapped in inventory can be expressed as days inventory outstanding (DIO).

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Reflective Thinking: Complexity

Logility

com-plex-i-ty [k uh m- plek -si-tee]. noun, the state or quality of being complex; intricacy. Source: Dictionary.com. As today’s networks grow and interaction with partners across the world becomes the norm, it is your ability to identify complexity and then develop a strategy to manage it that can make or break your competitiveness. Managing complexity is almost like looking at your reflection, it forces you to look within.

Expert Interview: Inventory Optimization

Logility

Inventory Optimization (IO) is a loosely used term in the industry. You’ll see it used to describe tactical inventory management, warehouse operations and strategic network assessments as well as used to describe single stage as well as multi-echelon environments. Inventory optimization is so much more and impacts the supply chain at all levels. Recently, I had the pleasure to speak with Dr. Sean Willems, Ph.D.