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.

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.

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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.

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.

How 2011 Prepared Us for Today

ivalua

The Japanese Earthquake of 2011 and resulting tsunami are not exactly top of mind these days. On Friday March 11, 2011, at about 2:45PM local time, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan struck. But few remember the stress the 2011 event placed on global supply chains. .

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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.

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.

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.

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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 ).

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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.

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.

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?

Supply Chain Disruptions or Minor Inconveniences?

Logility

How do you plan for the unimaginable? Can you anticipate and properly plan for once in a lifetime events like last year’s Icelandic volcano, and the earthquake and subsequent tsunami earlier this year in Japan? Probably not.

Supply Chain Disruptions or Minor Inconveniences?

Logility

How do you plan for the unimaginable? Can you anticipate and properly plan for once in a lifetime events like last year’s Icelandic volcano, and the earthquake and subsequent tsunami earlier this year in Japan? Probably not.

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).

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.

Trends—January 2011

Inbound Logistics

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?

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.

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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.

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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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.

VMI Today

Logility

For this initiative, Berry Plastics was recently recognized as a 2011 Progressive Manufacturer by Managing Automation. I can remember the industry abuzz about VMI 10 years ago. Then, it just faded away. The reasons for its fade were quite simple.

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Seeing Around the Corner

Logility

Wouldn’t it be great if we could see around the corner, to posses that magical ability to anticipate what’s at the next intersection? On the road, we now have cars that can see around a corner, let you know what is ahead and prepare for any changes in conditions.

ERP versus Best-of-Breed?

Logility

I recently spoke with a reporter who asked me to discuss the benefits of supply chain software from a best-of-breed provider such as Logility versus from an ERP vendor.

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ERP versus Best-of-Breed?

Logility

I recently spoke with a reporter who asked me to discuss the benefits of supply chain software from a best-of-breed provider such as Logility versus from an ERP vendor.

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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

Escaping the Cold

Logility

OK, enough about dreaming of warmer days … Connections 2011 is set to be our largest user conference to date with record registrations and 25 percent more sessions to accommodate our growing audience.

Sales and Operations Planning Summit

Logility

Last week I attended the Sales and Operations Planning Summit in Boston. Attendance was impressive with more than 150 operations, supply chain, manufacturing and finance professionals from a wide range of industries.

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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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Getting Cloudy?

Logility

A recent report, “ IT Survey on Cloud Computing, Virtualization, and IT Financial Services ," provides new insight into how CIOs and other IT decision-makers at large enterprise organizations are evaluating and implementing cloud technologies, with a focus on the specific financial metrics they use to rationalize their investment.

Getting Cloudy?

Logility

A recent report, “ IT Survey on Cloud Computing, Virtualization, and IT Financial Services ," provides new insight into how CIOs and other IT decision-makers at large enterprise organizations are evaluating and implementing cloud technologies, with a focus on the specific financial metrics they use to rationalize their investment.

Trends—January 2011

Inbound Logistics