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.

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.

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 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.

Trends—January 2011

Inbound Logistics

A look at supply chain stimuli that have left their mark on logistics over the past decade; cautious pessimism pervades NITL Conference; companies improve supply chain operations, signaling economic optimism among manufacturers; longtime cotton merchandiser Dunavant switches focus to providing logistics services; Ernst & Young reports growing demand for supplier sustainability efforts; Automotive Industry Action Group issues new communication guidelines to help ocean shippers prevent waste and errors

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.

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?

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

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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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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Trends—January 2011

Inbound Logistics

A look at supply chain stimuli that have left their mark on logistics over the past decade; cautious pessimism pervades NITL Conference; companies improve supply chain operations, signaling economic optimism among manufacturers; longtime cotton merchandiser Dunavant switches focus to providing logistics services; Ernst & Young reports growing demand for supplier sustainability efforts; Automotive Industry Action Group issues new communication guidelines to help ocean shippers prevent waste and errors

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. The cloud (be it software-as-a-service or hosted, multi/single tenant) has been the buzzword du jour, well actually for a few years, and Gartner now predicts the cloud market to reach $150.1 billion by 2013. The question on the mind of many supply chain leaders is if moving to the cloud make sense? The answer is, well, a bit cloudy. The cloud makes two things possible – a predictable operating expense, and less need or reliance on internal IT resources. These are the reasons we see small and midsize businesses (SMBs) readily moving to this model for many of their application needs. Beyond SMBs, technologies such as sales force automation and CRM have empowered sales and customer service teams to understand prospects and customers better, improve the efficiency of their jobs and deliver higher levels of service. So, what about the supply chain you ask? In the supply chain, there is increasing interest as we move from an internal focus on systems and processes to one that incorporates a growing, global supply chain – markets and suppliers – and how we connect them all together, seamlessly. Moving online makes logical sense for this, especially in supply chain execution. In the past couple of years I have seen an increase in adoption of transportation management systems (TMS) in both hosted and SaaS environments. This makes sense and for three key reasons. The way users interact with the system. Users tend to work with a light-weight interface tightly integrated to order management. TMS can be positioned as a community system, one where multiple parties access the information in a private exchange of shipment details, tender and delivery information. A hosted solution with the payment flexibility of SaaS provides the perfect combination of flexibility with the security and dedication of a traditional deployment. In the area of supply chain planning there is market interest for moving to the cloud. Speaking with supply chain executives I find that many are just not ready to relinquish control of their vital planning processes. They also note the hurdle of the additional financial investment required to ensure seamless interaction of multiple planning systems. In the end it is all about the return on investment (ROI). Where a solution can stand on its own, SaaS can provide a quick deployment and an expense-based model vs. a capital investment. However, the financial case for SaaS typically will not go past 3 years as, at that point, you tend to hit the acquisition costs of an on premise solution. As more of our lives moves online it only seems reasonable to see our business applications move their as well. Related Content. White Paper: Transportation Planning and Management for Operational and Bottom-line Benefits. Case Study: Potlatch Corporation. Case Study: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Karin Bursa is Vice President at Logility. She can be reached at blog@logility.com.