Connections 2011: A Preview

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We are officially one week away from the kickoff of Connections 2011, our annual customer conference. A tour of the Interactive Solutions Center designed to help attendees explore S&OP, collaboration, demand planning, supply planning, inventory optimization, manufacturing planning, transportation management and much, much more. Attendance is up more than 40%. And, we have added 25% more sessions.

Connections 2011: A Preview

Logility

We are officially one week away from the kickoff of Connections 2011, our annual customer conference. A tour of the Interactive Solutions Center designed to help attendees explore S&OP, collaboration, demand planning, supply planning, inventory optimization, manufacturing planning, transportation management and much, much more. Attendance is up more than 40%. And, we have added 25% more sessions.

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How 2011 Prepared Us for Today

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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. You may remember the death and destruction from 2011 and draw a connection to the toll of the current coronavirus pandemic. But few remember the stress the 2011 event placed on global supply chains. .

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JDA Software to Present at the 2011 CSCMP Annual Global Conference

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JDA empowers more than 6,000 companies of all sizes to make optimal decisions that improve profitability and achieve real results in the discrete and process manufacturing, wholesale distribution, transportation, retail and services industries. JDA® Software Group, Inc.

Trends—January 2011

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Trends—January 2011

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Innovation’s Impact on the High-Tech Industry

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Manufacturers and carriers are rolling out new ‘must have’ phones every month. With such an aggressive cycle, carriers and manufacturers have to be on the same page with the expected level of demand and how external factors, such as competitive launches and promotions, will impact the new product’s sales window. 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.

Are You Ready for the Social Supply Chain?

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Collaborating with customers, suppliers, outsourced manufacturers, LSP’s and other partners. 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).

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

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Thursday, April 28, 2011. But.social media can be used within the "supply chain firewall" of the procurement, logistics, fulfilment and manufacturing teams. Manufacturing Central. 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.

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VMI Today

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The VMI reality was often a one-sided process that placed undue burden on the manufacturer/seller while providing the retailer/buyer the majority of the benefits. For example, Berry Plastics, a leading manufacturer and marketer of plastic packaging products, supplies one of the world’s largest food manufacturers with plastic containers. For this initiative, Berry Plastics was recently recognized as a 2011 Progressive Manufacturer by Managing Automation.

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Going Lean? Don’t Leave Money on the Table

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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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Seeing Around the Corner

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From sourcing to manufacturing, and distribution to retail locations, a sudden change in demand has far-reaching implications for the supply chain. For example, the apparel industry may use a form of the Delphi model for pre-season forecasting where an electronics manufacturer may take a more historical approach to its forecast. 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?

Netsuite Expands Cloud-Based Inventory Management with New Demand Planning Capabilities

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Designed to enable wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers, and distributors to achieve best-in-class inventory management practices, NetSuite Demand Planning enables companies to forecast peaks and troughs in demand and minimize capital tied up in inventory. Emerging Trends Information Technology Inventory News & Info Professional Communications Supply Chain Management cloud demand planning manufacturers Netsuite retail wholesale NetSuite Inc.

Sales and Operations Planning Summit

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

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Who said supply chains are boring?: What are you saying HSBC?

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Friday, November 04, 2011. Manufacturing Central. 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.

Who said supply chains are boring?: A Peek at Leica Camera Lens.

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Monday, July 11, 2011. A Peek at Leica Camera Lens Manufacturing. If you arent familiar, Leica is a German camera and lens manufacturer thats been around since 1913. Amazingly, they still manufacturer their high-end cameras in Germany and by hand the same way they did decades ago. Manufacturing Central. Who said supply chains are boring?

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Network Design and MEIO: the Next Buddy Movie?

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ND is about big-picture things like optimal facility locations, transport lanes and routing of goods between suppliers, manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, transit lanes, and assessing total landed costs, production outsourcing opportunities, acquisitions and cost to serve. Ruggedly independent, yes, but they know they can rely on each other, too. Butch Cassidy was all brains and vision, while Sundance had good looks and the fast draw.

So You think You Can Replenish?

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One of the most profitable moves a supply chain team can make is optimizing replenishment in a multi-tiered distribution network (manufacturer to DC, DC to Retailer, etc.). How to excel at the Replenishment Shuffle. I have found many companies miss the boat with a single-echelon approach that simply replenishes the warehouse or the DC separately. This doesn’t optimize the multiple tiers inherent in a supply chain.

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The Changing Face of Vendor Managed Inventory

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Create an environment of trust where each partner shares pertinent information including manufacturing plans and downstream data to alert trading partners of any potential problems. VMI is back. While many have spoken of its demise, lately I have found myself engaged with customers, press and analysts about its resurgence. I also have an article set to appear in the Journal of Business Forecasting as well as a whitepaper on the topic, What You Need to Know About the New Collaborative VMI.

S&OP: Are You Prepared?

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Senior level executives responsible for sales, marketing, materials/procurement, manufacturing, transportation, supply chain, and finance (to name a few) meet to consider the needs and constraints of each of their respective areas in light of overall company objectives, and agree on an operating plan for the next month, quarter and year. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is a process designed to unite all key constituents across the enterprise to a single goal.

A Q&A with Stanley Black & Decker and Boston University on Inventory Optimization

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Q: Wouldn't the focus with a pull-based manufacturing process be on finished goods and with a push-based process on raw materials? Inventory optimization (IO) has become an increasingly important topic of late as companies try to balance inventory (amount, location, etc.) with erratic demand and supply variability.

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Who said supply chains are boring?: More Supply Chain Art in Vienna

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Monday, August 08, 2011. Manufacturing Central. 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.

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Who said supply chains are boring?: Mini Supply Chain Problems at.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011. Manufacturing Central. 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.

Purolator wins Third-Party Logistics Sustainability Award for its work with Echo Global Logistics

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Purolator, Canada’s leading integrated freight and parcel solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded Logistics Quarterly’s 2011 Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Sustainability Award for demonstrating leadership in sustainable supply chain practices. This year, Echo has procured transportation and provided logistics services for more than 22,700 clients across a wide range of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, consumer products and retail.

Who said supply chains are boring?: Container Shipping's Post-9/11.

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Monday, September 12, 2011. Manufacturing Central. 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.

Collaboration: The New Battle Cry of Supply Chain

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Rising incomes in developing countries also make them extremely desirable markets – and not just as manufacturing hubs. Collaborating with Contract Manufacturers – Conair Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets health and beauty products and kitchen and other electronic appliances. The company sources the majority of its products from contract manufacturers in the Far East.

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Who said supply chains are boring?: IBM Logistics in Black and White

Supply Chains Rock

Wednesday, January 26, 2011. Manufacturing Central. 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.

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Who said supply chains are boring?: By the Numbers: IBM's Supply.

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Friday, June 17, 2011. Manufacturing Central. 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.

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Who said supply chains are boring?: IBM 2011 Corporate.

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IBM 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report Out with Supply Chain Goodness. Billion Total in 2011. 2011 Supplier Spending by Category. In 2011, approximately 90 percent of IBMs global spend in Production and Logistics Procurement (in support of our hardware and logistics business operations) occurred with 50 firms. In 2011, IBM conducted 222 full audits and 240 re-audits for a total of 462 assessments of suppliers in 21 countries, the largest single year activity to-date.

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Global study reveals increased use of third party logistics providers and outsourced logistics services key to success in emerging markets

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Government investment in infrastructure will contribute to attracting global manufacturers and 3PLs to do. Capgemini Consulting, the global strategy and transformation consulting brand of the Capgemini Group, in cooperation with Penn State University, leadership advisory firm, Heidrick & Struggles and global logistics provider, Panalpina, today announced the findings of the 16th Annual Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Study, examining the global market for outsourced logistics.

Who said supply chains are boring?: McDonald's Says "Meet Our.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011. Manufacturing Central. 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.

Who said supply chains are boring?: How Logistics Helped Gain.

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Sunday, July 03, 2011. Manufacturing Central. 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.

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Updated Analytics Software Makes Smarter Supply Chain Network Decisions

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It takes into account all cost and constraint variables, whether manufacturing, transportation or warehousing, across multiple tiers of even the most complex networks. This new capability will benefit companies in many industries, including manufacturers, consumer products companies, food and beverage, retail and transportation companies.

Who said supply chains are boring?: Oscars of Supply Chain

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011. With a host of new categories for the 2011 awards, there is no better way to receive recognition for achievements within the supply chain profession: - Supply Chain Operational Excellence (Top Award). Be sure to submit your awards entry by October 15 2011 to join the awards winners circle. Manufacturing Central. Who said supply chains are boring?

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Who said supply chains are boring?: Fulfillment Outsourcing Can.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011. Manufacturing Central. 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.

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