Supply Chain Management – A 2012 Priority

Logility

ChainLink Research and SupplyChainBrain just released “ Business Priorities 2012 – Research and Results ” which takes a look at where companies will invest in the coming year.

2012 Supply Chain Predictions: Is the End of the World Nigh?

Supply Chain Network

But 2012 is an extra-special year; it carries heavy historical baggage chock full of dire predictions. Nostradamus painted a bleak picture of massive destruction and mayhem brought about by a comet in 2012.

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Supply Chain Talent: The Missing Link?

Supply Chain Shaman

For manufacturers and distributors, current training is typically left up to the individual or offered as part of a project. Members of today’s supply chain teams are busy.

Three Lies and a Truth

Supply Chain Shaman

reference Carbon Disclosure Project 2012). Today’s supply chains were built assuming that manufacturing is the primary constraint and that oil was a $10/barrel. We will be sharing insights about these findings on Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 1:00 p.m.

An Executive Q&A – Challenges of a Private Label Manufacturer

Logility

With this in mind, I spoke with Craig Ablin, vice president of supply chain with Clement Pappas , to get his perspective on a few of the unique challenges private label manufacturers face. 1) What are the top supply chain challenges you face as a private label manufacturer?

Yes, I am a Zealot. I Still Believe. Do You?

Supply Chain Shaman

It will also impact the factory with a redesign for digital manufacturing. It will not be as easy as stuffing new signals into last decade’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) or Warehouse Management Systems (WMS).

Why Have We Not Reduced Inventory?

Supply Chain Shaman

” CFO of a major manufacturer. A decade ago, the supply chain had two buffers: inventory and manufacturing. With the move to outsource manufacturing, inventory became a more important buffer.

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012

The Logistics of Logistics

Please check out the most popular blog posts of 2012. The concept of lean (and the 8 wastes) originated in the manufacturing sector where it was first recognized that eliminating waste in the system led to much bigger profits. Most Popular Blog Posts – 2012 (pdf). Fill out the form to download a free PDF copy of our "Most Popular Blog Posts - 2012.". The post Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012 appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics.

Taming the Supply Chain. Will It Ever Be Social?

Supply Chain Shaman

Last month, I was at a chemical manufacturer, and the Chief Supply Chain Officer walked me to the elevator. For most leaders in supply chain and manufacturing, this is a new world, and not one that is well-understood or valued. The supply chain is knotted. It is unruly. It is complex. Will it ever be tamed through social?

IBM Beefing Up for Matrix Commerce in 2012

Supply Chain Network

Connect retailers and manufacturers for collaborative planning through the cloud. Never before have manufacturers and merchants of all sorts been faced with such a dynamic and competitive environment. Marketers, merchants and manufacturers need solutions that address the new volatility of the Matrix Commerce environment. In the past two months, IBM has made three strategic moves that bolster its SmarterCommerce portfolio.

Herding Geese

Supply Chain Shaman

The depth of the SAP application continues to fail the market and the Oracle application, while deep in demand and transportation planning, is weak in the areas of manufacturing and distribution. Geese fly in a v-shaped pattern and walk in single file.

Who said supply chains are boring?: Supply Chain Control Towers.

Supply Chains Rock

Monday, April 16, 2012. 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.

How Did We Get it All Wrong?

Supply Chain Shaman

I recommended that Steve take the last four years of shipment data, and give the technology vendors 2009-2011 and ask them to forecast 2012. He would then compare the output of the pilot to the actual shipments of 2012 to see who has the greatest accuracy. Most manufacturers have bought an ERP application that does not have an APS or S&OP tool that meets their business requirements. Last week, my mother died. It was not unexpected.

The End of a Fairy Tale

Supply Chain Shaman

To minimize costs, supply chain teams of manufacturing leaders have designed the value network to absorb this volatility. The tendency is to build a supply chain for the lowest manufacturing cost-per-case which they believe is the lowest ROA.

Who said supply chains are boring?: Another Zany Video: 10PL.

Supply Chains Rock

Friday, September 21, 2012. This "10PL ahead of its time" video compares its snub at CSCMP 2012 to the mistakes that made Decca Records made by not signing the Beatles. Manufacturing Central. Who said supply chains are boring?

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Do Wholesale Distributors Think in Terms of Supply Chain Optimization?

Logility

Wholesale distributors act as aggregators of demand, buffering manufacturers from small orders and logistics complexity. Not all wholesale distributors think in terms of supply chain optimization—but they should.

Supply Chain Congratulations in Order!

Logility

This year’s 2012 Sailing to New Heights with Logility Award was presented to KGP Logistics, one of the country's largest single-source value-added suppliers of supply chain services, communications equipment and integrated solutions to the telecommunications industry.

Transportation Management Study - Supply Chain Insights

Logility

This survey is targeted at manufacturers, retailers, and distributors as well as transportation providers, consultants and software providers.

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Real Options in Supply Chain Management

SCM Research

It may be cheaper to manufacture at home. A real option is “a right – without an obligation – to invest resources (e.g., labor, money, time) toward a course of action at a future point in time” ( McCarter et al., 2011 ). SCM applications of real options are scarce.

How many items should a planner plan?

Logility

Depending on the industry, for example retail, the number of items planned can be significant ranging up to hundreds of thousands while in a manufacturing / production environment the number may be significantly lower.

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Like A Green Lump of Clay….

Supply Chain Shaman

These can be shift in the channel, issues in manufacturing, increasing variability in transportation, or a shift in commodity prices. Alternate Bill of Materials and Alternate Sourcing: The more alternatives that exist through the manufacturing and procurement processes, the easier it is to design the supply chain to absorb cost and supplier variability. Flexible Manufacturing Scheduling Practices: The design of manufacturing processes to flex with market fluctuations.

Why the CMO Needs to Bond with the Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO)

Supply Chain Network

Quality: Think materials sourcing & manufacturing plants (internal/outsourced). Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Ensure products manufactured with legal age & fair labor practices. 2012 ACI Ltd.

Consumer Goods Technology Releases List of Top Supply Chain Companies

Logility

Consumer Goods Technology recently released its 2012 Consumer Goods Technology Reader’s Choice survey results. In Supply Chain Planning, Logility was voted highest in customer experience of all solution providers.

Supply Chain Gamification – Socially Intense and Highly Collaborative Wins the Game

Logility

Partner collaboration now extends to vendors, distributors, manufacturers, and customers. Connect with us: When I was working with finite scheduling systems in the 90’s I was struck by how “video game-like” some of the systems were.

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Supply Chain Gamification – Socially Intense and Highly Collaborative Wins the Game

Logility

Partner collaboration now extends to vendors, distributors, manufacturers, and customers. Connect with us: When I was working with finite scheduling systems in the 90’s I was struck by how “video game-like” some of the systems were.

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How many items should a planner plan?

Logility

Depending on the industry, for example retail, the number of items planned can be significant ranging up to hundreds of thousands while in a manufacturing / production environment the number may be significantly lower.

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How many items should a planner plan?

Logility

Depending on the industry, for example retail, the number of items planned can be significant ranging up to hundreds of thousands while in a manufacturing / production environment the number may be significantly lower.

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Not So Hidden Inventory

Logility

Recently, we were asked by the management of a manufacturer to help them assess why inventory levels were so high and trending upward. We went to the manufacturing plant to survey the scene, to see if we could determine the root cause of their inventory problem.

Not So Hidden Inventory

Logility

Recently, we were asked by the management of a manufacturer to help them assess why inventory levels were so high and trending upward. We went to the manufacturing plant to survey the scene, to see if we could determine the root cause of their inventory problem.

Video Podcast: Starting the Inventory Optimization Journey

Logility

Inventory Optimization can improve the quality of your S&OP process while boosting the efficiency of manufacturing operations.

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Video Podcast: Starting the Inventory Optimization Journey

Logility

Inventory Optimization can improve the quality of your S&OP process while boosting the efficiency of manufacturing operations.

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Video Podcast: Apparel Supply Chain Challenges – Size XXL

Logility

We work with a lot of branded and private label apparel manufacturers and brand owners, and it’s clear there is a misperception about supply chain complexity in these industries.

Video Podcast: Apparel Supply Chain Challenges – Size XXL

Logility

We work with a lot of branded and private label apparel manufacturers and brand owners, and it’s clear there is a misperception about supply chain complexity in these industries.

Who said supply chains are boring?: Disney 'Imagineers' a Supply.

Supply Chains Rock

Thursday, July 12, 2012. 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?: Introducing the 10PL

Supply Chains Rock

Tuesday, April 03, 2012. 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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