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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Guest Viewpoint: What’s Driving Freight Costs Higher?

The Logistics of Logistics

The 2009 rates slowly increased to the current 2012 level. In November 2012, the CPM was $2.48/mile, of which over 81% of this cost resided in the three elements: fuel prices, labor wages, and truck / equipment costs. . Utilize lower cost transportation; alternate sources such as Aerocraft airship or rail. Read the full article in November/December 2012 edition, Pharmaceutical Outsourcing , Vol.

Taming the Supply Chain. Will It Ever Be Social?

Supply Chain Shaman

They would ask how social can impact their supply chain source, make and deliver processes. The supply chain is knotted. It is unruly. It is complex. Will it ever be tamed through social? Yesterday, @DamarqueViews asked me a question on twitter: “What do you think are the greatest barriers in the adoption of social technology in the supply chain?” ” I laughed. Such a deep question on twitter.

Measuring Adoption to Drive Sourcing Value

Supply Chain Network

Everyone has bad habits, but for procurement, bad habits can put a major dent it in the ROI of your sourcing tools. That’s because strategic sourcing is complex and challenging – success requires more than fancy software purchases. How many of our sourcing events are run through the system? Without better visibility into the sourcing process, procurement can’t uncover the problems they need to fix.

Incoterms 2010 the Right Way - SupplyChainOpz

Supply Chain Opz

In global supply chain , most companies try to take an advantage of low-cost country sourcing to drive material costs down. NAVIGATE. Basics. Case Studies. Graphics. All Posts. About. Copyright. Privacy. Blogroll. Incoterms 2010 the Right Way.

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The End of a Fairy Tale

Supply Chain Shaman

As shown in Figure 1, the cost of Texas crude has increased nearly four times in the last decade; yet, too few companies are actively modeling the trade-offs of make, source and deliver TOGETHER. In the end, we were all going to live “happily ever after.”

Resource-based Theory vs. Supply Chain Management

SCM Research

There is an ongoing debate in supply chain management research about whether or not resource-based theory suggests that supply chain management can be a source of sustained competitive advantage for a firm. Among those who have denied this suggestion is Ramsay (2001) , whereas, in his recent essay, Barney (2012) has argued that SCM can, “at least in some settings”, be such a source.

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.

The Most Cited Paper in SCM Research

SCM Research

Being a milestone for our field , the paper analyzes four sources of the bullwhip effect, and it discusses actions to be taken to mitigate the detrimental impact of the bullwhip effect. Have you ever tried to find the most cited paper in supply chain management research? I have done so. For this purpose, I used the term “supply chain” in Web of Knowledge for a topic search.

Pretty Is as Pretty Does?

Supply Chain Shaman

The package and the process of package development is a major source of corporate waste. It is a major supply chain constraint, and the source of many product recalls. In 2012, 61% of consumer products companies want to improve packaging artwork management as a key initiative for global sustainability. While many companies source suppliers based on cost, sourcing artwork management suppliers should be sourced based on capabilities.

Like A Green Lump of Clay….

Supply Chain Shaman

In the supply chain, variability and volatility come from many sources. The best way to start the design of an agile supply chain is to look at the sources of variability and market volatility that your supply chain encountered in the prior year. 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.

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

Supply Chain Network

Quality: Think materials sourcing & manufacturing plants (internal/outsourced). 2012 ACI Ltd. As the world of commerce continues to become more complex, volatile and socially transparent the need for a strong linkage between the CMO and the Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) grows.

The CFO and the Supply Chain

Logility

The ability to accurately plan for demand and execute across the supply chain from sourcing to production and distribution sets forward-thinking companies like Haggar ahead of the pack and helps mitigate the supply chain performance risk factors.

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.

Revolutionize Your Forecast Precision Based on Market and Product Attributes

Logility

If “Plan High, Source Low” was a bumper sticker, it would mean something to supply chain professionals who need to plan demand at both the aggregate levels as well as detail levels for each important product attribute (e.g.

Ask the Expert: Supply Chain Innovation – Don’t Chase the Shiny Object

Logility

The supply chain has also become a source of unlocked potential to dramatically impact costs, customer service and competitiveness. Innovation is a term we hear often, especially in the world of software development. But what does it mean? What should it mean?

Ask the Expert: Supply Chain Innovation – Don’t Chase the Shiny Object

Logility

The supply chain has also become a source of unlocked potential to dramatically impact costs, customer service and competitiveness. Innovation is a term we hear often, especially in the world of software development. But what does it mean? What should it mean?

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

Logility

When they encounter challenges the whole community attacks the problem until a solution is found in true bottom-up, crowd sourcing fashion. Or imagine something as simple as global vendor sourcing as an online poker tournament.

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

Logility

When they encounter challenges the whole community attacks the problem until a solution is found in true bottom-up, crowd sourcing fashion. Or imagine something as simple as global vendor sourcing as an online poker tournament.

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Not So Hidden Inventory

Logility

Another interesting source of extra inventory was a lack of vendor delivery management. Recently, we were asked by the management of a manufacturer to help them assess why inventory levels were so high and trending upward.

Not So Hidden Inventory

Logility

Another interesting source of extra inventory was a lack of vendor delivery management. Recently, we were asked by the management of a manufacturer to help them assess why inventory levels were so high and trending upward.

Fewer Hunches. More Facts.

Logility

98.8%: American Italian Pasta Company’s customer service level ( source ). 50%: Increase in service Fender realized immediately ( source ). 30%: Amount Clement Pappas increased production through-put on one line ( source ). increase in inventory ( source ).

Fewer Hunches. More Facts.

Logility

98.8%: American Italian Pasta Company’s customer service level ( source ). 50%: Increase in service Fender realized immediately ( source ). 30%: Amount Clement Pappas increased production through-put on one line ( source ). increase in inventory ( source ).

Video Podcast: Apparel Supply Chain Challenges – Size XXL

Logility

Counter to what many people think, apparel supply chains are complex and demanding with global sourcing, long lead times, short selling seasons, and demand uncertainty.

Video Podcast: Apparel Supply Chain Challenges – Size XXL

Logility

Counter to what many people think, apparel supply chains are complex and demanding with global sourcing, long lead times, short selling seasons, and demand uncertainty.

The Research Difference

Supply Chain Insights

In 2012, I’ve attended eighty-five conferences, and I heard the term “research” frequently. We disclose the source of funding for each research project. Before I start this blog, you need to know that I am a self-confessed research snob.

Strategic Insights: Lessons learned from Sustainable Supply Chain Summit 2012

EcoVadis

Some key areas focused on included: When it comes to selecting countries or regions to source from, sustainability is usually considered afterwards. Buying Practices can be further embedded into sourcing departments through ramping up the importance of sustainability in RFP templates, using financial rewards, and developing a series of rewards for suppliers that buyers can offer (including longer contracts and increased volumes.).

Chuck Intrieri Executive Profile

The Logistics of Logistics

Mr. Intrieri is a highly experienced and credentialed supply chain professional and is a recognized thought leader and innovator, primarily in the areas of Third Party Logistics (3PL), Supply Chain Optimization, and Logistics, strategic sourcing, international procurement, supplier management , contract negotiations and reviews, and purchasing operations. Experienced logistics and supply chain consultant, Chuck Intrieri is a new contributor to TheLogisticsofLogistics.com.

Intelleflex Announces Cellular, GPS-equipped RFID Reader & Cloud-based ZEST™ Data Services Platform

Supply Chain Network

The CMR-6100 is easy to install and maintain, requiring only connecting it to an AC or DC power source – or even a solar power source – and attaching RFID antennas.

Best-Cost vs. Least-Cost Sourcing

Talking Logistics

Back in December 2012, for example, Apple announced that it is investing $100 million to build some of its Mac products in the US. A month later, Walmart announced that it will increase its sourcing of US products by $50 billion over the next 10 years. Kevin discusses three factors that are helping to drive the reshoring trend, but the one that caught my attention the most was how companies are shifting their focus from least-cost sourcing to best-cost sourcing.

SCM Technology Leaders JDA and RedPrairie to Merge

Supply Chain Network

The $45 per share offer price represents a 33 percent premium to JDA’s stock price on October 26, 2012 – the day before market rumors surfaced stating JDA was exploring a sale. It will be the single best source of software products and domain expertise for manufacturers and retailers. The transaction, which is expected to close by the end of 2012, will be funded with fully committed debt financing from Credit Suisse. 2012 RedPrairie Corporation.

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Video Podcast: Apparel Supply Chain Challenges – Size XXL

Logility

Counter to what many people think, apparel supply chains are complex and demanding with global sourcing, long lead times, short selling seasons, and demand uncertainty. He took me through some of the issues involved with global sourcing, managing demand, and boosting forecast accuracy up and down the product hierarchy.

Supply Chain Management:Headline for the 2012 Holiday Buying.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

Sourcing & Procurement. Sourcing & Procurement. ProcureEdge – Sourcing & Procurement. « Mapping Your Way To Faster Shopping | Main | Indicators from the 2012 Holiday Buying Period Point to Significant Change and Fulfillment Challenges » Headline for the 2012 Holiday Buying Season- Overcoming the Challenges of Fulfillment Complexity. Posted by Bob Ferrari on November 16, 2012 9:50 AM | Permalink. December 2012.

Secrets to a Short and Happy Life

Logility

If you wake up one day in an industry where 90% of your products’ revenues are generated in the first three months, you don’t have enough historical data to generate an accurate statistical product forecasts, and your global sourcing and manufacturing networks create long lead times with high supply variability…congratulations, you have probably landed in the electronics sector.