Best of the Best Supply Chain Blog Posts of 2014

Kinaxis

As you take time over the holidays to sit back and reflect, here are the top ten excerpts from the best of the best posts on the Kinaxis supply chain blog. FROM SMAC in the Middle of Supply Chain Change. #2 FROM “Storage Wars” Rescues Supply Chain Ignominy. #4 FROM Gartner Supply Chain Leaders Conference – What Will Be Hot? #5 FROM Poorly Executed or Non-Existent S&OP Is Costing Your Supply Chain Money. #6 by Melissa Clow.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory.

Kinaxis

by John Westerveld Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Reason #3 Not having end-to-end supply chain visibility. Reason #4 Making key decisions by modelling the supply chain in Excel. Reason #5 Not having a supply chain risk management process. Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory. How do inventory records get out of alignment?

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HP’s New Style of IT: The Social Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

In a post earlier this year, I wrote that companies looking for opportunities for supply chain innovation will ultimately find them at the intersection of Software, B2B Connectivity, and Social Networking — and that Supply Chain Operating Networks are leading the way in enabling that convergence. This trend was certainly evident at GT Nexus’ Bridges 2014 User Conference last month. Striving for Holistic Supply Chain Management.

Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

We continue our top blog posts of 2014 from our main categories today by focusing on something at Cerasis we are experts in : Logistics. We’ve already listed the top 10 manufacturing blog posts and the top 10 supply chain blog posts last week. Logistics encompasses certain subsets of practices within the supply chain, such as just in time logistics, mission critical logistics, and more. Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014.

Innovative Approaches to Supply Chain Risk

Kinaxis

You have a supply chain risk management strategy in place. Many companies have accepted the need for Supply Chain Risk Management because they understand that just such a scenario could occur and if they are ready for it but their competitors are not, they have an opportunity to gain market share. The problem is most companies are relatively immature when it comes to Supply Chain Risk Management. What supply chain risk mitigation processes are you using?

The Supply Chain “Change” Dilemma!

Kinaxis

Part 1: SMAC in the Middle of Supply Chain Change. Part 2: Will the Internet of Things (IoT) Help Eliminate Information Latency and Deficiency in Supply Planning? Part 3: SMAC in the Middle of Supply Chain Change. This is part 4 in our Internet of Things Series: The Supply Chain “Change” dilemma! I thought his analogies with supply chain strategy and execution were spot on. The post The Supply Chain “Change” Dilemma!

Best Pick and Pack Shipping Systems for 2014

The Logistics of Logistics

Best Pick and Pack Shipping Systems for 2014. Order fulfillment has seen a rise in technology in 2014 and there is now a large offering of advanced products to help make your warehouse function more efficient. Chirag Patel from Fairway Fulfillment & Logistics explores three popular pick and pack shipping systems in 2014. Popular order fulfillment packages include the following: Fishbowl Inventory: direct integration with Quickbooks helping you process orders.

Top 15 Supply Chains to Admire from the Supply Chain Insights Conference

Kinaxis

by CJ Wehlage The Supply Chain Insights annual conference was held on September 10-11, 2014 at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. Great memories here, as so much has changed in the supply chain research world these past 5+ years. All ex-AMR analysts on the stage, talking about the ‘Top 15 Supply Chains we Admire’. There has been so much discussion on the “top” supply chain lists. Value of supply chain planning and analytics.

What’s new in the automotive supply chain? (Hint: Inventory Replenishment Policies)

The Network Effect

This is an ongoing series of posts on new developments within the automobile supply chain, with examples of best practices. Today I want to explore how automobile suppliers are improving their operations via inventory replenishment policies. Effective inventory replenishment policies in use today include the 830/862 converted to a delivery release, KanBan, Min/Max, and Sequencing. The post What’s new in the automotive supply chain?

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #7 Making decisions based on bad data (supply chain data accuracy)

Kinaxis

Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Reason #3 Not having end-to-end supply chain visibility. Reason #4 Making key decisions by modelling the supply chain in Excel. Reason #5 Not having a supply chain risk management process. Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory. Making decisions based on bad data (supply chain data accuracy).

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Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #5 Not having a supply chain risk management process

Kinaxis

by John Westerveld Reason #5: Not having a supply chain risk management process. Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Reason #3 Not having end-to-end supply chain visibility. Reason #4 Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #4 Making key decisions by modelling the supply chain in Excel.

Inventory Reduction: The Path to Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

Inventory Reduction: The Path to Supply Chain Management. Inventory is not only a critical part of supply chain management; too often it is the main cause of a painfully incremental progression toward effective and genuine supply chain management. Reading this article will enable you to see inventory from a perspective contrary to most conventional views defining inventory as an asset. inventory rises, so does the water level.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #4 Making key decisions by modelling the supply chain in Excel

Kinaxis

by John Westerveld Reason #4 Making key decisions by modelling the supply chain in Excel. Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Reason #3 Not having end-to-end supply chain visibility. In my career, I’ve had the pleasure of working with several top tier supply chain companies. But modelling complex supply chain relationships isn’t one of them.

Supply Chain Design

LeanCor

What is Supply Chain Design? What is supply chain design? For many in the field of supply chain and logistics, supply chain design is the rudimentary step in understanding how a product or service is altered from raw materials into a finished product in the hands of the final customer. Supply chain design refers to the development of the framework that information and products travel from supplier to customer and back to the supplier again.

12 tips to recharge your supply chain

DELMIA Quintiq

Ready to supercharge your supply chain for 2015? Here are 12 actionable tips to revitalize various aspects of your supply chain. Supply chain visibility: Not for your eyes only. Be a pro at avoiding these other pitfalls of supply chain distribution. Tip 5: Close the inventory gap between model and reality. Flawed inventory data leads to plans that are of little practical use. Supply Chain Planning & Optimization

Supply Chain Management Books

SCM Research

I recently conducted a survey with leading supply chain management researchers and asked them a simple question: “If you were teaching a doctoral seminar, what would you assign as the [.] Graves, (5) Purchasing & Supply Chain Management by Robert M. Patterson, and (6) Foundations of Inventory Theory by Paul Zipkin. This list compares well with a list of the 10 Greatest Supply Chain Management Books of All Time identified based on Google Scholar.

Have you Given your Supply Chain Planner Some Love Today?

Supply Chain Shaman

The Supply Chain Insights Global Summit is a week away. We are currently tabulating the results to publish the report, “Top 15 Supply Chains to Admire.” Supply chain leaders that make the biggest difference build supply chain potential and make small, incremental progress over time. A Closer Look at Supply Chain Talent. For most, supply chain talent management is challenging.

Top 10 Reasons Why Santa Has The Best Supply Chain

Kinaxis

Here is the ‘Top 10 Reasons Why Santa Has the Best Supply Chain. #1 10 No inventory issues. Comment to let us know why you think Santa has the best supply chain! From everyone at Kinaxis, and the Late Late Supply Chain Show, all the best to you and your families over the holidays. The post Top 10 Reasons Why Santa Has The Best Supply Chain appeared first on The 21st Century Supply Chain.

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The Next Great Disruption Coming to Supply Chains

Kinaxis

by CJ Wehlage What would you say is the next great disruption coming to our supply chain world? However, there’s one great disruption already occurring, which has yet to truly “touch” supply chain. I watched a TED Talk video by Philip Evans, from Boston Consulting Group and shuddered to think that all our traditional fulfillment and inventory models can be drastically transformed by the “consumer”. Where is the supply chain nodes?

End-to-End Supply Chain

LeanCor

5 Secrets of End-to-End Supply Chain Improvement. Every successful business in today’s world understands the value of a well-oiled supply chain – this determines whether a company will lead the competition or gets left behind. Our ability to successfully implement and sustain a supply chain that delivers the highest possible value to the customer at the lowest possible total cost of fulfillment is of utmost importance. And eliminate supply chain waste.

Defining Supply Chain Excellence: One Column at a Time

Supply Chain Shaman

You are pissy and opinionated in this world of supply chain blandness. The term supply chain excellence is easier to say than define. I have been trying to define it as a supply chain analyst for over fifteen years. When I wrote the book Bricks Matter , I wanted to write a celebratory book on why the adoption of new technologies and practices in supply chain had improved corporate performance. The Supply Chain Index.

Use these management strategies to build a great supply chain…

The Network Effect

Today I want to talk about some of the processes and management strategies that can be used to help a supply chain on the journey from ‘good’ to ‘great’ To read more about this subject and related themes, I suggest you read the new whitepaper, Supply Chain’s New World Order” , Visibility and Measurement. The post Use these management strategies to build a great supply chain… appeared first on The Network Effect.

Supply Chain Planning

LeanCor

Balancing the People, Processes, and Purpose of Supply Chain Planning. To be a leader in supply chain planning is to own a complex system, where you are at the nexus of hundreds, maybe even thousands, of different parties with their own constraints and goals in mind. When engaging in supply chain planning, LeanCor has identified three areas that need to remain in balance: 1) Purpose.

“Storage Wars” Rescues Supply Chain Ignominy

Kinaxis

And then I realized, these are the same questions I would ask about the ERP system when I led supply chain organizations. My supply chain was made up of 1 st /2 nd /3 rd Tier suppliers, 3PL’s, 4PL’s, distributors and retailers. Inventory management Supply chain management AMR Research Boston Craigslist Do it yourself Enterprise resource planning (ERP) ERP Garage Toolbox by CJ Wehlage. Take a good long look at this picture. That’s my ignominy.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #10 Failure to adequately train your supply chain planning staff

Kinaxis

by John Westerveld Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. Reason #3 Not having end-to-end supply chain visibility. Reason #4 Making key decisions by modelling the supply chain in Excel. Reason #5 Not having a supply chain risk management process. Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory. Supply chain is a very complex world.

Healthcare Supply Chain

LeanCor

Mapping the Current State – Healthcare Supply Chain. The masses, however, do not realize that the problem does not rest with the poor sweet customer service agent fielding the call, it resides in the complex supply chain. When approaching healthcare supply chain problems, there’s only one place to start – a current state map. Below we address a few simple steps that walk you through mapping your healthcare supply chain.

What the Analysts Are Saying About…A&D Supply Chains

Kinaxis

Even if you’re not you should check out Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. For the past several years, Supply Chain Insights has been delivering this research series. What caught my eye is that for each report, they do a deep dive on a specific industry and use a mix of financial data, survey research results and interactions with their clients to help get a better understanding of various industries’ supply chains.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #3 Not having end-to-end supply chain visibility

Kinaxis

Not having end-to-end supply chain visibility. Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. You are a supply chain leader. This is where you e-mail each node in the supply chain with the order requirements, have everyone do a feasibility analysis on accepting the order and then wait for the results. How do achieve supply chain visibility ?

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #1 Offshoring without getting the full picture

Kinaxis

Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. This significantly changes the supply chain picture and must be considered in terms of additional safety stock requirements (which will drive up inventories) and your order promise policies. Loss of control and oversight – Supply chain is complex. by John Westerveld. Here, there and everywhere | The economist.

Supply Chain Consulting

LeanCor

Supply Chain Consulting: Distribution Network Design Case Study. A global life sciences company was challenged with high freight costs, high inventory levels and complex processes, delays due to over-processing, and overall lack of delivery consistency. The client turned to LeanCor to conduct a supply chain consulting project that developed an optimized logistics network. The supply chain consulting project resulted in an estimated $3.7

Supply Chain Consulting

LeanCor

Warehouse Layout and Transfer Management: A Supply Chain Consulting Case Study. The overtime charges were out of control and inventory accuracy was a problem due to a poor layout strategy. In addition, there was not an inventory slotting strategy to drive any efficiencies inside the distribution center. Overall results for the supply chain consulting project included: Unloading and putaway cycle times reduced by up to 66% .

This Week in Logistics News (April 28 – May 2, 2014)

Talking Logistics

In this week’s news… JDA Software Announces Industry-Leading Distribution-Centric Supply Chain Suite. Supply Chain Council to Merge with APICS. Reports 2014 First-Quarter Results. XPO Logistics Announces First Quarter 2014 Results. Enterprise-wide inventory visibility to inventory and orders, coupled with profitable order promising logic to help achieve customer satisfaction without sacrificing margin. .

Four signs you need supply chain optimization

DELMIA Quintiq

The verdict is in – and has been for quite some time: Supply chain optimization is adding significant value to companies in a wide range of industries. Many of the world’s most successful organizations now regard supply chain optimization and advanced decision support as their ‘secret weapon’ Here are a few reasons why: An aluminum company reduced inventory by between 50 and 60 million euros. Why supply chain optimization is the next big thing.

What is an Outside-In Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

If you want to stay ahead of your competition, take the step beyond the traditional approach to supply chain. Most supply chain analysts believe that to remain competitive, companies must transform their supply chains from being focused inward to focusing on trying to predict demand to customer-driven chains that are organized to respond to demand with lightning speed. As supply chains extend globally, they become more complex.

Why the supply chain should be more social

The Network Effect

No company has ‘truly’ modeled the full relationship set between how companies interact with other companies upstream and downstream in the supply chain. Even companies who have invested in building an accurate database of their direct suppliers know very little about the next tier of suppliers upstream in the supply chain. “The supply network application of the ESG is thus somewhat similar to how Facebook and LinkedIn model their social networks.”