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.” A Closer Look at Supply Chain Talent. For most, supply chain talent management is challenging.

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

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. The Supply Chain Index.

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

Talking Logistics

This trend was certainly evident at GT Nexus’ Bridges 2014 User Conference last month. Supply chain visibility (Lenovo), global growth (GAP and Electrolux), the role of emerging technologies (Guess?), Striving for Holistic Supply Chain Management.

Peak Holiday Season Supply Chain Customer Fulfillment Surge- The Initial Results

Supply Chain Matters

As we approach the start of the New Year, B2C and Omni-channel focused supply chains teams can begin to take a much needed breather. While reverse supply chain activities continue to ramp over the remaining days of the calendar year, it’s a good time to reflect on the initial learning from the 2014 holiday surge.

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

” Here is an excerpt from the article: “…it isn’t by becoming more efficient that the supply chains of Wal-Mart, Dell, and Amazon have given those companies an edge over their competitors. First, great supply chains are agile. Supply Chain Planning.

Judging Supply Chain Improvement: Campbell Soup Case Study

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the course of the last two years, we at Supply Chain Insight s have worked on a methodology to gauge supply chain improvement. We named it the Supply Chain Index. We have found that supply chain metrics are gnarly and complicated.During

Turkey Logistics: The Thanksgiving Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

Inventory Management Just for Fun Retail Supply Chain Planning This Week in News Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a time for family, friends, and turkey. Lots of turkey. Just how much turkey?

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Service Supply Chains Put to the Ultimate Stress Test in the Automotive Industry

Supply Chain Matters

Thus far in 2014, GM has announced 44 product recalls involving nearly 18 million previously sold vehicles. In a previous Supply Chain Matters commentary, we called attention to product recalls involving airbags supplied by Japan based Takata Corp. PTC PTC service lifecycle management software suite supply chain insights Supply chain Matters blog supply chain technology influencer Bob Ferrari''s blog supply_chain_matters

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.

Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

Over 70 executives from various companies and industries attended the event, which featured the following speakers: Debbie Hodges, VP of Supply Chain Services, Walmart Stores. Walmart Supply Chain and Transportation Trends for 2015.

Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

Supply Chain Shaman

In my work with Supply Chain Insights , I immerse myself in learning. I continually question my long-held beliefs on supply chain excellence. . When readers finish a Supply Chain Shaman blog, I want to drive a set of unique takeaways.

Supply Chain Matters Interview with the CEO of APICS

Supply Chain Matters

Most supply chain professionals probably have awareness to APICS from its various certification programs. In October 2013, APICS rebranded itself to position the organization as the: “professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and […]. This author recently had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Abe Eshkenazi, the CEO of APICS.

Supply Chain Matters Impressions from Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2014

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters was invited to attend the IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit this week which was held in Tampa Florida. This was our third annual attendance at this venue and by each of our encounters, we have gathered a stronger sense of IBM’s continued direction in supporting the Buy, Sell, Service and analytics needs for industry supply chains.

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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 #5 Not having a supply chain risk management process.

Supply Chain Matters Highlights of the MIT 2014 Crossroads.

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters Attendance at 2014 Oracle Industry Connect Conference. Supply Chain Matters Highlights of the MIT 2014 Crossroads Conference. Unplanned Disruption for Boeing’s Supply Chain. Aerospace Supply Chain (86).

12 tips to recharge your supply chain

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.

Supply Chain Design

LeanCor

What is Supply Chain Design? What is supply chain design? 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. Or should the supply chain be agile?

Four signs you need supply chain optimization

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. But supply chain optimization isn’t just about dollars and cents. Why supply chain optimization is the next big thing.

Supply Chain: The True Game of Risk

Supply Chain Shaman

For the supply chain leader it is not a game… The stake is business continuity. Gamers do well in the world of supply chain. Designing value networks and managing what-if conditions is fundamental to managing supply chain risks.

Redesign to Improve Value: A Case Study of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

This week, I will speak at Llamasoft’s conference on improving supply chain network design. One of the reports that I am writing is on the state of Supply Chain Planning (SCP). Interview of a Supply Chain Leader: Redesigning for Value.

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.

Supply Chain Matters Interview Highlights: The Four Levels of Business Network Visibility

Supply Chain Matters

Our discussion reflected on clarification of the different levels of visibility within today’s global supply chain networks. At first blush, the term “visibility” can trigger different definitions for supply chain management teams and the term is often over utilized and somewhat abused in communicating supply chain business process needs and requirements. Today, supply chains need to respond and calibrate on a daily basis as opposed to weekly or monthly.

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. Healthcare Supply Chain Analysis.

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.

Two Ways Supply Chains Can Remain Strategic to Business

Logistics Viewpoints

Supply chain management is a critical function at any business that involves production, distribution, or inventory management. So, how can the supply chain management function elevate itself to that of […].

Why Do CEO’s Too Often Struggle with Supply Chain Management Best Practices?

Logistics Viewpoints

I’d been interacting with Mark Kuta, who works for Oracle in the Value Chain Planning group, and he sent me a book he wrote called Think Like a CEO. Inventory Management Supply Chain Planning

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Innovative Approaches to Supply Chain Risk

Kinaxis

You have a supply chain risk management strategy in place. The problem is most companies are relatively immature when it comes to Supply Chain Risk Management. There is a natural conflict between risk mitigation and supply chain efficiency.

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.

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. The post The Supply Chain “Change” Dilemma!

Severe Congestion at Key West Coast Ports Lead to Needs for Creative Actions

Supply Chain Matters

Throughout the summer months, Supply Chain Matters as well as other supply chain management focused media have been monitoring the ongoing threat of potential west coast port disruptions. During July, a Supply Chain Matters commentary cited a published report in Logistics Management made the observation that the threat of U.S.

Peak Holiday Season Surge- The Final Crunch Begins

Supply Chain Matters

Thus far, our community already has some acquired learning from the 2014 holiday surge, learning, that stings goods producers, shippers as well as retailers and e-tailers. West Coast port crisis impacted various brand-name retailers and exporters and their efforts to get inventory where it was needed. It is Friday, December 19 and the peak holiday surge of in-store and online customer fulfillment is just a two business days and hours away and the final crunch is underway.

Imagine the Supply Chain of the Future

Supply Chain Insights

On September 9–11, 2014, 110 supply chain visionaries will gather in the desert at the Phoenician Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona to think differently and define the future of supply chain. Supply chain teams are being asked to do more with less.

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.

Inventory Management in Manufacturing Environment

LeanCor

Firms today are beginning to understand more and more that high levels of inventory aren’t just detrimental to costs but also for hiding other potential issues. The beginning stage of inventory management doesn’t begin at the dock door rather it begins with the supplier.