Welcome 2019

Supply Chain Shaman

Bear markets drive heightened interest in supply chain management. These supply chain groups are more global and diverse. Gradually companies realize that the supply chain is a capability, not a function. However, supply chains don’t play by hard-coded rules.

Another Optimistic Forecast for 2019 U.S. Retail Sales

Supply Chain Matters

retail sales for 2019 will increase between 3.9 Retail industry customer fulfillment and supply chain management teams should likely be preparing for another active year but with contingency planning in-place. percent, the 2019 forecast bandwidth of between 3.9

Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Oracle Modern Business Experience Conference- Part Three

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog in the presence of independent supply chain management and B2B industry analyst and Editor Bob Ferrari, is attending the Oracle Modern Business Experience ( MBX ) in Las Vegas.

Supply Chain Matters Features This Week in Supply Chain Tech- January 18, 2019 Edition

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog features our This Week in Supply Chain Management Tech column, a brief synopsis of noteworthy supply chain management focused technology news that occurred during the week of January 14, 2019. Copyright 2019.

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

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A Focus on Hospital Supply Chain Management Challenges and Opportunities

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights an interview with the CEO of Management Health Systems , now rebranded as Syft , and the particular supply chain managements of hospital supply and patient demand networks. .

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part two)

Kinaxis

In part one of “Regaining control: Inventory management best practices” , we talked about controlling inventory, before being able to competently manage inventory. Inventory management best practices all about getting organized. by Richard Cushing.

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part four)

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing In part one of my inventory management best practices series I argue that inventory cannot be managed until it is controlled, and present the notion our general willingness to apportion blame upon unreliable data from enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems is misplaced.

Control Towers: If Only There Was A Clear Definition

Supply Chain Shaman

In my interactions with supply chain teams, I find that this type of decision process happens frequently. The focus is on functional metrics, but are unable to get to overall supply chain metrics. The reference for supply chain leaders is an airport control tower.

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This Turbulent Week in Brexit Events and Consequent Multi-industry Supply Chain Disruption Planning

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog updates readers on a turbulent week of Brexit related developments and on the implications for multi-industry supply chain scenario disruption risk contingency planning. Industry Supply Chain Contingency Planning.

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

A Blueprint For Supply Chain Transformation The Data First Approach Introduction Over the past few decades, supply chains have evolved from a sub-function. The businesses that optimized their supply chain operations to deliver on. supply chain is data.

Apparel and footwear: At what point is missed sales better than excess inventory?

Kinaxis

In adidas’s recent earnings call, CEO Kasper Rorsted warned that adidas would miss its 2019 growth target because its supply chain was unable to meet the huge demand for its mid-priced apparel, especially in North America. by Harish Iyer.

Which supply chain planning processes should we automate?

ToolsGroup

Now that more companies are embracing supply chain planning productivity and automation, many firms are asking which processes they should automate. Gartner says that the attitude towards supply chain planning productivity and automation has changed dramatically.

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part three)

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing In part one and part two of “Regaining control: Inventory management best practices”, we talked about controlling inventory, before being able to competently manage inventory.

Smarter Inventory Management Will be One of the Key Competencies for Retailers in the Coming Year

Supply Chain Matters

While the nation’s retailers gather in New York City this week to attend the National Retail Federation’s 2019 Annual Conference, the Supply Chain Matters blog declares that inventory management will be one of the key competencies for retailers this year.

Key Questions for a Successful Distribution Network

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

If we're going to offer the speed of shipping and variety of inventory that today's customers have come to expect, there are a lot of different questions that need to be asked. How to gain end-to-end visibility into any causes of delay in your global supply chain.

Opportunities Remain for More Responsive Hospital Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides additional perspectives concerning our industry-specific coverage of pharmaceutical, drug, healthcare and hospital services focused supply and customer demand networks. . This week, a released survey of hospital leaders brings forward rather insightful findings along with opportunities for making supply chain management an important and positive enabler for enhanced hospital patient services and overall financial results.

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Design, Operating and Situational Inventory Trade-Offs

ToolsGroup

Gartner analyst Paul Lord has developed a framework to better understand inventory trade-offs by categorizing those decisions according to the objectives they are meant to achieve: structural, operational and situational. or “How can we reduce inventory and improve our balance sheet?”.

This Week in Logistics News (March 4-8, 2019)

Talking Logistics

And with that, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: Walmart Toughens Delivery Demands for Suppliers (WSJ – sub. The post This Week in Logistics News (March 4-8, 2019) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Tackling Item Complexity

Supply Chain Shaman

Discontinuing products is a struggle with tension between supply chain and marketing functions. The lack of product rationalization results in the long tail of the supply chain with increasing complexity. Welcome to 2019! Personalization. Market microsegmentation.

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar).

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part one)

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing It happens to be axiomatic that you cannot manage your inventory if you do not control your inventory. Managing versus controlling inventory. Inventory management best practices.

Added Political Developments Related to Brexit Add to Uncertainties

Supply Chain Matters

There is yet a new development regarding Brexit and the many supply and customer demand networks that would be impacted by an ill-defined exit plan. . Multi-Industry Supply Chain Implications. The multi-industry supply chains, the latest development adds even more uncertainty.

Mid-market companies leapfrogging supply chain planning maturity stages

ToolsGroup

Is the latest technology enabling some mid-market companies to leapfrog supply chain planning (SCP) stages of maturity? Inventory and replenishment planning has been reduced from 10 man-days per week to just one. Supply Chain Planning

Have You Given Your Planner Love Today?

Supply Chain Shaman

The most unloved employees in the back office are supply chain planners. As supply chain leaders, I would encourage you to send each of them some love for Valentine’s Day. Some Thoughts: Supply chain management is heady stuff.

What are supply chain professionals using to make network decisions? 

AIMMS

We recently created a quiz to help supply chain professionals answer this question. Our goal was to help you identify potential improvement opportunities by answering a few questions and get a temperature check on the current landscape of network design solutions.

Freight Data Trends for 2019 and How a TMS Will Grow in Value

Cerasis

The application of data can help shippers gain control of shipping costs and make informed decisions, and the top freight data trends for 2019 exemplify how the use of a transportation management system (TMS) can further this cause.

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Preparing for the Future of Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

Can you possibly prepare for a supply chain future that may be completely inconceivable right now? This practice rewards forward-thinking—quite literally, in this case—supply chain and warehouse management teams that accept and embrace the change that will revolutionize workflows many times over between now and retirement. However, this strategy involves more than parts of your supply chain watching for simple leaps forward in tech evolution.

How to Combat the Uncertainty and Risks in Today’s Global Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

and China, what’s happening (or not happening) with Brexit in Europe, or the status of “New NAFTA” and other trade agreements, one thing is clear: there is growing risk and uncertainty in global supply chain management. LLamasoft, therefore, decided to ask leading supply chain decision-makers (about 725 in total across five global regions) what strategies they were deploying to adapt their supply chains to the looming risks and uncertainties.

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Building stronger supply chain customer relationships

Kinaxis

If the above statement is true, then to maximize the return on investment (ROI)—since it is almost always more expensive to create new customers than to sell to existing customers—management’s second big imperative is to build stronger supply chain customer relationships.

Welcome to 2019: 5 Retail Trends You Need to Know Now

JDA software

Automation and visibility across the supply chain are becoming key differentiators for retailers and their supply chains. That means more businesses will be honing their inventory types and levels to drive the right products closer to consumers for faster response times.

Industry Supply Chain Planning Related to Brexit Response Grow More Concerned, Along with the Implications

Supply Chain Matters

With a mere nine weeks to-go before the March 29 th Brexit implementation date, it is becoming ever clearer that businesses large and small are exercising definitive supply chain management risk mitigation or alternative sourcing actions.

The Journey to Global Supply Chain Visibility

Talking Logistics

Achieving global supply chain visibility is a journey that companies have been on for many years, but most haven’t reached that promised land yet. How do you translate global supply chain visibility into actual business benefits? Those are just some of the questions I discussed with Julian Duerschmidt, VP Global Supply Chain Optimization at GEODIS , in a recent episode of Talking Logistics. Defining Global Supply Chain Visibility.

How vehicle customization will drive the supply chain of the future

Kinaxis

to discuss vehicle customization by original equipment manufacturer (OEM) automakers and its impact on the supply chain of the future. In the interview that follows, Mirza will introduce some of the supply chain challenges which will need to be addressed to reap the profit potential.

[PODCAST] The State of the Food & Grocery Supply Chain & The Impact of the “The Whole Foods” Effect

Cerasis

State of, Challenges, and Solutions in the Food & Grocery Supply Chain In this episode of “The Freight Project Podcast” we have Greg back on as C3 Solutions is launching an information campaign to highlight challenges and solutions for those supply chain professionals in the food & grocery industries as they deal with the encroachment of Amazon’s purchase of grocery retailer “Whole Foods” causing what we call the “Whole Foods Effect.”

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The Celebration of the Year of the Pig and Implications for Industry Supply Chain Management Strategies

Supply Chain Matters

At the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year , the Supply Chain Matters blog reflects on faster-moving changes in global supply and customer demand networks and on the implications for a year of constant challenge. Post New Year Supply and Demand Network Implications.