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.

The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

Talking Logistics

The research focused on the inventory visibility and optimization challenges that companies face today related to omni-channel fulfillment and the actions they should take to elevate their omni-channel performance. And it begins with improving their inventory accuracy.

ToolsGroup to Showcase Service-Driven Supply Chain Planning at Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2019

ToolsGroup

American Tire Distributors (ATD) to Highlight How It Worked with ToolsGroup to Tackle Forecasting and Inventory Challenges with S&OP. Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2019 is the world’s most important gathering of supply chain leaders.

How to Make Supply Chain Complexity Work to Your Advantage

ToolsGroup

With supply chain complexity increasing at an unprecedented rate, perhaps the biggest challenge for businesses is figuring out how to navigate this uncertainty to deliver service profitably. So what’s the secret of making supply chain uncertainty work for you?

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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.

Quantum Inventory Theory?

The Smart Software

Weird as these phenomena are, I cannot help seeing analogs in the supposedly different world of supply chain management. The post Quantum Inventory Theory? Physics at the quantum level is quite weird – not at all like what we experience in our usual macroscopic life.

Ingredients of a Successful Supply Chain: Transparency, Visibility, and Traceability

Talking Logistics

Today, most supply chains involve a network of resources scattered across facilities and entities. It’s a journey to ensure a successful supply chain and control operations, not only inside of your own four walls, but across your industry as well.

Top Talking Logistics Posts & Episodes (Q1 2019)

Talking Logistics

Even our most popular post, which dealt with excess inventory and yard management, had a transportation bent to it. Overall, the first quarter of 2019 proves yet again that there’s never a dull moment in this industry. In case you missed them the first time around or want to read/view them again, check out the top posts and new episodes from Q1 2019. Excess Inventory?

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The Absolut Company: Balancing Service and Inventory Creates a Delicious Mix

ToolsGroup

Here’s how they teamed up with ToolsGroup partner Optilon for a seamless supply chain planning process. A recent feature in The Wall Street Journal highlighted how Absolut’s modern approach to supply chain planning balances nicely with the company’s traditional production practices.

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.

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). April 3rd, 2019 11.00

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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3 Supply Chain Trends to Keep on Your 2019 Radar

Logistics Bureau

3 Supply Chain Trends to Track in 2019. We’re seeing more supply chain nodes spread across the country. Of all the factors currently shaping trends in supply chain and logistics, ecommerce continues to be one of the most influential.

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.

What Is Demand Sensing and Why Supply Chain Executives Need to Know More

Cerasis

Understanding more about the needs and wants of customers can help supply chain leaders make informed decisions, improve inventory management, and increase profitability.

Barcode Best Practices

OneSCM

Historically, an employee would receive material, drop it to a certain location, and then go to their workstation and manually submit a barcode number to enter it into the supply chain. 1D barcoding tracks one element through the supply chain.

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.

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.

Supply Chain Planning in Emerging Markets: Four Points to Remember

ToolsGroup

Supply chain planning in emerging markets is different. Now supply chain professionals have another different set of challenges on how to get product to the entire country where consumer-oriented outlets (i.e. Not knowing how much inventory is at each location.

Applying Lean 6 Sigma Principles to the Supply Chain

Logility

Fifteen years ago there were few resources to help apply lean principles to supply chain planning. To many supply chain professionals, minimizing waste equates to removing inventory. The goals of JIT are aligned with the goals of supply chain planning.

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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.

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?”.

Examining LogiPharma 2019 – Top 3 symptoms you caught the life sciences supply chain bug

Kinaxis

With LogiPharma 2019 in the books, a big congratulations goes out to all the organizers, speakers, vendors and attendees for a successful event. LogiPharma 2019 featured a strong lineup of speakers and life sciences supply chain industry experts who delivered valuable and relevant content, spurring attendees to participate with passion while host (and former Premiership Rugby match official) David Kurk injected a good dose of energy and humor to keep things moving.

How Supply Chain Planning Can Create Profit in a Declining Market

ToolsGroup

Therefore, traditional push-driven supply chains are wholly unfit for this situation. 1] Mohawk sought to profit from the resurgent demand for ‘ analog experiences ’ by owning the fine paper space and transforming its extended supply chain.

S&OP: Can You Make Decisions at the Speed of Business?

Supply Chain Shaman

Excel–while widely used for planning–is not equal to the challenge of modeling complex supply chains. Clarity on Supply Chain Strategy. Driving supply chain excellence is a balancing act. Imagine Supply Chain 2030. Yawn.

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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.

How to Make the Most of Your Supply Chain Software

OneSCM

How to Make the Most of Your Supply Chain Software. We recently sat down with Joe Harris, Product Manager at OneSCM, regarding the ways to make the most of your OneSCM supply chain software. Blockchain Support – OneSCM has been modified to write Smart Contracts on the Ethereum blockchain to support two use cases: Cold Chain Tracking and Serialization. “How do I convince business decision makers that Supply Chain Management should be a top priority?”

S&OP – 13 Years On, What Have We Learned and What Has Changed?

AIMMS

In December 2006, I published an article titled “ S&OP or just good supply chain planning ?” C ould the majority of the benefit s be achieved by first focusing on establishing good supply chain pl anning ? Lower inventory levels .

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This Week in Logistics News (April 8-12, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Therefore, it’s only fitting that the latest deadline for reaching an agreement has been pushed out to October 31, 2019 — yes, Halloween. But supply chain finance, especially in global trade, is certainly among the most promising and compelling.

ToolsGroup to Take the Stage with Lennox at American Supply Chain Summit

ToolsGroup

Lennox to Highlight How It Worked with ToolsGroup to Transform to Service-Driven Supply Chain Planning. The American Supply Chain Summit is a leadership focused meeting designed around improving supply chain and procurement strategies across the globe.

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ToolsGroup Names David Barton General Manager of North America

ToolsGroup

BOSTON (May 13, 2019) – ToolsGroup, a global leader in supply chain planning software, announced today that David Barton has joined ToolsGroup as the new general manager of North America.

Understanding supply chain dimensions to maximize ROI

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing To improve supply chain management and to maximize the return on inventory investment, it’s imperative to understand the supply chain dimensions that help define how your inventory is consumed.

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

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.

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.