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Intelligence…Sometimes Artificial

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When it comes to intelligence in decision making, it’s our differences in experiences and attitudes that make our businesses evolve in a diverse manner. There are often many ways to solve a problem. The path we take can be an expression of our human creativity.

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Prescriptive Analytics is Going Mainstream. Is your Organization Ready?

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With rising supply chain complexity, organizations are racing to improve the pace and quality of decision-making. To do this, many are relying on prescriptive analytics. According to Gartner, 11% of mid and large-sized enterprises currently have some form of prescriptive analytics.

Is it time to say goodbye to RFIs?

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Supply chain software is changing. So should the purchasing process. . As someone who has worked in supply chain for over 20 years, I’m very familiar with Requests For Information (RFIs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs). It’s been the way to conduct a competitive tender since I can remember.

Dealing with Unsupported Network Design Software? There’s a Silver Lining

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It can be incredibly frustrating when the software you use to run your supply chain will become unsupported. This is happening with many on-premise solutions. Some tools may be acquired by competitors, who then incorporate them in a vastly more expensive package.

Top 5 Barriers to Supply Chain Network Design Adoption and How to Overcome Them

Speaker: Brian Dooley, Director SC Navigator, AIMMS, and Paul van Nierop, Supply Chain Planning Specialist, AIMMS

Want to build your internal capability, reduce costs and make better decisions? It's easier than you think. This on-demand webinar shares research findings from Supply Chain Insights, including the top 5 obstacles that bog you down when trying to improve your network design efforts.

Digital Representation and our Obsession with Optimization

AIMMS

I’ve watched many times as customers experience the power of modeling and prescriptive analytics for the first time. It’s like they are opening a great gift.

How BT is Building a Connected Supply Chain Amidst Ongoing Transformation

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With almost 30 million customers, BT (British Telecom) is the largest provider of consumer mobile and fixed broadband communications services in the UK. Behind the scenes, BT Supply Chain has been the backbone of the company’s operations for 30 years, making sure customers get the best experience.

Modeling brewing capacity to drive cost savings at HEINEKEN

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Heineken is one of the world’s best-known beers. But for HEINEKEN International, the famed lager is only one of its products. The company owns more than 165 breweries around the world.

Sales & Operations Planning Is Changing At An Accelerated Pace

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We are flattered to be recognized by Gartner in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning Systems of Differentiation , especially considerin g that we only launched our configurable S&OP application two years ago.

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

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In December 2006, I published an article titled “ S&OP or just good supply chain planning ?” The article looked at what Sales and Operations Planning is, what it isn’t, and whether companies were on the right path to implementing it. I wondered: is S& OP just too hard to implement ?

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Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

Tata Steel Makes Strides Towards an Autonomous Supply Chain Powered by Optimization Technology

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Tata Steel is one of the world’s largest steel producers. In fact, it’s very likely that Tata Steel plays a role in your life today, by providing raw material for the car you drive, the house you live in and the roads you drive through.

How do supply chain professionals rate their demand forecast’s accuracy?

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Part I in our series on assessing your Demand Forecasting process. It’s no secret that demand is getting more difficult to predict. Is your demand forecasting process evolving with the times? How does your process stack up against others? Are you satisfied with your level of forecast accuracy?

What Technology are Teams Using to Support Their Demand Forecasting Process?

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Part II in our series on assessing your Demand Forecasting process . In Part I of this series , we looked at supply chain professionals’ perception of forecast accuracy and how they see their forecast evolving in the future.

Selecting new software for supply chain network design doesn’t have to be a hassle

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When it comes to network design, you can’t just set it and forget it anymore. Today’s successful supply chain networks are adaptable. They react swiftly to changing business conditions and customer needs. They scale quickly when there’s opportunity for growth.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

What are supply chain professionals using to make network decisions? 

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Part I in our series on assessing your network design’s maturity . How does you r network design compare to others ?

How often do supply chain leaders assess their network for improvements?

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Part II in our series on assessing your network design’s maturity . As we wrote in Part I of this series , we recently ran a quiz to help supply chain professionals benchmark their network design maturity.

How advanced is your supply chain network design? Take our quiz to find out

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Today’s most profitable companies have built their success on an effective and responsive supply chain network. But maintaining this is easier said than done. Supply chain networks are becoming increasingly complex, serving multiple SKUs in hundreds if not thousands of locations.

How Peapod drives supply chain innovation and efficiency with analytics

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An interview with Daniël van Gool at Peapod. It’s an exciting era for retail as companies continue to focus on creating and providing a great experience for their customers, while driving innovation and market share.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

How Peapod drives supply chain innovation and efficiency with analytics

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An interview with Daniël van Gool at Peapod. It’s an exciting era for retail as companies continue to focus on creating and providing a great experience for their customers, while driving innovation and market share.

Optimizing the food industry: a conversation with UniSoma’s Luis Pinto

AIMMS

The food supply chain is complex and challenging. Changing consumer preferences, rising competition and new technologies are compelling food companies to rethink their approach to supply chain management.

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Key learnings from Supply Chain Insights’ Global Summit

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It was a pleasure to attend this month’s Supply Chain Insights Summit in Philadelphia. The conference, organized by Supply Chain Shaman Lora Cecere and her team, was structured around a compelling theme: “imagine the supply chain of 2030.”

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Don’t risk falling behind: 3 things you can do to start mastering analytics

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In today’s business environment, you can’t remain competitive without mastering analytics. S till, most companies are “not very far” when it comes to implementing analytics and garnering benefits from data, as a recent survey from CSCMP suggests.

How To Improve Your Shipper-Carrier Relationship

Why you don’t need perfect data to start implementing S&OP

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An interview with Boon Edam’s Aron Waas. Implementing Sales and Operations Planning has many benefits. To truly leverage it to improve business performance and predictability, you need to embark on a change management process and you need the right technology to self-enable your team.

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Is it time to finally retire your spreadsheets?

AIMMS

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article , finance chiefs are cutting back on Excel because it hasn’t “kept up with the demands of contemporary corporate finance units.”

Summer Reading 2018: Top 6 Blogs on Supply Chain Analytics

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Want to avoid summer stagnation? To help you stay informed during the summer months and close the year with impact, we prepared a list of our most popular content for your reading and viewing pleasure.

From import tariffs to the next tsunami: how Prescriptive Analytics can help you build agility and resilience into your Supply Chain Network

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In a world full of turmoil, change has become the new normal. New import tariffs being introduced across the globe, extreme weather events, Brexit… The list goes on and on. What can Supply Chain leaders do to mitigate the risks that these disruptions bring to the Supply Chain?

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

3 things supply chain leaders can do to leverage talent for the digital supply chain

AIMMS

AIMMS has been active in the supply chain space for over 28 years. We’ve seen the evolution of the industry and its ongoing transformation , and have embarked on a transformation ourselves.

How to make S&OP meetings a highlight in your team’s calendar

AIMMS

Sales and Operations Plan ning has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. In fact, it’s become internalized to a degree that companies often have several (competing) S&OP pro cesses in different geographies & business units.

Supply Chain Network Optimization Technology is Ripe for Disruption

AIMMS

Something struck me after spending a few days in Phoenix at Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference. Supply Chain Network Optimization is key to running an efficient and profitable operation today.

No chicken, no gravy, no customers – KFC’s planning woes are entirely preventable

AIMMS

KFC, a fast food favorite, made headlines last month for suffering a chicken shortage that brought 900 restaurants in the UK to a halt. Recently, the chain announced it was suffering from a gravy shortage as well. Not ideal for a chicken restaurant. No chicken and no gravy mean no customers.

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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). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

Why chemical companies need prescriptive analytics for S&OP

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The chemical industry is facing some powerful changes that are directly impacting revenues and margins. It’s also highly competitive. Everyone is trying to dominate their niche. This means chemical companies need to be adept at managing costs and profitability. But doing this ad hoc is too difficult.