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Three Critical Supply Chain Capabilities for Private Label Industry Success

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I generally do not like the shopping experience. I prefer to develop a list of carefully researched products so I can get into and out of a store as fast as possible.

Simplify Supply Chain Forecasting

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Is 100% forecast accuracy attainable? Should it be? Wouldn’t that be called an order? Anyone that has ever had to forecast demand for products or services knows that obtaining a consistently high forecast accuracy is part science and part magic.

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How Many SKUs Could a Planner Plan if a Planner Could Plan SKUs

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As a classical and jazz musician, I understand the need for both structured and artistic abilities when performing. In its basic form, music is a mathematical language.

Is Your Supply Chain Planning System in the Cloud?

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My job requires a fair bit of air travel so I literally spend a good deal of my time with my head in the clouds.

Increasing Supply Chain Visibility and Security

Securing the supply chain starts with having visibility into the status of your assets, but this requires more than GPS coordinates on a map, because security isn’t just about preventing theft. Your assets don’t just need to arrive at their destination. They need to get there on time and untainted by heat, moisture, or physical shock.

Supply Chain Professional – Protector of Mother Earth

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I grew up in a time when people didn’t think that often about one’s impact on nature. When the first Earth Day took place in the US in 1970, it was a very small event compared with the world-wide phenomenon it has become today.

All I Want in My Easter Basket is a Supply Chain Planning System of Record

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Supply chain professionals are asked on a daily basis for what can seem like miracles: improve customer service and reduce costs, do more with less. There are only so many hours in a day and only so many days in a week!

Fantastic Stochastics – Effectively Planning for Items with Intermittent Demand

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Any demand planner will tell you some of the most difficult items to plan accurately are those that exhibit an intermittent or irregular demand pattern. This type of demand pattern is characteristic of service parts inventory, wholesale distribution and capital goods. Such items are also referred to as slow moving, lumpy or long-tail items.

Omni-Channel Retailers Supply Chain Survival Plan

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It’s an omni-channel world out there. Mobile and e-commerce customers expect to receive the same experience and service regardless of where or how they shop. Of course, customers do differ from store to store, and online desktop shoppers can be different from mobile app shoppers.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

The Biggest Challenges Supply Chain Leaders will Crush in 2016

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To be fair, it’s nearly impossible to predict what will turn out to be the biggest challenges supply chain leaders will encounter in the year ahead. Millions of supply chains face unique challenges that vary across industries, geographies and business strategies.

The Two Levers of Inventory Optimization

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When I hear the term “Lever” my mechanical engineering side comes out and I think of the Physics and Mechanical Design courses I took some 30+ years ago.

Mobile Collaboration - Supply Chain Planning at Your Fingertips

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I “enjoyed” a rather turbulent ride on a recent flight into Denver International Airport the other day. From my days as a flight test engineer, I know that modern jets have a forward-looking weather radar to help minimize the type of exciting rides I experienced that afternoon.

The Talent Gap

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What It Is, Why We Have It, and Some Simple Ideas to Fill the Gap. Rising Demand. At recent supply chain user conferences, a major concern for many companies was the talent gap in supply chain.

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Imagine 2030: Supply Chain Talent

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CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

Constraints, Constraints, Constraints: Building the Optimal Supply Chain

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I am constantly amazed that an automotive manufacturer will design and market vehicles with top-end speeds of 180+ MPH and 0-60 speeds in the sub 4 second range. Don’t get me wrong, I own three vehicles with 5.7L Hemi engines so I love powerful vehicles.

Q&A: Chris Reed, Ferguson Enterprises – Building an Agile Supply Chain

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Demands on the supply chain have changed significantly over the years for wholesale distributors and those that are embracing the changes are seeing improved service levels and profitability. At the heart of bettering your supply chain is to create an agile one built on accurate forecasting.

Berra-isms and Supply Chain Planning

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Being a huge baseball fan, I was sad to hear about the passing of baseball great, Yogi Berra. Yogi Berra was an 18-time All-Star and appeared in 14 World Series as a member of the Yankees, winning 10 of them.

Laying the Foundation for Advanced Supply Chain Planning Capabilities in the Food and Beverage Industry

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As a former Director of Supply Chain Management for a large multi-channel food manufacturer I experienced first-hand the variety of challenging problems faced by supply chain planners in the unforgiving F&B industry.

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The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

Common Sales and Operations Planning Myths – Part 1

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This is the first of a series of five posts that investigates common myths and mistruths I have heard over the last 20+ years regarding Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP). Hopefully, by exploring these myths we can generate a greater understanding of what S&OP is and what it is not.

Time for a Supply Chain Metrics Cleaning

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Temperatures on the rise; flowers and trees in bloom; and that time of year when we start to think of the annual ritual—spring cleaning. Wait, it’s not spring; but does that mean you have to wait another eight months to review your supply chain? Often, it becomes necessary to reevaluate how supply chain performance is measured to ensure healthy operations. Ask yourself, “Are your supply chain metrics bogging you down?”

Taming the Long Tail of Inventory

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Have you ever had something break only to realize the fix is an obscure part? Recently, I found myself in this very situation. My 17-year old refrigerator stopped dispensing cubed ice which required me to go through the extra effort of opening the door to grab ice from the bucket.

The Efficient Frontier: Boldly Going Where Few Supply Chains Have Gone Before

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Get out a piece of graph paper and plot your current achieved service level on the x-axis and your current inventory level on the y-axis. Mark that point with a dot. Now, estimate how much more inventory on hand would be required to raise your service level by 5%, 10%, 15%, and so on.

Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Ensuring Reliability in Supply Chain

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Removing the Two Barriers to Optimizing Inventory

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Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Supply chain leaders often find themselves in a difficult situation when it comes to the conflicting goals of improving customer service and minimizing inventory. The omni-channel world we live in has driven customer service to new heights.

When to Implement a Sales & Operations Planning System of Differentiation (SOD)

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A question I often hear from supply chain practitioners engaged in running and improving their company’s sales and operations planning process is, “When should we implement a system dedicated to facilitating our S&OP process?”

Think Differently

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Stop for a moment and imagine the supply chain differently. These were Supply Chain Insights’ founder Lora Cecere’s opening remarks at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in Atlanta earlier this month. The customer is changing, business is changing, the world is changing.

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The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

How Many SKUs Could a Planner Plan if a Planner Could Plan SKUs?

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As a classical and jazz musician I understand the need for both structured and artistic abilities when performing. In its basic form music is a mathematical language.

The Battle for Supply Chain Talent

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Over the last few years I have heard a reoccurring theme from many supply chain professionals, “there is a war for talent being waged.” ” Nowhere is this more apparent than in the area of demand and supply chain planning.

Applying Lean Principles to Supply Chain Planning

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Today, Lean is a concept, a philosophy, a practice, and a set of tools all wrapped in one.

The Forecasting Conundrum

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Conundrum: 1) a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun; 2) an intricate and difficult problem. I have heard a number of supply chain professionals proclaim that their companies should stop forecasting product demand due to poor forecast accuracy.

Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.

You Don’t Have a Supply Chain Planning System Roadmap?

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Does your team face the challenge of having too many options in the supply chain planning space?

Common Sales and Operations Myths Part 4 – Spreadsheets are King

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This is the fourth in a series of posts that investigates some of the myths or mistruths I have heard over the last 20+ years concerning Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP). The topic of today’s post is one we hear often and industry research shows it is not going away fast enough.

Machine Learning in Supply Chain Planning

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Are we ready? And if so what's involved? The evolution to using artificial intelligence and machines that learn in supply chain planning is inevitable.

Supply Chain Trends to have on your RADAR

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Supply Chain 2020 will continue collapsing cycles, challenging Supply Chain professionals and taking advantage of exponential technology shifts. What’s on your RADAR for the Supply Chain of 2020? What should be? People, Process and Technology – some indicators and trends to watch out for in the coming years. 2020 Process. What picture comes to mind when I say “Supply Chain”? Is it a series of interconnected links that makes up a process?

Digitizing the Extended Supply Chain: How to Survive and Thrive

The digital economy is upending all industries and processes, placing a premium on speed, customer satisfaction, personalized products, and collaboration.