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Applying Lean 6 Sigma Principles to the Supply Chain

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Fifteen years ago, I worked for a company that embraced Lean 6 Sigma as a core operating fundamental. Just about every member of the management team was a Lean 6 Sigma Black Belt and many had attained a level of Master Black Belt.

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Never Ending Journey of a Private Label Manufacturer

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. A few years ago I saw the Off-Broadway musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. This simple but hilarious musical follows couples through stages of their relationship from dating, to marriage, to raising children and into the twilight years.

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.

The Best Part of My Job

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As we wrapped up our 2019 Velocity Conference in Orlando last week, I was reminded how lucky we are to be in supply chain.

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.

Supply Chain Planning Predictions for 2019 and Beyond

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It is that time of year once again when many of us pontificate on what 2019 and beyond will bring. Personally I hope for World peace, the end to hunger, a cleaner/greener Earth, and lower taxes. Well, maybe someday, but I doubt many would buy into those as predictions for 2019.

How to Design a Successful Apparel Supply Chain

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Apparel is an exciting and rapidly changing industry. Planners need to contend with inconsistent consumer buying behavior, the need to satisfy multiple channels, complex sourcing options and proliferating “sub-seasons,” collections and assortments.

Common Forecasting Myths Debunked – Part 1 – One Forecast is Enough

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This is the first of a series of four posts that will explore common forecasting myths. In supply chain the impact of a single error can quickly derail an entire forecast. This creates a ripple effect across the entire value chain which can result in lost sales or worse, a lost customer.

Supply Chain Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

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Ok, I will admit it, I am a Star Wars fanatic. I have seen all the movies at least three or four times and some of the older ones dozens of times. I have been at the theater for opening night for many of these epic movies including Episode IV: A New Hope in May of 1977 (yes, I am that old).

From “Rules of Thumb” to Non-Linear Algorithmic Optimization

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Back in the mid 1990’s when I first entered the Supply Chain field as a freshly minted MBA from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University, I was full of “state of the art” knowledge from visionary teachers like Don Bowersox, David Closs, Steven Melnyk and others.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

My Video Call with Santa Claus

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Update on the Christmas Express Supply Chain. Around this time last year I had a call with the jolly old man of the north to talk over some ideas on how he and his army of elves might improve the Christmas Express Supply Chain (CESC).

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Five Tips for Improving Demand Planner Effectiveness

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A forecast is more than a projection of future business; it is a request for product (or a request for resources to ensure supply of a product).

The Importance of Demand Planning

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With increasing frequency, I have noticed blog posts touting the position that ‘demand planning is dead.’ ’ Why?

Periodic Versus Continuous Planning – What’s Needed for Success?

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The vast amount of information vying for our attention can make your head spin. When you think about how much this has changed over the last 10, 20 or more years, it is quite dizzying. It has been 11 years since the iPhone was introduced.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Planning Optimized at Mach 2

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Learnings from the 2018 Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference. Last month I, along with 2200 other supply chain professionals, attended the 2018 Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix Arizona.

This is Not Your Father’s Inventory Optimization

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If you are near to my age it is a good chance that your parents or maybe even you owned an Oldsmobile at some point. While growing up, my parents owned several Oldsmobile.

Solving the Supply Chain Planning Puzzle

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The variety of products available through a growing number of distribution channels is truly amazing. Competition between brick and mortar and e-commerce retail channels, often within the same company, has led to a proliferation of products and services.

The Influence of Social Sentiment on Supply Chain Planning

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Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube dominate the way people share information and communicate today. Considering just how influential these sites can be, it is amazing to think most weren’t introduced until the mid-2000’s.

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.

Optimized Planning for an Explosive 4th of July

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I love the 4 th of July Holiday. As a kid, the 4 th of July always represented the best of the summer school break and often included fun activities like camping, fishing, spending time in a park, parades, and wonderful firework displays.

Wholesale Distribution: Any Way You Want It?

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I have an affinity to rock & roll music released from the late 70s through the early 90s. The groups on my most listened to playlists include Boston, REO, Rush, Kansas, Styx, Van Halen, Eagles, Foreigner and The Police, just to name a few.

Process Chemicals – A Complex Supply Chain in Motion

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On a recent road trip to retrieve my daughter from college I drove past a handful for chemical manufacturing plants of various types. Viewing a chemical manufacturing plant from a distance everything seems so peaceful and static.

Advanced Analytics Are Everywhere!

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The ability to analyze performance and determine the root-cause of issues has become standard functionality in many of the devices we use today. For many years, automobiles have provided the capability to determine why a dash light is on through fault code readers.

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.

Planned Obsolescence in the Durable Goods Industry

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Durable goods , also referred to as hard goods, are items that are not supposed to quickly wear out, or more specifically, goods that yield utility over time.

How the Supply Chain Can Improve Healthcare for All

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As someone on the tail end of the Baby Boomer generation, I have a vested interest in the life science industry’s focus to improve both products and services.

Myopic and Hyperopic Supply Chain Planning

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Myopia , more commonly referred to as nearsightedness, is a medical condition in which one can see near objects but cannot see far objects clearly. More than 200,000 people per year are diagnosed with nearsightedness.

DDMRP – “Where’s the Beef”

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I will have to admit that I spent my fair share of time sitting in front of the TV set during my formative years.

Parts Town: An O2C Journey from Manual Processing to Digital Transformation

Speaker: Sarah Gibson, Platinum Operations Manager

The order-to-cash (O2C) process is often considered the lifeblood of an organization. It’s why so many business leaders are looking to next generation of O2C solutions to unlock value across their enterprise — value that’s necessary to remain competitive. Join us for an educational webinar with guest speaker, Sarah Gibson of Parts Town, as she takes attendees through her company’s digital transformation journey.

Imagine 2030: Supply Chain Talent

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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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Planned Obsolescence in the Durable Goods Industry

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Durable goods , also referred to as hard goods, are items that are not supposed to quickly wear out, or more specifically, goods that yield utility over time.

Solving the Supply Chain Planning Puzzle

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The variety of products available through a growing number of distribution channels is truly amazing. Competition between brick and mortar and e-commerce retail channels, often within the same company, has led to a proliferation of products and services.

How Automation in the Supply Chain Will Make Employees More Strategic & Improve the Overall Supply Chain

Speaker: Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis

In this educational webinar, Adam Robinson from Cerasis, a leading North American Transportation Management Solutions Company, will address how automation in the supply chain is allowing companies to empower their employees with a more strategic work flow aiding in overall collaboration with peers across departments, improved business operations, more efficient manufacturing, a healthier corporate culture, and more visibility to data and processes providing the ability to gain actionable insights that lead towards actions that impact the company’s bottom line.

Building the Business Case for Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Planning

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It seems like the phrase “digital transformation” is everywhere these days. There are as many definitions for digital transformation and articles on the subject. I like the definition provided in i-scoop’s online guide to digital transformation.