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5 Steps to Supply Chain Orchestration Success

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The successful music orchestra is a myriad of ensemble instruments working together to create beautiful music. Supply chain orchestration functions much the same way, with business systems from all trading partners and all transactions connected and working efficiently to create a seamless business. Aggregate data is completely visible so executives know exactly how much inventory they have. Receivers know when items have shipped and what size shipment to expect and when.

Advanced Shipment Notification Best Practices

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Thanks to modern automation, the semi-new concept of an advanced shipment notification (ASN) is improving accuracy and lowering costs for logistics operations. How it Works.

Will Your Supply Chain Sink or Swim in the Digital Age?

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Technology research firm Gartner, Inc. recently noted a new trend towards supply chain “protectionism,” presumably due to the extraordinary combination of external forces proving capable of disrupting once-optimized processes and, therefore, destroying once-healthy profit margins.

Cold Chain Technology Ensures Temperature-Controlled Environment

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Supply chain executives need to ensure that environmental and geological conditions are met. Technology can eliminate data silos and lack of communication for cold chain and blockchain metrics, increasing transparency and improving customer satisfaction.

How does your demand forecasting compare to your peers?

Demand forecasts are becoming increasingly more difficult to predict and less accurate. How are supply chain professionals dealing with this? What kind of technology are they using to deal with this shift? How is their approach to forecasting evolving? Take this assessment to find out how your demand forecasting process stacks up against others. It’s also a handy resource to identify improvement areas for your team. It only takes a few minutes and you get instant feedback.

How to Make the Most of Your Supply Chain Software

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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. Q: Are there any new features that customers should know about?

A Supply Chain Evangelist can help your mid-size company get on board with strategic supply chain improvements

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I recently participated in a Supply & Demand Chain Executive panel webinar on the procurement challenges of small and mid-size companies.

Supply Chain Orchestration: 5 Ways Your Business Benefits

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Every supply chain is data driven these days. However, not all data driven supply chains are enjoying the same level of visibility, applying the same level of analytics or accomplishing the same level of efficiency gains or profitability.

Supply Chain Orchestration: 5 Ways Your Business Benefits

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Every supply chain is data-driven these days. However, not all data-driven supply chains are enjoying the same level of data visibility, applying the same level of analytics or accomplishing the same level of efficiency gains or profitability.

Want to Improve Supply Chain Performance and Profitability?

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Acknowledge and Address the (Real) Root Cause of Your Supply Chain Data Silos. In a well-optimized supply chain ecosystem, information flows in all directions, as well as to and from suppliers.

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.

How Mid-Market companies can get the most from Supply Chain BI without a hefty price tag (pt 2)

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My goal with this series is to help with the careful planning and discipline necessary to ensure that BI efforts do not end up as another failed technology tool that never delivers on its promise.

The 5 Promises of Demand Planning: Does Your Current Software Solution Deliver?

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Some say intuition has no place in business. Yet, you need to be able to sense market trends if you want to proactively move from a reactive operating model into a more opportunistic stance.

Reality Check: Why It’s Impossible to Manage an Entire Supply Chain Using the ERP Alone

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Why Every Supply Chain Function from Procurement to Accounts Payable Will Perform Better if You Have an ERP Orchestration Engine (i.e. true Supply Chain Orchestration Platform). ERPs claim to provide process orchestration.

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Three Steps to Creating a Value-Oriented Supply Chain

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The relationship between buyers and sellers in today’s marketplace often remains transactional, focused on the simple movement and exchange of services and goods.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Supply Chain Evangelism

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The success of mid-market enterprises is fueled by efficient, integrated and aligned supply chain operations. However, with day-to-day distractions, leadership often has limited time and energy to seek and implement measures to enhance collaboration and productivity across departmental operations.

4 Reasons to Integrate Order-to-Cash & Procure-to-Pay

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Mid-market companies can no longer afford to manage their supply chains in individual silos that often produce inaccuracies in overall performance and constrain supplier relationships.

Reality Check: Why It’s Impossible to Manage an Entire Supply Chain Using the ERP Alone

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Why Every Supply Chain Function from Procurement to Accounts Payable Will Perform Better if You Have an ERP Orchestration Engine (i.e. true Supply Chain Orchestration Platform). ERPs claim to provide process orchestration.

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You Shouldn’t “Cross” Supply Chain Data Streams, but you Should Standardize Them

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As companies have moved to make more and more supply chain and purchasing activity digital, the data formats utilized to share that digital information have multiplied in kind.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Managing Suppliers Doesn’t Have to Be a Monumental (IT or Administrative) Task

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If you want to minimize supplier risk and maximize end-to-end supply chain efficiencies, you must first understand how to make the right technology connections.

Managing Suppliers Doesn’t Have to Be a Monumental (IT or Administrative) Task

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If you want to minimize supplier risk and maximize end-to-end supply chain efficiencies, you must first understand how to make the right technology connections.

Contrary to Reality, Supply Chain Collaboration Shouldn’t Be Complicated

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Why You Need a True Supply Chain Orchestration Engine Powering Your ERP.

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Contrary to Reality, Supply Chain Collaboration Shouldn’t Be Complicated

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Why You Need a True Supply Chain Orchestration Engine Powering Your ERP.

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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.

When Cupid’s Arrow Hits the Supply Chain

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and Cupid is preparing to fire his arrows all over the world. Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is the second highest annual grossing holiday each year, just behind Christmas. Figures show that Valentine’s Day spending approached $19 billion in 2015 alone.

Things Aren’t Always as They Appear in Today’s Supply Chain: The Direct Correlation Between the Accuracy of Your Mobile Data Inputs and Your Plant’s Outputs

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It’s a well-known fact that “visibility” governs your entire supply chain operation from the plant floor to the warehouse and distribution center; really, all the way to the end customer.

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Things Aren’t Always as They Appear in Today’s Supply Chain: The Direct Correlation Between the Accuracy of Your Mobile Data Inputs and Your Factory’s Outputs

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It’s a well-known fact that “visibility” governs your entire supply chain operation from the plant floor to the warehouse and distribution center; really, all the way to the end customer. That is because “visibility” is what enables you to sense problems and take corrective action immediately.

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The 5 Promises of Demand Planning: Does Your Current Software Solution Deliver?

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Some say intuition has no place in business. Yet, you need to be able to sense market trends if you want to proactively move from a reactive operating model into a more opportunistic stance.

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.

The 5 Promises of Demand Planning: Does Your Current Software Solution Deliver?

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Some say intuition has no place in business. Yet, you need to be able to sense market trends if you want to proactively move from a reactive operating model into a more opportunistic stance.

6 Ways to “Refresh” Your Supply Chain Operations: Part III

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In our last installment of the Spring Cleaning Series, we want to focus on strategies you can implement in the present that will help you time and time again going forward. Refocus on the Customer Experience.

Want better supplier adoption of your procurement portal? Start by asking your own sales staff.

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In my conversations with mid-market companies looking to implement supply chain improvements, supplier adoption routinely ranks near the top of concerns. It only makes sense.

Warehouse Automation May Not Automatically Resolve Data Issues…However This Can

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With all the mobile devices, barcode scanners, sensors and other computing technologies online today, warehouse managers should have complete visibility into what is happening within their four walls at all times. But they don’t.

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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.