The 21st Century Supply Chain

Stranger supply chain things: Capacity planning lessons from Stranger Things

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by Mike McAllister Courtesy of the Science Museum of Minnesota/Netflix. As a teenager in the 80s, it probably comes as no surprise I relate heavily to every cultural reference in Stranger Things.

Coming soon to a supply chain near you: 8 big digital disruptors

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by Alexa Cheater Every day it seems as if one company or another is touting they’ve just released the next big thing—that new device that will change your life.

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The future of the supply chain planning profession

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by Dr. Madhav Durbha It is a great time to be a supply chain planning professional. Advances in processing power, networking, and storage aided by the enduring power of Moore’s law have opened doors for some exciting new developments in supply chain planning.

The importance of customer service for end-to-end supply chains

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by Alexa Cheater Supply chain rigidity could be costing you billions. Getting the right product to the right people at the right time – that’s at the heart of what demand and supply planning is all about. But as anyone who works in supply chain knows, it’s a lot easier said than done.

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.

The rise of IoT in supply chain planning

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by Alexa Cheater There’s no denying the Internet of Things (IoT) has taken hold of nearly every aspect of our lives.

Career advice for supply chain professionals

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by Dr. Madhav Durbha It is a great time to be a supply chain professional. Emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Cognitive computing, and Augmented Reality are creating new challenges and new opportunities for supply chain management (SCM) professionals.

Life is complicated. Supply chain management shouldn’t be.

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by Alexa Cheater Rushing kids out the door, walking the dog, navigating traffic—life is complicated enough without having to deal with overly complex supply chain management processes.

The sales and operations planning journey: Starting off on the right foot

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by Andrew Dunbar Last week I attended the IBF Business Planning, Forecasting & S&OP: Best Practices Conference in Orlando, Florida. If you’re involved in your company’s sales & operations planning processes and you haven’t heard of the IBF, stop reading now and go check them out here !

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

The changing role of IT organizations in supply chain management

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by Dr. Madhav Durbha I recently read this very interesting book, “Be the Business: CIOs in the new era of IT” by Martha Heller.

Digitization is not the same as Digital Transformation, and AI cannot help supply chain planning

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by Trevor Miles Much is being written about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) recently. It is the topic du jour. There is undoubtedly a lot of opportunity in this space for automating highly manual and repetitive tasks, and even for redefining tasks.

4 unstoppable forces that WILL change your end-to-end supply chain

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by Alexa Cheater If there’s one thing you can count on in supply chain, it’s that things will change. Often. It could be as relatively small as a last minute order or engineering change, or as big as an industry-wide shift that sends your end-to-end supply chain spinning in an entirely new direction.

Information Overload: Is Too Much Data Crippling Your Supply Chain?

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by Alexa Cheater How much is too much? That’s the question many supply chain practitioners are asking themselves in this world of big data, where a flood of new information is rapidly becoming readily available.

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Four Steps to End-to-End Supply Chain Success

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by Duncan Klett Supplying products to customers is clearly important. If you can’t satisfy the needs of a prospective customer, that prospect can easily buy from someone else who can deliver what they want, when they want it. Lost sales and additional expediting costs hit your bottom line.

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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.

6 Supply Chain Lessons from Henry Ford

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by Alexa Cheater Henry Ford has become synonymous with revolutionary advances in manufacturing. His utilization of the assembly line for his Model T changed not only the way businesses operated, but consumer demand as well.

An optimist’s view of Blockchain in supply chain: Learnings from Bitcoin

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by Dr. Madhav Durbha These days, not a single supply chain conference I attend goes by without someone mentioning Blockchain. Given the growing chatter, I wanted to share my views on the topic.

The internet of (supply chain) things

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MSD’s journey to remove silos in its end-to-end supply chain

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by Alexa Cheater Eliminating silos from any company’s supply chain planning processes comes with challenges. And those challenges are only amplified the bigger your supply chain is.

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.

3D Printing Changes the Supply Chain

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by Joe Cannata I recently took a trip to my local big box electronics store, and saw a 3D printer on display. I asked what they were printing, and the response was “plastic components”, which were being sold in the store.

Supply chain pain points in the Aerospace and Defense industry

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by Alexa Cheater 7 barriers to aerospace and defense supply chain success. As air travel demand soars, aircraft equipment manufacturers continue to innovate in areas like jet engine fuel efficiency, navigation technology and materials science.

Supply chain planning system revolution: Are you yanking my chain?

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How Kennametal developed an integrated supply chain by connecting its data dots

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by Alexa Cheater Faced with growing global complexity and increasing demand volatility, Kennametal set out to improve its supply chain maturity, increase data integration and improve its bottom line. But doing so meant developing an integrated supply chain connecting data, process and people.

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

Running on autopilot

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by Alexa Cheater The growing role of AI in supply chain management. Rapidly evolving technology and a digitally focused world have opened the door for a new wave of automation to enter the workforce.

Can One Broken Bridge Cripple Your Supply Chain?

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by Alexa Cheater. That’s the question I’m asking after one very important, and now very broken, bridge in Northern Ontario failed to stand up to the rigors of a cold Canadian winter earlier this month.

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Supply Chain Is at Its Best When You Can’t See It

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by Jonathan Matthews Playing hockey the other night, there was a particularly boisterous individual on my bench. One of my teammates made the comment that essentially boiled down to, “they should be seen and not heard,” which started me thinking, strangely enough, about supply chain.

7 Avoidable Data Errors in Your Supply Chain Data

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by Palvashah Durrani The Devil is in the Data Details: Entering a New Global Market. So you’re about to launch into a new global market. It’s thrilling, full of potential, and has its own set of opportunities and challenges.

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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.

Chasing perfection is killing your supply chain

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by Alexa Cheater There’s no such thing as 100% when it comes to forecast accuracy. Let me say it again. One hundred percent accuracy does not exist. I don’t care how good your demand sensing is or how sure your sales team is of their market projections. It’s just not possible.

Preparing Skills for the Future of Supply Chain Management

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by Bob Ferrari The following guest blog commentary is contributed by Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor of the Supply Chain Matters blog and Managing Director of the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group LLC. In October, I had the opportunity to speak at the APICS 2015 conference.

Aspire, challenge and transform: Insights from the Gartner Supply Chain Executive conference

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by Dr. Madhav Durbha I enjoy attending conferences. They give me the opportunity to reflect, reconnect and recharge. One conference I recently attended is the Gartner Supply Chain Executive conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Technology and the Supply Chain: What Does the Future Hold?

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by Alexa Cheater Meet the Jetsons! Like any well-rounded child of the 80s, I grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons.

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.

4 Ways Supply Chain Management Has a Higher Purpose

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by Dr. Madhav Durbha The Higher Purpose of Supply Chain Management. My wife’s phone rang as we were driving home from the restaurant. I turned off the music and the kids had gone quiet as she answered the phone. It was a distraught mother at the other end of the line.

[Video] Long-term supply chain planning system vision and strategy

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by Melissa Clow This blog is part of a video interview series. Check out the video below as well as links to other supply chain practitioner and Kinaxis executive interviews.

How you doin’? Is your supply chain doing the right thing to prepare for the future?

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by Bill DuBois The other day I turned on the news to the headline of Sears Canada closing 59 stores. My thoughts went immediately to images of my mother passing around the Sears catalog as she asked us to mark pages with gift suggestions.

Six pieces of out-of-this world supply chain advice from astronaut Chris Hadfield

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by Alexa Cheater Mesmerizing. Motivating. Magical. That’s how best to describe the experience of hearing famed Canadian astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station (ISS) Chris Hadfield address the crowd at Kinexions, our annual user and training conference.

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.