The 21st Century Supply Chain

What could you do with a faster, more effective supply chain?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater How concurrent planning can help you take back your time. Stop being a slave to your supply chain and take back your time! Don’t wait around for your supply chain to catch up to the speed of life.

Stranger supply chain things: Capacity planning lessons from Stranger Things

The 21st Century Supply Chain

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.

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.

10 must ask supply chain data security questions

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater When it comes to cyber safety, your supply chain could be your biggest weakness. Approximately 80% of data breaches originate from within the supply chain, and the financial impact of a breach could do more than destroy your bottom line.

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

Given the macroeconomic climate and the "Amazon effect," many companies are looking to digitally transform their businesses. This white paper explains why solving the data problem is the first-step and the key to digital transformation and true end-to-end visibility.

Does supply chain’s image need to catch up with the times?

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by Bill DuBois This guest post comes to us from Argentus Supply Chain Recruiting , a boutique recruitment firm specializing in Supply Chain Management. It’s our perpetual hobby horse here at Argentus that Supply Chain needs to be doing more as a field to attract young people.

Supply chain risks: The knowable unknowns that can hurt your supply chain!

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by Dr. Madhav Durbha CSX, one of the only two railroad operators in the USA that handles nearly all the shipments that move by train east of the Mississippi River has been experiencing serious challenges since the month of May.

Patient-centric networks at the heart of pharmaceutical supply chain management: Lessons from LogiPharma Europe 2018

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by Dr. Madhav Durbha With the Alps as a backdrop, LogiPharma Europe 2018 proved to be both energizing and thought provoking.

An executive’s guide to AI in supply chain management

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by Alexa Cheater Faster, smarter, more profitable supply chain decisions.

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

Predictive logistics is founded on AI and machine learning. But barriers exist, preventing deployment and innovation. This white paper topples misconceptions around AI and machine learning to help the shipping community unlock the power of predictive logistics.

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 !

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

The 21st Century Supply Chain

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.

Does your supply chain hear the change coming?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Joe Cannata What rapid adoption of virtual assistants means for CPG supply chains. I recall watching the original Battlestar Galactica series in the late 1970s, and there was an episode where Commander Adama was dictating his log.

Benefits of integrating finance and supply chain operations

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by Alexa Cheater Bridging finance and supply chain operations improves efficiency. In my earlier blog , I examined common obstacles organizations face when bringing together finance and supply chain operations. Now let’s look at the rewards you can reap by actually doing so.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

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 supply chain planning system crystal ball

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by John Westerveld Twenty-five years ago, I bought my first personal computer. One of the first applications I installed was a cookbook — the killer home PC application of the time. The second application was Quicken to manage my finances.

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.

AI, ML aren’t magic pixie dust, and other supply chain insights from Kinexions day one

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

The 21st Century Supply Chain

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.

Supply chain visibility: The key to growth

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by John Westerveld I came across a KPMG study last week covering a survey of 360 senior executives Forbes Insights did in 2016. There were a couple of key takeaways from the report: Manufacturers are planning on growth, but the overall market isn’t likely to grow.

What’s keeping you from realizing digital supply chain success?

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by Alexa Cheater Going digital has become top of mind for most supply chain leaders these days. But finding success through digital transformation is still an elusive venture.

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Supply chain agility and flexibility: The story of an IT executive

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by Dr. Madhav Durbha The coffee shop was buzzing. I was meeting my longtime friend Gagan, and we managed to find a reasonably quiet corner to settle into for what I anticipated to be a long conversation. He and I went to school together and started our supply chain careers at nearly the same time.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Six Degrees of Separation in your Supply Chain

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by Palvashah Durrani In our digitally connected world – information is easy to access, available on demand, and of varying levels of quality and veracity.

Get your demand planning and forecasting game on

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by Alexa Cheater Outplay your competition with a smarter, stronger demand planning strategy. Customer demands are changing. So why isn’t your demand planning strategy?

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.

Collaboration in supply chain management is key

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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.

What does it take to build a best-in-class supply chain?

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by Alexa Cheater Avaya: A supply chain management case study. Trust in the transformation. That’s what high-tech giant Avaya had to do when the company decided to radically change up how it manages its supply chain.

Vendor-managed inventory and distribution planning in the food and beverage industry – here’s something to chew on

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by Jeswin Philip The Food Packaging Trends and Advances report from PMMI forecasts that the US Food and Beverage industry will experience a 2.9 % CAGR through 2022. The report also mentions that the global growth rate is almost double that of the US food industry.

8 steps for a successful business case for your supply chain investments

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by Dr. Madhav Durbha Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to engage in or witness the process organizations go through to prepare business cases in support of supply chain investments, from the successfully crafted and executed, to those that fail to gain traction.

Data integrity: Bad data and 3 good things to do about it when supply chain planning

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by Bill DuBois Every business plans, but not every business runs as planned. Delays, shortages, quality issues, catastrophic weather events and fluctuating commodity prices are just a few examples of the exhaustive list of worries that will throw plan into disarray.

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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.

Continuous delivery drives continued supply chain innovation

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by Alexa Cheater. When was the last time you made changes to your supply chain? I’m not referring to order changes, SKU changes or capacity changes, but rather, the processes and functionality that drive your day-to-day decision making.

Supply Chain Risk Management: Could You Face a Category 4 Supply Chain Disaster?

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by Joe Cannata With Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic Coast in over 10 years that has already brought severe damage to Haiti, the Bahamas and several Southeastern U.S. states, obvious disruptions to supply chains and supply chain risk management were a given.

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.

Machine intelligence and human creativity in supply chain planning

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by Dr. Madhav Durbha I am reading this absolutely fascinating book “Deep Thinking: Where machine intelligence ends and human creativity begins” by Garry Kasparov , former world chess champion.

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.