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Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning: Barrier or Enabler?

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Study shows most companies are still formulating and gaining support for a digital strategy, and fear of change is the biggest roadblock. By George Fowler, group vice president, Spinnaker Supply Chain. Has your company initiated a digital transformation initiative?

Supply Chain Planning BPO: What’s Driving It and Should You Get On Board?

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You know that great feeling you get when you have an expert getting the job done? More and more businesses are hopping on the outsourcing bus and letting the experts take the wheel to drive supply chain planning processes.

The Franke Story: Three Points to Learn about Supply Chain Complexity

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Nowadays everyone’s writing and speaking about supply chain complexity , but not many are talking about how to turn around all that complexity and variability for business advantage.

Five Things You Need to Know about Inventory Optimization in the Digital Age

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With all the buzz around digital transformation, someone peering in from outside supply chain may assume most businesses have already digitized essential tasks like inventory planning. The reality is that this transformation takes time and a change of mindset.

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.

Infographic: Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning

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Digital transformation is a radical rethinking of how an organization uses technology, people, and processes to improve business performance. But even with the wealth of potential benefits, the majority of companies are still kicking the tires and looking for use cases.

Infographic: How to Win Big with Machine Learning for Demand Planning

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So you’ve done your homework and know that machine learning and demand planning go together like peanut butter and jelly. But whoa there! Don’t dive in quite yet.

With Brexit Looming, New Supply Chain Requirements Emerge

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On October 31st, the United Kingdom will leave the EU, with or without an exit deal. This, combined with the 2019 EU election results that changed the political landscape, opens speculation regarding this alternative reality, and what requirements it would put on companies in the EU.

Robots in the Building: The Positive Influence of AI for Supply Chain Planners

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Have you looked at a job listing for a supply chain planner recently? The planner’s role has expanded to include a combination of technical skills and communications and interpersonal skills.

How to Make Supply Chain Complexity Work to Your Advantage

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With supply chain complexity increasing at an unprecedented rate, perhaps the biggest challenge for businesses is figuring out how to navigate this uncertainty to deliver service profitably. Amazon sells more than 3 billion products through 11 different country marketplaces globally. In the U.S.

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The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Quick Start Guide to Using Machine Learning for Demand Planning

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Anyone who has done demand planning knows it is extremely complex, with forecasting challenges and rapidly shifting consumer demand, often exacerbated by seasonality, new product introductions, promotions, and myriad causal factors (e.g. weather, social media).

Keeping It Local: How Shorter Supply Chains Impact Supply Chain Planning

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After decades of longer and more global supply chains, some are becoming shorter and more localized. This trend has important implications to supply chain planning. But first let’s take a look at the factors driving this change. . Contracting Supply Chains. .

How Supply Chain Planning Can Create Profit in a Declining Market

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When a business finds itself in a declining market, failing to stay in lock step with customer demand poses an existential threat. Trends and other market forces that impact commercial opportunities need to appear on the planning radar.

A Different Solution to the Supply Chain Talent Shortage

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“78% of respondents to Gartner’s most recent Chief Supply Chain Officer Survey identify talent as the No. 1 long-term supply chain risk”. There is a lot of documented evidence of a shortage in supply chain talent. Why is it happening?

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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Another Way to Think About Supply Chain Risk Management

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In a previous blog we described a new concept introduced by Gartner Research about the need for both macro-agility and micro-agility. Now we apply this same macro-agility and micro-agility concept to risk management.

Study Shows Two-Thirds of Companies Yet to Execute Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning

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PRESS RELEASE. New survey finds that most companies are still formulating and gaining support for a digital strategy, with fear of change and data challenges as leading roadblocks. . BOSTON, Mass. and HOUSTON, Tex.

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How Procter & Gamble is thriving on supply chain complexity

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Source: Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference. Procter & Gamble (P&G) is known for best-in-class supply chain planning.

Which supply chain planning processes should we automate?

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Now that more companies are embracing supply chain planning productivity and automation, many firms are asking which processes they should automate. Let's first address that question and then look at where this trend is heading in the future.

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Infographic: How to Win Big with Machine Learning for Demand Planning

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So you’ve done your homework and know that machine learning and demand planning go together like peanut butter and jelly. But whoa there! Don’t dive in quite yet.

Demand Planning Apps Top Supply Chain Planning Machine Learning

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Source: Gartner 2018. Gartner recently polled both users and vendors on which supply chain planning (SCP) applications are employing machine learning and in three different analysis, demand planning and demand forecasting came out top of the list.

Supply Chain Planning BPO: What’s Driving It and Should You Get On Board?

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You know that great feeling you get when you have an expert getting the job done? More and more businesses are hopping on the outsourcing bus and letting the experts take the wheel to drive supply chain planning processes.

Robots in the Building: The Positive Influence of AI for Supply Chain Planners

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Have you looked at a job listing for a supply chain planner recently? The planner’s role has expanded to include a combination of technical skills and communications and interpersonal skills.

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.

The Three “Habits” for Successful IoT Implementations

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Editor’s note: Due to the upcoming holidays, this will be our last blog for 2018. The next posting will be on January 8 th , 2019.

ToolsGroup Promotes Mauro Adorno to Managing Director of Europe

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BOSTON (July 30, 2019) – ToolsGroup, a global leader in service-driven supply chain planning software, has promoted Mauro Adorno to managing director of Europe. Adorno will oversee all European operations including sales, professional services, customer success and administration.

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Keeping It Local: How Shorter Supply Chains Impact Supply Chain Planning

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After decades of longer and more global supply chains, some are becoming shorter and more localized. This trend has important implications to supply chain planning. But first let’s take a look at the factors driving this change. . Contracting Supply Chains. .

Supply Chain Planning in Emerging Markets: Four Points to Remember

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Supply chain planning in emerging markets is different. And while each market can be unique, we found a few repeating themes in our own experience and from sources including Gartner and our customers Procter and Gamble (P&G) and Cipla Medpro. Here’s what we found: 1.

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.

Why the Forecast for Supply Chain Planning has been Only Partly Cloudy

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Cloud-based supply chain planning is gaining traction. Each year more users opt for cloud-based systems and there is a lot of support in the analyst community.

Gartner Questions Supply Chain “Control Towers”

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Gartner says that future supply chain planning will look less like a "control tower" and more like a refinery "control room'" with many value-added analytics that automate, guide and control the supply chain.

The Franke Story: Three Points to Learn about Supply Chain Complexity

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Nowadays everyone’s writing and speaking about supply chain complexity , but not many are talking about how to turn around all that complexity and variability for business advantage.

The Nine Top Supply Chain Planning User Concerns

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Gartner’s most recent Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record (21 August 2018, Amber Salley, Tim Payne, and Alex Pradha) calls out the concerns most often cited by users.

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.

Can S&OP become more continuous? Automation is key.

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Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), a process often focused around a monthly meeting, is evolving into a more continuous process. A recent whitepaper by supply chain planning and optimization firm Optilon explains why and how.

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