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Podcast: Reinforcing Supply Chains Through Digital Transformation

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In episode five of Be Ready for Anything, hear from George Fowler, Group Vice President at Spinnaker SCS, about how strategic digital transformation initiatives prepare supply chains to successfully withstand significant business disruptions.

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Podcast: Designing Supply Chains for Sustainability

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In episode four of Be Ready for Anything, hear from Martin Jertz, ToolsGroup’s Business Development Manager for Central Europe, about how organizations can build sustainability into their supply chains while trimming costs and improving efficiency.

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Melitta: Collaborating for an Improved Forecasting Process

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Melitta is a household name for anyone who drinks coffee, but the Melitta Group’s business activities extend far beyond drip filters for your morning brew. With a revenue exceeding 1.6 billion Euros, Melitta products also include kitchen staples like aluminum foil and sandwich paper.

How Do You Plan for the Unpredictable? Advice for Supply Chain Planners in 2020

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ToolsGroup’s GM of North America, David Barton, sat down for a video interview with Robert Bowman, managing editor at Supply Chain Brain , to share anecdotes and advice for supply chain planners in a year no one could have planned for.

Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Strategy, 2020

Our recent supply chain planning survey showed that only 17% of organizations place considerable effort on innovation. For most, firefighting is the norm. But to succeed in today’s business landscape and recover quickly from disruptions, you need to carefully balance operational excellence with innovation for long-term growth. Get insights in this Gartner report to find out where to invest and what you should adopt as standard business practices.

Optimizing Inventory Is About Improving Service While Lowering Inventory. Wait, What?

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Optimize. /??pt?m??z/. verb. make the best or most effective use of (a situation or resource). Oxford Languages). One of the hardest parts of my job is helping customers get to grips with complex, counterintuitive supply chain concepts.

ToolsGroup Supply Chain Forecast | Inventory Now Available ?in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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Microsoft Azure customers worldwide now gain access to ToolsGroup ?Supply Supply Chain Forecast | Inventory to improve forecast accuracy and customer service levels, while reducing investment in stock.

Tips for Getting Executive Buy-in for Supply Chain Planning Software

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Are you making an action plan of all the things you could do better and faster with your supply chain planning software when the next global crisis hits? The Coronavirus has demonstrated that the real world doesn’t play by the rules. The disruption we’ve seen in supply chain planning as a result of the pandemic is unprecedented. And as companies have learned the hard way, you can’t rely on the traditional planning models you’ve always used to get you through this new reality.

Melitta Builds More Efficient, Demand-Driven Supply Chain ?with ToolsGroup

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ToolsGroup supply chain planning software enables Melitta Sales Europe to centralize demand planning and improve S&OP and promotions management.

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Social Media-Fueled Demand Volatility?

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Have you noticed how the clock speed of just about everything has sped up considerably in just a few years?

Become a Walmart On-Time In-Full Guru With the Ultimate Guide to OTIF!

Information on Walmart’s On-Time In-Full program is scattered, so we’ve put together everything you need to know about OTIF. Download this ebook to get the skinny on OTIF metrics, identifying the root cause of issues, and how to improve your scores!

Get Started Using Machine Learning for New Product Forecasting

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New product introductions (NPI) are critical to any company’s success, but many of them never become household names. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 80 percent of new product launches in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry fail. Adding to this already uphill battle, we don’t have trustworthy new product forecasting methods because forecasting new products with no sales data is very hit-and-miss.

Tips to Keep Your Digital Planning Transformation on Track at Every Stage of the Journey

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The year 2020 has thrown us all for a loop, and the resulting drastic shifts in demand are motivating companies to accelerate the digital supply chain transformations that for some may have been languishing in early stages.

Turn a Good Demand Forecast into the Optimum Inventory Plan

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How Do You Turn a Good Demand Forecast into the Optimum Inventory Plan? Your customers don’t care if you have a great demand forecast. They care if you have the inventory they want when they want it.

Service Level Should Be Your Number One Supply Chain KPI…But What Does It Really Mean?

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To adapt an old saying, the idea that great service should be a top supply chain priority is as universally accepted as motherhood and the dominance of the ‘92 Dream Team. In fact, it’s one of the few things people wouldn’t disagree on these days.

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The Five Worst Practices in Procurement

The GEP white paper lists 5 common mistakes that impede the success of procurement professionals. Learn from industry veteran Bill Huber about the wrong and right ways to approach a procurement mandate and why just saving money isn’t enough. Download this report now to learn how to avoid the worst procurement practices.

Five Inventory Optimization Secrets for Aftermarket Parts

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It’s notoriously difficult to optimize inventory for aftermarket parts. You need to maintain high service levels, but sporadic demand and an infinite number of SKUs frequently lead to waste, excess cost and product obsolescence.

Here’s How SKF Clinched the Gartner Supply Chainnovator Award with Digital Twin

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ToolsGroup extends congratulations to SKF, which edged out tough competition from other finalists Shell Lubricants and Siemens to win the 2020 Gartner Supply Chainnovator Award in the Industrial category. SKF’s use of a digital twin for analytics to support integrated planning demonstrated exceptional supply chain innovation.

Is Your Supply Chain ‘Ready for Anything’?

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Over the years we’ve built strong relationships with hundreds of global companies, and we hear the same challenges again and again: they can’t accurately plan for intermittent demand, they’ve got too much capital tied up in inventory, and their planners are overwhelmed by data management and complicated math. In an ever-changing global economy with all its unexpected twists and turns, supply chain leaders are looking for a way to be ready for anything the real world throws at them.

Podcast Episode 2: Minimizing Supply Chain Risk Amid COVID-19

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In this episode of Be Ready for Anything, hear from Tommaso Chierchia, ToolsGroup’s Director of SOExpress Delivery, about the primary types of supply chain risk arising out of COVID-19, and how organizations can proactively minimize their exposure. We cover how to minimize manual intervention, what strategies have proven most effective in the COVID era, and how to speed your recovery. Watch the video below. Blog Featured

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How Georgia-Pacific Turned Their Supply Chain into a Competitive Advantage

Georgia-Pacific, one of the world's leading manufacturers of tissue, pulp and paper and supplier to top brands like Brawny, Angel Soft and DIXIE, trusts ClearMetal for their supply chain requirements. Read the case study to hear how one company turned the reliability and transparency of its supply chain into distinct competitive advantages.

McDonald’s Mesoamérica Supply Chain Response to COVID-19

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Businesses around the world are learning to adapt as best they can to the COVID-19 supply chain impact. Unpredictable consumer behavior in response to macro events creates demand volatility in every link of global supply chains. The number-one defense against this radical uncertainty is a resilient supply chain that’s ready for anything.

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? Planning is becoming increasingly complex; not only due to the increasing demand and supply chain complexity, but also due to the wide range of new data sources such as channel data, retail data and even web data - nearly all of which wasn’t available years ago.

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. In the era of the global supply chain, many companies think about risk management in terms of “ macro agility ”—their ability to anticipate the likelihood of, and develop readiness plans for, major crises that impact the chain, like geopolitical instability and extreme weather.

How Promotions Planning Software Enables Collaboration That Pays Off

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Promotions planning is challenging, but promotions planning software can help alleviate some of the common pain points companies face when they try to improve their forecast accuracy and increase promotions generated revenue. After spending half my career in marketing and the other half in supply chain, there’s one thing I know for certain: marketing and supply chain don’t speak the same language.

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

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. It’s about learning to transition from long-held inventory systems and processes, having new conversations across logistics and sales, and the shifting role of supply chain planners.

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. Several years ago ToolsGroup pioneered business process outsourcing (BPO) as an alternative to in-house supply chain planning (SCP).

How to Find Business Opportunities Amid the Coronavirus Supply Chain Crisis

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Here are ideas for grasping opportunities in the midst of the Coronavirus supply chain challenges. The coronavirus’ supply chain and business impacts are being felt around the world and in our backyards: this strange time is slamming markets, causing confusion and changing patterns of normality. A common reaction seems to be to close shop, hoard toilet paper and canned goods and expect the worst. These events surprise us every few years.

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Using Digital Supply Chain Planning to Respond to Market-Changing Disruptions like COVID-19

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With supply chain planning software you can automate the achievement of service levels, even under changing constraints resulting from major disruptions. As COVID-19 continues its malevolent spread around the world, concerns grow regarding the continued impact on supply chains and business continuity. A few months ago, we highlighted a major theme from Gartner’s Supply Chain Planning Summit in our blog: winners change their mindsets–and accelerate through economic turns.

Webinar on Demand: Resilient Supply Chain Network Design

Speaker: Bhomik Jain, Paul van Nierop & Aanand Pandey

Companies around the world are struggling to cope with COVID-19 disruption. Are supply chain networks resilient enough to weather the storm? Watch this webinar to learn about our research findings in the realm of network design and optimization, and uncover the capabilities you need to build resilience and agility.

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. That’s exactly what Franke, a world leading provider of solutions and equipment for residential kitchens and bathrooms, was able to do. . According to Inbound Logistics , there are three main sources of supply chain complexity: meeting the needs of customers, globalization, and internal pressures.

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. alone, Amazon introduced 208 million new products in 2018 — most of which are slow movers, or ‘long-tail’ items.

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Overcome Manufacturing Supply Chain Challenges with Digital Planning

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The manufacturing industry has a strong heritage of adopting game-changing technologies to deliver higher quality products more efficiently. With the introduction of digital supply chains, the industry is moving into an era arguably on par with the industrial revolution. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, and digital roadmaps that align with company goals do not take shape overnight.

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. Therefore, traditional push-driven supply chains are wholly unfit for this situation. Fine paper is an example of an industry whose total addressable market has been shrinking for decades and looks set to continue (see figure).

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!