Dealing With The Supply Chain Gloppy Mess

Supply Chain Shaman

For the first in seven years, I was not heads-down preparing for The Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. Pre-pandemic only 30% of supply chain leaders were satisfied with their supply chains, and during the pandemic, business leader satisfaction is falling precipitously.

Freight Procurement in a Pandemic: Preparing for the Bid

CHAINalytics

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Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

At Supply Chain Insights , as we combed through over 9000 quantitative responses on supply chain management from business leaders to understand what drives supply chain excellence in preparation for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , in the process, we proved Hau Lee’s theorem in the Famous Harvard Business Review Article, “Triple A Supply Chains.” First, great supply chains are agile.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Manufacturing is the foundation of my interest in supply chain management. Supply Chain and Design. This was the beginning of my journey from manufacturing to understanding larger supply chain concepts. Much to my chagrin, when I entered into the world of supply chain, the processes of source, make and deliver were usually not designed. Figure 1: Definition of the Supply Chain Organization.

Andrew Cox’s “Sourcing Portfolio Analysis”: More of the Same

Supply Chain View from the Field

Against the many new articles and books being produced on the changing face of procurement and the importance of value creation and collaboration, Andrew Cox’s new book “Sourcing Portfolio Analysis” came out earlier this year. The book is essentially a series of prescriptive 2 X 2 and 8 X 8 matrices that establish different typologies for supplier segmentation, that ostensibly can lead to improved sourcing outcomes.

A Tale of Two Procurement Books: Cox’s Sourcing Portfolio Analysis (Cox) & Strategic Sourcing in the New Economy (Keith et al.)

Supply Chain View from the Field

Andrew Cox’s new book “Sourcing Portfolio Analysis” represents the more traditional “power-based” view of procurement. The book relies on a series of prescriptive two by two matrices, that are further segmented into eight by eight matrices, that establish different typologies for supplier segmentation, The application of these frameworks to the universe of buyer-seller relationships I proposed (ostensibly) to lead to improved sourcing outcomes…for the buyer!

COVID-19 & SCM – Importance of Operations Management to Overcome the Limitations of Data-Driven

Arkieva

An often-heard theme in supply chain management (SCM) and COVID-19 is “data-driven” – being data-driven is the path to success. ©2017 " Supply Chain Link Blog - Arkieva " Use of this feed is for personal non-commercial use only. For COVID-19 “science-driven” is often said in the same sentence. For SCM demand or customer-driven replaces “science”. This blog will point out a few examples in the COVID-19 challenge demonstrating COVID-19 is an OM challenge.

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An executive’s guide to AI in supply chain management

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater Faster, smarter, more profitable supply chain decisions. While there have been numerous examples of how AI can boost profits in supply chain execution—most notably in the form of autonomous vehicles and smart robotics—the benefits related to supply chain planning have largely been ignored. Emerging technologies and how they relate to supply chain planning. How are you exploring AI in supply chain planning?

Data Science Tools of the Trade: Monte Carlo Computer Simulation

Arkieva

Monte Carlo Discrete Event Computer Simulation is a particularly powerful and flexible “tool of the trade” for a wide range of challenges in supply chain and operations management.

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Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire for 2019

Supply Chain Shaman

I feel that topic of supply chain management is analogous to the downward cycle of the news channels. What Drives Supply Chain Excellence? I analyze supply chain management. The broader the definition of end-to-end strategy and the alignment of supply chain processes drives value. Over the last month, I have been working on the 2019 Supply Chains to Admire analysis. The source data for the analysis comes from Ycharts.).

Make Freight Sourcing More Efficient!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Freight sourcing team article and permission to publish here provided by Katharine Barrios at xeneta.com. Freight sourcing and procurement is a critical component of the whole supply chain and is crucial to the success of the business. In order to achieve maximum efficiency in freight sourcing and procurement, you need a strong team to handle the requirements. The post Make Freight Sourcing More Efficient!

Digital transformation in the life sciences supply chain – show me the data

Kinaxis

by Bill DuBois The life sciences supply chain starts with a miracle. Everything we talk about in supply chain starts with discovering that product you can market and sell. Although getting a new drug to market has its unique challenges compared to the source, make and deliver part of the life sciences supply chain equation, there is one thing those of us in supply chain have in common with our R&D counterparts, we all need clean data.

Help Supply Chain Planners Be More Successful In These Uncertain Times

Supply Chain Shaman

Before boarding the plane, I watched a traveler pull a diet Coke from the bin and thought about the struggle to source sweetener with the rise of COV-19. As I poured the dog food into the bowl for my pups, I wondered if I was going to have to switch kibble due to the looming issues of sourcing taurine—a health additive in many pet foods. As I shopped at Best Buy for office supplies, I struggled to not think about the massive disruption of electronics supply chain.

Digital Supply Chain Predictions!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. The Digital Supply Chain Road is Full of Potholes, Construction and Accidents! Digital Supply Chain predictions article and permission to publish here provided by Michael Gaughan at land-link.com. Subscribe Here!

Supply Chain Diagnostic: A Four-Step Process

Supply Chain Shaman

Lab work testing follows vital sign analysis. Time For A Supply Chain Check-Up? When a company contacts me to help them with their supply chain, the pain is usually a gap in customer service. They tend to have many pretty PowerPoint slide decks–full of acronyms, pretty pictures and E2E commitments–but they lack a common definition of supply chain excellence. To complete a supply chain diagnostic, I take these four steps: Step One.

New Data Insight and Analysis Tool, BluIQ by BluJay, Provides Real-time, Actionable Data Views into Supply Chain Applications

BluJay Solutions

BluJay unveils solution that puts configurable, visual data at the fingertips of any user for faster insights, easy analysis, and better decision-making . May 14, 2020 – BluJay Solutions , a leading provider of global supply chain software and services, announces the launch of BluIQ by BluJay, a data and insight analysis tool that offers real-time, actionable supply chain data in a configurable visual dashboard.

A perfect supply chain?

Kinaxis

by Matt Benson If your 3PL supply chain problem was to deliver 400,000 items daily from supplier to customer and your on-time in full metric was a six-sigma target standard of 1 failure per million, how would you do it? Well, the answer in reality is that we really do need both – not all of our problems are only 3PL issues with supply chains having such stable demand signals – same item, same quantity, to the same customer, pretty much every day.

Supply Chain Big Data: Why Supply Chain Leaders Are Using Big Data Analytics

Cerasis

Supply chain industry leaders have access to more information today than ever before in history. Thanks to data gathering programs, supply chain software , and data entry applications, this represents a mountain of data, which has the potential to provide ground-breaking insight into how to improve business-model efficiency. What Is Supply Chain Big Data? Supply Chain big data is the ultimate compilation of data gathered in the course of business.

Improving Supply Chain Collaboration: Connecting Data

Kinaxis

by Teresa Chiykowski Welcome to the first blog post in our three-part series discussing three ways to improve supply chain collaboration. coined the term “supply chain management” in early 1982. It’s no surprise that today’s supply chains are more complex than those of three decades ago. Lack of visibility and collaboration in supply chain management is dramatically impacting the time it takes to make critical decisions.

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Supply Chains to Admire: 2016 Results

Supply Chain Shaman

Five months of analysis. This morning, we announced the Supply Chains to Admire Winners and Finalists for 2016. Selfishly, we need standard for our research, but we also want to help supply chain leaders gain new insights from a deep data-driven analysis. There is no agreed standard for supply chain excellence. The Supply Chains to Admire analysis is now in its third year. Figure 1: Supply Chains to Admire Methodology.

Embracing the Digital Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

As I drank a cup of coffee and waited, I reflected on the article I had just completed for the Institute of Supply Management. At their request I wrote on the digital supply chain. Digital supply chain is such a buzzword. The digital supply chain is about SO much more than gadgets.” Yet, within the supply chain, everyone waits for data and insights. Supply chains do not move in the cadence of the market.

Digital Twinning of Supply Chains!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. The Digital Supply Chain Road is Full of Potholes, Construction and Accidents! This Digital Twinning of Supply Chains article focuses on transformative ideation of transport & logistics value chains.

Value Chain Analysis for Superior Supply Chain - SupplyChainOpz

Supply Chain Opz

Value Chain Analysis for Superior Supply Chain. What is Value Chain and Value Chain Analysis? Many academics and practitioners use the word "value chain" and " supply chain " interchangeably. This article will shed light on the development of value chain and how to use it to create a superior supply chain. Value chain is a concept proposed by Michael Porter in his book "Competitive Advantage" in 1985.

Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

The recent announcement by Google-owned Motorola Mobility that all new Moto X smartphones sold in the US will be manufactured in Texas, highlights the continued importance of the global supply chain and role of freight forwarders and logistics services providers (LSPs) in successful local sourcing strategies. The post Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain appeared first on Kewill Corporate.

How Sourcing has Reemerged in a Covid-19 World

Jaggaer

For the first three months after Covid-19 hit, virtually every sourcing project , in every sector , was put on hold while companies tried to assess the situation and how best to deal with the epidemic. Diversify Your Sourcing Needs. COVID-19 Sourcing

Fragmented Planning Undermines Supply Chain Success

Logility

Even under the best circumstances, developing production/sourcing plans three, six or nine months into the future with a high degree of confidence is difficult.

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Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

To drive global scale, companies need to design the supply chain to buy globally and execute locally. The design of the supply chain is fundamental to making this happen. In our interview of the Supply Chains to Admire Winners, we found a unique approach at Carter’s. The company leverages globally sourcing strategies to buy products at a lower cost and then deploys some unique process logic to drive mass customization for retailers.

Strong Supply Chains Required For an Economic Rebound: Six Steps To Take

Supply Chain Shaman

My last post on the Supply Chain Shaman blog was forty-five days ago. My first focus was on China sourcing. Then it was the redefinition of the supply chain for the global shutdowns Sick with the virus; I spent my energies writing and moderating podcasts. I firmly believe that the rebound of the economy requires strong supply chains, but to make this happen, we need to turn our backs on historic practices and innovate new ways of working.

Time to Rethink Sourcing Rare Earth Elements

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Strategic National Stockpiles and Sourcing for the National Interest! With the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, and the resulting supply chain fallout , many have speculated on how the U.S. The Covid19 global pandemic has cruelly exposed the utter dependence of the US and the world on China’s mass manufacturing capability and supply of critical medical equipment and materials. sourcing #rareearthelements.

Conducting Effective Procurement Spend Analysis in the Current Environment

Jaggaer

This coupled with disruption of the global supply chain is reinforcing the need to review all facets of spend in their business units and establish ways to scale down. Before decisions are made, it is imperative that a thorough procurement spend analysis is conducted in order to identify exactly how money is being spent, what non-essential and maverick spending is taking place and where savings opportunities exist that do not impact operational performance. Spend Analysis

Supply Chain Predictions 2020: Uncertainty Demands Resilience

ToolsGroup

It’s been an interesting decade for supply chain: just when you think things can’t get any crazier, a new extreme weather event, political drama or tech start-up pops up, disrupting entire industries. Global supply chains are particularly vulnerable to the changes triggered by these events, including increased regulation, new tariffs and radical shifts in demand patterns. . Algorithmic supply chain planning will go mainstream.

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Supply Chain Leaders Prepare For The Long Haul. Caution: It Will Be Gray.

Supply Chain Shaman

Supply chains were ill-prepared for the pandemic. The design of the global supply chain at the start of the pandemic assumed frictionless borders, availability of transportation resources, and supply with few constraints. Supply chain management as a discipline—a set of flows combining the processes of source, make and deliver together to drive value– is relatively new. Supply chain processes depend on navigating the world o f gray.

History Repeats Itself Without Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

This is a story for the Eds, Franks, and Toms working together in supply chains across the globe. It is also a story for a young supply chain manager attempting to make a difference, but feeling stymied. Despite goals to improve agility and resiliency, functional metrics for manufacturing efficiency continually throw the supply chain out of balance. Efficient supply chains may not be the most effective. Need for Supply Chain Leadership.

How BT is Building a Connected Supply Chain Amidst Ongoing Transformation

AIMMS

Behind the scenes, BT Supply Chain has been the backbone of the company’s operations for 30 years, making sure customers get the best experience. The supply chain division fulfills 40,000 individual customer orders every day, making sure that 32,000 engineers get the tools, parts and equipment they need to deliver support and services. In recent years, BT Supply Chain underwent a transformation to provide its services to businesses using the company’s existing network.

5 Big Benefits of Cloud-Based Supply Chain Management

Cerasis

For the supply chain of a business, there is no room for error even when performing the initial steps, and other fears can further scare away potential users. Fortunately, using a Cloud-based supply chain management systems integrator is much easier and far more advantageous than seems plausible at first. Comparison of a cloud-based Supply Chain Management Solution to Localized Supply Chain Management.