AB&R® named among “Top Companies to Work for in Arizona” for the 6th consecutive year


PHOENIX, AZ (June 15, 2020) – azcentral.com and Republic Media ( The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com) announced today that AB&R® (American Barcode and RFID) has earned a spot on the list of 2020 azcentral.com® Top Companies to Work for in Arizona for the sixth year in a row. “It It is a testament to our team that we have been recognized as one of the Top Companies to Work for in Arizona for six consecutive years!”

AB&R® Named as One of the “Top Companies to Work for in Arizona” for the Fifth Year in a Row


PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 17, 2019. azcentral.com and Republic Media (The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com) announced that AB&R® (American Barcode and RFID) has earned a spot on the list of 2019 azcentral.com® Top Companies to Work for in Arizona for the fifth consecutive year. “We We are honored to be recognized for the fifth year in a row as one of Arizona’s “Top Companies to Work for!”


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Seven Misconceptions on Managing Inventory in a Market-Driven World

Supply Chain Shaman

When it comes to the management of inventory in value chains, frustration abounds. Executive, after executive, lament, “They have purchased many technologies and sponsored many projects to reduce inventories, but they are not seeing results.” ” I have been studying the evolution of inventory technologies as an industry analyst since 2002. Inventory is the culmination of many business decisions. The Inventory Management Journey.

The Benefits of Evolved Vendor Managed Inventory Model Led by Web-Based VMI


So why do we feature content related to Vendor Managed Inventory? In a VMI model, part of the equation is the inbound & outbound flow of the inventory. Inventory is then put on pallets and shipped as freight. Distributors will inbound to a manufacturer the inventory needed and transportation management, especially inbound freight management, efficiency is paramount to an effective vendor managed inventory model. We never ran out of or had too much inventory.

8 Inventory Costing Methods That You Might Not Know About


Inventory costing or valuation is an accounting concept that has a direct impact on your gross profit and thus taxable income. Methods of valuing inventory are simply different cost-flow assumptions about how to allocate your cost of goods available for sale. They do not resemble your physical flow of goods, but rather, they allocate costs to either cost of goods sold or your ending inventory. We’ll start by explaining why inventory costing is important.

The Journey for Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

I am busy finalizing a report on the current state of the inventory optimization market, rewriting and updating a report on Sales and Operations technologies, and penning a new report on Supply Chain Centers of Excellence. (We We are also finishing up quantitative studies on inventory optimization and Sales and Operations Planning. Network with your peers on the insights and relax under the Arizona skies as you wrap up a couple of intense days.

Who Should Be In The Winner’s Circle?

Supply Chain Shaman

The first step was to charter a research project with the Arizona State University statistics department to analyze which combination of metrics drives the highest market capitalization. The Effective Frontier: Balanced Scorecard Developed Through the Work with Arizona State.

My Video Call with Santa Claus


Our call was scheduled quite early for me in Arizona since Santa’s HQ had adopted GMT as the standard time. Over the last year Santa’s supply chain team selected a leading supply chain planning platform and implemented demand, inventory and parts of the supply planning capabilities of this platform. Santa also wants to take advantage of all the new information available through the SC planning platform to optimize inventory. Update on the Christmas Express Supply Chain.

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Beer Marketing Strategies in a Global Pandemic and the Best 5 Tactics Heading into 2021


The redirected perishable brewery inventory destined for bars and sporting venues into producing more 12-packs and other best sellers to meet anticipated growth in online sales. An efficient way to manage brewery inventory is with cloud-based brewery software.

What is Supply Chain Compliance and Why is it Important?


Arizona. Asset Management Blog Inventory Management Managed Services Manufacturing RFID Transportation & Logistics asset management barcode verification compliance labeling GS1 harsh environment labeling UDIWhen you hear the word compliance , what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Here is a good question to help you understand what compliance should look like in your organization. What are your customer, partner, regulatory, and vendor expectations?”.

Imagine the Supply Chain of the Future

Supply Chain Insights

On September 9–11, 2014, 110 supply chain visionaries will gather in the desert at the Phoenician Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona to think differently and define the future of supply chain. Today, 90% of publicly-traded companies are stuck at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns. It is needed.

Omni-Channel Supply Chains Are Changing Everything You Ever Learned in School…

Supply Chain View from the Field

This view of the supply chain is focused primarily on how we get inventory to the customer. He pointed out that the customer doesn’t care which division owns the inventory – they just want the product whenever and wherever they desire. Because Macy’s is now fulfilling orders from stores… so store sales and inventory at stores don’t matter. Amazon has a fee based structure where they get X% of the cost of stuff they sell – but they never own the inventory.

The Avnet Tech Games IX Welcomes The Inaugural JDA Supply Chain Challenge


Saturday, April 12, the University of Advancing Technology campus in Tempe, Arizona will once again serve as the host for the Avnet Tech Games , now in its ninth year. What started out as an opportunity to inspire the next generation of technology workers has become a cornerstone event of the Arizona SciTech Festival , an annual statewide initiative devoted to getting students of all ages engaged and excited about science, technology, engineering and math.

6 Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2019


Plus, thanks to our great employees, we were named as one of the Top Companies to Work for in Arizona for the fourth year in a row. Barcodes are critical to helping you manage inventory, and when a vendor or partner of yours can’t scan your barcode, problems arise. It’s been a great year for AB&R®. In May, we became a member of the RAIN RFID alliance , and in June we became a GS1 US Solution Partner.

AB&R Becomes the first GS1 US Gold Solution Partner


Phoenix, Arizona, May 11th, 2020 – AB&R® (American Barcode and RFID Inc.), Those solutions include asset tracking, inventory management, workforce mobilization, wireless networking, and managed services to support them all. Increasing Commitment to the Network of Companies Certified to Help Businesses Implement GS1 Standards. . a nationally-recognized integrator of proven supply chain solutions, has become the first gold member of the GS1 US Solution Partner Program.

Road to Nowhere: The Dire Status of U.S. Infrastructure


The collapse of a major bridge on I-10 connecting California to Arizona served as a striking reminder that US infrastructure is failing and little is being done about it. On Sunday afternoon, a bridge along Interstate 10—a key shipping route between Arizona and Southern California— collapsed during a heavy rainstorm , injuring one and leaving countless drivers stuck. The bridge, built in 1967, had been labeled “functionally obsolete” by the National Bridge Inventory in 2014.

Chuck Intrieri Executive Profile

The Logistics of Logistics

Chuck Intrieri is a: Certified Value Engineer (VE), Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), Certified Production and Inventory Control Manager (CPIM), and is Lean Certified all of which attests to his deep understanding of operations and logistics beyond the confines of the purchasing function. Evolve Dental Technologies, Inc, Virtu USA, and many other large and medium sized companies in Illinois, Michigan, Arizona and Orange County, CA.

Defining Supply Chain Excellence: One Column at a Time

Supply Chain Shaman

Instead, what I observed when I looked at the data, was that most companies that I had worked with (in my role as an industry analyst, I had worked with over 300) were going backwards on margin and inventory turns. This work is based on a collaborative project with Arizona State University. Resiliency is the pattern at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns. “Lora in your own way, you are helping. You tell it straight.

Top 15 Supply Chains to Admire from the Supply Chain Insights Conference


by CJ Wehlage The Supply Chain Insights annual conference was held on September 10-11, 2014 at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. While other “lists” use ROA, Inventory Turns and Revenue Growth, I find Lora’s science very objective. She is analyzing growth, inventory turns, operating margin, and return on invested capital, performance and improvement over time. . “

What About the Supply Chain Index?

Supply Chain Shaman

This week, I am finalizing an agreement with Arizona State University to fund a PHD student in statistics under the guidance of George Runger to try to finish the work. We have found that nine out of ten organizations are stuck on their ability to make improvements on both operating margin and inventory turns in the same year. And, recently, Procter & Gamble is more focused on improving inventory turns. I have traveled 12,000 miles this week.

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire for 2019

Supply Chain Shaman

It is not as simple as trading-off inventory, cost, and customer service. In the Supply Chains to Admire analysis, the focus is to understand the relative performance of a company within a peer group of growth, operating margin, inventory turns, and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC). (We We selected these metrics based on correlation work with Arizona State University in 2012. I watch the news channels on mute. The reason? I hate political pundit debates.

Supply Chains to Admire Household Nondurables Calculation Example

Supply Chain Insights

The winners are those companies that show they are in the top of their industry in: improvement (measured by being in the top 2/3rds of the Supply Chain Index ranking for the industry), value (measured by being at or above industry average in either Market Capitalization or Price to Tangible Book Value), and performance (measured by being at or above industry average for Growth, Operating Margin, Inventory Turns, and Return on Invested Capital).

On the road! 4 September supply chain conferences we love


To make the list, companies out-performed their peer group on operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital while driving significant improvement in financial metrics over the period.Supply Chain Improvement is based on a detailed analysis calculated factors for balance, strength and resiliency. This methodology, termed the Supply Chain Index, was developed in partnership with the Operations Research team at Arizona State University.

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


One conference I recently attended is the Gartner Supply Chain Executive conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Use of drones ( EyeSee inside the warehouse for scanning and tracking inventory, Prime Air for delivery). Use of drones and robots in warehouses eliminates the need for humans picking, putting away, or counting inventories. by Dr. Madhav Durbha I enjoy attending conferences. They give me the opportunity to reflect, reconnect and recharge.

Let the Qs Begin

Supply Chain Shaman

Supply Chain Improvement is based on the work that we completed with an Arizona State University Operations Research team to determine the Supply Chain Index. While the performance rankings were based on comparisons of inventory turns, operating margin and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) for the periods of 2006-2013 and 2009-2013, the concept is that to be a supply chain leader you must outperform and drive improvement. Last week was the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit.

Evolution of the Warehouse: How it Adapted to E-Commerce and New Technology Trends?


A white paper by the Arizona State University W.P. The Arizona State white paper details the “evolution of warehouse types” but there has been so much change in the warehouse industry that “revolution” might be the more appropriate word. Knowing when inventory is projected to run out maximizes the chance that the product will be available when customers want it. Today’s Warehouses Are Much Different Due To E-Commerce.

Sense, Analyze and Respond – The Supply Chain Automation Journey


I recently moved to Arizona and traded my lawnmower and snow-shovels for a salt-water pool. First, you need to have deployed the basic demand, inventory and supply components of an integrated supply chain planning & optimization system of record. I think you might agree this was a very favorable trade.


Supply Chain Shaman

I just don’t think the comparison of very different industries in a spreadsheet based on growth, inventory values, and Return on Assets (ROA) is meaningful. The metrics of growth, Return on Invested Capital, Inventory Turns and Operating Margin have the highest correlation to market capitalization. This culminated over the course of the last four months into a methodology that we developed along with the Operations Research team at Arizona State University.

An Entrepreneurial Spirit


Every day after school, I worked in the store, pricing inventory and cleaning up. I planned to be in Arizona for two years. I simply wanted to experience warm weather and a big city and was drawn to Arizona. Christina Luna, senior director, digital experience at Blue Yonder (formerly JDA Software), channels her entrepreneurial spirit in everything she does in her role and 15-year career at the company. From an early age she took interest in retail and the customer experience.

Time for a Mea Culpa?

Supply Chain Shaman

On the 2nd of April, I sat before a board discussing how a company could exceed expectations in the delivery of Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) and superior operating margins and fail at the delivery of customer service and inventory. Because he had reduced his buffers—both inventory and manufacturing—and had built a push-based supply chain using a forecasted demand signal, he was failing in many markets. An Orbit Chart of Customer Service (Case Fill) Versus Inventory Turns.

Judging Supply Chain Improvement: Campbell Soup Case Study

Supply Chain Shaman

We believe that a supply chain leader is defined by both the level of performance on the Effective Frontier (balance of growth, Return on Invested Capital, Profitability and Inventory Turns) and driving supply chain improvement. The Index is a methodology developed by Supply Chain Insights LLC, in cooperation with the Operations Research Team at Arizona State University (ASU), to gauge supply chain improvement.

Public Markets Reward Supply Chain Alignment

Supply Chain Shaman

This work will continue throughout the summer and culminate in the release of the Supply Chain Index for 36 Industry Sectors at our Supply Chain Insights Global Summit at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 11-12, 2013. While the formulas are different and the supply chain financial ratio correlations vary, there is a strong trend for balance and alignment (management of Days of Inventory and Payables). Today, I am proud to launch the Supply Chain Index.

The Impact of the Coronavirus Crisis on Reverse Logistics

Enterra Insights

Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, writes, “The coronavirus has disrupted U.S. ” Reintegration into the supply chain : “Goods that can be repurposed should be repackaged, refurbished, placed back into inventory systems, and resold.” The result is increased inventory, transportation and warehousing costs, and ultimately reduced profitability.

Top Supply Chain Articles of 2015


The Benefits of Evolved Vendor Managed Inventory Model Led by Web-Based VMI. When I was Materials Manager at Maricopa County, Arizona, the second largest county in the country, I introduced Vendor Managed Inventory. I called Fastenal, who specializes in Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) for fasteners, in to see what we can do together. There was a signed contract with agreed upon inventory levels. We never ran out of or had too much inventory.

Sales and Operations Alignment: Often The Missing Link

Supply Chain Shaman

Orbit Chart Comparing Syngenta and Monsanto Progress on the Effective Frontier – Balancing Inventory Turns and Operating Margin for the Period of 2005-2014. Orbit Chart of Syngenta and Monsanto of Progress on Operating Margin and Inventory Turns. However, in 2008 when the business grew +20%, inventories declined substantially, and part of his team won a Syngenta internal award, it became clear.