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The Top 10 Supply Chain Blog Posts from 2017

Cerasis

Today, is day two of our annual year-end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 5 main categories: Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , Transportation Management , Freight. There were approximately 220 blog posts in 2017, and over 360,000 page views on those posts alone. We added nearly 7,000 subscribers to the blog and featured over 35 guest bloggers. . The Top 10 Supply Chain Blog Posts from 2017.

Supply Chain Leaders Rearranging Deck Chairs? Yes, I Think So.

Supply Chain Shaman

After finishing the Supply Chains to Admire report and the Youtube series (to be released this week), this is my feeling. Here, in this blog, I explain. What Is Supply Chain Excellence? My first observation is that the best supply chains are fit for function.

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Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Let me start with a true confession: I am a manufacturing gal. I relished the sound of a manufacturing line when I opened the door of the factory in the morning, and I liked managing inputs so that we could maximize outputs. Manufacturing is the foundation of my interest in supply chain management. Supply Chain and Design. In manufacturing, I became good at labor bargaining. Figure 1: Definition of the Supply Chain Organization.

Metrics that Matter: Inventory Effectiveness

QAD

The effective use of a manufacturer’s inventory investment is an important determinant of the company’s success. Managing inventory effectively is a delicate balancing act, affected by lead times, supply chain efficiency , demand variability, product complexity, product life cycles, warehouse space and practices, among other variables. Using Metrics to Measure the Health of the Business. The absolute measure is less informative than the trend in the metrics.

5 Quality Metrics Predicting The Future Of Manufacturing

IQMS

Bottom Line: Manufacturers are reaching a new level of results in 2018 because they have clearer, more actionable insights based on real-time manufacturing and quality metrics than ever before. Quality Metrics Enable Customer-Driven Manufacturing Networks. The future of manufacturing is being written today across the millions of shop floors which have chosen to excel at analytics, metrics and Manufacturing Intelligence.

Manufacturing Metrics that Actually Matter (The Ones We Rely On)

synchrono

LNS Research blogger Mark Davidson said, “When it comes to metrics, it’s often said that what gets measured gets done.”. I have found this to be true when working with many different manufacturers. Mark also writes: “Metrics that have the attention of business and manufacturing leaders tend to be those that get measured and improved upon by their employee teams.”. Metrics for Action. These Metrics for Action are not intended for overall business analysis.

A New Decade: Give Science A Chance

Supply Chain Shaman

When I started my business in 2012, I frequently wrote about the future using the moniker of Supply Chain 2020. We had just recovered from a recession, and my goal was to help supply chain leaders create a better supply chain by the end of the decade.

The Top 5 Supply Chain Blogs of 2016 …So Far

Cerasis

We continue our series on the top 5 blogs in our 4 main categories ( Freight , Manufacturing , Logistics , and Supply Chain ). Our last post covered the Top 5 Manufacturing blogs of 2016. Today's post will cover the top 5 supply chain blogs from 2016 so far. I encourage you to scroll through the main four categories blogs or the Cerasis blog in general so you can catch some great content. Supply Chain blogs supply chai

Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

We continue our top blog posts of 2014 from our main categories today by focusing on something at Cerasis we are experts in : Logistics. We’ve already listed the top 10 manufacturing blog posts and the top 10 supply chain blog posts last week. Logistics encompasses certain subsets of practices within the supply chain, such as just in time logistics, mission critical logistics, and more. Top 15 Logistics Blog Posts of 2014.

Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

Supply Chain Shaman

Writing a Shaman blog post is now a Sunday night ritual. In my work with Supply Chain Insights , I immerse myself in learning. I continually question my long-held beliefs on supply chain excellence. . When readers finish a Supply Chain Shaman blog, I want to drive a set of unique takeaways. Today, I am going to share five insights that I have gleaned from our work on Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking.

Manufacturing Throughput – A Comprehensive Guide on Key Manufacturing Metrics

ThroughPut

What is Manufacturing Throughput? Manufacturing throughput in a production set up helps track how long it takes for each of your productions to be completed to help enhance operational efficiency and order fulfillment cycle time. So, if manufacturers fall behind on meeting their manufacturing throughput it could result in delayed deliveries and impact customer expectations and schedules. What is Manufacturing Throughput time? Boost Manufacturing Safety.

Manufacturing Throughput – A Comprehensive Guide on Key Manufacturing Metrics

ThroughPut

What is Manufacturing Throughput? Manufacturing throughput in a production set up helps track how long it takes for each of your productions to be completed to help enhance operational efficiency and order fulfillment cycle time. So, if manufacturers fall behind on meeting their manufacturing throughput it could result in delayed deliveries and impact customer expectations and schedules. What is Manufacturing Throughput time? Boost Manufacturing Safety.

Manufacturing Throughput – A Comprehensive Guide on Key Manufacturing Metrics

ThroughPut

What is Manufacturing Throughput? Manufacturing throughput in a production set up helps track how long it takes for each of your productions to be completed to help enhance operational efficiency and order fulfillment cycle time. So, if manufacturers fall behind on meeting their manufacturing throughput it could result in delayed deliveries and impact customer expectations and schedules. What is Manufacturing Throughput time? Boost Manufacturing Safety.

The Top 10 Manufacturing Blog Posts from 2014

Cerasis

Today, we kick off our annual year end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 7 main categories: Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , 3PL , Business , Transportation , Freight. There were approximately 220 blog posts in 2014, and over 200,000 page views on those posts alone. We added nearly 4,000 subscribers to the blog and featured over 25 guest bloggers. Top Manufacturing Blog Posts for 2014.

Help Supply Chain Planners Be More Successful In These Uncertain Times

Supply Chain Shaman

As I shopped at Best Buy for office supplies, I struggled to not think about the massive disruption of electronics supply chain. The Sam’s Club and Costco shortages of water, toilet paper and laundry products signals one thing for me: the spread of the virus will disrupt every supply chain. As markets shift, supply chains struggle to adjust. The order is a poor proxy for demand and few supply chains have access to consumption data.

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. Maybe I’m stating the obvious but… a lot has changed in the world of manufacturing since Keith Oliver of Booz, Allen and Hamilton Inc. 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.

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Manufacturing Gains From Machine Learning

IQMS

Improving semiconductor manufacturing yields up to 30%, reducing scrap rates, and optimizing fab operations is achievable with machine learning. Reducing supply chain forecasting errors by 50% and lost sales by 65% with better product availability is achievable with machine learning. Manufacturers care most about finding new ways to grow, excel at product quality while still being able to take on short lead-time production runs from customers.

Efficiency vs. Productivity: Metrics that Matter…Until They Don’t

synchrono

I keep seeing the word efficiency in the manufacturing media. When we look at the organizations of today, words like efficiency and productivity get thrown around with little understanding of what is required to improve one of these measurements (metrics). Let’s discuss why an efficiency metric is usually not the right metric and what a Lean manufacturing expert does when measuring true value in the supply chain.

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.

Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series on Supplier Quality Management processes and how to evaluate your suppliers from Chuck Intrieri of The Lean Supply Chain. We have talked a great deal about the evaulation of suppliers on our blog and this post continues that great tradition. Therefore, it is paramount for you as a logistics and supply chain professional to have a keen sense of how to properly evaluate a supplier.

Reflections on Integrated Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

In the presentation, I shared data on the evolution of supply chain planning and the results on user satisfaction. Neither technology vendor is an industry leader in delivering a solution that fits the needs of the supply chain planner. The common perception is that SAP and Oracle supply chain planning solutions are superior to best-of-breed Advanced Planning Solutions. Summary Data of User Satisfaction with Supply Chain Planning Applications.

Cleanroom Manufacturing Strategies That Pay

IQMS

Bottom Line: Cleanrooms provide the potential for plastics manufacturers to increase the average machine rate per hour, average markups and profit per production run by charging a price premium based on their certifications, compliance and industry expertise. Plastics manufacturers are relying on and investing in cleanrooms to capture new customers and gain a greater share of revenues from existing accounts. Proven Strategies For Improving Cleanroom Manufacturing.

L’Oreal: A Beautiful Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

In the process of compiling the Supply Chains to Admire report for last year’s Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , the research team at Supply Chain Insights calculated the rate of supply chain improvement of companies by industry for the period of 2006-2013 and 2009-2013. We wanted to see which companies were driving the fastest rate of improvement on the supply chain metrics that matter.

How Can Manufacturers Manage Disruption and Improve Productivity?

Logility

How can manufacturers manage disruption and improve productivity? By using advanced analytics for manufacturing, to understand the valuable information concealed within the data they already have! Advanced analytics for manufacturing is a good place to start.

Metrics that Matter: Customer Service

QAD

Inventory accuracy and minimizing stockouts are very important to customer satisfaction, but a few other metrics also impact the ability to meet customer expectations. Companies can use these metrics to help ensure they are doing everything possible to satisfy their customers at a manageable and sustainable cost. If forecasts and inventory balances are accurate, look to production processes or supply chain effectiveness for potential answers. Choosing Metrics.

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

ToolsGroup

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). Now Gartner reports that SCP BPO is gaining traction ( Market Guide for Supply Chain Planning BPO or BPaaS, 29 July 2019 ), particularly in North America and Europe.

How Supply Chain Planning Can Create Profit in a Declining Market

ToolsGroup

Therefore, traditional push-driven supply chains are wholly unfit for this situation. It bought its main rivals to become North America’s largest fine paper manufacturer. [1] 1] Mohawk sought to profit from the resurgent demand for ‘ analog experiences ’ by owning the fine paper space and transforming its extended supply chain. The second phase involved Mohawk extending their new supply chain improvements out to its distribution network.

The Top Logistics Blogs of 2016 …So Far

Cerasis

We continue our series on the top 5 blogs in our 4 main categories ( Freight , Manufacturing , Logistics , and Supply Chain ). Our first post covered the Top 5 Freight Management blogs of 2016. Today's post will cover the top 5 logistics blogs from 2016 so far. I encourage you to scroll through the main four categories blogs or the Cerasis blog in general so you can catch some great content. What are your top logistics blogs to read?

The changing role of IT organizations in supply chain management

Kinaxis

As I was reading the book, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own experience of working with IT organizations over the last two decades I have been in the supply chain business. I will lean on the Supply Chain Planning space as an example and relate to the broader shifts in the role of IT in supply chain management. As the market valuation of these supply chain planning pioneers skyrocketed, the inevitable happened.

Making Supply Chains Fit for Function

Enterra Insights

With so much being written and discussed about supply chain transformation, it’s good to remind ourselves what supply chain management is fundamentally about. Lora Cecere ( @lcecere ), Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights, bluntly states, “The best supply chains are fit for function.”[1] ”[1] She goes on to note that today’s supply chains need leadership not management.

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Novo Nordisk: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Each year at Supply Chain Insights we study performance and improvement of companies in each industry. Understanding What Drives Supply Chain Excellence. In this blog post, to understand the drivers of performance, we interviewed Esra Kostak Kutuk of Novo Nordisk. Esra leads international supply chain operations in over 140 countries. We also have strong manufacturing culture and high focus on “Lean” initiatives.

Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

Supply Chain Shaman

I am writing this blog post in the air, sitting in seat 4c, somewhere over the Midwest en route to Philadelphia. The goal of this blog is to help business users maximize their current SAP Investments in a time of change. High-tech manufacturers in the Silicon Valley of the United States are some of the best at supply chain planning. In this tough market excellence in supply chain planning is a critical element to be competitive.

The Digital Supply Chain: Making The Leap With A Ball and Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

Last week, I spoke on the evolution of the digital supply chains and my vision for Supply Chain 2020 at the World Trade Group Event in Miami. These will be the foundation of digital supply chain thinking that will redefine business in the next decade. In five years, I believe that we will have supply chain planning systems that learn while we sleep. I believe the demographics shifts shown in Figure 1 will transform Supply Chain 2020.

Preparing Skills for the Future of Supply Chain Management

Kinaxis

by Bob Ferrari The following guest blog commentary is contributed by Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor of the Supply Chain Matters blog and Managing Director of the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group LLC. My topic was: Positioning Your Skills for the Future Needs of Supply Chain Management , and in this 21 st Century Supply Chain guest blog, I wanted to share some of my key messages to this audience as well, since this is a topic frequently brought up.

Why I No Longer Believe in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

Supply Chain Shaman

This week, Gartner is hosting their annual supply chain conference. It is now the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25. The research tries to establish “ who did supply chain best ” by looking at a weighted formula of Year-over-Year Growth, Return on Assets (ROA), and Inventory Turns for the Fortune 500 companies. This data is then shared with Gartner’s industry analysts, and the analysts vote on which companies they think exemplify supply chain excellence.