Hans Willems, Boston Scientific: “We’ve now evolved into a solutions provider”

Supply Chain Movement

A Boston Scientific medical device is used somewhere in the world every two seconds, but the company is much more than a medical device manufacturer. In the late 1970s, Boston Scientific’s initial success was built on guide catheters and balloon catheters for coronary artery treatments.

A Q&A with Stanley Black & Decker and Boston University on Inventory Optimization

Logility

Inventory optimization (IO) has become an increasingly important topic of late as companies try to balance inventory (amount, location, etc.) For one, more than 60% of the attendees responded they perform “less than optimal” inventory optimization.

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31 Motivations for Reshoring Manufacturing & Updated Reshoring Stats

Cerasis

Many off-shore manufacturers have returned to the U.S., And, according to a Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study, 54% of companies with above one billion in revenues are now considering reshoring. 70% of manufacturers indicate that volatile energy costs are a major concern.

The Next Great Disruption Coming to Supply Chains

Kinaxis

I watched a TED Talk video by Philip Evans, from Boston Consulting Group and shuddered to think that all our traditional fulfillment and inventory models can be drastically transformed by the “consumer”. 3PL’s, Contract Manufacturing, Suppliers, Logistics providers….

Take a Lean Approach to Digital Manufacturing to Double Productivity

DELMIA Quintiq

Although the fundamentals have been around for a while now, Digital Manufacturing has matured through this life cycle at a pace I have never seen before. From this perspective, it is easy to see why digital manufacturing has been adopted at such a rapid pace.

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Supply Chain Movement 20 – Trends & Consulting

Supply Chain Movement

12 | Profile Hans Willems, Vice President Supply Chain Europe, Boston Scientific. A Boston Scientific medical device is used somewhere in the world every two seconds, but the company is much more than a medical device manufacturer. Manufacturers find themselves at a crossroads.

Four Strategies To Deploy As Supply Chain Hits Main Street

Supply Chain Shaman

Meanwhile, turbulence is the norm for manufacturing supply chains. As I sign into the front desk-after-front desk at manufacturers, and open the signature book, I notice a large number of system integrators diligently working on the implementation of traditional enterprise technologies.

10 Ways IoT Can Improve Supply Chains

IQMS

By 2020, Discrete Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics and Utilities industries are projected to spend $40B each on IoT platforms, systems, and services. Improving track-and-trace reduces the need for buffer stock by providing real-time visibility of inventory levels and shipments.

10 Ideas for More Efficient & Productive Warehouse Operations

Cerasis

Boston Consulting Group research shows 1.2 million robots are expected to be deployed across manufacturing facilities in the U.S. Not only can robotic automation help manufacturers achieve greater warehouse productivity, but it can also drive significant cost savings as compared to employing workers. Implement Lean Manufacturing. Automated storage and retrieval systems can, for example, increase picking accuracy while yielding better inventory control.

Five signs its time for supply chain transformation

Kinaxis

Leaders from Bose, Boston Scientific and ON Semiconductor shared key lessons from their supply chain transformations, including what led them to consider change. Planners can’t work with contract manufacturers. Purchasers don’t have visibility into existing inventory.

Guest Blog: Real-world Advice for Getting Started on eKanban

synchrono

Through this guest blog series, I’d like to share some of my experiences implementing supplier quality and Lean manufacturing initiatives by focusing on eKanban systems. reduced inventory waste and carrying costs and more) asking people to change the way they work is also real.

ToolsGroup Promotes Mauro Adorno to Managing Director of Europe

ToolsGroup

BOSTON (July 30, 2019) – ToolsGroup, a global leader in service-driven supply chain planning software, has promoted Mauro Adorno to managing director of Europe. Our customers overcome demand volatility and supply chain complexity for outstanding service levels with reduced inventory.

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Epitaph

Supply Chain Shaman

They were born from well-intentioned, bright professors from great schools – Boston College, Carnegie Mellon, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT )– in operations research. It was called multi-enterprise inventory optimization. In the beginning, the inventory management solutions of LogicTools , Optiant and SmartOps pushed to take operations research to a new level through supply chain optimization. Inventory is now the primary supply chain buffer.

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

ToolsGroup

BOSTON, Mass. A North American-based survey of nearly 200 supply chain professionals from top CPG, distribution/wholesale, food and beverage, manufacturing, and retail companies found that 58% of respondents are still in the exploring or evaluating phases of digital transformation.

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Why CPG Demand Forecasting Has Hit a Ceiling

ToolsGroup

Boston Consulting Group talks about how the “endless aisles” of the internet and omni-channel sales increase product assortment. They don’t know how to segregate, forecast or inventory these “extreme error” items. Leverage Inventory More Effectively.

5 Key Trends Driving Supply Chain Innovation

Talking Logistics

With enhancements in manufacturing and product development, it’s increasingly hard to distinguish product capabilities as a customer. 2 Real-time Network Inventory Control and Planning. Too often we think about inventory in a linear way. Will they share inventory?

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ToolsGroup Names David Barton General Manager of North America

ToolsGroup

BOSTON (May 13, 2019) – ToolsGroup, a global leader in supply chain planning software, announced today that David Barton has joined ToolsGroup as the new general manager of North America. Barton will work from ToolsGroup’s Boston headquarters. “I’m

Wholesale Distribution: Any Way You Want It?

Logility

The groups on my most listened to playlists include Boston, REO, Rush, Kansas, Styx, Van Halen, Eagles, Foreigner and The Police, just to name a few. Wholesalers occupy a difficult supply chain position between retailers and manufacturers who both face their own set of challenges.

Sales and Operations Planning Summit

Logility

Last week I attended the Sales and Operations Planning Summit in Boston. Attendance was impressive with more than 150 operations, supply chain, manufacturing and finance professionals from a wide range of industries.

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[e-Book] The Essential Guide to Inbound Freight Management

Cerasis

Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40% of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping, according to the Aberdeen Group, a research firm in Boston. How Big Is the Problem Of Inbound Freight Management? Inbound freight management is receiving a lot of attention as businesses continue to look for ways to manage shipping costs. If you’re looking to save costs on shipping, take a look at inbound shipping.

ToolsGroup Named a Leader in IDC MarketScape Worldwide Demand Planning Market Report

ToolsGroup

BOSTON (September 30, 2019) ToolsGroup, a leader a global leader in supply chain planning software, has been named a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Supply Chain Demand Planning 2019 Vendor Assessment. . PRESS RELEASE.

How IoT Improves Consumer Packaged Goods Value Chain

Savi

Agile supply chain operations, especially in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, are using IoT and end-to-end shipment visibility software to outperform competitors with better service while keeping lower inventory levels. The pivot point has moved from production to customer delivery, and the primary constraint has moved from manufacturing to transportation.

Why Companies Need a Supplier Relationship Management Strategy

Cerasis

In May, 2014 Raytheon gathered a group of its largest suppliers in Boston, MA to discuss the launch of the company’s Supplier Advisory Council. Because of this, businesses are finding it challenging to forecast demand and therefore they risk escalating inventory costs or stock outs.

Guest Blog Part 2: Start Your eKanban Implementation with Value-stream Mapping and Engaging Your Suppliers

synchrono

Through this guest blog series, my intent is to share some of my experiences implementing supplier quality and Lean manufacturing initiatives by focusing on eKanban systems. If you’re not using a manual Kanban system, map the current inventory replenishment process.) by Jim Shore.

Will the Downturn Signal an Upturn?

Supply Chain Shaman

Vendor Managed Inventory processes–once hailed as the panacea of demand sensing–largely operate in isolation within sales organizations (of the thirty-three organizations that we interviewed last year, no market leader has connected these demand signals). Volatility.

ToolsGroup and Optimas to Discuss Supply Chain Planning Digital Transformation at North American Supply Chain Executive Summit 2019

ToolsGroup

BOSTON (Sept 5, 2019) – ToolsGroup, a global leader in supply chain planning software, shared details of its participation with Optimas Solutions, a leading global industrial distributor and service provider, in the North American Supply Chain Summit (NASCES19), taking place September 10-11 in Chicago. . ToolsGroup takes a fundamentally different approach by helping companies better understand their demand, resulting in increased service, minimized inventory and freed up working capital.

This Week in Logistics News (April 11-15, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Today marks the three-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, a sad and scary day, especially those of us living in the Boston area.

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. “Lora in your own way, you are helping. You tell it straight.

ToolsGroup Promotes Mauro Adorno to Managing Director of Europe

ToolsGroup

BOSTON (July 30, 2019) – ToolsGroup, a global leader in service-driven supply chain planning software, has promoted Mauro Adorno to managing director of Europe. Our customers overcome demand volatility and supply chain complexity for outstanding service levels with reduced inventory.

Let the Design Begin…

Supply Chain Shaman

They came to Boston to tell us the story of Llamasoft. With the purchase of i2 by JDA, and Logictools by IBM, manufacturing companies serious about network design started looking for a company, with a well-established community, that was more serious about network design.

ToolsGroup to Showcase Service-Driven Supply Chain Planning at Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2019

ToolsGroup

American Tire Distributors (ATD) to Highlight How It Worked with ToolsGroup to Tackle Forecasting and Inventory Challenges with S&OP. Our customers consistently see service levels increase while inventory, cost, and waste go down.”

ToolsGroup and Optimas to Discuss Supply Chain Planning Digital Transformation at North American Supply Chain Executive Summit 2019

ToolsGroup

BOSTON (Sept 5, 2019) – ToolsGroup, a global leader in supply chain planning software, shared details of its participation with Optimas Solutions, a leading global industrial distributor and service provider, in the North American Supply Chain Summit (NASCES19), taking place September 10-11 in Chicago. . ToolsGroup takes a fundamentally different approach by helping companies better understand their demand, resulting in increased service, minimized inventory and freed up working capital.

Next-Gen Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

Then, and only then, as a category manager or merchant buyer, will a supply chain professional and his or her internal customers be able to get a comprehensive picture of the inventory of the products they are responsible for, including what’s on the shipper’s dock, at the consolidator, on the ocean vessel or stack train or truck, in the DC and on the store shelf.

Supply Chain 4.0: The Supply Chain of the Future

Enterra Insights

“Although the world of industry and manufacturing is in the midst of a digital revolution,” they write, “the supply chain sphere is lagging behind. ” The staff at Manufacturing & Logistics IT agree with Asthana about the objectives of digital transformation; but, they go on to note successful digital transformation can do even more. 3D Printing and On Demand, Additive Manufacturing. Industry 4.0,

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Logistics, Data, and Cognitive Computing

Enterra Insights

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) analysts assert, “Logistics networks have never been more complex. It tracks not only transportation and handling but also warehousing and inventory working-capital costs, specifically by end customer. Jim O’Donnell ( @jimodonnelltt ) notes, “The availability of inexpensive sensors and internet of things connectivity has made supply chain visibility easier for manufacturers in the past few years.

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28 supply chain professionals share the biggest challenges of supply chain management

6 River Systems

Our supply chain involves a contract manufacturer, a third-party testing facility, warehouses to store inventory and a freighting company. John Moss @EnglishBlinds John Moss is the CEO of English Blinds , the manufacturers of bespoke window blinds and shades.

Outsourcing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Lessons from Nortel Networks

NC State SCRC

You didn’t have to add designers, and they leveraged the fact that they designed phones for other people, could do it quicker, and would leverage that, and would get their money back through manufacturing in a low cost environment.