Digital Transformation Helps with Corporate Alignment

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For example, manufacturing may be tasked to fill all orders which requires having inventory on-hand in distribution centers. However, distribution centers may be given the conflicting task of minimizing excess inventory space and cost. Louis Columbus ( @LouisColumbus ) suggest ten way cognitive technologies can help companies achieve successful digital transformations.[4]

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


Our customers overcome demand volatility and supply chain complexity for outstanding service levels with reduced inventory. ToolsGroup solutions include Demand Planning & Sensing, Inventory Optimization, Allocation & Replenishment, Demand & Supply Collaboration, Promotions Planning and S&OP. Founded in 2002, Spinnaker has offices in Boston, Columbus, Denver, Houston, Memphis, Pittsburgh, London, and Singapore. PRESS RELEASE.

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Conquering the Explosion of Supply Chain Planning Data


Structured and unstructured data including that from social media, Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain sources continue to stream in but much is left untouched. and up to date transaction data (order status, inventory positions, shipment tracking, etc.) 1 Louis Columbus. Companies across all industries and sizes struggle to make sense of and value from the available mountains of data.

The Internet of Things and the Supply Chain: Serious or Just Flirting?

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She writes, “Sustainability, ethical sourcing, corporate responsibility, brand safety and product integrity are vast, complex, down-the-rabbit hole [supply chain] concerns. ” Louis Columbus ( @LouisColumbus ), a Principal at IQMS, believes another technology, blockchain, will make the IoT/supply chain even stronger. “Decide if your access to ‘know how,’ source code, IP, and other forms of trade secrets give you leverage.

It’s Turkey Time!


While there is the possibility of sourcing from a secondary supplier, there’s no guarantee they’ll have enough stock available. They can be held in inventory until the second biggest holiday for these big birds – Christmas, which is only a couple of months away. Forget Columbus Day this year and come celebrate Thanksgiving with us instead! by Alexa Cheater Okay, so there may be a bunch of readers out there thinking ‘Huh? It’s not even close to Thanksgiving yet.’

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Retail Industry Leaders Discuss the Value of Assortment Planning – Part II

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Jon Beck, CEO, Columbus Consulting. Today that information flow is still one-way, from the retailer to the consumer, but eventually with things like crowd-sourcing we will be able to work with consumers to jointly develop plans that will be much more effective to execute. Linda Canada: Mike McAbee: All-Channel retail Inventory Omni-Channel Retail Supply Chain Planning assortment customers merchandising social media

Executing on time, all the time: apparel executive’s guide to competitive advantage

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We are delighted to welcome Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski from Columbus Consulting (CCI) as our guest blogger. CCI is renowned for its expertise in retail business processes and systems delivering practical solutions to optimize sales, margin and inventory across all channels of operation. Sadly we all know that missed internal deadlines drain profit from many apparel brands: Merchandise Planning didn’t align demand forecasts with Sourcing. Partner, Columbus Consulting.

New Panama Canal Options: Running the Numbers with a TMS


Modern TMS solutions are designed to help shippers make such trade-offs, with analytics platforms that take data from multiple sources and present the shipper with a single access point for calculating total landed cost. The preferred amount of inventory held on ships and trucks depends on constraints such as the value of the cargo. If high-value items are being shipped, it’s important to minimize inventory levels.

Supply Chain Optimization 101: How to Best Harness the Power of Big Data


Big data is arriving from multiple sources at an alarming velocity, volume and variety.” Writing for Forbes, big data expert Louis Columbus notes that more than 60% of supply chain executives view big data as “a disruptive and important technology, setting the foundation for long-term change management in their organizations.” You can’t open a major tech news site these days without encountering the words “big data.”

7-Week Streak of Higher Rates Ends – For Now

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While inbound rates were generally up in Buffalo, the lane from Columbus to Buffalo dropped 33¢ to $3.09/mile. It could be a case of Columbus being out of inventory, given the extra activity that happened out of there following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which meant freight going into Buffalo had to be sourced elsewhere. Van spot market rates moderated last week, especially on the backhaul lanes where rates spiked two weeks ago.

Planning and managing the critical aspects of a full merchandising season

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However, we still need to source and sell products, and to do that without losing focus on the customer, we need to run efficient processes. Automated replenishment can then handle ongoing inventory transfers to stores and, eventually, ramp-downs. Partner, Columbus Consulting. Author: Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski, Partner at Columbus Consulting. The Pareto principle informs a lot of our work at Columbus Consulting International (CCI). Partner, Columbus Consulting.