Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

Supply Chain Shaman

We were discussing the results of the planning benchmarking work that we have just finished, and I was sharing some insights on inventory management when one of the panelists emphatically stated, “Inventory is a waste to manage. Inventory is both.

Kinexions Supply Chain Conference Breakout Sessions


by Alexa Cheater Kinexions ’16 Supply Chain Conference Lineup Hits All the Right Notes. Our annual supply chain conference, Kinexions , is right around the corner, and we’re thrilled to be bringing our attendees some stellar supply chain content.

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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.”

Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory


What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. What is Lean Inventory Management? Attributes of Lean Inventory Management.

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


by Dr. Madhav Durbha I enjoy attending conferences. 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).

Kinexions: Is “User Conference” the Right Description?


by Bill DuBois Being a presales consultant (…by day, Late Late Supply Chain Show host by night) during the last quarter of the year, there’s little, if any, time to reflect back on what was the most successful user conference in Kinaxis history.

ISC Europe 2016 Conference

Supply Chain Movement

ISC Europe 2016 Conference. To respond to this onslaught of change, the Supply Chain professional of 2015 needs to understand business strategies and value propositions as much as they understand inventory and logistics. Provide optimal service levels while reduce costs and inventory.

On the road! 4 September supply chain conferences we love


by Melissa Clow September is a busy time of year for us at Kinaxis – Many folks here are flying the skies to attend various conferences. Here’s the supply chain conferences we love and will be attending. Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference.

Let’s Start a Revolution: Kinexions Supply Chain Conference Day 1


Let’s take a deeper dive into Day 1 of the Kinexions supply chain conference: Supply Chain Planning Components are Better Together than Apart. In supply chain planning, there are a lot of individual processes – capacity planning, demand planning, inventory management, etc.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

During the year, I go to a lot of conferences. When I hear them at a conference, I squirm uncontrollably in my seat. Instead, in the SanDisk journey , they adjusted the speed of response to their customer segments, and actively designing inventory postponement strategies.

Social Networking, TMS, and Mega Trends: My CSCMP Conference Agenda

Talking Logistics

Are you attending the CSCMP Annual Global Conference later this month in Denver? It’s is one of the best conferences in the supply chain and logistics industry to learn and network. Robots and automation technologies are playing growing roles in supply chain and logistics processes as we see the rise of driverless cars on our roads, the use of robots to track inventory in stores, and robots and other types of flexible automation technologies in the warehouse.

V-LINE marks anniversary with conference and Smart keynote.

The Smart Software

During the “User Conference: Spare Parts Inventory Planning and Optimization,” topics like vested outsourcing and digital MRO supply chain orchestration were discussed with the participation of Jeff Scott, our vice president of business development at Smart Software.

Take Five: Quick Takeaways from the Gartner EMEA Supply Chain Executive Conference


Back home today after a fantastic trip to Spain including the Gartner EMEA Supply Chain Executive Conference. Gartner analyst Paul Lord emphasized that you don’t always have to choose between cost and service if you take an aligned, systemic approach to inventory planning.

LeanCor Executives to Present at CSCMP Conference


LeanCor executives – Robert Martichenko (CEO), Roger Pearce (VP of Lean Deployment), and Matt Melrose (VP of Operations) – will be presenting and speaking on panels at the 2013 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) annual conference in Denver, Colorado next week.

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. Reliving the old days was made even more rich, as there was a panel session at the conference with Lora Cecere, Roddy Martin, Mickey North-Rizza and myself.

IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference

Herlitz Inventory Management

The IFDA Distribution Solutions Conference is being held October 16 – 18, 2016 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL . HIMPACT will help you better manage your inventory and improve your bottom line!

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Vendor Managed Inventory Model for Supply Chain Cost Reductions


Below I will outline how a vendor managed inventory model, in conjunction with reverse marketing, value analysis, and collaboration will achieve supply chain cost reductions. Vendor Managed Inventory Model for Supply Chain Cost Reductions. The distributor maintains the inventory plan.

AI, ML aren’t magic pixie dust, and other supply chain insights from Kinexions day one


Here are just a few of the great insights coming from the conference: “Artificial intelligence and machine learning aren’t magical pixie dust.”. Unfortunately, it came at the expense of another team, who now had to deal with the inventory.

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. ” Vendor Managed Inventory Model: A Quick Back Story.

Supply Chain in Space at 2016 CSCMP Conference


Astronaut Scott Kelly kicked off this year’s 2016 CSCMP Conference with an inspiring account of his record breaking year aboard the International Space Station. According to Captain Kelly, inventory management and spare part location accuracy is critical to survival in the abys of space.

Getting Inventory Right: Hope with Hype and Recycled Software?

Supply Chain Shaman

I am speaking this morning at the Terra Technology conference and doing a book signing of my new book, Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. In parallel, I have been hard at work on a report on multi-tier inventory optimization for the last two weeks. It is morning in Orlando.

Why Have We Not Reduced Inventory?

Supply Chain Shaman

This year supply chain leaders will celebrate thirty years of progress in supply chain management; but we have not made progress on one of the funamentals: inventory management. Have the early adopters of inventory optimization seen a reduction in inventory on their balance sheets?”

The Secret of Getting Ahead (Takeaways from Command Alkon ELEVATE 2018 Conference)

Talking Logistics

Therefore, it’s not surprising that the question at the forefront of the most recent Leadership Roundtable meeting (held last month at the Command Alkon ELEVATE 2018 conference ) was, How do we get started? By monitoring inventory levels in real time and forecasting material usage based on actual ready mix demand (using Command Alkon’s supplyConnect solution ), the hauler coordinates the cement replenishment process between the supplier and plant. What a difference a year makes.

Smart Inventory Planning & Optimization to be Showcased at Epicor Insights Copy

The Smart Software

Epicor Software to profile Smart's cloud inventory planning and optimization solution at annual user conference. The post Smart Inventory Planning & Optimization to be Showcased at Epicor Insights Copy appeared first on Smart Software.

Top 5 Takeaways from the 2019 Gartner Supply Chain Conference


Top 5 takeaways from the 2019 Gartner Supply Chain Conference A few weeks ago, many members of Alloy’s team were in Phoenix attending the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference and hosting attendees at our annual conference dinner.

Advanced Reverse Logistics Strategies Workshop & Conference

Supply Chain Movement

RLCON 2013: Advanced Reverse Logistics Strategies Workshop & Conference. WORKSHOP AND CONFERENCE FOCUS. The Conference will provide valuable insights on implementation of cost effective reverse logistic process for optimal ROI.

Takeaways from Manhattan Associates’ Momentum 2017 Conference

Talking Logistics

Addressing this problem is at the heart of Manhattan Associates’ Active Solutions, which the company introduced a couple of weeks ago at its Momentum 2017 conference.

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


MANN+HUMMEL to Present How It Partnered with ToolsGroup to Increase Fill Rate and Cut Inventory. Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2019 is the world’s most important gathering of supply chain leaders.

Countdown to Kinexions ’17: FOMO and supply chain stories that inspire


If you read my last blog post , you know that Kinexions is the premier supply chain conference event for our RapidResponse® user community. It would be a shame if the conference came and went and you found yourself suffering from a bad case of event FOMO!

Where Does Supply Chain Design End and Planning Begin? (Takeaways from LLamasoft’s SummerCon 2017 Conference)

Talking Logistics

The answers were revealed at the SummerCon 2017 conference a couple of weeks ago where LLamasoft introduced “Planning by Design” and, which the company describes as “building blocks to improve your current planning capabilities through design technology.”.

Solving the "Goldilocks Problem" in Inventory Management


In her RILA 2018 Conference keynote address , Sona Chawla of Kohls described this inventory issue as the “Goldilocks Problem.” Goldilocks’ problem rings true for many businesses and their inventory challenges, how do they go from too much or too little inventory to getting it just right? WMS FIELD INVENTORY inventory mangement warehouse efficiency visibility

HighJump’s Elevate Conference: A Corporate Coalescence

Logistics Viewpoints

Today HighJump is wrapping up its 2015 user conference – the first since HighJump and Accellos merged into a single entity. The conference has around 650 attendees. Inventory Management Logistics Software Vendors Track and Trace Warehouse Management Systems

Good Safety is Good Business at the LogiChem 2015 Conference

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Last week’s 2015 LogiChem conference was held in Philadelphia, PA, the birthplace of the signing of our Declaration of Independence. I always come back from these conferences inspired and fascinated at how diligent chemical supply chain managers must be to mitigate risk and adverse events.

The View from Houston: DHL Global Energy Conference 2015

Supply Chain View from the Field

I had the opportunity to speak to a group of oil and gas executives at the DHL Global Energy conference this week, held in the Petroleum Club. The conference was a great opportunity to interact with logistics and procurement executives in an environment of open dialogue and discussion. Other presentations at the conference included a discussion of compliance in the global supply chain.

Highlights from 3Gtms Innovate 2018 User Conference

Talking Logistics

Last week, I attended Innovate 2018 , the company’s first user conference, and as I stood on stage to deliver my keynote presentation in front of 140+ attendees, the answer was clear: Yes. Last week’s user conference, which was well attended and featured a couple of client presentations ( Crowley Logistics and Dynamic Logistix ), was another milestone for the company. One of the new capabilities highlighted at the conference was Continuous Pool Optimization.

Key learnings from Supply Chain Insights’ Global Summit


The conference, organized by Supply Chain Shaman Lora Cecere and her team, was structured around a compelling theme: “imagine the supply chain of 2030.” As always, S&OP was a hot topic at the conference. AIMMS Conferences Digital transformation Sales and Operations Planning

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How Does Procurement Create Value? Insights from CPO Speakers at Zycus Horizons Conference

Supply Chain View from the Field

I was attending the Zycus Horizons 2014 conference at Amelia Island today, listening to speakers. Also more end to end KPI’s – our own inventory – but don’t have supply chain lead-times on end to end. In addition to the procurement executives, I also got to meet Captain Dick Phillips, the captain of note in the film “Captain Phillips” We had a chance to talk about his experience, and he also presented to the group about the incredible experience he went through.