March, 2016

Three Steps to Creating a Value-Oriented Supply Chain

OneSCM

The relationship between buyers and sellers in today’s marketplace often remains transactional, focused on the simple movement and exchange of services and goods.

Tackling the Unknown: Trying to Figure Out New Forms of Analytics

Supply Chain Shaman

The new world of supply chain analytics is my current research project. Using unstructured and stream data is a brave new world. The possibilities of data variety and velocity to improve supply chain management excite me. As I study the market; today, I have more questions than answers.

Three Ways Consumers Are Transforming Supply Chain

Cerasis

The supply chain is an industry transformed by socio-economic growth and the day-to-day behavior of consumers. In a time where rapid advancements in technology occur daily , the logistics behind supply chain management are also changing. Transparency is now more important than ever to the consumer.

Friends with Fitbits: Fitness tracking and taking supply chain planning to the next level

Quintiq

It’s been a busy week and I forgot to charge my Fitbit. It has become a habit to make sure that I am getting all my steps in and not just meeting, but exceeding my daily and weekly fitness goals. What does this have to do with supply chain planning? As it turns out, plenty.

How does your demand forecasting compare to your peers?

Demand forecasts are becoming increasingly more difficult to predict and less accurate. How are supply chain professionals dealing with this? What kind of technology are they using to deal with this shift? How is their approach to forecasting evolving? Take this assessment to find out how your demand forecasting process stacks up against others. It’s also a handy resource to identify improvement areas for your team. It only takes a few minutes and you get instant feedback.

7 Habits of a Highly Effective Supply Chain Manager

Supply Chain Opz

The supply chain is evolving more rapidly than ever before due to outside factors such as geopolitical influences, an increase in natural disasters and the proliferation of technology.

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Supply Chain Evangelism

OneSCM

The success of mid-market enterprises is fueled by efficient, integrated and aligned supply chain operations. However, with day-to-day distractions, leadership often has limited time and energy to seek and implement measures to enhance collaboration and productivity across departmental operations.

Measuring Up?

Supply Chain Shaman

The average manufacturing company’s supply chain organization is 15 years old. Historically, the traditional supply chain focused on improving costs. Today, more mature supply chain teams focus on delivering value.

Wearable Technology in the Supply Chain: 3 Core Benefits

Cerasis

Do you ever watch Undercover Boss? Think back to 2012 when Sam Taylor, CEO of Oriental Trading Company , went undercover in his own company.

Why is Terra Technology Gone?

ToolsGroup

Demand sensing is great supply chain planning functionality. It drives improved short-term forecast accuracy, helps create responsive replenishment , and usually offers a good ROI. But Terra Technology, one of the best known names in demand sensing, is gone.

Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software

Network design as a discipline is complex and too many businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to design and optimize their supply chain. As a result, most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks, when results are demanded in hours. This Buyer’s Guide helps you find easy-to-use technology to become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to network design and optimization.

Port optimization – process thinking gets distracted by techno-babble

Quintiq

Recently, I had the chance to spend a few days with a bunch of talented operations professionals working in shipping terminals. Dealing with containers, bulk, break bulk, chemical products, and RORO, they offered a broad spectrum of opinions and ideas.

Raising the Lean Bar in Construction

LeanCor

"Overall, the construction industry collectively struggles with managing the supply chain. We experience a lack of consistency in each client project, each introducing many new hurdles to overcome.

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What Your Company Needs to Succeed in Today’s Retail Landscape

AIMMS

It’s no mystery that some of the world’s largest retail chains are struggling to survive. Walmart is closing a record number of stores (269) in the U.S. and abroad this year. Trusted names like Sears, J.C. Penny, and Gap have also lost their momentum.

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Seeing Beyond the Firewall

Supply Chain Shaman

Supply Chain Operating Networks: The building of supply chain applications using many-to-many architectures to connect multiple parties to multiple trading partners to improve multi-tier supply chain visibility, planning and execution to improve relationships in extended value chains. .

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.

Supply Chain Analytics: A Continued & Renewed Focus on Using Data for Improvement

Cerasis

The digital business landscape for a shipper, such as the use of an ERP, TMS, and other digital aspects, such as The Internet of Things , provides unparalleled insight into how an organization in the supply chain can improve efficiency, visibility, and productivity.

What’s New in Inventory Optimization?

ToolsGroup

Principal Analyst James Cooke of Nucleus Research just published his 2016 Inventory Optimization Value Matrix which highlights this year’s key trends, including functionality and usability.

Becoming a High Performing Sense and Respond Enterprise: End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility is Key

Talking Logistics

As supply chains extend globally, they become more complex. The flow of supplies, finished goods, and information are widely distributed, presenting significant challenges across a manufacturer’s entire supply chain network of customers, suppliers, and logistics providers.

Building the Layers of Lean Construction

LeanCor

Kirk Paluska, General Manager and Owner of DUCTCO LLC, is a lean guy at heart. As lean consultant in his former life, Kirk has experienced lean thinking transform organizations from waste-ridden and varied to efficient and stable.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

The Future of Transportation: The New Airships

The Network Effect

The Hindenburg over Manhattan, New York, 1937 (courtesy Associated Press). An “airship” is a lighter-than-air aircraft capable of traveling under its own power.

My Take: E2open Buys Terra Technology

Supply Chain Shaman

As an analyst in the supply chain market for 15 years, I have written many articles on best-of-breed technology companies purchased by a larger company. Today I am writing my take on the acquisition of Terra Technology by E2open.

4 Infographics Showing How Technology Is Transforming Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Cerasis

This year looks like it's going to be one of the most innovative years for manufacturing technology. Purchasing and supply executives predict that the global manufacturing industry will continue to expand. The ISM projects a 4.1

Ferrari: Under the Hood

ToolsGroup

Today we interview Bob Ferrari, executive editor of the blog Supply Chain Matters ( www.theferrarigroup.com/supply-chain-matters ) and founder and managing director of the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group.

Navigating the Road to Successful Automation - A Process Driven Approach

Speaker: Jon Leposky, Director of Operations and Logistics, Z Customization

Automation can be an incredibly powerful tool to lower costs, increase capabilities, and enable scaling. However the road to implementing automation can be long and challenging even when all the proper steps are taken. Being equipped with the proper tools and knowledge of common pitfalls when implementing automation can make the difference between a show stopping disaster and seamless success.

Friends with Fitbits: Fitness Tracking and Taking Supply Chain Planning to the Next Level

Talking Logistics

It’s been a busy week and I forgot to charge my Fitbit. It has become a habit to make sure that I am getting all my steps in and not just meeting, but exceeding my daily and weekly fitness goals. What does this have to do with supply chain planning? As it turns out, plenty.

Why Do Long-Term Business Plans Conflict With Short-Term Results?

LeanCor

In a recent survey we sent to business leaders, 74% of respondents said they follow a long-term business vision but are tied to short term results.

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Seven Decision-making Capabilities to Drive Supply Chain Excellence

River Logic

The topic of supply chain excellence is extremely broad and spans a smorgasbord of topics associated with People, Process and Technology. However, if we focus on key decision-making capabilities that can help companies achieve supply chain excellence, we come up with the following seven areas.

FMCG Company disbands the Supply Chain function…….

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

I am back on line again after a few days’ holiday post completion of some challenging factory footprint project work. One of the first catch-up meetings I have had was with an FMCG CEO. No names of course, but this is a medium-large sized player knocking on the blue-chip door.

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.