April, 2016

Increasing S&OP clarity by adjusting “depth of field”

ToolsGroup

In last week’s blog we talked about the fundamental challenge of connecting tactical S&OP down to detailed execution. Here we look in the other direction and examine the challenge of connecting tactical S&OP up to the strategic plan.

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3 Core Metrics & 10 Soft Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance

Cerasis

The average Supply Chain management professional measures their Supply Chain by reviewing cost reduction. Is cost reduction all that there is in measuring Supply Chain performance?

6 Ways to “Refresh” Your Supply Chain Operations: Part III

OneSCM

In our last installment of the Spring Cleaning Series, we want to focus on strategies you can implement in the present that will help you time and time again going forward. Refocus on the Customer Experience.

Sparking a New Conversation: Let’s Build a Network of Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

Today’s supply chain is inside-out. Companies wait and process orders. They cannot sense and respond to demand. It is a struggle. The processes are largely batch and out-of-cadence with the markets they serve. Increasingly, business requirements are outside-in.

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.

The automated container terminal and the odd (mis)adventure of the Google car

Quintiq

At a recent dinner with friends, the topic of our conversation moved to the invincibility of autonomous vehicles and the unfortunate encounter between the bus and the Google car. It was my turn to be ‘the heart of the party’. Score one for rational thinking and mathematics.

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What's Wrong with S&OP?

ToolsGroup

“The No. 1 challenge among manufacturing companies is connecting sales and operations planning (S&OP) to operational plan/execution.” – Gartner Research 1. There are few competencies more core for a company than the ability to coordinate sales with supply chain in order to fill demand.

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Making IoT in Manufacturing & Supply Chain Work by Using Cloud Technologies

Cerasis

Walmart’s Carriers of the Year 2015

The Network Effect

Congratulations to Walmart’s Carriers of the Year for 2015. Walmart selected the carriers based on their “dedication to customer service and a commitment to creating innovative solutions in an evolving, yet extremely important, business.”.

Building Outside-In Processes

Supply Chain Shaman

This weekend, I decompressed and turned off my cell phone. The concept of being on and available all the time– 24/7– wears on me. I spent a beautiful, brisk, Saturday afternoon building monsters with my grandson, Jake, at the local children’s museum. (I

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.

6 Ways to “Refresh” Your Supply Chain Operations: Part I

OneSCM

With spring in the air, it’s the perfect time to reevaluate the state of your business and review outdated supply chain operations technologies. Chances are your supply chain has become increasingly complicated over the last year – whether through a change in sales strategies, the introduction of new partners, a busy holiday season or any other major company event. This sprawling complexity has the potential to increase the risk for disruption and for opportunities to fail.

5 Things We Learned About the S&OP Process

LeanCor

As a 360 degree integration tool between all functional departments, sales and operations planning (S&OP) is the operational blue‐print of the organization for profitably matching supply and demand.

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An Example of Outstanding Change Management

ToolsGroup

Managing change at the individual level is essential to realize benefits across the organization. Companies pick supply chain planning software based on the benefits to the business. But they install the software successfully—and realize the gains—when they convince users of those benefits.

Why OmniChannel Solutions are Needed in Shipping & Logistics to Meet Consumer Demand

Cerasis

E-commerce and omnichannel solutions are rapidly becoming the next frontier in the use of the Internet of Things and better order fulfillment processes.

The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

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

Rwanda Heads Technology Revolution in Africa

The Network Effect

Rwanda is a tiny country in Africa, the fourth smallest to be exact, but one making giant strides in embracing the latest technology. In fact, in some cases it is leapfrogging many first world countries in the race to do business, smarter, cheaper, better. Rwanda is at a distinct disadvantage.

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Supply Chain Visibility: A Precursor to Insight and Optimization

Talking Logistics

As digitization continues to modify the global supply chain landscape, its unprecedented data sources and solutions will lead to not only the demise of disparate information systems, but to the rise of true, end-to-end, supply chain visibility.

6 Ways to “Refresh” Your Supply Chain Operations: Part II

OneSCM

Once your company completes initial benchmarking initiatives and identifies key pain points in your supply chain manual processes, it’s time to move ahead and alleviate them. In most cases, however, that is no easy task, especially if you are an emerging company. Trying to fix issues in your supply chain that have been prevalent for months, quarters, or even years cannot happen overnight.

How Do You Balance Leading and Driving Results?

LeanCor

A successful organization starts with leadership -- and that leadership is only as strong as the principles upon which it stands. As leaders and as organizations, we need to establish and align around principles that guide how we lead, support, and grow our teams.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Target Canada’s difficult birth, tough life and brutal death

ToolsGroup

A few months ago we wrote about how the traditional approach to buying supply chain planning (SCP) systems is often flawed. Now a story in Canadian Business Magazine describes how supply chains can go seriously wrong and with serious consequences.

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7 Reasons Why 2016 is the Year of Warehouse Robots

Cerasis

The benefits to the use of warehouse robots, loading, unloading and delivery are evident. Robots do not sleep. They do not drink. They do not complain, and they do not need a paycheck. Robots are rapidly becoming one of the most prevalent enterprises within the logistics industry.

Q&A: Chris Reed, Ferguson Enterprises – Building an Agile Supply Chain

Logility

Demands on the supply chain have changed significantly over the years for wholesale distributors and those that are embracing the changes are seeing improved service levels and profitability. At the heart of bettering your supply chain is to create an agile one built on accurate forecasting.

Improving Transportation in the Real World

Talking Logistics

It’s rare that a shipper or third party logistics (3PL) provider has the luxury to sit back and roll out perfect operations and systems strategies, perfect improvement programs or perfect projects. Yet, many improvement approaches focus on that green field.

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.

Mitigating Supply Chain Risk through Collaboration

Descartes

Supply chain risk management is the implementation of strategies to manage everyday and exceptional supply risks based on continuous assessment. It is essential in ensuring continuity and reducing vulnerability. Why is it important for your supply chain to be risk free?

C-Suite Spotlight Series: How to Get Better Results From Your Suppliers

LeanCor

"I have the pulse of my floor, do we have the pulse of our suppliers' floors? Are they moving the needle forward?". As CFO for Bonfiglioli USA, a leader in global power transmission and control in Hebron, KY, Scott Guy is passionate about continuous improvement.

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5 Common Mistakes in Fulfillment Center & Distribution Center Design

The Network Effect

By Thompson Brockmann, Partner, Tompkins International. The common adage that management is both art and science is a truism. This adage serves as a way of indicating a rather complex reality involving management.

How Car Technology Innovations Will Transform Logistics

Cerasis

This month China's Chang’an Automobile Engineering & Research Institute conducted a 2,000-kilometer test run of two driverless cars, The Hindu reported.

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.