2015

Why the Forecast for Supply Chain Planning has been Only Partly Cloudy

ToolsGroup

Cloud-based supply chain planning is gaining traction. Each year more users opt for cloud-based systems and there is a lot of support in the analyst community.

Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

Supply Chain Shaman

Benchmarking is a measurement of the quality of an organization’s policies, products, programs or strategies against standard measurements. Business Dictionary.com. Writing a Shaman blog post is now a Sunday night ritual. For me, it is a good time to reflect, think and share what I am learning.

The Most Reliable Supply Chain…Without Technology?

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This is a blog post about remembering the fundamentals in order to achieve success.

Defeat supply chain complexity like a Jedi

Quintiq

Image credit: Moviepilot. Overwhelmed by the dark forces of supply chain planning? The best supply chain planners share a common trait with Jedi knights: No matter how tough things get, they never give up. So how do they overcome a supply chain’s darkest force: complexity?

Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

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Expert Reveals 7 Supply Chain Trends to Watch

Supply Chain Opz

As pressure to improve supply chain cost performance increases for many companies, the evaluation and selection of competent suppliers becomes a key concern.

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Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

Well, my big audacious prediction for 2015 did not come true. Google did not acquire a third-party logistics (3PL) company or a logistics software vendor. And business relationships did not become more Vested this year — if anything, they reverted back to being “win-lose” arrangements (see Walmart’s Message to Suppliers: Talk to the Hand and The High Cost of Poor Supplier Relationships ). But some of my other predictions did hit the mark or came close.

The Value of Lean Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

Lean Supply Chain Management. Companies are beginning to understand the volatility and risk associated changes within the supply chain. Lean supply chain looks to reduce waste and inventory levels so that the volatility and risk is minimized with shorter lead time(s).

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This is the invisible network that keeps the world running

The Network Effect

Yantian Port in China/BBC. As a nice follow-up to last week’s post on the world’s largest container ship , the BBC has an in depth article on an “invisible network that keeps the world running” Just what is this network, you ask? The answer is the global supply chain.

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The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.

Lora Cecere on Supply Chain Metrics that Matter

AIMMS

Interview with Lora Cecere, Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights and Author of Supply Chain Metrics that Matter ( published December 2014 ). Lora Cecere is the founder and CEO of the research firm Supply Chain Insights.

Supply Chain Priorities: Seven Things That Matter Most

ToolsGroup

A recent Gartner study, conducted annually, sheds some light on what matters most to top executives in supply chain technology.

Reflections on Integrated Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

Yesterday, I presented to 700 global attendees on an APICS webinar. In the presentation, I shared data on the evolution of supply chain planning and the results on user satisfaction. The results confound me. They are not consistent with market perception. Let me share the story.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Expert Reveals 7 Supply Chain Trends to Watch

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This blog post is from SupplyChainOpz. We found it as a great summation of all the things companies must consider when mastering their supply chain. Many studies state that those who can manage the functions with the supply chain, they have a competitive advantage.

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Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

Common problems like data access and quality are preventing you from taking the first step towards transformation. Modern visibility providers are putting band-aids on bad data, giving you the ability to make misinformed decisions. Solve the data first.

How can you prepare your supply chain for disruptions?

Quintiq

The butterfly effect. The “butterfly effect” was a term coined by mathematician, meteorologist and chaos theory expert Edward Lorenz around 1960. It refers to how one small incident can have a huge impact later on down the line.

Top Five Pieces of Career Advice for Supply Chain Students

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater It’s an industry that’s seen as anything but sexy, and that lack of appeal is presenting a major problem. A growing global shortage of talented supply chain professionals has companies scrambling to find ways to attract and retain that next generation of leaders.

SCM Case Study with Adidas

SCM Research

Today, John McNamara, SVP Sourcing, Adidas Group, visited me and my SCM students at Copenhagen Business School. He presented a case study about the supply chain processes for t-shirts. It was very insightful and also a lot of fun for my students (and me).

7 Supply Chain Lessons from Lenovo

Supply Chain Opz

Lenovo has been consistently ranked on the list of supply chain top 25 by research and advisory firm Gartner Inc for more than 4 years in a row.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Bitcoin: A New Supply Chain Operating System?

Talking Logistics

I have to admit, I’ve paid very little attention to all the buzz surrounding bitcoin these past few years.

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Lean leadership: How can we drive lean problem solving efforts?

LeanCor

David Sherman – Manager, Lean Supply Chain Operations. Being a lean leader involves coaching a team through lean problem solving efforts. In many firms, it is easy to spot problems within processes.

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7 Guidelines to Achieving Growth Through Globalization

The Network Effect

Nicolas A. Tonelli/Flickr. Global headlines anticipating growth through globalization are plentiful. Three different positions on achieving growth all point to cross-border e-commerce from a brand, company, and country perspective: BRANDS. Williams-Sonoma and Zara head to Mexico.

FMCG: ERP’s – how will you cope when yours fails?

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Yes I know, the recent blog posts have been a little Blog Gold meets Classic Blog with a touch of All Our Yesterdays and the History Channel but here is a fresh new offering. The last few months have been very busy both on the business and domestic fronts.

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End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.

Five Types of Inventory Optimization You Should Know

ToolsGroup

Inventory configuration is usually the predominant issue in most manufacturing environments. Inventory policy is usually the predominant issue in most distribution environments. Here are five types of inventory optimization that you should be aware of if you are considering an optimization solution.

Seven Thoughts to Build a Customer-Centric Supply Chain Organization

Supply Chain Shaman

‘Chin Music’ Definition: Idle Chatter, Idle Talk or Vague Explanations. Urban Dictionary. In my work as a supply chain analyst, and Founder of Supply Chain Insights, I attend many supply chain conferences.

Make Way for the Supply Chain Internet of Things (IoT)

Cerasis

Agility is needed in an ever-changing market. A supply chain that is transparent with an open configuration can accept the changes that the Internet of Things or IoT will bring. This nascent concept will provide faster communications from device to device without human input.

The Branded Supply Chain

Quintiq

Discover the highest level of branding where others are least likely to look. What do H&M and Whirlpool know about supply chains that many of their competitors don’t?

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.