3 reasons why multinationals are still struggling with inventory

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Last week I had another chat with a client about inventory.The essence of the client's problem was - "Why can't we get our stock right? We either have too much …. or run out … and we have just spent a fortune on a new IT system ….".

3D Printing Changes the Supply Chain

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Joe Cannata I recently took a trip to my local big box electronics store, and saw a 3D printer on display. I asked what they were printing, and the response was “plastic components”, which were being sold in the store.

Defeat supply chain complexity like a Jedi


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?

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


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.

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

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Technology can Help Streamline your Oil and Gas Supply Chain

Ryder Exchange

In the oil and gas industry , the workday of a Frac sand coordinator is fraught with logistical challenges.

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.

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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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).

Increasing Supply Chain Visibility and Security

Securing the supply chain starts with having visibility into the status of your assets, but this requires more than GPS coordinates on a map, because security isn’t just about preventing theft. Your assets don’t just need to arrive at their destination. They need to get there on time and untainted by heat, moisture, or physical shock.

10 Books Logistics And Supply Chain Experts Need To Read


There are tens of thousands of books about logistics and supply chains. Literally. Amazon has 31,817 books about supply chain and 24,934 about logistics. That’s 56,751 supply chain and logistics books.

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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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.

How can you prepare your supply chain for disruptions?


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.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

A New Career in Supply Chain

Supply Chain Insights

There are lots of folks in the supply chain community that have years of experience. Then there are folks like me who are just cutting their teeth.

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.

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.”

Supply Chain Preparedness for Hurricane Season

Ryder Exchange

It’s a common sight in coastal communities under a hurricane alert – convoys of utility, power, refrigerated and supply chain trucks heading toward areas under threat of harm, even as residents and others stream away.

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.

Talent and Leadership Development: Competitive Differentiators for 3PLs

Talking Logistics

Earlier this year at the JDA FOCUS 2015 conference , I led a panel discussion on the third-party logistics (3PL) industry that featured Rick Jordon , SVP Regional Head of Logistics – Americas at Panalpina , and other 3PL executives. I caught up with Rick again on a recent episode of Talking Logistics , where we discussed a variety of topics related to the 3PL industry.

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.

arviem's CEO Talks About Becoming the "Google of Trade"

Supply Chains Rock

I first met Stefan Reidy, CEO and founder, of arviem several years ago when he was in NY City to speak with Forbes magazine for an article on his ideas for tracking freight containers using a variety of wireless technologies.

Experts Choice Of Top Online Logistics Resources


The Experts’ Choice of the Top Online Logistics Resources. Intro Email Newsletters News Sites Social Media Influencers Blogs Unexpected Places. If you’re like me, staying up to date on supply chain news is critical. But for every online “aha” I wade through dozens of yawns.

The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

FMCG Supply Chain Scorecard Performance Measurement: Del-Boy Style.

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

In a related post I took a look at the use of Balanced Scorecards in FMCG, Brewing and Pharmaceutical businesses but in fact they are entirely appropriate for any business. Whatever your business size or offering you will benefit from knowing exactly what is going on and where you need to improve.

Technology and the Supply Chain: What Does the Future Hold?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Meet the Jetsons! Like any well-rounded child of the 80s, I grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons.

The Branded Supply Chain


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?

Why is Logistics Management Important?

PLS Logistics

Logistics Supply Chain Visibility TMS

Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.