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Do Digital Your Way. Sidestep the Supply Chain Conquistadors

Supply Chain Shaman

Sometimes organizations are too sure and chase shiny objects, push a fad, or fall prey under the spell of a Supply Chain Conquistador. The Quest for a Digital Supply Chain. The supply chain warrior selling digital supply chain concepts has similar goals.

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L’Oréal: A Case Study in Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

At the Supply Chain Global Summit 2018 , Francois discussed the impact of digitalization, Industry 4.0, and L’Oréal’s approach to business that has allowed the company to continuously rank as a Supply Chains to Admire winner for four consecutive years. Read more to understand the details on the Supply Chain Index ,). Supply Chains to Admire Methodology. Our supply chain and operations teams are customer-oriented entrepreneurs.

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How Do We Stop Buying Planning Software the Wrong Way?

Supply Chain Shaman

The burst of spring coupled with my second Pfizer vaccine gives me a glimmer of hope that perhaps the dark curtain of being chained to the home office is lifting. “We are considering the purchase of Blue Yonder, Logility, Kinaxis, o9, or OMP. appeared first on Supply Chain Shaman.

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Supply Chain Leaders Rearranging Deck Chairs? Yes, I Think So.

Supply Chain Shaman

Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change. After finishing the Supply Chains to Admire report and the Youtube series (to be released this week), this is my feeling. What Is Supply Chain Excellence?

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Pandemic Lessons For Supply Chain Leaders

Supply Chain Shaman

The Covid-19 pandemic tested the global supply chain. Like riding a bumpy road, the supply chain leader is riding the ups and downs of changing market conditions facing greater variability day-to-day. Procurement: Purchase price variance and procurement cost.

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A Story of Throwing the Baby Out With The Bathwater in Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

In 2004, I worked with a Midwest North American meatpacker to help define its supply chain strategy. Consumers constantly change the mix preferences in purchases. Somedays, the focus is on steaks or ribs and the next on the purchase of ground or cubed meat.

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The Fallacy of the Self-driving Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

”) So, I sat across from a stranger on a cold winter night, the only thing that we had in common was our experience in supply chain planning. . And won’t the supply chain follow suit?” Self-driving supply chains are an example.

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Supply Chain 2030: Forge a New Path

Supply Chain Shaman

The Supply Chain Insights Global Summit is over, but we hope the energy to define Supply Chain 2030 is just beginning. Today only 12% of supply chain teams are driving improvement, performing better than their competitors and driving value (as determined by Price to Tangible Book Value). As companies prepare for Supply Chain 2030, we think that it is time to rethink the basics. Seven Predictions for Supply Chain 2030.

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How Do We Stop Buying Planning Software the Wrong Way?

Supply Chain Shaman

The burst of spring coupled with my second Pfizer vaccine gives me a glimmer of hope that perhaps the dark curtain of being chained to the home office is lifting. “We are considering the purchase of Blue Yonder, Logility, Kinaxis, o9, or OMP. appeared first on Supply Chain Shaman.

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Help Supply Chain Planners Be More Successful In These Uncertain Times

Supply Chain Shaman

As I shopped at Best Buy for office supplies, I struggled to not think about the massive disruption of electronics supply chain. As markets shift, supply chains struggle to adjust. Supply chains operate blindly on order data.

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Organizational Alignment: Overlooked, but So Important.

Supply Chain Shaman

When reviewing strategy decks for supply chain teams, I often see statements like “move from a functional-silo’d focus to a drive a more holistic response.” ” Followed by “How are you organized, and what defines functional excellence?

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Demand Planning. When The Answer To Two Simple Questions Is Not So Simple.

Supply Chain Shaman

The Center of Excellence at the company wanted to improve base-level capabilities but struggled to move forward due to the traditional views of the planning team, which they felt were self-serving. The team was not calibrated on the role of forecasting and the basics around process excellence.

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St. Patrick’s Day is an Excellent Time for Supply Chains to Think Green

Enterra Insights

The Logility team writes, “Environmental sustainability in the supply chain is top of mind for consumers, and a brand that fails to hold itself responsible risks reputational damage that will affect the bottom line.”[2] When you think about St.

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Reflections on Integrated Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

In the presentation, I shared data on the evolution of supply chain planning and the results on user satisfaction. Neither technology vendor is an industry leader in delivering a solution that fits the needs of the supply chain planner. The common perception is that SAP and Oracle supply chain planning solutions are superior to best-of-breed Advanced Planning Solutions. Summary Data of User Satisfaction with Supply Chain Planning Applications.

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Embracing the Digital Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

As I drank a cup of coffee and waited, I reflected on the article I had just completed for the Institute of Supply Management. At their request I wrote on the digital supply chain. Digital supply chain is such a buzzword. The digital supply chain is about SO much more than gadgets.” Yet, within the supply chain, everyone waits for data and insights. Supply chains do not move in the cadence of the market.

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Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

To drive global scale, companies need to design the supply chain to buy globally and execute locally. The design of the supply chain is fundamental to making this happen. In our interview of the Supply Chains to Admire Winners, we found a unique approach at Carter’s. The company leverages globally sourcing strategies to buy products at a lower cost and then deploys some unique process logic to drive mass customization for retailers.

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Supply Chain Leaders Prepare For The Long Haul. Caution: It Will Be Gray.

Supply Chain Shaman

Supply chains were ill-prepared for the pandemic. The design of the global supply chain at the start of the pandemic assumed frictionless borders, availability of transportation resources, and supply with few constraints.

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Five Things I Have Learned About Global Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

Regional supply chain companies are attempting to define global requirements. They are well versed in requirements for regional supply chain planning, but they are attempting to redefine their processes and be more global. Success in Supply Chain Planning Is a Flip of a Coin. Supply chain planning success is difficult to achieve. The second issue is treating supply chain planning as a technology project implementation.

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Pushing the Supply Chain Reset Button

Supply Chain Shaman

The global supply chain that we know today is built on three assumptions: rational government policy, low variability, and availability of logistics. The impact varies by supply chain sector and value chain. The days of financial supply chain reengineering are over.

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People and Halal Supply Chains

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

Muslim (majority) countries in Asia (such as Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia) and several countries in the Middle East are moving to stage 3: the halal supply chain. The result is that brand owner supply chains have different halal practices. IOT for Supply Chain Tracking.

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Visibility in Transportation Management Leads to Supply Chain Excellence

Talking Logistics

With visibility as the key driver for an effective supply chain improvement strategy, businesses today must rely on building collaborative relationships in their extended supply chains to gain visibility from end-to-end. And as supply chains continue to grow, diversify and become increasingly global, total insight, oversight and foresight will become increasingly critical. End-to-end supply chain visibility is a key to becoming a demand-driven enterprise.

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Yowza! A Nine-Step Decision Process to Help Guide Supply Chain Planning Selection

Supply Chain Shaman

<Bear with me… > Here I share a nine-step process in an attempt to help companies unravel the process for buying supply chain planning software. Let’s face a hard fact: the supply chain planning market is a mess. They center on how to make a good decision in the purchase of supply chain planning solutions. Most have purchased software, but are dependent on Excel spreadsheets. Supply Chain Analytics.

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Executing Customer-Centric Supply Chain Strategies

Supply Chain Shaman

Included in this post is Cummins’ digital award for the 2016 Supply Chains to Admire. I want to understand why some companies outperform on the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter while others do not. I am enlisting their support to share their stories in podcasts, blog posts and at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit on September 6-9. All too often supply chain leaders are good at high level vision, but weak at connecting the vision to execution.

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5 Megatrends Shaping Supply Chain Innovations

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

5 Megatrends Shaping Supply Chain Innovations. Companies need to re-evaluate their supply chain strategies, if they are still most optimal. They need to review their suitable supply chain objectives, supply chain design, and key performance indicators.

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Navigating The River of Demand

Supply Chain Shaman

At the end of a long day of a strategy session on supply chain excellence with a client, I needed to fill up some time in an agenda. Over the last decade, I find fewer and fewer companies understand supply chain planning.

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VTech: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Financial balance sheet improvements cannot be driven by traditional supply chain processes. In the words of a supply chain leader yesterday, “Lora, please give me stories of success. I will write the case studies here, and share the dialogue with the supply chain leaders in our podcast series, Straight Talk with Supply Chain Insights. When I first met Nick, he was driving a supply chain transformation at VTech Communications.

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Driving Sustainable Growth Through Supply Chain Resilience

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

Driving Sustainable Growth Through Supply Chain Resilience. The evolving pandemic, growing geopolitical tensions, nervous financial markets and increasing economic uncertainty means supply, both globally and locally, is at the very least, uncertain.

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Process Automation in Retail and the Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

The supply chain is notorious for the amount of paperwork required to move products around the globe. Nevertheless, the information contained in that paperwork is critical for the supply chain’s smooth operation. “In Process Automation in Retail and the Supply Chain.

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History Repeats Itself Without Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

This is a story for the Eds, Franks, and Toms working together in supply chains across the globe. It is also a story for a young supply chain manager attempting to make a difference, but feeling stymied. Efficient supply chains may not be the most effective.

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Stories of Supply Chain Leadership: An Interview with Joan Motsinger of Seagate

Supply Chain Shaman

Many companies talk about Supply Chain Excellence, but most leaders struggle to define it. One supply chain leader, in a discussion last week, likened supply chain excellence to fitness. He felt that supply chain excellence was analogous. One of our goals is to capture and share the stories of supply chain leaders. 2015 Supply Chains to Admire. We strive toward operational excellence.

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When Variability Is Our Only Constant

Supply Chain Shaman

As I spent the time reflecting over the last three weeks, the number of articles streaming into my feed on supply chain implications was high, but most of them were wrong. Some stated that the war marks the end of the global supply chain.

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How to excel in last mile delivery

DELMIA Quintiq

Retailers are currently charging customers only 80 percent of the overall delivery costs, which happens to be the most expensive part of the retail supply chain. The last mile is also the one part of the supply chain with the most potential for error.

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Why the Traditional Approach to Buying Supply Chain Planning Systems is Flawed

ToolsGroup

Most supply chain organizations recognize that their ERP solution does not deliver the functionality that they need to effectively model and plan their supply chain. Lora Cecere, founder of Supply Chain Insights, noted in a recent webinar that a common outcome of these failed implementations is that supply chain organizations end up in “Excel ghettos where lots of people are touching data but not improving it.”.

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Realizing the Value of Supply Chain Optimization for Tire Manufacturing

DELMIA Quintiq

The establishment of efficient global supply chains has become critical to competitiveness. Supply chain optimization is essential to achieve this and can help tire manufacturing companies deliver significant reductions in supply chain costs and improvements in service levels.

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2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

After the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , I took the time to recharge and took a month off from writing. The presentations from the Summit are posted now on the Supply Chain Insights You Tube Channel. The focus is on the role of supply chain finance in driving supply chain excellence. The design of the conference includes tours of several modern warehouses and centers of excellence. Supply Chain Trade-offs. . #4

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Four Decades of Supply Chain Management

Enterra Insights

Nearly a decade ago, I wrote a post entitled “ Thirty Years of Supply Chain Management ,” which examined the first in a series of articles written by Kinaxis analysts looking back over the previous thirty years of supply chain management.

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Overcoming Hurdles to Supply Chain Transformation

Enterra Insights

For the past several months, supply chains have received more press than they have in a long time — maybe ever. Supply chains are in trouble. Indeed, recent research suggests that the pandemic disrupted more than three-quarters (78 percent) of supply chains.”[1]

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