Driver Digest: Quick Rest Stop Exercises

Supply Chain Link

As truck drivers spend most of their time driving, it can be difficult to find the time to be active. It’s important for drivers to take care of their bodies and although there isn’t a lot of down time throughout your day, it only takes a few minutes to add some activity into your routine. READ MORE.

Distribution Center Audits -- Real Value, or Marketing Exercise?

Supply Chain Digest

Enhancing Supply Chain Network Design with Sophisticated Inventory Optimization

CHAINalytics

By Chris Keller | Principal, Supply Chain Design | Chainalytics | The complexity involved in simultaneously optimizing a supply chain network and the inventory within that network has traditionally proven to be a sufficient barrier to completing such exercises.

This Week’s Paris Air Show- More About Product Development and Supplier Tensions

Supply Chain Matters

At this week’s Paris Air Show two dominant themes appear; one being efforts by Boeing to premiere or hint of new aircraft and growing services, the other by key suppliers, exercising influence as the critical link in commercial aircraft supply chains.

The Best Way to Set Inventory Targets?

ToolsGroup

To do an analysis of that magnitude using manually-intensive techniques could be a stultifying exercise. But even more important, a grid building exercise is really just a shortcut that substitutes for a precise demand, inventory and supply model.

Six pieces of out-of-this world supply chain advice from astronaut Chris Hadfield

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Trying something new within your supply chain may seem like an exercise in futility, but it you stick with it, you’ll soon find yourself soaring above the stars – and your competition. by Alexa Cheater Mesmerizing. Motivating. Magical.

Five Customer Product Segmentation Pitfalls to Avoid

Arkieva

When embarking on a customer product segmentation exercise, keep in mind the following pitfalls. If sales employees do not back the exercise, it will never work. Segmentation is a strategic exercise. This is also beneficial because of complexity of the segmentation exercise.

Checklist for Transport Spend Management

Supply Chain Movement

For many companies, transportation spending is a perennial target of budget-cutting exercises and a large, multi-faceted cost centre; some may spend three to six percent of their materials costs on transportation. In order to do this, it is important to connect all partners across modalities and regions, and to not only focus on the tender exercise but also to ensure that the agreements are fulfilled.

Supply Chain Resiliency: A Commitment, not a Time Bound Project

Resilinc

However, supply chain resiliency is not a limited duration, project-based exercise.

Building a Business Case for Improved Demand Forecasting

ToolsGroup

One example that Steutermann cites are segmentation exercises that identify specific items that could be forecast better. I’ve always maintained that improving demand forecast accuracy, as helpful as it can be, shouldn’t be the end goal itself, but simply a means to the end.

Bright and Shiny Objects?

Supply Chain Shaman

There is a need to manage excitement and exercise caution. This month, I traveled the globe helping companies understand the potential impact of technology innovation on the future of supply chain processes, I find the term “digital innovation” is a bit like tulip mania. How so?

Bill Gates: We need a ‘war game’ for the infectious diseases supply chain

The Network Effect

Although the system is not perfect, NATO countries participate in joint exercises in which they work out logistics such as how fuel and food will be provided, what language they will speak, and what radio frequencies will be used. Image by UK Department for International Development/Flickr.

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Why demand sensing is value-based performance management

The Network Effect

Pursuing improved forecasts is certainly not an academic exercise. Got Credit/Flickr. Better forecasting translates directly into making better business decisions.

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Inventory Management in Service Logistics Industry

Talking Logistics

This system uses Multi-Echelon Planning as a base combined with statistical models we developed that are applied at different phases of the exercise. What is Inventory Management? Is it about optimization? Is it about having enough stock? Or is it about having no stock?

Customer-Centric Supply Chains: Adding Clarity to the Muddle

Supply Chain Shaman

He said, “I am not sure if this exercise makes sense. It was November. I was speaking at a client site. The topic was customer-centric supply chains. We started the morning by asking attendees to share their definition of a customer-centric supply chain.

Supply Chain Risk in the Age of Big Data

Enterra Insights

I recommend conducting frequent “what if” exercises to do just that. They engage themselves in alternative futures exercises. Risk management plans then need to be tested against scenarios developed during “what if” exercises to determine their robustness.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Surviving Business Start Up Stress & How to Deal With It

Cerasis

Exercise is the best stress relief strategy out there. Even if you just exercise for 20 minutes, three times a week you will notice that symptoms of stress are reversed. Exercise not just improves your physical body but gives you a mental edge.

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Revolutionize Your Planning with SCP 4.0

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Changing an operation model is not a simple exercise, but it is a necessary step to revolutionize planning bring SCP into the future. by Meranda Powers Let’s face it. Current supply chain planning systems have plateaued.

Value Stream Mapping: Seeing the Problem Before it Becomes Your Customer’s Problem

LeanCor

The importance of the value stream mapping exercise is to determine where there are gaps and opportunities for improvement in regards to the entire system. Has your organization completed a value stream mapping exercise lately? By: David Sherman, Manager, Lean Supply Chain Operations.

Report of Sustainable Method to Mine Rare Earths

Supply Chain Matters

China has positioned itself to the primary global supplier of such strategic materials and has in the past exercised export quotas to favor its own domestic high tech […]. Our readers among high-tech and consumer electronics supply chains are well aware that the supply and costs of rare earth minerals continues to be a supply chain.

It’s time for a revolution of the supply chain kind

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Now, no one ever said changing an operation model is a simple exercise, but it’s definitely a necessary step required to revolutionize planning and bring supply chain planning systems into the future. by Bill DuBois There have been some pretty significant revolutions throughout history.

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A Commentary Regarding E2open’s SAP Ring Fence Strategy

Supply Chain Matters

The commentary describes current E2open customers such as Avnet, Avon, Hewlett Packard, L’Oreal and Shell, specifically how they are exercising various ring fence strategies. After the publishing of the book SAP Nation, Vinnie Mirchandani''s Deal Architect blog has featured added content and responses that have been generated from the book, particularly the described “ring fence” strategy that customers have undertaken.

Leveraging Modeling Technology for Continuous Supply Chain Improvement: The CHEP Story

Talking Logistics

One of our predictions from a couple of years ago was that more companies would treat Supply Chain Design as a continuous business process instead of a standalone project or a once-a-year exercise. Live Episode: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm ET. CHEP is a perfect example of a company that has transformed its approach to supply chain design to build a more agile and efficient supply chain.

How to Increase the Effectiveness of Lean – Closing the Gap between Why & How

LeanCor

You may be surprised that the resulting 5-Why exercise results in a much deeper understanding of the problem. By: Brent Rogers – Executive, Lean Deployment.

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7 Key Factors that Underpin the Success of your Inventory Optimization Initiative

Supply Chain Opz

Dynamic real time multi-echelon inventory optimization tools, modelling software and potential future innovations through AI will speed the process but are underpinned by the same disciplines and often the same mathematics as a more manual exercise. Ultimately whatever level of sophistication the modelling exercise takes or the tools that support the planning systems parameters will need to be updated and whether that is automated or manual Planners must own and be happy with the data.

A Theory of Robust Supply Chains

SCM Research

Through reviewing 94 articles, and a Q-sorting exercise, we identify four (i.e. Strategies and practices to achieve supply chain resilience have been at the heart of supply chain management practice and research for almost a decade. However, such efforts have often focused on ways to make supply chains more reactive to turbulence and disruptions. In our recent article, Antecedents and Dimensions of Supply Chain Robustness , my co-authors, Christian F. Durach and José A.D.

How to Procure Full Truckloads in Tight Capacity

Cerasis

Conducting annual procurement exercises. The use of full truckload shipping is rising in popularity, resulting from its lower cost as compared to less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping. Unfortunately, the use of full truckload shipments and expenditures have hit an all-time high, reports Kate Patrick of Supply Chain Dive.

Supply Chain Evangelism

Take Supply Chain

Shifting individual focus to encompass the larger organizational “big picture” can be an exercise in cultural change best led by a supply chain evangelist. The success of mid-market enterprises is fueled by efficient, integrated and aligned supply chain operations.

From Project to Continuous Business Process: The Evolution of Supply Chain Design

Talking Logistics

Historically, Supply Chain Design was an exercise companies undertook at most once a year, or when a significant change occurred in their supply chain, such as an acquisition. Live Episode: Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm ET. It was a strategic/tactical analysis, disconnected from day-to-day operations, and the software tools were difficult to learn and use.

Gartner's Five Stages of Supply Chain Planning Technology Maturity

ToolsGroup

Organizations cannot handle this stage with more people— they need better productivity from their planners , and they need those planners to be exercising their business acumen to add more value. In any business or trade you need the right tools for the job, and the supply chain business is no different. At every level of supply chain expertise and competitive differentiation you use certain tools, and seek others to move to the next level.

Making Mobile a Reality

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Things like tracking times and distance whilst exercising, checking travel status, messages, watching the Rugby World Cup and occasionally tweeting about life thoughts.

[Infographic] 3 Simple Routines That Will Help Kickstart Your Day

Cerasis

Get Your Exercise In Early. Consider the following: Regular exercise increases energy and serotonin levels the brain, which can increase mental clarity and focus for anywhere between four to ten hours. Editor's Note: Today's blog is from our friends Magnatag Visible Systems.

Have you Heard About ‘’Chain of Responsibility’’ in the Supply Chain and Transportation?

Cerasis

However, in most cases, the driver is not the only party to exercise a degree of control over on-road outcomes. As our customer presence in Australia is growing, we are learning new things from our Commonwealth cousins from ‘’Down Under’’.