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

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.

Enhancing Supply Chain Network Design with Sophisticated Inventory Optimization


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.

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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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?

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


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

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: The Path to Logistics Savings Part 2

Ryder Exchange

Once the map is created, the team goes through a brainstorming exercise (preferably a silent brainstorm using sticky notes) to identify opportunities for improvement to remove waste from the value stream. Next, those improvement actions are prioritized and ranked through a 9 Block exercise.

Five Customer Product Segmentation Pitfalls to Avoid


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.

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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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.

The Best Way to Set Inventory Targets?


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.

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.

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


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.

Building a Business Case for Improved Demand Forecasting


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.

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.

Think Differently


To visualize her “think different” call to arms, Lora highlighted an exercise she conducted during one of her training programs where she asked participants to draw their supply chains. Stop for a moment and imagine the supply chain differently.

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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.

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.

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


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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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.

Supply Chain Interim Management & Consultancy – 7 Differences

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

It is unusual for a consultant to exercise executive authority. At Enchange, we have provided a many interim managers for clients over the years.

[Video] Kinaxis – Revolutionizing supply chain planning

The 21st Century Supply Chain

It means finding the appropriate data contained in staggering amounts of information, and the exercise is complicated when other players want to run simulations at the same time. by Melissa Clow This blog is part of a video interview series.

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.

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


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.

4 unstoppable forces that WILL change your end-to-end supply chain

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Trying to stop unmovable forces like customers that are more demanding, a shift in global purchasing power, digitation and uberization is an exercise in futility, but by planning ahead and recognizing the future is now, you can adapt, thrive and profit in this emerging new digital world.

Drones Rising: How Autonomous Flying Robots May Revolutionize Delivery


Drones have been getting a lot of exercise lately, as delivery companies attempt to find out whether the autonomous flying bots, also known as UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, can live up to the promise of seamless last-mile delivery.

FMCG SKU Proliferation: How this affects your Customer Service

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

For all SKUs on your price list you must carry out an SKU rationalization exercise at least annually and preferably quarterly. FMCG SKUs sneak onto price lists when nobody is looking!

Is an app store for enterprise software even possible?

The Network Effect

You have thousands of options for navigating, communicating, playing games, tracking your sleep and exercise, etc. Robert S. Donovan/Flickr. Think for a minute about the diverse activities you can do with your smart phone.

Helping You Build Supply Chain Talent.

Supply Chain Insights

The sessions are limited to twenty-five attendees and the workshops are built based on experiential exercises and real-life case studies. “It used to be easy to hire a supply chain planner. Today, the positions are open 9-10 months, and. they are tough to fill.

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Friends with Fitbits: Fitness tracking and taking supply chain planning to the next level


We exercised, we had fun, we supported each other. It’s been a busy week and I forgot to charge my Fitbit. It has become a habit to make sure that I am getting all my steps in and not just meeting, but exceeding my daily and weekly fitness goals.

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.