My Take: Metrics that Matter

Supply Chain Shaman

Dialogue with global supply chain teams energizes me. While Joe is trying to balance the feedback from Filipe and Frank, he is often asked to change his metric targets by his CFO named Lou. After two years of research, I think that we throw the supply chain out of balance and limit its potential through the use of traditional and functional metrics. It is for this reason, that I believe that the traditional SCOR Model metrics are problematic.

3 Core Metrics & 10 Soft Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance

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3 Key Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance Beyond Cost Reduction. Inventory measurement is critical and it is money after all in that it took a capital expense to procure. The goal is to keep inventory levels at a minimum to meet customer needs. Review Inventory turns and Return on Assets. For clarity, in measuring supply chain performance, we should be focusing on: inventory, working capital, and time.

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Lora Cecere on Supply Chain Metrics that Matter

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Interview with Lora Cecere, Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights and Author of Supply Chain Metrics that Matter ( published December 2014 ). Metrics that Matter became a three year research project. I hired a research assistant to look at balance sheets and looked at performance and really tried to figure out which metrics mattered. We interviewed supply chain leaders and in the middle of that I decided that I would write this book, Supply Chain Metrics that Matter.

Inventory Management: Technology Enablers

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by Andrew Dunbar The modern day inventory manager described in this series is the backbone of your company’s inventory planning process. She has a strong understanding of supply chain fundamentals and is an expert at controlling the key levers impacting the inventory company’s investment in inventory. If you leave her to build reports and metrics that she needs in excel then she’ll spend all her time crunching numbers instead of planning your company’s largest asset.

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.” ” I have been studying the evolution of inventory technologies as an industry analyst since 2002. Inventory is the culmination of many business decisions. The Inventory Management Journey.

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

The impact of complexity on inventory is not quick. To help, today I want to share some of the insights from our recent Inventory Optimization study. Inventory management is a hot issue. Companies invest in project after project, yet inventory levels remain the same. In business there are many drivers of inventory, and the management of inventory levels requires discipline and a cross-functional focus. What Drives Inventory Effectiveness?

Efficiency vs. Productivity: Metrics that Matter…Until They Don’t

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When we look at the organizations of today, words like efficiency and productivity get thrown around with little understanding of what is required to improve one of these measurements (metrics). Let’s discuss why an efficiency metric is usually not the right metric and what a Lean manufacturing expert does when measuring true value in the supply chain. Usage: In the cost-world paradigm, global impact is believed to be the sum of all local impacts.

Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

Supply Chain Shaman

Next week is the annual Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , and summit preparation is on my agenda for the weekend. We were discussing the results of the planning benchmarking work that we have just finished, and I was sharing some insights on inventory management when one of the panelists emphatically stated, “Inventory is a waste to manage. We feel so strongly about this that we do not have an inventory planning role.” Inventory is both.

Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process

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The next posts in the series will break down metrics and issues to consider in SQM by industry and conclude with a case study on the application of SQM. 5 Key Metrics to Use for Scoring Supplier Quality Management (From LNS Research ). The definition of this metric is similar to the way it sounds. Quality affects many different parts of the business, so it is critical to establish a comprehensive metric that provides visibility into the most important areas of operations.

Elephant in the Room: Thoughts on Metrics That Matter in Semiconductor and Hard Disk Drives

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Supply Chain Insights recently published a Metrics That Matter report covering both the Semiconductor and Hard Disk Drive (HDD) industries. Semiconductor is poised to consolidate, which will have huge impact on the metrics. Global pressure. Understanding inventory planning will take on a new dynamic. On the downside, it appears that these industries are struggling with inventory issues. by CJ Wehlage.

Lora Cecere: ‘All the metrics must be in balance’

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But in fact, all the metrics must be in balance,” says Lora Cecere from Supply Chain Insights. The analyst was joined by Bram Desmet, managing director of Solventure, to present her latest book, Supply Chain Metrics that Matter, in Brussels on 18 March 2015. They are often measuring individual metrics versus the whole,” states Cecere. They lack understanding of their inventory,” says Cecere. Supply Chain Metrics that Matter.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

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I find that in this world of the global multi-national that procurement processes have become convoluted and increasingly complex. (In Instead, in the SanDisk journey , they adjusted the speed of response to their customer segments, and actively designing inventory postponement strategies. Founded in 1988 in Milpitas, California, SanDisk is publicly traded on NASDAQ with 8,600 employees globally, and market capitalization in 2015 over $13B.

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

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In the review of my first book, Bricks Matter , Keith Harrison, former Global Director of Product Supply at P&G asked me, “You mention the need for supply chains to shift from a focus on cost to value. Stop the Focus on Functional Metrics. Change metrics systems.

Supply Chain Metrics: Make Sure They Are Aligned with Your Strategy!

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Many people are talking about Key Performance Indicators, Metrics, Analytics, and other indicators of performance. The importance of selecting the right metrics or “measures” as I prefer to call them, is critical as we all know that metrics drive behaviors. Rather then selecting a plethora of meaningless metrics, it is always better to focus on a critical few, and select them wisely. Step 2 – Develop Metrics and Data Sources. Inventory Goal.

How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

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I strongly feel that if I am going to cover the global supply chain that I need to experience it. Connectivity enabled the growth of the global supply chain opening up markets driving opportunity. However, globalization comes with responsibility. As we have driven improvements in globalization, jobs shifted as companies chased lower costs of labor. ” Entertainment and fast food globalized fast. In this post, I take a hard look at the global supply chain.

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A New Decade: Give Science A Chance

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Only four percent of companies compared to their peer groups improved balance sheet performance of growth, operating margin, and inventory turns. When compared to pre-recession years, we ended the decade with twenty more days of inventory. Days of Inventory Comparison.

Vendor-managed inventory and distribution planning in the food and beverage industry – here’s something to chew on

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The report also mentions that the global growth rate is almost double that of the US food industry. Among the many supply chain initiatives taking place today, vendor-managed inventory (VMI) has become an increasingly effective process and business model to help organizations share risk and information between vendors and customers — while benefitting from lower stockouts, reduced uncertainty and lower costs. craft going global in the alcoholic beverages industry).

Measuring Up?

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The supply chain is a complex system with finite, and non-linear relationships between supply chain metrics that drive balance sheet results. In our analysis, only one out of ten companies successfully improves operating margins and inventory turns at the same time. We find that companies can improve one, but not two of the metrics. Teams struggle to drive improvement in both metrics at the same time. Inventory Turns.

Guest Post: Ignoring this Performance Metric is Risky

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Companies can then prioritize their mitigation efforts based on parameters such as value-at-risk, customer importance, and field inventory. Companies that achieve the right balance between these two detection-error extremes benefit from a competitive advantage that will increase in value as the likelihood of disruptions to global supply chains increases. The post Guest Post: Ignoring this Performance Metric is Risky appeared first on Connect Blog by TMC, a division of C.H.

Six Ways Warehouse Inventory Management Software Optimizes Efficiency

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The Warehouse Inventory Management Software market grew to $1.4B between 2017 and 2025 with the global market reaching $4.6B Warehouse Inventory Management software and systems help reduce infrastructure costs and enable the reallocation of existing IT resources to drive productivity improvements, according to IDC. How Warehouse Inventory Management Software improves efficiency. in 2016 and is projected to attain a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.1%

Creating an Actionable Plan for Unlocking Working Capital with Inventory Optimization

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For many companies, the term “inventory optimization” has become more of a catch phrase than an actual reality. The idea of cutting inventory costs while maintaining the same level of customer service is rather elusive. Yet, almost all manufacturing businesses would agree that unlocking inventory costs could mean unlocking working capital that could be used in other areas of the business or even as a direct profit margin driver. Inventory Optimization Goals.

Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

Supply Chain Shaman

My journey to understand supply chain Metrics That Matter started three years ago. When I sat down to write the book, Bricks Matter, I believed that companies had used supply chain technologies to reduce operating margin and improve inventory turns. We are currently mapping the progress of all public manufacturing, distribution and retail companies on three factors: Strength: Year-over-year improvement on operating margin and inventory turns for the past six years.

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

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At Supply Chain Insights , as we combed through over 9000 quantitative responses on supply chain management from business leaders to understand what drives supply chain excellence in preparation for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , in the process, we proved Hau Lee’s theorem in the Famous Harvard Business Review Article, “Triple A Supply Chains.” Reward teams for cross-functional metrics. Focus functional metrics to improving reliability.

Excess Inventory? No Problem. You Have Trailers In the Yard.­­

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With the national warehouse vacancy rate hovering at record lows and warehouses bloated with inventory pulled in from China during 2018 to get ahead of impending tariffs, companies can combine flexible storage options with advanced technology to create an end-to-end supply chain solution that works. But even as developers have flooded the market with new inventory, some retailers are still having trouble finding adequate, flexible space. The post Excess Inventory?

The Supply Chain Detective™ and the Inventory Turnover Mystery!

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Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! As I settled into the job and started learning, and studying, the various Supply Chain metrics I was surprised when I looked at the Inventory Turnover performance of the company. Looking at recent and historical Inventory performance I could see that turnover always stayed around 5-6 turns with little variation. There was no mentorship given to promote the team and raise visibility to inventory.

Getting Inventory Right: Hope with Hype and Recycled Software?

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I am speaking this morning at the Terra Technology conference and doing a book signing of my new book, Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. In parallel, I have been hard at work on a report on multi-tier inventory optimization for the last two weeks. In the research for my inventory optimization report, the lowest level of satisfaction with multi-tier inventory optimization is with clients of the SAP inventory solution (previously purchased from SmartOps).

Understanding Supply Chain Management

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These activities can involve storage and transport of inventory or supplies, monitoring of day-to-day activities, the preparation behind these processes, and blending these different components throughout the supply chain. In terms of cost-effectiveness, estimates show that businesses with extended global supply chains have between 80% and 90% of their costs involved in their supply chains. Five Key Metrics for Monitoring the Impact of Panic Buying on your Supply Chain.

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Inventory Turnover – A Formula For Achieving Game Changing Results!

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As we have discussed in other blog posts we have tackled Inventory Turnover several times, amongst many other challenges. Your challenge may be trying to improve Inventory performance or trying to create a transformational improvement in some other area. Global Goal Alignment. There are many, many metrics that are involved in running a business. However to drive your transformational change project you need to focus on a single, global goal. Subscribe Here!

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire for 2019

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It is not as simple as trading-off inventory, cost, and customer service. In the Supply Chains to Admire analysis, the focus is to understand the relative performance of a company within a peer group of growth, operating margin, inventory turns, and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC). (We We selected these metrics based on correlation work with Arizona State University in 2012. The companies I work with struggle to set metrics targets. I watch the news channels on mute.

How to Optimize Global Demand Fulfillment

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Global transportation is the nexus through which all related international transportation information flows. Capturing, aggregating, and analyzing all the global supply chain transportation and product/SKU level detail is foundational to having end-to-end supply chain visibility. Optimized demand fulfillment is defined by the success in getting the right product, to the right destination at the right time with minimized safety inventory. visibility to performance metrics.

Looking Beyond Red Arrows

Supply Chain Shaman

It is hard work to maintain the status quo in metrics performance. A balanced portfolio of metrics delivers the greatest value. As a result, supply chain leaders focus on unrealistic goals of inventory or costs, they will throw the system out of balance. Companies balance supply chain metrics better in good times than bad. Reader’s note, the way to reach this chart is to first identify the average value for the metric for the period of 2010-2016.

13 Reasons Why You Need a Global Transportation Management System (TMS)

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In today’s turbulent trading environment, strong global transportation management capabilities deliver exceptional benefits and value. From optimizing freight movements and controlling freight costs, to supply chain SKU transparency and optimal inventory management, the value proposition for global transportation management is substantial and significant. Complexity in the global supply chain has increased dramatically since that time.

Double Inventory Turnover In 9 months!

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World Class Inventory Turnover Breakthrough Elements! “If we are truly a Supply Chain Services Company, then why is our Inventory Turnover only at 7?”, I had just joined the company and in studying their financial performance it stood out to me that if we were truly a Supply Chain Services company then having only 7 Inventory turns was extremely uninspiring. Could we double inventory turnover? Setting the Target to Double Inventory Turnover.

New Bookends: The Tale of Supply Chain Global Leaders in Consumer Products

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These consumer products global leaders paved the road for supply chain excellence by defining new supply chain practices. Over the last decade, each company took a different path to power global growth. Overall Results on the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. These giants drove slight improvements in operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) despite a slowing economy. Unilever, for the first time, announced a global supply chain director.

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Control Towers: If Only There Was A Clear Definition

Supply Chain Shaman

The focus is on functional metrics, but are unable to get to overall supply chain metrics. For example, only 29% of manufacturing companies can access total cost data and 31% struggle to see the impact of business decisions on inventory. Global Supply Chains Inventory Management Market-Driven analytics control tower performance measurement Supply chain excellence visibilityWe finished dinner. I pressed my neatly folded napkin to my lips.

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