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Dealing With The Supply Chain Gloppy Mess

Supply Chain Shaman

For the first in seven years, I was not heads-down preparing for The Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. Pre-pandemic only 30% of supply chain leaders were satisfied with their supply chains, and during the pandemic, business leader satisfaction is falling precipitously.

Overcome Manufacturing Supply Chain Challenges with Digital Planning

ToolsGroup

The manufacturing industry has a strong heritage of adopting game-changing technologies to deliver higher quality products more efficiently. With the introduction of digital supply chains, the industry is moving into an era arguably on par with the industrial revolution.

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Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

” Here is an excerpt from the article: “…it isn’t by becoming more efficient that the supply chains of Wal-Mart, Dell, and Amazon have given those companies an edge over their competitors. First, great supply chains are agile. Supply Chain Planning.

Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

Supply Chain Shaman

In my work with Supply Chain Insights , I immerse myself in learning. I continually question my long-held beliefs on supply chain excellence. . When readers finish a Supply Chain Shaman blog, I want to drive a set of unique takeaways. Today, I am going to share five insights that I have gleaned from our work on Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking. Figure 1: Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking Methodology Overview.

Supply Chain Recognition in Times of Disruption

DELMIA Quintiq

Supply Chains and Integrated Logistics. The crisis generated by Covid-19 brought as one of its aspects, the notion of the extension of supply chains and integrated logistics, its impacts on the businesses of the companies, and the lives of people.

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. Frank, the line manager for manufacturing, dominated the meetings.

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.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Let me start with a true confession: I am a manufacturing gal. I relished the sound of a manufacturing line when I opened the door of the factory in the morning, and I liked managing inputs so that we could maximize outputs. Manufacturing is the foundation of my interest in supply chain management. Supply Chain and Design. In manufacturing, I became good at labor bargaining. Figure 1: Definition of the Supply Chain Organization.

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.

Transforming the manufacturing supply chain with MEIO

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Last year ToolsGroup became Microsoft’s partner for Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) in Industrial accounts. Microsoft’s Bill Moffett and I collaborated on an introductory blog on MEIO for manufacturing businesses. On a much larger scale, manufacturers can forfeit working capital by keeping large amounts of inventory on hand to help satisfy wide-ranging customer demand. Successfully managing inventory is increasingly difficult.

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

I was moving from a position where I led a manufacturing operation to being a part of a team to design supply chain software to improve planning decisions. I was moving from the world of manufacturing to a new world of software. The tension I felt reading the brochure on the plane is what I believe every supply chain leader feels every day. The technology world moves at a quicker pace than the world of manufacturing and distribution.

Strong Supply Chains Required For an Economic Rebound: Six Steps To Take

Supply Chain Shaman

My last post on the Supply Chain Shaman blog was forty-five days ago. Then it was the redefinition of the supply chain for the global shutdowns Sick with the virus; I spent my energies writing and moderating podcasts. Let’s learn and apply it to supply chain management.

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. The supply chain is a complex system with increasing complexity. The Inventory Management Journey.

Supply Chain Diagnostic: A Four-Step Process

Supply Chain Shaman

In my work with manufacturing companies recently, I am thinking a lot about the need for diagnostic testing. Time For A Supply Chain Check-Up? When a company contacts me to help them with their supply chain, the pain is usually a gap in customer service. They tend to have many pretty PowerPoint slide decks–full of acronyms, pretty pictures and E2E commitments–but they lack a common definition of supply chain excellence. inventory turns.

Vendor Managed Inventory Model for Supply Chain Cost Reductions

Cerasis

As a supply chain director, manager, or boss of a multinational corporation, where the supply chain is an integral part of your business, supply chain cost reductions are always at the forefront of your team’s mind. You can employ countless number of supply chain service providers who will help realized these cost reductions throughout the entire supply chain. The distributor maintains the inventory plan.

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.

Inventory Replenishment Underway

Logistics Trends and Insights

Census Bureau inventory data, for June, indicates the need for inventory replenishment as the seasonal-adjusted sales to inventory ratio declined to 1.37 Total business inventories declined 2.3% for June/May while inventories declined 5.8% Inventory Replenishment.

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. Shipping approximately 400 million selling units consisting of 700 million manufactured units per year, Carter’s employs about 4,000 employees at its peak. Supply Chain Index.

Supply Chains to Admire: 2016 Results

Supply Chain Shaman

This morning, we announced the Supply Chains to Admire Winners and Finalists for 2016. Selfishly, we need standard for our research, but we also want to help supply chain leaders gain new insights from a deep data-driven analysis. There is no agreed standard for supply chain excellence. The Supply Chains to Admire analysis is now in its third year. Figure 1: Supply Chains to Admire Methodology. Five months of analysis.

L’Oreal: A Beautiful Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

In the process of compiling the Supply Chains to Admire report for last year’s Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , the research team at Supply Chain Insights calculated the rate of supply chain improvement of companies by industry for the period of 2006-2013 and 2009-2013. We wanted to see which companies were driving the fastest rate of improvement on the supply chain metrics that matter. Defining Supply Chain Excellence.

How to Make Supply Chain Complexity Work to Your Advantage

ToolsGroup

With supply chain complexity increasing at an unprecedented rate, perhaps the biggest challenge for businesses is figuring out how to navigate this uncertainty to deliver service profitably. So what’s the secret of making supply chain uncertainty work for you? This invariably leads to extra freight costs and excess and obsolete inventory that either needs to be written off or sold at a heavy discount. Blog Inventory Optimization Supply Chain Planning Featured

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How Supply Chain Lost Its Mojo

Supply Chain Shaman

“someone must have their mojo working over at the record company” In the 1990s supply chain had MOJO. 90% of public manufacturing companies are treading wate r. ” Background: I have been working in the field of supply chain management since 1979.

Four Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Inventory Planning and Sustainability

ToolsGroup

You can’t scan the headlines without coming across an article or advertisement about sustainability, but there is precious little information about how supply chain planning software supports green initiatives. Smart inventory planning cranks up manufacturing efficiency.

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. Supply Chain Analytics.

Global Supply Chain Recovery Dependent On A Vaccine

Supply Chain Shaman

The global economy rebound from COVID-19 hinges on the discovery and manufacture of an effective vaccine. However, supply chain leaders well understand that drug discovery, manufacturing, and distribution are all necessary to deliver the vaccine to a willing arm. Development and distribution, as any supply chain leader knows, are two different topics. As a result, the supply chain, as we knew it is dead. Prepare for a different supply chain.

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SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

As supply chain clichés take flight, clients struggle with execution. One of these concepts that I hear a lot; but see few tangible examples, is the idea of “customer-segmented supply chain.” The discussion of customer-segmented supply chains happens often. Most supply chain planning teams do not know their customers. Spinnaker Management Group asked me to co-present on a demand-driven webinar with SanDisk.

BASF: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the last two decades the company successfully leveraged global scale to define supply chain leadership. With 12,000 supply chain employees operating in 80 countries with 2400 storage facilities, supply chain excellence and innovation are the foundation of corporate performance. For this case study we interviewed Ralf Busche, Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Strategy and Performance. Inventory Turns.

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.

How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Shaman

In the last six months, in my travels, I have presented to supply chain teams in China, Belgium, France, Germany, Peru, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. 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. The traditional manufacturing job defined the middle class.

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The Next Great Disruption Coming to Supply Chains

Kinaxis

by CJ Wehlage What would you say is the next great disruption coming to our supply chain world? However, there’s one great disruption already occurring, which has yet to truly “touch” supply chain. I watched a TED Talk video by Philip Evans, from Boston Consulting Group and shuddered to think that all our traditional fulfillment and inventory models can be drastically transformed by the “consumer”. Where is the supply chain nodes?

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.

The Digital Supply Chain: Making The Leap With A Ball and Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

Last week, I spoke on the evolution of the digital supply chains and my vision for Supply Chain 2020 at the World Trade Group Event in Miami. These will be the foundation of digital supply chain thinking that will redefine business in the next decade. In five years, I believe that we will have supply chain planning systems that learn while we sleep. Figure 1: Supply Chain 2020. Figure 4: Current State of Supply Chain.

The Inventory Accuracy “Confidence Gap”

Talking Logistics

Note: The following is an excerpt from “ Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: 5 Key Insights to Improve Inventory Performance for 2019 ,” based on research conducted by Adelante SCM and LEGACY Supply Chain Services with input from nearly 100 supply chain professionals from retail, manufacturing, and logistics service providers companies in the United States and Canada. And it begins with improving their inventory accuracy.

Defining Supply Chain Excellence: One Column at a Time

Supply Chain Shaman

You are pissy and opinionated in this world of supply chain blandness. The term supply chain excellence is easier to say than define. I have been trying to define it as a supply chain analyst for over fifteen years. When I wrote the book Bricks Matter , I wanted to write a celebratory book on why the adoption of new technologies and practices in supply chain had improved corporate performance. The Supply Chain Index.

Practicing Social Distancing while Keeping Inventory Moving during COVID-19 pandemic

PINC

The global pandemic has thrown manufacturers, distributors, and retailers into a mode that most have never experienced before. live/drop, type of inventory, type of equipment, load status, etc.). Major Beverage Manufacturing company.