Driving Supply Chain Analytics User Adoption with Cross-Departmental Metrics

Logility

The obvious danger of this is that business rules and data governance often don’t exist from department to department or user to user, leaving an overall picture into the health of the business that is foggy because KPIs and metrics do not correlate across the organization.

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.

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Sales Dashboards: 16 Metrics For Manufacturers

Silvon Software

The more challenging part of dashboarding, however, gets down to the actual metrics that should be included as part of a performance management strategy. Today’s post focuses on Sales metrics only. By product or customer groupings – Brands, Categories, Type, Geography.

Lora Cecere on Supply Chain Metrics that Matter

AIMMS

Interview with Lora Cecere, Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights and Author of Supply Chain Metrics that Matter ( published December 2014 ). Her supply chain experience includes specialist roles at AMR Research, Clorox, Gartner Group, Kraft, and Procter & Gamble.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #9: Relentless pursuit of one metric at the expense of other metrics.

Kinaxis

Reason #6 Not effectively managing inventory. Reason #9 Relentless pursuit of one supply chain metric at the expense of other metrics. Yet, these are similar instructions as what is passed down to the supply chain from executives focused on a specific supply chain metric.

Supply Chain Metrics - Gaining Visibility in a Data-rich World

Logility

The second part of Drucker’s quote, “if you can't measure it, you can't improve it,” really brings home the importance of having the right set of metrics. When it comes to supply chain metrics, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Measuring Up?

Supply Chain Shaman

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. Inventory Turns.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

Spinnaker Management Group asked me to co-present on a demand-driven webinar with SanDisk. Instead, in the SanDisk journey , they adjusted the speed of response to their customer segments, and actively designing inventory postponement strategies.

Are you getting the most out of your inventory management process?

Kinaxis

by Andrew Dunbar Inventory is often the single largest asset on a company’s balance sheet and your inventory management process can have a huge impact on your organization’s bottom line. Finance and business management will prioritize inventory reduction to increase profitability.

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the last six years, we studied the connection between business results (growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)) and the link to company characteristics. The technology group wanted to implement SAP IBP, and the business leaders were resistant.

Why Inventory Revaluation Is Your Next Important Task

Unleashed

All product-based businesses need to track the value of their inventory – and this goes double in a period of dramatic upheaval. The value of your inventory has likely changed thanks to the Covid-19 crisis, and you should consider revaluing it before you make any major business decisions.

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. How do you balance metrics ? .

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire for 2019

Supply Chain Shaman

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

Speed up your eCommerce Business with Inventory Management Software

Vinculum

Inventory management plays a vital role in building a sustainable, scalable and profitable eCommerce business. Thus, inventory Management Software is really an essential tool for your business to gear itself up. What is Inventory Management System?

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

Snow fell last night as I worked on my last Supply Chain Metrics That Matter report. This is number 15 in a series that looks critically, industry by industry, to understand relative improvement of peer groups on the Effective Frontier. Cash-to-cash is a compound metric.

Why Inventory Revaluation Is Your Next Important Task

Unleashed

All product-based businesses need to track the value of their inventory – and this goes double in a period of dramatic upheaval. The value of your inventory has likely changed thanks to the Covid-19 crisis, and you should consider revaluing it before you make any major business decisions.

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

Supply Chain View from the Field

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.

Common Sense Warehouse Performance Metrics for Supply Chain Benchmarking

Logistics Bureau

Some Common-sense Warehouse Benchmarking Metrics. In this post, you can discover some common-sense warehouse metrics that should probably be included in your project, regardless of whether you are benchmarking internally or externally. Other Warehouse Performance Benchmarking 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.

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire 2015

Supply Chain Shaman

It is for this reason, that we analyze the patterns of the Metrics That Matter using orbit charts over the period of 2006-2014. The analysis is designed to analyze supply chain leader success on a portfolio of metrics. Sustaining Performance Above Peer Group is Difficult.

Provoking the Industry to Move Past Incrementalism

Supply Chain Shaman

When we study 600 public companies by peer group, at the intersection of inventory turns and operating margin, only 5% drive improvement. An orbit chart is a plotting of data at the intersection of two metrics. In this case, the metrics are operating margin and inventory turns.

Retail Inventory Shrinkage Remains a Problem

Enterra Insights

For the last few years, inventory shrinkage has annually cost U.S. ” Regardless of how inventory is lost, shrinkage costs retailers a lot of money. To reduce shrinkage, retailers need to have a strategy to address each of the ways inventory can be lost. Inventory shrinkage strategies. Addressing inventory shrinkage begins with inventory management. Trujillo explains, “Take the plunge and invest in an inventory management system.

Don’t Perpetuate the Hoax of the Gartner Top 25

Supply Chain Shaman

It is now owned by Gartner Group and used as a commercial tool to drive client engagements. Inventory Turns (15%) (based on 2014 results). There is no consideration of relative performance against peer group or evaluation of year-over-year improvement.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

I knew nothing about the world of logistics, inventory management and order optimization. The focus in supply chain groups was not on how to design the operations so that they were more effective; instead it was about the use of best practices to maximize the value of what we had.

Mining Supply Chain Data for Insights

Supply Chain Shaman

We loaded 493 financial metrics from balance sheets and income statements for each company into the data lake for the period of 2004-2016 using YCharts data. The company was then assigned to one of 37 peer groups based on the Supply Chains to Admire methodology.

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Structuring Your Demand Planning Group to Make its Greatest Contribution

Supply Chain Nation

Whether you are contemplating creating a demand planning group within your company, or questioning whether your current demand planning is as functional as possible, Part 2 of this 4-part series is aimed to help you navigate the hurdles of structuring your organization and its supported processes, so as to ensure your demand planning group is established and organized for its greatest chance of success. This can be overcome, however, with proper focus and metrics.

History Repeats Itself Without Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

Tom, the colorful warehouse manager, constantly heckled Frank for the increasing inventory levels while Ed, the quiet material/logistics manager, constantly questioned if there was a better way. The second step is to align metrics to the strategy.

Why I No Longer Believe in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

Supply Chain Shaman

The research tries to establish “ who did supply chain best ” by looking at a weighted formula of Year-over-Year Growth, Return on Assets (ROA), and Inventory Turns for the Fortune 500 companies. Inventory Turns values are based on an average of quarterly reporting for the past year.

Let the Design Begin…

Supply Chain Shaman

It could no longer be just about inventory levels. This analysis needed to be completed monthly and fed to newer forms of inventory optimization technologies. I smiled as I began to present the story of the “Metrics that Matter.”

UK’s Largest Independent Buying Group & Top N. Ireland Wholesaler Both Sign With RELEX Solutions

RELEX Solutions

Today’s Group and Savage & Whitten Optimize Operations with RELEX Space Planning. With a buying power in excess of £5.7Bn, and the largest network of independent cash and carry wholesalers in the UK, Today’s Group chose RELEX Solutions’ space planning solution to improve its visualisation and reporting. Today’s Group selected RELEX because it offers best-of-breed solutions and an unrivalled depth of industry expertise. Read PDF.

Novo Nordisk: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

For the past four years, as we have done our work, we have tracked Novo Nordisk’s continued improvement against the pharmaceutical peer group. Note that neither company is making progress at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns.

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

Supply Chain Opz

From the most basic to the most advanced organization, Inventory Optimization is a critical goal and one which underpins the effectiveness of the supply chain operation. Inventory Optimization requires an organization to sustain and maintain the right mix of cost versus service. In this article we will examine inventory optimization processes as part of a structured sequential journey and examine seven of the key factors in delivering the optimal mix of stock.

Structuring Your Demand Planning Group to Make its Greatest Contribution – Part 2 of 4

Supply Chain Nation

Other processes are often combined with this core function in a demand planning group. Here are a few of the major processes that are more commonly grouped together: Production of the financial sales forecast. This can be overcome, however, with proper focus and metrics.

Manufacturing Gains From Machine Learning

IQMS

Asset Management, Supply Chain Management, and Inventory Management are the hottest areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning and IoT adoption in manufacturing today. Due to machine learning, overall inventory reductions of 20 to 50% are possible.

Household Products Industry Stuck in Neutral and Going Backwards

Supply Chain Shaman

Both Kimberly-Clark and P&G are going backwards on operating margin while making progress on inventory turns. P&G’s rate of improvement on the Metrics That Matter was lower than the peer group. Performance of the Household Products Peer Group.