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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.

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. 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. The analysis is within peer groups as defined by NAICS codes.

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SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

Source: Dictionary.com. 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. This included monthly reviews between business units and central operations teams and adaptive inventory segmentation policies.

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.

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire for 2019

Supply Chain Shaman

The source data for the analysis comes from Ycharts.). 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.

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

Financial reengineering focuses on the optimization of short-term results that are usually based on a functional analysis of source, make, or deliver. Few consultants understand the interrelationships between source, make and deliver. 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.

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. To help you understand the importance of tracking this metric we’ll illustrate several ways the value of your stock can change. What is inventory revaluation?

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.

Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

Even slight delays or inventory shortages can have a severe impact on a company’s bottom line. At the height of the pandemic-linked supply chain disruptions, Amazon set the bar extremely high for other 4PL providers, despite initially experiencing inventory shortages.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

I knew nothing about the world of logistics, inventory management and order optimization. Much to my chagrin, when I entered into the world of supply chain, the processes of source, make and deliver were usually not designed. 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.

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.

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.

Manufacturing Gains From Machine Learning

IQMS

Source: Smartening up with Artificial Intelligence (AI) – What’s in it for Germany and its Industrial Sector? (52 Asset Management, Supply Chain Management, and Inventory Management are the hottest areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning and IoT adoption in manufacturing today. Source: Technology and Innovation for the Future of Production: Accelerating Value Creation (38 pp., Source: Digital Factories 2020: Shaping the future of manufacturing (48 pp.,

Control Towers: If Only There Was A Clear Definition

Supply Chain Shaman

Groups throw-out concepts. While there are many types of visibility (see Figure 1), the most common use case is either sourcing or transportation visibility. 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. Groups rally around the concept of real-time.

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Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

Supply Chain Shaman

In most ‘benchmarking activities’, self-reported data is the most common source. However, for elements like forecast error, customer service and slow-moving inventory self-reported data is not sufficient. We assumed that we did not know what the connection was between the views of supply chain planners, supply chain leaders, financial data, and planning system output (forecast error, bias, inventory targets, and slow-moving inventory).

What About Them Apples?

Supply Chain Shaman

If we look back at history, 70% of companies implemented Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI), however two-decades later only 1% of companies use VMI processes to drive a better demand signal. ” At the other end of the continuum is the argument that “ Forecast error is the most important metric to improve.” I have been an industry analyst covering the market– Gartner, AMR Research, Altimeter Group and my own company Supply Chain Insights– since 2001.

A Better Approach to Supply Chain Segmentation?

ToolsGroup

Most companies segment their supply chain by breaking it down according to operational and logistical metrics. Gartner research director Jennifer Loveland calls it end-to-end segmentation, where you determine first what your customers want, then create end-to-end models—from sales through sourcing, delivery, and customer service—to serve them. This type of segmentation lets you group customers by similar drivers and trade-offs, like price, lead time and lot size.

A “Swiss Army Knife” of Supply Chain Talent Requirements: Views from a Former Wolfpack Student

NC State SCRC

He then went into global imports for the central purchasing group in Raleigh. He became a director at that point, working with sales planning, inventory planning, and financial planning, and pulling together the Sales and Operations Planning team, as well as introducing new products and eliminating obsolescence. In 2013 we had $8M of raw material inventory – due to poor purchasing, poor safety stock decisions, and a lot of WIP in the system.

Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

The company leverages globally sourcing strategies to buy products at a lower cost and then deploys some unique process logic to drive mass customization for retailers. In this role he supported the different businesses (12 in Europe and 11 in Asia) for all aspects of the Supply Chain; but Peter did not have direct Asia Sourcing/manufacturing accountability. Over the period of 2009-2015, only 88% of companies made improvement on the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. (As

How To Ensure Best Practice Use Of Your Business Intelligence Dashboards

Unleashed

Data is sourced in real-time from multiple areas providing a simplified visualisation of otherwise complex raw data, with readers having an at-a-glance overview of current KPIs. This dashboard collects key financial health indicators from marketing activities and displays financial metrics to provide senior management and investors with performance results to help them determine future marketing spend. Business Tips inventory management inventory reporting real-time reporting

Supply Chains to Admire: 2016 Results

Supply Chain Shaman

The source data for the analysis is public reporting of balance sheets and income statements. To determine the winners, we compare the effectiveness of each company against relative performance within an industry-specific peer group. In the analysis, we divide companies into three groups: winners, finalists and under-performers. The winners of this analysis meet all of the criteria of improvement, value and performance when compared to a like industry peer group.

Supply Chain Diagnostic: A Four-Step Process

Supply Chain Shaman

To accomplish this goal, I ask a cross-functional group to audit the past year. As a group, we drill into root issues. ” Or alternatively, “Is there data that could be sourced to help?” Many times useful data exists in marketing or sales groups, but is not shared with the supply chain team. The organization had a very strong digital team with great data, and the two groups were largely unaware of how they could work together. inventory turns.

The Fight of the Titans

Supply Chain Shaman

The field of supply chain management–combining source, make and deliver–into a common process started in 1982. My caution is not so fast… 95% of companies are not making progress at the intersection of growth, operating margin, inventory turns and asset strategies.

Q&A on the Supply Chains to Admire

Supply Chain Shaman

It is the end of a two-year research project, and identifies which publicly held companies outperformed their peer group on balance sheet results. Here we share the answers to the questions that we get the most often about this research: What is the source of data? We built peer groups based on like industries. How did you define peer groups? The NAICS designation was developed by the US Federal Government to characterize groups of companies within an industry.

BASF: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the period of 2009-2015 only 88% of companies made improvement on the “Supply Chain Metrics That Matter.” (The The Supply Chain Metrics That Matter are a portfolio of metrics which correlate to higher market capitalization. The composite of metrics includes growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital.) While most companies make improvements in single metrics, pushing the whole portfolio forward is tougher.

How Machine Learning Is Redefining Supply Chain Management

IQMS

Key factors influencing inventory levels, supplier quality, demand forecasting, procure-to-pay, order-to-cash, production planning, transportation management and more are becoming known for the first time. Source: Machine Learning – A Giant Leap for Supply Chain Forecasting, Material Handling and Logistics Conference (PDF, 28 pp., Source: Machine Learning & AI in Transport and Logistics, Frank Salliau & Sven Verstrepen Logistics Meets Innovation Vlerick Brussels – Nov.

Tell Me Why

Supply Chain Shaman

Traditionally, the focus has been on building efficient organizational silos for make, source or deliver. As a result, tor most companies, the goals are unclear and the financial metrics are not well-understood. It is a study of peer groups. They do not have a peer group for comparison. We do not include them in the analysis because there is no peer group comparison. This year-over-year comparison, enables visualization of performance on two metrics.

SCRC Student Project Lineup Off to a Great Start…

Supply Chain View from the Field

NC State kicked off classes last week, and as usual our incoming group of MBA students were lined up with projects as part of their entry class into supply chain management, MBA 541. In this context, relationships may exist between internal functional groups, as well as with suppliers and/or customers. These and other projects will surely lead to some interesting insights for this group of bright young minds!

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Integrated Planning: Is It Rubbish? Be Careful What You Ask For….

Supply Chain Shaman

Each are good at localized planning within a focused area of demand, supply, network design, transportation planning, material sourcing or finite scheduling. The greatest value happens when companies can link across source, make and deliver. While Integrated Planning sounds good, and teams can sit around the table and nod their heads with a false sense of security that the group reached agreement. On Sunday, I spent the day at the Barnes Foundation with an old friend Karen.

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

The discussions are with groups of executives—often ex-management consultants. Granular data by volume is a must to be able to manage replenishment, network design, and inventory targets. Companies that directly connect financial data to supply chain data without creating a feasible plan at an item/location level rate themselves significantly lower on S&OP effectiveness creating higher costs, levels of inventory and order short shipments. It has been awhile.

VTech: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the period of 2009-2015, only 88% of companies made improvement on the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. To meet the criteria for The Supply Chains to Admire for 2016, companies needed to score better than their peer group average for performance metrics, while driving a higher level of improvement than 2/3 of their industry peer group. We first calculate The Supply Chain Index to measure supply chain improvement for an industry peer group. Inventory Turns.

Overcoming obstacles to integrating finance with supply chain operations

Kinaxis

IBP helps achieve key performance indicators (KPIs) like sales, customer satisfaction, inventory level and other metrics outlined in the strategic plan. Those benefits, as outlined by the Aberdeen Group , include: 55 day or less cash conversion cycle. That in turn results in inventory issues, forecast inaccuracies and reduced profits, leading to falling stock prices and reduced shareholder value. You end up with groups each going their own way.

Reduce Costs: Invest In Talent

Supply Chain Shaman

In manufacturing-based companies, 70-80% of costs are in the processes of source, make and deliver. While the practices of finance are over 200 years old, in contrast, supply chain as a cross-functional practice (the combination of make, source and deliver) was recently defined in 1982. We analyzed the impact of 150 factors on 493 financial metrics for the period of 2004-2016. So what are the characteristics of companies managing talent better than their peer group?

The Sensing + Intelligent + Social Supply Chain: Why do you need it?

Kinaxis

Planning delays lead to higher inventory levels, lower capacity utilization, and subpar on-time delivery performance. However, organizations siloed in traditional functional work groups are actually impeding the flow of their own information across the network. The reality is, there’s never going to be one perfect answer that doesn’t involve some level of tradeoff across conflicting metrics and objectives.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2014 : hybrid DCs, 3-D prototypes, location-based inventory system, and more. Source ID. Source ID. At automaker BMW Group, for instance, plant employees can walk up to seven miles per day. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID.