Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Manufacturing is the foundation of my interest in supply chain management. Supply Chain and Design. This was the beginning of my journey from manufacturing to understanding larger supply chain concepts. Much to my chagrin, when I entered into the world of supply chain, the processes of source, make and deliver were usually not designed. Figure 1: Definition of the Supply Chain Organization.

Supply Chain Diagnostic: A Four-Step Process

Supply Chain Shaman

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. To complete a supply chain diagnostic, I take these four steps: Step One. As a group, we drill into root issues.

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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?

Trends 2021: Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

Following the outbreak of the pandemic, many companies were forced to confront the fact that their supply chains were not as resilient as they had hoped they were. Madhav Durbha, a Group Vice President at LLamasoft, writes, “The old adage: ‘you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’ rang true in 2020. Tim Denman ( @TimDenman ), editor in chief of Consumer Goods Technology, writes, “The supply chain is the lifeblood of the consumer goods industry.

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Six Degrees of Separation in your Supply Chain

Kinaxis

Integrated supply chains take advantage of these multi-threaded inquiry patterns by coordinating across supply chain functions, however, how interconnected is communication in your processes? Can you reach across your supply chain to achieve diverse and innovative solutions in just six steps or less? One way to enhance your communication channels is to engage in group problem-solving.

Preparing for the Future of Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

Can you possibly prepare for a supply chain future that may be completely inconceivable right now? This practice rewards forward-thinking—quite literally, in this case—supply chain and warehouse management teams that accept and embrace the change that will revolutionize workflows many times over between now and retirement. However, this strategy involves more than parts of your supply chain watching for simple leaps forward in tech evolution.

7 Characteristics of A Best In Class Supply Chain

Cerasis

Today’s supply chains function as a result of extensive research into how a supply chain behaves, its chief concerns, successful risk management , diverse markets, widespread collaboration, and technological advances. However, current supply chains fall victim to the problems of inefficiencies, inexcusable rigidity, and failure to recognize the growing demands of consumers. Customization is a tricky aspect of a best in class supply chain.

Amazon supply chain management pushes retail to the limit

Kinaxis

When it comes to supply chain excellence, particularly in the retail sector, there is one behemoth dominating the landscape: Amazon. Amazon supply chain management is driving innovation and change at a pace that’s putting the pressure on other businesses to find a way to keep up, or fold. It has leased 20 Boeing 767 aircraft to shuttle goods around the US, and helped ship at least 150 cargo containers from China since October 2016.

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The Vaccine Distribution Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. It is an incredible task that won’t happen without careful and well thought out planning and execution of the Supply Chain. What is the Vaccine Distribution Supply Chain? The Vaccine Distribution Supply Chain.

Supply Chain Leaders Prepare For The Long Haul. Caution: It Will Be Gray.

Supply Chain Shaman

While my town in Pennsylvania is releasing restrictions, and people are starting to gather again in large groups, I say, “We cannot be too careful.”. Supply chains were ill-prepared for the pandemic. The design of the global supply chain at the start of the pandemic assumed frictionless borders, availability of transportation resources, and supply with few constraints. The new normal pattern appeared in months, and the supply chain adjusted.

Three Ways Consumers Are Transforming Supply Chain

Cerasis

The supply chain is an industry transformed by socio-economic growth and the day-to-day behavior of consumers. In a time where rapid advancements in technology occur daily , the logistics behind supply chain management are also changing. At the heart of these changes stands the consumer, who through modern technology and social media channels continues to shape the future of the supply chain industry. Supply Chain supply chain

Building the Business Case for Supply Chain Risk Management

Cerasis

Naturally, to take advantage of this opportunity, you will need a well-functioning supply chain, which you happen to have. Do you think that your supply chain management is good enough for this market? That’s when it all gets extremely complicated, but one thing remains crystal clear: supply chain risk management is profoundly important for businesses to grow and expand. Without a doubt, managing supply chain is nothing but easy.

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.

5 Pitfalls To Avoid When Selecting Supply Chain Software

Cerasis

As your business grows, you supply chain software will need to expand. No matter which direction you choose, supply chain software comes riddled with opportunities for confusion, demise, and incapability. 5 Pitfalls of Supply Chain Software Selection. #1: However, some ERP systems may have extensive costs, which would easily outweigh the purchasing price of individual Warehouse Management Systems ( WMSs ) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) suites.

Do You Have a Proactive Supply Chain Design or a Reactive One?

Talking Logistics

Every supply chain has a central purpose, regardless of size or industry: getting materials from their point of origin to the place they’re needed as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Designing a supply chain to accomplish that task isn’t as straightforward as it seems, especially when technology is involved. A smart company pays attention to the way their supply chain operates, and that means working with a proactive design over a reactive one.

Supply Chain KPIs You’ll Want Every Morning

Logility

A quick scan of the Internet will yield a long list of “the biggest-ever supply chain disasters”. Failed SCM implementation causes shipping errors. WMS failure causes Adidas to under ship by 20%. Supply chain cost per unit sold. Your Supply Chain Type.

Preparing Skills for the Future of Supply Chain Management

Kinaxis

by Bob Ferrari The following guest blog commentary is contributed by Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor of the Supply Chain Matters blog and Managing Director of the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group LLC. My topic was: Positioning Your Skills for the Future Needs of Supply Chain Management , and in this 21 st Century Supply Chain guest blog, I wanted to share some of my key messages to this audience as well, since this is a topic frequently brought up.

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.

3 Ways Crowdsourcing Is Revolutionizing Supply Chain Management

Kinaxis

by Kirsten Watson The term crowdsourcing—the process of obtaining ideas, services or information by soliciting feedback from a large group of people—has existed since 2005. In 1714, the British government offered the public a monetary prize to the person who created the best solution for measuring a ship’s longitude. Here are three ways that crowdsourcing is revolutionizing supply chain management today—and in the future.

Supply Chain Management

LeanCor

4 Secrets to Supply Chain Management Project Success. per season.” This pattern indicates an overall lack of patience among the different team leadership groups and demonstrates an overall high-pressure environment fueled by a need to improve immediately and win in the present. Although the NFL is one of the more glamorous businesses in society, the competitive climate probably hits a bit closer to home for many supply chain managers than they would like to let on.

Visibility in Transportation Management Leads to Supply Chain Excellence

Talking Logistics

With visibility as the key driver for an effective supply chain improvement strategy, businesses today must rely on building collaborative relationships in their extended supply chains to gain visibility from end-to-end. And as supply chains continue to grow, diversify and become increasingly global, total insight, oversight and foresight will become increasingly critical. End-to-end supply chain visibility is a key to becoming a demand-driven enterprise.

10 COVID-19 Lessons for a Resilient Supply Chain

DynaSys

A Three Part Article Series from QAD DynaSys – COVID-19 and Resilient Supply Chain. In this series, discover how the COVID-19 pandemic gave us the keys to build a resilient supply chain and add value to our Supply Chain.

What is LTL Shipping?

SupplyPike

Learn about: Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping Advantages of LTL Factors determining shipping rates. Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is a system of transporting a smaller shipment than a typical truck filled with one order. When companies opt for LTL shipping, they are charged for the section of the semi-truck that their freight takes up. Get better shipping rates. Access the newest shipping technology. How LTL Shipping Works.

AI, ML aren’t magic pixie dust, and other supply chain insights from Kinexions day one

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater From catching up with the very first Kinaxis customer to exploring the future of supply chain, day one of Kinexions, our annual user and training supply chain conference, proved to be an out-of-this-world learning experience, aptly set to a soundtrack of songs by ‘80s rock group Journey. Sicard talked about the notion of a self healing supply chain, one based on machine learning algorithms, which can help you: Detect deviations.

How Is Your Supply Chain Chutzpah?

Supply Chain Shaman

The supply chain world is dominated by men. So, why is it that in this male-dominated world of supply chain there is very little chutzpah? The supply chain team takes and ships orders. The supply chain team with chutzpah has courage. They build the end-to-end value chain outside-in and align commercial and operational strategies. Many supply chain teams have aggressively cut costs to fund an organization’s growth.

Ultimate COVID-19 Supply Chain Resource Roundup

Freightos

As COVID-19 spreads and nations across the globe take measures to contain it, the impacts to the supply chain have been dramatic, fast-changing, and many. While we stay on top of all the rapid changes, we’ve also come across a lot of great online resources covering the coronavirus’ impact across the world from many different perspectives particularly COVID-19’s supply chain impact. Our Favorite Coronavirus Supply Chain Resources.

The Sensing + Intelligent + Social Supply Chain: How can you achieve it?

Kinaxis

by Trevor Miles The Result is Faster and More Effective End-to-End Supply Chain Management. In my first two blogs on this topic, I explained how supply chain management is a collective activity. With growing globalization and complexity, it is becoming more important than ever that your supply chain has all of these aspects. I outlined how decisions made by one functional group often have a ripple effect on other departments.

The Data Needed to Transform Supply Chains

Talking Logistics

The Hackett Group provides a useful visual for describing the maturity stages that supply chain is moving through as the industry strives to leverage data and advanced analytics. Supply Chain Analytics Maturity Model (Source: Hackett Group). Supply chain leaders are wanting their organizations to be data-driven. Again and again, the quality of supply chain and logistics data is too low for companies to jump to the next maturity stage.

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Digital Procurement Improves Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Preparing Business for the Digital Supply Chain! The Hackett Group has recently released their analysis of their procurement benchmarking database. rate of peer group companies. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Moving Forward with Blockchain in the Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

Once authorized, a transaction is added to the chain of information blocks and cannot be altered or removed, making it a trustworthy, unalterable record. The supply chain sector is often mentioned as a prime candidate for blockchain integration. Each link in the supply chain is susceptible to fraud, waste, and delay; to say nothing of the duplicate data and paperwork that each company must process and maintain.

Segmenting your spare parts supply chain for 3D printing

ToolsGroup

Beyond cars and machine tools, 3D printers are now making spare parts to order for the US Marine Corps, container ships, and beverage filling plants. how to segment your inventory portfolio to determine which spare parts in your supply chain are best suited for 3D printing versus other approaches. These make-to stock, low volume parts require a different approach to supply chain planning which we will describe later. Aftermarket and Service Parts Supply Chain

NASCES 2016: End-to-End Supply Chain Management Transformations

Kinaxis

by Trevor Miles I was at the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit in Chicago earlier this week. What kept nagging at me though is that the presentations were largely about “righting the ship” rather than “moving from ship to air.” But I couldn’t help think that much of the advice was focused on doing well what we have been doing in supply chain for the past 20-30 years. Supply chain management End-to-end supply chain management

Supply Chain: Learning How to Dance

Supply Chain Shaman

Is The Supply Chain Out of Rhythm? On a supply chain blog? As I struggle to build musicality, I think about the rhythms and cycles of the supply chain. In all cases, with my clients, I find the internal supply chain is out of step—lacking musicality with either the channel or the supplier base. Supply Chain Rhythms and Cycles. Most of the CFOs that I work with view the supply chain with a transactional mindset.

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A New Decade: Give Science A Chance

Supply Chain Shaman

When I started my business in 2012, I frequently wrote about the future using the moniker of Supply Chain 2020. We had just recovered from a recession, and my goal was to help supply chain leaders create a better supply chain by the end of the decade.

Applying Blockchain in Logistics & Supply Chain Management: 5 Reasons Why Supply Chain Execs Need to Know More

Cerasis

Although it may seem counterintuitive for a third-party logistics provider (3PL), like Cerasis, to trumpet such prospects, the resounding impact will drive greater efficiencies in supply chains. Applying blockchain in logistics and supply chain management is about doing more with less, a common concept in business, and shippers need to know a few things about how it could add value to the shipping ecosystem. Blockchain Logistics Supply Chain