Why It Matters

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the last five years, I have helped two companies, Sonoco Products and Owens Illinois (OI) with their selection of technologies to improve Sales and Operations (S&OP) planning. Owens Illinois provides glass products and Sonoco Products provides flexible packaging.

What is Inventory Management?


What is Inventory Management? Inventory management, in a nutshell, describes your efforts to manage, assess and report on the flow of your stock of goods. You might be using pencil-and-paper, spreadsheets or sophisticated inventory management software to do this.

What is Supply Chain Compliance and Why is it Important?


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Lora Cecere Asks: Why Do People Question the Value of S&OP?


To understand the value of S&OP, let’s contrast Keith’s performance to one of his competitors Owens Illinois. The two companies’ results on operating margin and inventory turns are shown in figure 1. Owens Illinois, Inc. (OI)

Ooh, Scary Stuff, Kids. Tales from the Supply Chain Crypt.


The reason: Illinois produces about 90% of sugar pumpkins each year. But when Mother Nature (in the form of heavy rains) hit Illinois hard, half of the crop was wiped out. Maintaining two inventory streams, including a Wal-Mart dedicated one, was costly for suppliers.

Lora Cecere Asks: Why Do People Question the Value of S&OP?


To understand the value of S&OP, let’s contrast Keith’s performance to one of his competitors Owens Illinois. The two companies’ results on operating margin and inventory turns are shown in figure 1. Owens Illinois, Inc. (OI)

Chuck Intrieri Executive Profile

The Logistics of Logistics

Chuck Intrieri is a: Certified Value Engineer (VE), Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), Certified Production and Inventory Control Manager (CPIM), and is Lean Certified all of which attests to his deep understanding of operations and logistics beyond the confines of the purchasing function. Evolve Dental Technologies, Inc, Virtu USA, and many other large and medium sized companies in Illinois, Michigan, Arizona and Orange County, CA.

[INFOGRAPHIC] AI Technologies: The Role of Humans & The Application in Logistics


We’re still very far from programs with common sense — AI technologies that can answer comprehension questions with the skill of a child of 8,” study co-author Robert Sloan, a computer scientist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said in a statement.

Experts Choice Of Top Online Logistics Resources


Online marketing enthusiast and an inventory and supply chain optimization devotee, David covers both ends of the supply chain at his Supply Chain Inventory & Supply Chain Optimization blog. Professor Bruce Hartman teaches logistics at the University of St Francis in Illinois.

Resilient and Cost Efficient Supply Chains

Operations and Supply Chain Management

The most obvious steps to protect against serious supply chain disruptions – increasing inventory, adding capacity at different sites, using multiple suppliers – “undermine efforts to improve supply chain efficiency,” Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Professor Sunil Chopra and City University of London Cass Business School Professor ManMohan S. They can normally be covered by good supply chain management practices, such as having the right inventory in the right place.”

Jason Schenker’s Views on 2014 Economic Events

Supply Chain View from the Field

Credit ratings for states like California and Illinois are at A, and muni rates have gone down in many states. Metals such as copper and tin could go up significantly, but nickel is the shale gas of the metals market – and inventories just keep going up, which means more downside risk. Jason Schenker from Prestige Economics provided some insights into where we are headed in the global economy at the SCRC meeting today.

Nursing Hospital and Healthcare Supply Into a New Age

Logistics Bureau

Vendor-managed Inventory. While this form of inventory management may not totally transform a healthcare supply chain, many healthcare providers have turned to VMI as a way to improve service and cost performance. Order and receive inventory in low units of measure wherever possible.

Rates Drift Down for Vans and Reefers in Mid-July Slump

DAT Solutions

Illinois (1.7). And reefer rates get a bump from back-to-school inventory build-up at supermarkets. Arkansas is always a good bet, but there are a lot more reefer loads available in Texas , California and Illinois. Illinois (3.4).

ScottsMiracle-Gro Improves Distribution System in Sustainability and Customer Service

Supply Chain Network

Improve inventory turns at retail by reducing fertilizer order minimums. ScottsMiracle-Gro currently has warehouses connected to operations for the co-distribution of fertilizer with growing media products at 16 locations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. A new 100,000-sq. warehouse will be added to The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company’s operation in Lebanon, Conn.

Activant Anticipates More Virtual Collaboration in B2B Distribution

Supply Chain Network

Activant’s systems are designed to help customers increase sales, boost productivity, operate more cost-efficiently, improve inventory turns and enhance trading partner relationships. Headquartered in Livermore, California, Activant has operations in Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Activant Solutions Inc.,

Top 10 Cities for eCommerce Fulfillment


Chicago, Illinois. With inventory closer to customers, they can shorten delivery times and offer one- or same-day shipping on certain products to improve conversion rates and reduce shopping cart abandonment.