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28 supply chain professionals share the biggest challenges of supply chain management

6 River Systems

Supply chain management is a multi-faceted process with many stakeholders and even more moving parts. New technology aims to make the supply chain more efficient, yet investing in the wrong technology further complicates productivity while hindering profitability. Effective supply chain management offers numerous benefits for companies, so overcoming challenges to keep things running smoothly is a top priority for supply chain professionals.

Say Customer Service and Mean It

Supply Chain Shaman

In my work with clients, customers bandy about the term “customer-centric supply chain.” Many of my clients talk about a customer-centric supply chain but rely on useless metrics from an annual survey or a net promoter score.

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synchrono

There’s one sure-fire way to tell when someone has lived in Minneapolis long enough to be called a Minnesotan. Like visitors to the Mall of America, manufacturers looking to apply Lean principles start in the same place. Their “directory” is the 8 types of waste identified in Lean: Overproduction – Manufacturing more than is needed to fill customer orders. Inventory – Excess material and WIP. To learn more, download The Changing Role of ERP in Manufacturing. .

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Supply Chain Shaman

Last week, I wrote about the evolution of supply chain planning. In my blog post, I commented on HOW little supply chain planning has changed in its twenty-year evolution. The Kinaxis solution is probably one of the most misunderstood supply chain planning platforms. It is a flexible, in-memory model and platform that enables visibility, demand and supply balancing, what-if analysis, allocation and available-to-promise (ATP) functionality.

How Can We Use Emerging Technology To Improve Community Nutrition?

Inmar

One example is the North Market in North Minneapolis, an Inmar client in one of the country’s largest food deserts. ReFED estimates that food waste costs consumer-facing businesses $57 billion per year — and costs manufacturers $2 billion. Blockchain also has the potential to affect a more nimble supply chain in which food can be distributed and redistributed more efficiently.