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Supply chain inventory optimization – Beyond the analytics

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater From designing, sourcing and manufacturing, to distribution and consumption, your supply chain is at the heart of your customer satisfaction levels. But the sheer complexity of supply chain networks, and the impact design decisions have on operational performance, makes supply chain inventory management aligning inventory investments with on-time customer delivery and margins a major challenge.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Let me start with a true confession: I am a manufacturing gal. I relished the sound of a manufacturing line when I opened the door of the factory in the morning, and I liked managing inputs so that we could maximize outputs. Manufacturing is the foundation of my interest in supply chain management. Supply Chain and Design. In manufacturing, I became good at labor bargaining. Figure 1: Definition of the Supply Chain Organization.

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Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

Talking Logistics

As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal , “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory. The practice, known as drop shipping, lets retailers offer more products for sale on their websites—such as multiple colors of the same sweater—without having to keep those items in stock.

Marketing Supply Chain Solutions Post-COVID: Q&A with ToolsGroup CMO Caroline Proctor

ToolsGroup

There’s still a strong demand for supply chain planning solutions, particularly ones with machine learning capabilities that can help clients rapidly adapt to the changing supplier situations and consumer demand that goes along with major disruptions like this. .

4 Key Trends to Watch in Smart Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Cerasis

Industrial IoT and big data are converging to enable demand-driven 'smart supply chains.' The advancements in 3D printing and 'Additive Manufacturing,' coupled with supply chain efficiencies, could make distributed manufacturing a reality, ushering in the era of smart manufacturing. The Continual Coverage and Now Reality of Smart Manufacturing with 3D Printing. Smart Manufacturing will Make Supply Chains Demand Driven not Forecast Driven.

Supply Chain Diagnostic: A Four-Step Process

Supply Chain Shaman

In my work with manufacturing companies recently, I am thinking a lot about the need for diagnostic testing. 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. inventory turns.

Turn a Good Demand Forecast into the Optimum Inventory Plan

ToolsGroup

How Do You Turn a Good Demand Forecast into the Optimum Inventory Plan? They care if you have the inventory they want when they want it. But carrying too much inventory can reduce profits and might not be practical for some items such as fresh goods.

Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

To drive global scale, companies need to design the supply chain to buy globally and execute locally. The design of the supply chain is fundamental to making this happen. In our interview of the Supply Chains to Admire Winners, we found a unique approach at Carter’s. Shipping approximately 400 million selling units consisting of 700 million manufactured units per year, Carter’s employs about 4,000 employees at its peak.

Regaining control: Inventory management best practices (Part four)

Kinaxis

by Richard Cushing In part one of my inventory management best practices series I argue that inventory cannot be managed until it is controlled, and present the notion our general willingness to apportion blame upon unreliable data from enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems is misplaced. In the final part of my inventory management best practices series, I take a look at some additional practices that are important, or even crucial , to successful supply chain efforts.

Digital Inventory Management Key Battleground in Transformation of Brick-and-Mortar Retail

Cerasis

As e-commerce growth accelerates, shippers are working overtime to manage available inventory. It catalyzed brick-and-mortar retailers to offer online shopping opportunities, which require much more than manual inventory management practices.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

As supply chain clichés take flight, clients struggle with execution. One of these concepts that I hear a lot; but see few tangible examples, is the idea of “customer-segmented supply chain.” The discussion of customer-segmented supply chains happens often. Most supply chain planning teams do not know their customers. SanDisk’s Journey to Build a Supply Chain Customer Segmentation Strategy.

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.

Will Your Supply Chain Sink or Swim in the Digital Age?

OneSCM

recently noted a new trend towards supply chain “protectionism,” presumably due to the extraordinary combination of external forces proving capable of disrupting once-optimized processes and, therefore, destroying once-healthy profit margins. This is especially relevant for high-tech industry manufacturers who must fight to keep their head above water as new competition floods the marketplace and long-time competitors diversify their product lines in an attempt to remain relevant.

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%. in inventory write-down and 20% drop in stock value.

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.

Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2016

Talking Logistics

For example, 3PLs and software vendors did pay more attention to serving the needs of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and companies in the Energy and Process Industries (see TMS for SMB: Breaking Down the Barriers , Oil & Gas Companies Focus on Eliminating Supply Chain Waste , and Collaboration and Optimization in the Oil & Gas Industry ). Making supply chain and logistics predictions is like throwing darts at a moving target.

Omnichannel In Manufacturing: Why Manufacturers Are Following Retailers to an Omnichannel World

Cerasis

Retailers are evolving, and supply chains must evolve with them. The application of omnichannel in manufacturing primarily focuses on the collaboration between suppliers, or vendors, and distributors. The Problem: Seamless Omnichannel Experiences Extend Beyond Retailer-Customer Relationships Keeping up with customers’ demands has natural implications for business-to-business sellers, including manufacturers.

Supply chain visibility: The key to growth

Kinaxis

There were a couple of key takeaways from the report: Manufacturers are planning on growth, but the overall market isn’t likely to grow. The need for supply chain visibility is greater than ever, yet only half of the executives surveyed say they have the visibility they need to make decisions and mitigate risk. But according to our data, today’s manufacturers are much more focused on driving new growth than ever before.”. Supply chain visibility.

Practicing Social Distancing while Keeping Inventory Moving during COVID-19 pandemic

PINC

The global pandemic has thrown manufacturers, distributors, and retailers into a mode that most have never experienced before. live/drop, type of inventory, type of equipment, load status, etc.). Major Beverage Manufacturing company.

Supply chain pain points: Automotive

Kinaxis

by Alexa Cheater 6 speed bumps on the road to automotive supply chain success. A trending move from regional to global supply chain processes is adding complexity to the automotive supply chain at an unprecedented level, driving a growing need for automation and collaboration. That’s revving up interest in realignment, consolidation and optimization of supply chain activities. Automotive supply chain pain points.

The Toilet Paper Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Coronavirus Exposes Global Supply Chain Fragility! In light of the current situation we thought it was time to learn more about the Toilet Paper Supply Chain. Supply. Aside from the current Coronavirus pandemic and the associated crisis level response the supply of toilet paper is virtually never an issue. Stores replenish supply on generally stable demand signals and patterns. Subscribe Here!

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. Inventory Optimization. Supply Chain best in class supply chain

Inventory Management Requires More than a WMS

DSI

A supply chain director for a large global manufacturing organization recently told our team, “We have invested heavily in successfully managing inventory and are utilizing our warehouse management system [WMS] to drive our digital transformation efforts and optimize our supply chain.”

11 Inventory Management Best Practices

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Featuring Our 10 Best Inventory Management Articles! Inventory Management Best Practices article originally published by, and permission to publish here provided by, Dave Joseph at veridian.info. Supply chain leaders are continuously looking for ways to improve inventory management, and the role of technology in the supply chain offers significant advantages. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

The Transportation Supply Chain: Transportation’s Role in Supply Chain Management to Lower Total Costs

Cerasis

In order to avoid incidents of mismatch between supply and demand, establish more efficient manufacturing and lower costs, it is necessary to establish an environment of consistent supply chain visibility. Everything from sourcing raw materials, manufacturing, to the sales channels which feed supply for a finished product are essential factors. One of the often missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management.

WMS and eCommerce: How to Use Supply Chain Technology to a Competitive Advantage

Cerasis

The application of supply chain technology is essential to maintaining a competitive advantage in the height of eCommerce growth. Modern Technology Is the Solution Think about what makes up a winning eCommerce supply chain strategy and positive customer experience.

Supply Chain Optimization Software – A Comprehensive Guide for Manufacturers

ThroughPut

What is supply chain optimization? Supply chain optimization is a key component of the manufacturing supply chain process, helping companies control their input costs to be able to provide effective goods or services to their customers.

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.

How Machine Learning Is Redefining Supply Chain Management

IQMS

Bottom line: Machine learning makes it possible to discover patterns in supply chain management data by relying on algorithms that quickly pinpoint the most influential factors to a supply networks’ success, while constantly learning in the process. Discovering new patterns in supply chain data has the potential to revolutionize any business. New knowledge and insights from machine learning are revolutionizing supply chain management as a result.

These Advanced Supply Chain Technologies will Solidify the Digital Supply Chain in 2018

Cerasis

The type and capabilities of supply chain technology is expanding, and technology will only grow more important in effective supply chain management in 2018. From the increased demand to data-driven decision-making through the industrial Internet of things (IIoT) to the use of cloud-based technologies, supply chain technology will advance light years in the coming months. Supply Chain Visibility Becomes an Independent Technology.

The (Internet of Things) IOT Supply Chain Benefits Now Coming Clearer

Cerasis

The Internet of Things (IoT) seems to be popping up in more conversations throughout the entire supply chain , and more businesses have turned towards IoT experts for guidance on how to take advantage of its benefits. Ultimately, the IoT Supply Chain will enable greater accuracy and identification of potential issues throughout supply chain processes. Most manufacturing processes heavily rely on the use of machinery.

Your supply chain is costing you money – Reason #1 Offshoring without getting the full picture

Kinaxis

Over the years, working for and with numerous manufacturing companies, I’ve seen many supply chain practices that cost companies money. We all understand the appeal of moving manufacturing offshore; In many cases, offshore manufacturing is considerably cheaper, is apparently easier (just send the requirements and they build it!) These high fuel costs impact the shipping lines too and those costs will get passed on to you. by John Westerveld.

3D Printing Changes the Supply Chain

Kinaxis

The drug manufacturer, Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, uses 3D printing to create a more porous pill. It has become additive manufacturing. Traditional manufacturing requires the creation of dies or molds that can cost thousands of dollars to create a prototype. This also introduces a whole new issue to supply chain and the manufacturing process–protection of intellectual property (IP), in the form of the digital files being sent to 3D printers.

Top 5 Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2020

OneSCM

The online shopping conveniences offered by large retailers like Amazon have led to increased consumer expectations – including rock-bottom prices, endless product variety and fast shipping – all of which affect each part of the global supply chain.

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What Is Supply Chain ERP?

IQMS

A Supply Chain ERP system orchestrates and optimizes forecasting, pricing, procurement, sourcing, and inbound product quality levels across the many supplier relationships manufacturers have, providing real-time accounting and financial reporting of each transaction. Defining Supply Chain ERP. Manufacturers are improving delivery performance, reducing purchasing and materials costs, and minimizing supplier risks by adopting integrated supply chain ERP systems.

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