My Take: Metrics that Matter

Supply Chain Shaman

While Joe is trying to balance the feedback from Filipe and Frank, he is often asked to change his metric targets by his CFO named Lou. After two years of research, I think that we throw the supply chain out of balance and limit its potential through the use of traditional and functional metrics. It is for this reason, that I believe that the traditional SCOR Model metrics are problematic. Achieving Balance in Metrics. Last week, I held my new book in my hand.

The Most Important Distribution Center Metrics to Track and Understand

Cerasis

Throughout the supply chain, the use of metrics to track and understand processes provides an invaluable resource for ensuring increased production and customer satisfaction. Additionally, the use of metrics fosters positive relationships with coworkers and adherence to rulesets and best practices for the respective third-party logistics provider (3PL). What Distribution Center Metrics Need Tracking? What distribution center metrics are you tracking or are not listed here?

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Modern Metrics

synchrono

While digital content and automated technologies gave birth to the modern marketer, a more real-time, digitally connected enterprise is driving modern manufacturing strategies like the Factory of the Future, Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 – all of which are grounded in Demand-Driven Manufacturing methods. In both worlds, technology is not only changing our strategies, processes and behaviors, it’s changing what and how we measure. How Technology Has Changed What We Measure.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

When I hear companies discussing the implementation of a customer segmentation strategy, I ask a series of questions: Who is your customer? What are you trying to accomplish through the execution of a customer segmentation strategy? Today, there is not a well-defined template on how to build and operate a supply chain defined by customer policy and segmentation strategy. SanDisk’s Journey to Build a Supply Chain Customer Segmentation Strategy.

Lora Cecere on Supply Chain Metrics that Matter

AIMMS

Interview with Lora Cecere, Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights and Author of Supply Chain Metrics that Matter ( published December 2014 ). Metrics that Matter became a three year research project. I hired a research assistant to look at balance sheets and looked at performance and really tried to figure out which metrics mattered. We interviewed supply chain leaders and in the middle of that I decided that I would write this book, Supply Chain Metrics that Matter.

Sales Dashboards: 16 Metrics For Manufacturers

Silvon Software

The more challenging part of dashboarding, however, gets down to the actual metrics that should be included as part of a performance management strategy. As a place to start, I thought I’d provide a shortlist of both simple and more complex metrics that our manufacturing and distribution clients are using in their dashboards today. Today’s post focuses on Sales metrics only. Basic Sales Metrics. More Complex Sales Metrics.

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

The impact of complexity on inventory is not quick. To help, today I want to share some of the insights from our recent Inventory Optimization study. Inventory management is a hot issue. Companies invest in project after project, yet inventory levels remain the same. In business there are many drivers of inventory, and the management of inventory levels requires discipline and a cross-functional focus. What Drives Inventory Effectiveness?

Supply Chain Dashboards – Key Metrics For Manufacturers

Silvon Software

As I mentioned in my previous post, Sales Dashboards – 16 Metrics for Manufacturers , a strategy for measuring business performance should also incorporate metrics that focus on the supply chain and other operational areas of the enterprise. Supply chain metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) are sometimes a bit tougher to compile than sales metrics. Inventory Turns and Sales-to-Inventory Ratio.

6 Benefits of Effective a Reverse Logistics System & The 9 Core RevLog Metrics to Track

Cerasis

Importance of Metrics in Reverse Logistics Management. To monitor progress against its reverse logistics management plan, a company needs metrics that measure the financial impact of returns on the firm and on other members of the supply chain. Measures such as amount of product to be reclaimed and resold as is, or percentage of material recycled, are examples of such metrics. Energy used in handling returns : This metric is used in sustainability programs.

How to Measure Inventory Health

ToolsGroup

Financial executives measure inventory health with metrics like inventory turns because they view the firm from a financial viewpoint - such as how much working capital is being tied up. But from an operational supply chain planning perspective, turns is a crude metric because it doesn’t recognize the difference between “good” and “bad” inventory. Gartner delved into this issue in a recent report, Build the Capability for Inventory Health Assessment.

Efficiency vs. Productivity: Metrics that Matter…Until They Don’t

synchrono

When we look at the organizations of today, words like efficiency and productivity get thrown around with little understanding of what is required to improve one of these measurements (metrics). Let’s discuss why an efficiency metric is usually not the right metric and what a Lean manufacturing expert does when measuring true value in the supply chain. This “lost opportunity metric” is now something that Lean manufacturing experts try to keep at the top of the list.

The 9 Key Considerations of an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy

Cerasis

Shippers need to reevaluate their existing last mile logistics processes and devise an effective last mile logistics strategy that aligns consumer and business expectation. In fact, an effective last mile logistics strategy must consider these nine key points. Planning Is Essential To Have an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy. Any effective strategy must begin with effective planning. Leverage the Right Technology as Part of Your Strategy.

Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

Supply Chain Shaman

We were discussing the results of the planning benchmarking work that we have just finished, and I was sharing some insights on inventory management when one of the panelists emphatically stated, “Inventory is a waste to manage. We feel so strongly about this that we do not have an inventory planning role.” His feeling was that inventory is an asset to manage. Inventory is both. Inventory management is a complex subject.

Changing the Production Performance Metric

Logility

The production efficiency is one of several measures across the supply chain including inventory and customer service and profitability. And finally the fourth phase is to align the production accountability more meaningfully with company strategy. Now, they care about how much inventory they are holding. Inside-out to outside-in is starting to turn.

Seven Misconceptions on Managing Inventory in a Market-Driven World

Supply Chain Shaman

When it comes to the management of inventory in value chains, frustration abounds. Executive, after executive, lament, “They have purchased many technologies and sponsored many projects to reduce inventories, but they are not seeing results.” ” I have been studying the evolution of inventory technologies as an industry analyst since 2002. Inventory is the culmination of many business decisions. The Inventory Management Journey.

Changing the Production Performance Metric

Logility

The production efficiency is one of several measures across the supply chain including inventory and customer service and profitability. And finally the fourth phase is to align the production accountability more meaningfully with company strategy. Now, they care about how much inventory they are holding. Inside-out to outside-in is starting to turn.

Supplier Quality Management: What it is, 5 Key Metrics to Know & a 4 Step Supplier Evaluation Process

Cerasis

The next posts in the series will break down metrics and issues to consider in SQM by industry and conclude with a case study on the application of SQM. 5 Key Metrics to Use for Scoring Supplier Quality Management (From LNS Research ). The definition of this metric is similar to the way it sounds. Quality affects many different parts of the business, so it is critical to establish a comprehensive metric that provides visibility into the most important areas of operations.

Defining and Implementing an Effective Transportation Strategy

Talking Logistics

An important component of that foundation is defining and implementing an effective transportation strategy – a topic that I discussed with Eric Meister, LeanLogistics’ former COO, in a follow-up episode. Here are some of the valuable insights that Eric shared regarding the path to building an effective transportation strategy: Q: An important component of that foundation is defining and implementing an effective transportation strategy.

Executing Customer-Centric Supply Chain Strategies

Supply Chain Shaman

I want to understand why some companies outperform on the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter while others do not. About twice a month, companies ask me to review their strategy documents. Frequently, I see the goal of “build a customer-centric strategy” or define an “end-to-end vision to deliver on the customer promise.” It requires a careful execution of strategy and the connection of strategy to execution.” Customer-Centric Strategies.

Business Strategies to Recover After the Coronavirus

Vinculum

Is your organization facing a shortage of essential supplies and inventory prompted by panic buying and stocking up of consumers? New financial metrics, receivables, and even the number of days the capital can last are important considerations that should be taken into account when formulating a new business model. The post Business Strategies to Recover After the Coronavirus appeared first on Vinculum Group.

A New Decade: Give Science A Chance

Supply Chain Shaman

Only four percent of companies compared to their peer groups improved balance sheet performance of growth, operating margin, and inventory turns. When compared to pre-recession years, we ended the decade with twenty more days of inventory. Days of Inventory Comparison.

Are you getting the most out of your inventory management process?

Kinaxis

by Andrew Dunbar Inventory is often the single largest asset on a company’s balance sheet and your inventory management process can have a huge impact on your organization’s bottom line. Understandably, the inventory management process is getting a lot of attention by organizations looking to squeeze out some extra profit in a challenging marketplace. When you think about the priorities of your inventory management process, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Vendor-managed inventory and distribution planning in the food and beverage industry – here’s something to chew on

Kinaxis

Among the many supply chain initiatives taking place today, vendor-managed inventory (VMI) has become an increasingly effective process and business model to help organizations share risk and information between vendors and customers — while benefitting from lower stockouts, reduced uncertainty and lower costs. Not surprisingly, each challenge requires its own focus, strategy and best practices to overcome. What is vendor-managed inventory?

Three New Ways Retailers Can Improve Inventory Performance

ToolsGroup

The ability to serve this demand is foundational to the success or failure of a retailer, but the challenge doesn’t hinge on the strategy leadership sets. Here are three things that retailers can do to align strategy and execution. By using data to stock items with higher forecasted demand, they can reallocate cash that would normally be tied up in poorly performing inventory, avoid margin erosion from markdowns and dead stock, and increase overall on-shelf availability metrics.

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The DDAE Model – Metrics, Ranges and Next Steps

DynaSys

Prerequisite #3: Flow-Based Metrics. The DDAE model uses different metric emphases within each of the operational, tactical and strategic relevant ranges to promote and protect flow today and into the future. Operational metrics emphasize reliability, stability and velocity to determine relevant information and materials in the Operational Relevant Range. Strategic metrics emphasize contribution margin, working capital control and customer base control and development.

The Go-To List of Ways to Improve Inventory Management

Veridian Solutions

Today’s warehouse managers need better inventory management strategies. This is nothing new, but as the world has evolved, the ability to improve inventory management has evolved in stride. Supply chain leaders should follow these key strategies for ways to improve inventory management. Implement Waveless Picking Strategies. Of course, implementing a waveless strategy will require a reevaluation of your current systems and planning processes.

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?

4 inventory replenishment methods

6 River Systems

Maintaining proper inventory levels is critical if you want to keep your customer satisfaction rates high. The average American retailer has an inventory accuracy rate of 63%. Using the right inventory replenishment methods. These rules and processes are also used to determine how much stock to add to your inventory by reordering and how much back stock to move to your active inventory. Not every inventory replenishment method works for every business.

10 Best Inventory Book for All Experience Levels

Supply Chain Opz

What inventory book can help you to cut inventory costs? In this article, we will show you 10 best inventory book that readers at all levels can learn from. Inventory Management Overview Many people think inventory management is a clerical task but they're absolutely wrong. Effective control of inventory requires a broad spectrum of knowledge.

The Secret to Successful Enterprise Strategy? Always Include Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Opz

In this guest commentary, John McKeller , senior lecturer for the Wisconsin School of Business Grainger Center for Supply Chain Managemen t at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains four key considerations for successfully integrating a firm’s strategy with supply chain management. A firm wins in the marketplace by providing better value for customers than its competitors, and achieving that goal starts with strategy. Bring supply chain into the strategy development process.

Six Ways Warehouse Inventory Management Software Optimizes Efficiency

IQMS

The Warehouse Inventory Management Software market grew to $1.4B Warehouse Inventory Management software and systems help reduce infrastructure costs and enable the reallocation of existing IT resources to drive productivity improvements, according to IDC. Warehouse Inventory Management Software is seeing increased adoption as manufacturers expand globally through mergers, acquisitions, and regionally-focused manufacturing strategies.

Deciphering the difference Between KPIs and Metrics

Unleashed

KPIs and metrics are a few of the buzzwords floating around businesses these days but what’s the real difference between the two? We’ll try to keep it simple so you can decipher what a KPI is and what a metric is and why both are important parts to a business. To start with, think of KPIs as strategic and metrics as tactical. What is a metric? In business, a metric is used to track or record activity and see if that activity was successful or not.

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

Second, they adapt over time as market structures and strategies evolve. 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 delivery against goals starts with leadership and a clear strategy. Reward teams for cross-functional metrics. Focus functional metrics to improving reliability. Buffer strategies.

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 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?