Top Warehouses in North America 2013

The Logistics of Logistics

The top warehouses in North America were recently profiled in a great article by the fine folks at Modern Material Handling. When mapping a supply chain, I would always put a big red circle around the warehouse. In lean consulting, you would often find excess inventory, rework, over processing and other wasteful practices inside a warehouse. Top Warehouses in North America. Exel (DHL Supply Chain).

Will Trucking Challenges Transform JITS in North America?

QAD

As the trucking industry experiences rising industry change, just-in-time-sequence (JITS) supply chains are starting to feel the effects. JITS is the acronym for “just-in-time-sequence,” a common supply chain practice in the automotive industry that eliminates or significantly reduces the need to maintain parts inventory at the assembly plant. Needing to carry only a few hours worth of inventory, thereby savings on inventory carrying costs and working capital.

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ToolsGroup Names David Barton General Manager of North America

ToolsGroup

BOSTON (May 13, 2019) – ToolsGroup, a global leader in supply chain planning software, announced today that David Barton has joined ToolsGroup as the new general manager of North America. Barton succeeds Patrick Smith, who served as managing director for North America from 2011 to February 2019. Barton’s appointment comes at a time of rapid expansion for ToolsGroup, with double-digit growth of its North American business in 2018.

A Tipping Point?

Supply Chain Shaman

The merged company will be the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth in the world. The goal is to drive organic growth in North American and global expansion by combining Kraft’s brands with Heinz’s international platform. The movement to health and wellness with fresher foods creates a more complex, and costly supply chain. Neither Heinz or Kraft are supply chain leaders.

On the road! 4 September supply chain conferences we love

Kinaxis

Here’s the supply chain conferences we love and will be attending. Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference. Kinaxis is pleased to be a Premier Sponsor and participate in panel discussion of the 2014 EMEA Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference. Panel Details: “The Technological Advances that Will Catapult Supply Chains into the Next Decade”. Supply Chain Insights Global Summit.

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

I was moving from a position where I led a manufacturing operation to being a part of a team to design supply chain software to improve planning decisions. The tension I felt reading the brochure on the plane is what I believe every supply chain leader feels every day. That is one of my primary drivers at Supply Chain Insights. As a team we conduct quantitative research of supply chain leaders to help gain clarity of the answers.

L’Oreal: A Beautiful Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

In the process of compiling the Supply Chains to Admire report for last year’s Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , the research team at Supply Chain Insights calculated the rate of supply chain improvement of companies by industry for the period of 2006-2013 and 2009-2013. We wanted to see which companies were driving the fastest rate of improvement on the supply chain metrics that matter. Defining Supply Chain Excellence.

Apparel and footwear: At what point is missed sales better than excess inventory?

Kinaxis

In adidas’s recent earnings call, CEO Kasper Rorsted warned that adidas would miss its 2019 growth target because its supply chain was unable to meet the huge demand for its mid-priced apparel, especially in North America. The CEO went on to imply that losing sales was preferable to building excess inventory. Shouldn’t it be ok to build inventory in anticipation of demand surges, and then apply promotions to work through the excess? by Harish Iyer.

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!

How do supply chain professionals rate their demand forecast’s accuracy?

AIMMS

We are running a quiz to help supply chain professionals address these questions. The quiz has been taken by more than 200 participants across several regions – from North America to Asia Pacific. 6 0 % of respondents stated that the Supply Chain function is primarily responsible for managing the forecast process at their organizations. The majority of them (64%) are in a supply chain role.

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

The traditional supply chain leader focused only on cost reduction. Snow fell last night as I worked on my last Supply Chain Metrics That Matter report. The concept of the Effective Frontier is that best in class companies align functional metrics to balance growth, cost, inventory and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) performance while balancing customer service metrics. Recently, I presented at the University of Tennessee Supply Chain Forum.

How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Shaman

In the last six months, in my travels, I have presented to supply chain teams in China, Belgium, France, Germany, Peru, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. I strongly feel that if I am going to cover the global supply chain that I need to experience it. Connectivity enabled the growth of the global supply chain opening up markets driving opportunity. Supply chain process development is slower.

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How Supply Chain Planning Can Create Profit in a Declining Market

ToolsGroup

Therefore, traditional push-driven supply chains are wholly unfit for this situation. It bought its main rivals to become North America’s largest fine paper manufacturer. [1] 1] Mohawk sought to profit from the resurgent demand for ‘ analog experiences ’ by owning the fine paper space and transforming its extended supply chain. They also cut inventory levels, grew sales and resolved capacity issues. Blog S&OP Supply Chain Planning Featured

New Bookends: The Tale of Supply Chain Global Leaders in Consumer Products

Supply Chain Shaman

These consumer products global leaders paved the road for supply chain excellence by defining new supply chain practices. Today, each leader wants to take their empowered team to new supply chain heights. At Supply Chain Insights, we published a report card yesterday. The report analyzes supply chain performance and improvement by the Consumer Products Leaders in the period of 2006-2014. Life is busy at Supply Chain Insights.

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Supply Chain Planning BPO: What’s Driving It and Should You Get On Board?

ToolsGroup

More and more businesses are hopping on the outsourcing bus and letting the experts take the wheel to drive supply chain planning processes. Several years ago ToolsGroup pioneered business process outsourcing (BPO) as an alternative to in-house supply chain planning (SCP). Now Gartner reports that SCP BPO is gaining traction ( Market Guide for Supply Chain Planning BPO or BPaaS, 29 July 2019 ), particularly in North America and Europe.

Design, Operating and Situational Inventory Trade-Offs

ToolsGroup

Gartner analyst Paul Lord has developed a framework to better understand inventory trade-offs by categorizing those decisions according to the objectives they are meant to achieve: structural, operational and situational. Many companies struggle with decisions such as “How many days of sales or inventory turns per year should we target? or “How can we reduce inventory and improve our balance sheet?”. Structural inventory is a direct result of design choices.

Emergency System Relief for Supply Chain Orchestration

MP Objects Supply Chain Orchestration

As projected in a recent CNBC article, we’re currently facing a “ massive shuffling of supply chains globally after coronavirus shutdowns.” Having a flexible and configurable digital supply chain platform has never been more important.

Supply Chain Innovation: How to Build an Award-Winning Supply Chain

ToolsGroup

Source: Supply Chain Digest. What does it take to create an award-winning supply chain? Last month, Lennox Residential was runner-up in the 2015 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Supply Chain Innovation competition, arguably the top supply chain award in North America. Award-winning supply chains don’t come from incremental thinking. Transformative Supply Chain Planning.

Novo Nordisk: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Each year at Supply Chain Insights we study performance and improvement of companies in each industry. Note that neither company is making progress at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns. Performance of BMS and Merck at the Intersection of Inventory Turns and Operating Margin. Orbit Chart for Novo Nordisk at the Intersection of Operating Margin and Inventory Turns for the period of 2006-2015. We are stronger in supply than demand.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

We salute the year’s top advancements in supply chain technology and processes. Thanks to omni-channel distribution, 3-D printing, self-service logistics and other avenues of disintermediation, traditional supply chain roles are rapidly being transformed into all-new opportunities.

Supply Chain Planning BPO: What’s Driving It and Should You Get On Board?

ToolsGroup

More and more businesses are hopping on the outsourcing bus and letting the experts take the wheel to drive supply chain planning processes. Several years ago ToolsGroup pioneered business process outsourcing (BPO) as an alternative to in-house supply chain planning (SCP). Now Gartner reports that SCP BPO is gaining traction ( Market Guide for Supply Chain Planning BPO or BPaaS, 29 July 2019 ), particularly in North America and Europe.

Winning strategies to defeat supply chain planning complexity

DELMIA Quintiq

You’ve just been analyzing your supply chain’s performance over the last 2 quarters. You need immediate insights – from people who’ve experienced the same problems in their supply chain planning. With the supply chain planner’s playbook , you’ll have in your possession a trusted guide that combines the expertise of supply chain professionals and industry leaders. Optimizing inventory in S&OP.

Will the Rapidly Shrinking Store Save Retail?

Supply Chain Brain

Across the country, retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Macy’s and Nordstrom are experimenting with ways to distill their inventory into smaller, more-focused locations. Business Strategy Alignment Global Supply Chain Management Retail Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Featured Content Consumer Packaged Goods Forecasting & Demand Planning North AmericaThe biggest change for the decades-old shopping center anchor? It was now just half its size.

Supply Chain Planning BPO: What’s Driving It and Should You Get On Board?

Brookes Supply Chain Planning Blog

More and more businesses are hopping on the outsourcing bus and letting the experts take the wheel to drive supply chain planning processes. Several years ago ToolsGroup pioneered business process outsourcing (BPO) as an alternative to in-house supply chain planning (SCP). Now Gartner reports that SCP BPO is gaining traction ( Market Guide for Supply Chain Planning BPO or BPaaS, 29 July 2019 ), particularly in North America and Europe.

10 Vital Supply Chain Lessons from the Coronavirus Pandemic!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Coronavirus Exposes Global Supply Chain Fragility! Every aspect of our lives has been disrupted: our health, freedom of movement, employment, the economy, our ability to buy goods, and virtually every Supply Chain. Apart from the panic buying are there Supply Chain lessons that we should learn from the Coronavirus pandemic to improve the robustness of Supply Chains in the future?

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How a digital transformation can maximize the value of your meat supply chain

DELMIA Quintiq

The meat supply chain is long and complex, starting from farm to processing to packaging and logistics, right up to retail and catering. Sharing of data across the chain is minimal, if non-existent. Offer high service levels while keeping inventory levels low.

The emergence of supply chain localization strategies

NC State SCRC

As more and more organizations struggle to deal with the deployment of digital technologies, many are overlooking some of the fundamentals associated with managing supply chains. As I’ve said in previous blogs, there is nothing inherently good or bad about technologies – it is about what you can do with them, specifically with your supply chain partners, to achieve greater flow and less friction – that will matter in the end.

Has Driverless Supply Chain Planning Already Arrived?

ToolsGroup

There has been a lot of news about driverless cars, and at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit there was also some news about “driverless” supply chain planning when two companies described supply chain planning with almost no human intervention. More on this later, but to start, by driverless (whether referring to vehicles or supply chain planning) I don’t mean completely no touch at all times. Supply Chain Planning

Demand-Driven Transformation at Shell

Supply Chain Shaman

Located in the United Kingdom (UK), he has more than twelve years of experience in progressive roles driving demand-drive projects for their global supply chain. At the Supply Chain insights Global Summit , Nick shared his story on driving demand-based improvements. Nick strongly believes that it is insufficient to drive supply chain improvement through incrementalism. Understanding the Lubricant Supply Chain. Trade-offs in the Supply Chain.

Needed: A National Governance Framework for Healthcare Supply Chains

NC State SCRC

We have been tossing around ideas… all of us have been on the front lines dealing with the COVID crisis in healthcare supply chains: PPE, masks, testing kits, disinfectants, testing kits, and of course, healthcare providers who are burning out quickly. Delays often occurred in waves, because of varying inventory levels across all units – which impacted multiple countries in waves as shelter at home government edicts shifted. Tracking of materials in the supply chain.

How Inventory Management is a problem the size of Australia

The Network Effect

Inventory distortion costs retailers nearly $158 for every man, woman, and child on the planet. Billion a year is the cost of Inventory distortion in North America, an amount equivalent to the annual revenues of Kroger, Home Depot, and Target combined. The Asia/Pacific region contributes 39% of all inventory distortion. The post How Inventory Management is a problem the size of Australia appeared first on The Network Effect. chem7/Flickr.

Friends with Fitbits: Fitness tracking and taking supply chain planning to the next level

DELMIA Quintiq

What does this have to do with supply chain planning? As one of its many programs, it initiated the “2015 Going the Distance Challenge” here in North America. In supply chain planning, we are driven by metrics. We focus on reducing miles driven, making a delivery in hours instead of days, minimizing inventories, or increasing the utilization of our workforce. Planet Planning Supply Chain Planning & Optimization

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.

Trends and Predictions 2020: Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

One area in which there is no shortage predictions is the supply chain. Simon Ellis, Vice President of IDC Manufacturing Insights, observes, “The supply chain continues to undergo almost unparalleled levels of change. The supply chain has increasingly become a critical function for companies to realize their business aspirations and is a competitive weapon in the modern, digital economy.”[1]. Supply chain trends.

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ToolsGroup Named a Leader in IDC Marketscape for Worldwide Supply Chain Inventory Optimization

ToolsGroup

BOSTON (December 13, 2019) ToolsGroup, a leader a global leader in supply chain planning software, has been named a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Supply Chain Inventory Optimization 2019 Vendor Assessment. PRESS RELEASE.