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Using Digital Supply Chain Planning to Respond to Market-Changing Disruptions like COVID-19

ToolsGroup

With supply chain planning software you can automate the achievement of service levels, even under changing constraints resulting from major disruptions. As COVID-19 continues its malevolent spread around the world, concerns grow regarding the continued impact on supply chains and business continuity. Commonly companies will use a “firefighting” response in times of supply chain disruption in order to meet service levels.

Five Things I Have Learned About Global Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

Regional supply chain companies are attempting to define global requirements. They are well versed in requirements for regional supply chain planning, but they are attempting to redefine their processes and be more global. Initially companies believe regional planning systems easily adapt to become global, but they quickly learn otherwise and hit roadblocks. Success in Supply Chain Planning Is a Flip of a Coin. 4) Plan By Design.

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Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Planning at SKF

ToolsGroup

Jörg Schlager describing SKF's Integrated Planning (Source: Optilon). At last week’s TG18 ToolsGroup user event , global bearing manufacturer SKF laid out an impressive review of their transformation to “ Integrated Planning ”. The company is moving from location-based planning to a global planning model, including a complete revamp of its supply chain planning operations to processes organized by product and factory. Inventory planning was local.

Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

Supply Chain Shaman

High-tech manufacturers in the Silicon Valley of the United States are some of the best at supply chain planning. With changing product profiles, short life cycles, constraints with downstream suppliers, and changing markets, being good at supply chain planning matters. In this tough market excellence in supply chain planning is a critical element to be competitive. Getting good at planning requires executive leadership.

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.

Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

Supply Chain Shaman

High-tech manufacturers in the Silicon Valley of the United States are some of the best at supply chain planning. With changing product profiles, short life cycles, constraints with downstream suppliers, and changing markets, being good at supply chain planning matters. In this tough market being good at supply chain planning is a critical element to be competitive. Getting good at planning requires executive leadership.

Supply Chain Planning Fireworks

Logility

Most people don’t think about all the planning that needs to take place in the months leading up to the 4 th to make sure everything is available to make this US holiday a success. However, supply chain professionals from thousands of different companies supplying consumable and non-consumable products have to consider past demand trends and predict their products’ demand for the upcoming holiday. Planning for Holidays is a Complex Process.

Supply Chain Planning is Essential for Ending Up in the Right Place

Enterra Insights

” Both these sentiments underscore the importance of planning. This is no less true for supply chain operations than it is in any other of life’s activities. Historically, planning draws heavily on past patterns of behavior. ”[1] Bolstering his argument, he cites a conference presentation given by Francesca Gamboni, a Senior Vice President for supply chain at Groupe PSA. ” Cognitive technologies and supply chain planning.

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. .

Study Shows Two-Thirds of Companies Yet to Execute Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

September 26, 2019) A new study by ToolsGroup, a global leader in supply chain planning software, and Spinnaker, a supply chain services company, has found that only 7% of companies are reaping the benefits of digital transformation of supply chain planning. Drivers of supply chain planning digitization vary significantly by company, with 42% identifying increased operational efficiencies (e.g. PRESS RELEASE.

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Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

At Supply Chain Insights , as we combed through over 9000 quantitative responses on supply chain management from business leaders to understand what drives supply chain excellence in preparation for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , in the process, we proved Hau Lee’s theorem in the Famous Harvard Business Review Article, “Triple A Supply Chains.” First, great supply chains are agile.

6 Key Supply Chain Planning Strategies to Prepare for the New Normal

Supply Chain Nation

The data used to drive statistical safety stock calculations should also be scrubbed to ensure that the wild swings in forecast accuracy, vendor reliability, and lead time variability don’t lead to unsustainable inventory levels in an attempt to meet customer service goals.

How Do You Define a Mature Supply Chain Planning Organization? (Part 1)

Supply Chain Shaman

At that time, they planned on spreadsheets. Their goals were lofty, but their understanding of supply chain planning was hazy. In 2006, they made a decision to implement a supply chain planning solution. The cost was 60% more in than average; but even more unfortunate, they never got a good understanding of how to use the planning system. Table 1: Characteristics of a Mature Planning Organization. Tactical Supply. Inventory.

The Challenge of “Click and Collect” Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

Think of a vending machine-type setup in the airport that sells travel supplies like headphones and travel pillows. The idea of the locker is the latest addition to the growing menu of e-commerce delivery options,” says Kent Savage, CEO at Apex Supply Chain Technologies. “It Supply chain planning can address this added complexity.

Realizing the Value of Supply Chain Optimization for Tire Manufacturing

DELMIA Quintiq

The establishment of efficient global supply chains has become critical to competitiveness. Supply chain optimization is essential to achieve this and can help tire manufacturing companies deliver significant reductions in supply chain costs and improvements in service levels.

Supply Chain Priorities: Seven Things That Matter Most

ToolsGroup

A recent Gartner study, conducted annually, sheds some light on what matters most to top executives in supply chain technology. I attended the Supply Chain Technology User Wants and Needs Study delivered by Dwight Klappich at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference two weeks ago in London, where he laid out Gartner’s latest findings about the things that matter most in supply chain performance. Supply Chain Planning

Modeling Supply Chains with “Digital Twins”

ToolsGroup

The growing momentum around systems-based thinking in supply chain planning has given rise to a new concept called the “digital twin”. It allows you to accurately test the resilience of a complex, multi-echelon, global supply chain. At the recent Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix, analyst Marc Halpern clarified three key concepts about supply chain digital twins in his presentation “Busting the Myth of Digital Twins to Deliver Value.”

Supply Chain Planning for the Busy Holiday Season

AFFLINK

Many businesses make the majority of their sales during the holiday season, which is a perfect time to get ahead of managing their supply chains. A sharp spike in any supply chain can lead to disruption, and if a business hasn't planned ahead, they could suffer a potential loss in sales, as the economy as a whole will be churning much faster. The Major Challenges to Holiday Supply Chain Management. Running Out of Inventory.

AI Solutions and Digital Supply Chains

Solvoyo

Imagine you can control your production lines with a mouse click or a touchscreen swipe to optimize your supply chain in real-time – along with the ability to enjoy a seamless, customized experience. . bias in every aspect of the supply chain .

Why Our Goal Should Not Be an Integrated Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

This week I spoke at an SAS Global Analytics Summit on the connected supply chain. In my view, the connected supply chain is very, very different from the integrated supply chain. This was in the heyday of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) technologies. This model endorsed ERP as the system of record for the supply chain. The espoused vision tightly coupled planning systems to ERP. What Is a Connected Supply Chain?

Risk v Rewards - Making the Right Decisions in Global Supply Chain Planning

Logility

The last twenty years have seen amazing expansions in global supply chains. On the supply side, companies began looking for lower-cost sources from different geographies. Whether it was the US going to Asia or the EU going to Africa or the Eastern European countries to procure lower cost components, this concerted effort created a coordination challenge across a vastly extended supply network. How could the supply chain become demand-driven?

Risk v Rewards - Making the Right Decisions in Global Supply Chain Planning

Logility

The last twenty years have seen amazing expansions in global supply chains. On the supply side, companies began looking for lower-cost sources from different geographies. Whether it was the US going to Asia or the EU going to Africa or the Eastern European countries to procure lower cost components, this concerted effort created a coordination challenge across a vastly extended supply network. How could the supply chain become demand-driven?

Recognizing Culture at the 2020 Atlanta Supply Chain Awards

Demand Solutions

But what if I told you that establishing supply chain planning and procurement processes also helps your company's culture, would you believe me? This past March, Tim Carroll, Product Availability Team Captain at AutomationDirect, was presented the 2020 World-Class Culture Award at the Atlanta Supply Chain Awards (ASCA). Tim was recognized for his exceptional leadership of the supply chain planning and procurement processes teams.

Is it time to say goodbye to RFIs?

AIMMS

Supply chain software is changing. As someone who has worked in supply chain for over 20 years, I’m very familiar with Requests For Information (RFIs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs). RFIs tend to work well for certain industries (like government) or for purchasing equipment and industrial assets, bu t t hey often fall short in helping supply chain teams select a new software vendor. Define inventory policies .

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. And last year Costa Express won the “Technology” category award at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards , also a top honor.

Big data and supply chain optimization: Illusion vs. reality

DELMIA Quintiq

In the last three to five years, something has changed in conversations about supply chains and logistics. Assuming that big data was superior to “just any data” came from evidence in the B2C market, but this did not stop bold predictions about how it could also transform supply chain operation. And so, the floodgates were thrown wide open and every supply chain software company started pitching itself as a “big data” supply chain software company.

Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

Supply Chain Shaman

Next week is the annual Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , and summit preparation is on my agenda for the weekend. In the preparation phase for the summit, I schedule planning calls with the speakers. This morning, unexpectedly, I found myself in the middle of a debate between my two panelists on the Planning Benchmarking Panel for the Summit. We feel so strongly about this that we do not have an inventory planning role.” Inventory is both.

Should I Consider Outsourcing Supply Chain Processes?

ToolsGroup

If your New Year’s resolution is to lose some weight, consider outsourcing supply chain processes. Now companies have started outsourcing supply chain business processes like planning, direct procurement, order management, inventory optimisation and reverse logistics. Dealing with supply chain planning issues can be deadly. This leads to immense pressure on your supply chain. Supply Chain Planning

Supply chain risks: The knowable unknowns that can hurt your supply chain!

Kinaxis

This has led to increased costs, not to mention all the inventory stuck in-transit. However, did you know there are enough lead time problems lurking in your current supply chain operations that go completely unnoticed? These are the “knowable unknowns” that can hurt your supply chain performance. Over the years, I have partnered with a number of customers across a variety of industries as part of their supply chain planning transformation journey.

Integrated Planning: Is It Rubbish? Be Careful What You Ask For….

Supply Chain Shaman

It was a long week talking to clients about integrated planning. Most of the Integrated Supply Chain Planning Projects Generate Rubbish. At each location, the team wrung their hands as they told me their stories of “ Integrated Supply Chain Planning.” Good planning requires a clear focus on inputs, data model fit to the business requirements, and outcomes. What is integrated planning? A common plan not one number.

What Value Are You Getting From Planning?

Supply Chain Shaman

In the 1990s supply chain planning was over-hyped. The growth of the supply chain planning technology market disappointed investors resulting in consolidation and the decline of best-of-breed solutions. In parallel, Enterprise Resource Planning(ERP) providers introduced a new hype cycle. Termed ERP II by Gartner, the concept of integrated planning with tightly coupled ERP to Advanced Planning Systems (APS) could drive higher value.

6 WAYS TO MITIGATE COVID-19’S IMPACT ON YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN

Bristlecone

During the financial crisis, supply chains that drive the modern economy were strong, but industries lacked demand. Supply chains have been hit hard, though demand remains strong in certain markets. Over the years, globalization has led to increased supply chain interdependency, and in many ways, this has benefitted businesses and local economies. Here are six key strategies aimed at mitigating COVID-19’s impact on supply chains.

How to Get a Job in the Supply Chain Sector

Logistics Bureau

So, you are thinking about a career in supply chain? While this article is intended as an evergreen resource, to help you navigate in your search for a supply chain job, and is not a COVID-19-specific guide, the pandemic has galvanized attention on the industry and its criticality.

What Makes a Mature Planning Organization? (Part 2)

Supply Chain Shaman

Yesterday, I finished a post on supply chain planning maturity. A client had asked me, “How do I know if we have a mature supply chain planning organization?” ” As we talked, and I drew the table, the first question was followed by, “How do I help my executive team understand the importance of planning and their role in the process?” ” Planning leadership is a problem for most organizations.

Collaboration and Visibility in the Supply Chain

Oracle SCM

One of the Supply Chain Management trends apparent at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in May was highlighted by several vendor/customer presentations focused on the value of Collaboration and Visibility projects. In a previous role, I was involved very early in what we deemed a ‘Supply Chain Performance Management’ software startup. safety stock or other planned parameters). Tom McDonough , Sr. Director Product Marketing.