Seasoned Leadership in Action! An Interview with Paul Kretz, Head of SCM at Church & Dwight!

Supply Chain Game Changer

I started my career in Automotive parts manufacturing as a shift supervisor and can remember when my boss asked me to come off shift and become a master production scheduler. Then I went into Contract manufacturing and gained some great exposure to lean, became black belt certified and saw what best in class Supply Chain operations really looked like. The site had been trying to fix it and were using the manufacturing engineering team to drive the improvements.

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Part 2: An S&OP Q&A with SCM World’s Kevin O’Marah


In Part 1: An S&OP Q&A with SCM World’s Kevin O’Marah we discussed the drivers impacting S&OP, the value of the process and the changing rhythm of S&OP meetings. Interestingly, forecast accuracy is actually not one of the top benefits of S&OP, it is critical to the process but just doesn’t move as much as the other metrics. Total cost of supply chain is another metric that does not move as quickly as many would think.

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IoT Will Drive Revolutionary Change in Manufacturing Companies

Oracle SCM

This week, Andrew Hughes of LNS Research authored an interesting blog that included the chart below, which was produced as part of a "Metrics that Matter" survey. The interesting thing about this (as noted in Andrew's blog ), is the fact that there is positive interest in implementing plant analytics as well as operations and manufacturing intelligence capabilities. " Has your organization started on the path to revolutionizing manufacturing with IoT?

Making Better Manufacturing Decisions With the Help of Machine Learning

Oracle SCM

Manufacturing today is more complex than ever before. " Now when we look at the amount of data that is created in the context of Manufacturing, the Industrial Internet of Things, and Global Supply Chains, we can be sure that it is not much different. It is coming from shop floor systems such as Equipment, Machines, Sensors, Test Stations, Data Historian as well as from business applications such as ERP, SCM, HCM, CRM, MES, Quality etc.

Understanding Supply Chain Management


Supply Chain Management (SCM) is a systematic and controlled procurement operation. SCM performance directly impacts an organization’s general performance. Also, as offshoring makes modern supply chains more complicated, multi-channel distribution and global marketplace emphasize on the importance of SCM. Most manufacturers depend on just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing policies. Five Key Metrics for Monitoring the Impact of Panic Buying on your Supply Chain.

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50 Most Read Articles of All Time in Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation, & Freight


Since today is the last day of the year before we all get ramped up towards a productive 2016 and after finishing out top 10 most read articles in each of our five main categories ( Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , Transportation , & Freight ) we wanted to give you all a treat and list the top 50 most read articles of all time from the Cerasis blog. What is Kanban and How Can it Aid in Lean Manufacturing? Top 4 Manufacturing Issues in America – Part 1 of 2.

Supply Chain’s New World Order: How Companies can go from From Good To Great

The Network Effect

Yet despite these advances it is still difficult to normalize and compare performance metrics given the geo-demographic, product, financial, political, and socio-economic differences they face in each increasingly competitive national, multi-national or global market. Different strategies should be used for various geographies, channels, product types, manufacturing methods, product life cycle, tax scenarios, logistics options, customs implications etc.

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. I then recommend that the business augment the SAP SCM functionality using best-of-breed, industry-specific optimization. Why I Believe SAP SCM Is a Risk to Your Business. So, it is in their best interest to support the implementation of SAP SCM software.). The SAP solution is better than the Oracle SCM solution for planning.

Why a network model makes sense for today’s automotive suppliers

The Network Effect

Supply chain organizations within the automotive supplier industry contribute to manufacturing excellence in many ways, including quality, cost, and delivery to their OEM and subsystem customer base. Focused on outcomes, a competitive supply chain capability not only assures the on-time delivery of component material, but also the execution of inbound supply to ensure the shipment of quality finished goods at a competitive price while delivering on-target margins for the manufacturers.

Supply Chain KPIs You’ll Want Every Morning


Never completed ERP/SCM implementation. Failed SCM implementation causes shipping errors. Every company today runs on data – the key to using your data is choosing the right metrics for visibility into your supply chain. Metrics.

5th Annual Life Sciences Supply Chain Summit EU

Supply Chain Movement

Every year, senior supply chain executives from pharmaceuticals manufacturers, medical devices manufacturers and hospital groups attend for elite-level, interactive peer discussions. The Life Sciences SCM Summit Breaks the Conference Mould. The Life Sciences SCM Summit breaks away from the traditional conference mould of a presentation-heavy session. Through interactive peer discussions, get up-to-date knowledge on: Theme One: End-to-end Supply Chain Metrics.

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Is Your Supply Chain A Cost Centre or a Value Creator?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Whatever your Industry you should be able to make comparisons to competitors, do benchmarking, and even compare yourself on key metrics across industries. Lean for instance is equally applicable in Supply Chain as it is in Manufacturing or anywhere else. The Supply Chain in the Financial sector is different from Manufacturing and Distribution for instance. Check out What is Change Management’s Role in the Digital Transformation of SCM? Subscribe Here!

Customer Experience Driving Innovation for High-Performing Companies

Talking Logistics

The research, produced by Adelante SCM and presented by BluJay Solutions (a Talking Logistics sponsor), was conducted to explore the links between supply chain management innovation, customer experience, technology adoption, and company performance. To gain insights on that question and more, Adelante SCM and BluJay Solutions conducted a web survey of supply chain and logistics professionals in March 2018. Is customer experience a supply chain metric at your company?

Six Ways Warehouse Inventory Management Software Optimizes Efficiency


Warehouse Inventory Management Software is seeing increased adoption as manufacturers expand globally through mergers, acquisitions, and regionally-focused manufacturing strategies. Improving inventory management accuracy and visibility requires a focused approach to capturing the most valuable metrics of performance and then tracking their performance over time. Of these metrics, Perfect Order performance is one of the most indicative of overall SCM accuracy and efficiency.

The Digital Elevation of Planning and the Planning Executive

Supply Chain Network

For those of you who prefer video to the written word, below is a recent video interview where I wax poetic about the ‘Digital Elevation of Planning and the Planning Executive’ as well as ‘The SCM Company.’ But are there not many more opportunities for the company to benefit from the application of SCM principles? It was several years ago I coined the term ‘The SCM Company’ to describe this phenomena and methodology.

7 Tips To Consider When Selecting an MES Solution


Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) enable supply chain networks and manufacturing to stay synchronized, scale and flex to fluctuations in demand. The best MES implementations bring greater accuracy, control, scale, and speed to shop floors and are one of the strongest growth catalysts any manufacturer can have. Compromising on an MES decision leads quickly to mediocre manufacturing performance, poor quality, and lost customers.

5 Seismic Shifts in Supply Chain Technology!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Decision support includes all forms of planning: demand, supply, revenue, manufacturing, and transportation. Emergence of digital manufacturing technologies. Technologies such as robotics, wearables, the Internet of Things, and additive (3-D) manufacturing are redefining manufacturing. These new technologies will change how manufacturers define spare-parts requirements, schedule maintenance, and conduct production planning. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Supply Chain Collaboration – The New Way to Drive Value!

Supply Chain Game Changer

On the supply side, however, there is less and less room for manufacturers to absorb additional costs as volatile input prices put the squeeze on margins and the marketing investment required to differentiate branded products from private-label competitors continues to rise. Similarly, there is little point in entering collaborations to boost sales if any increase in demand is likely to run into manufacturing-capacity constraints. Improved customer service metrics.

Three Lies and a Truth

Supply Chain Shaman

We are trying to understand how supply chain leaders have raised the bar at the intersection of these four sets of metrics on the supply chain effective frontier. I also believe that it is because the organization is not incented to manage cash-to-cash metrics. The strong functional silos focus on their own metrics which seldom include the cycle metrics of inventory turns, working capital or cash-to-cash.

Executive Advisor Michael Massetti on Supply Chain’s Image, Workforce Automation, and Supply Chain Challenges


Procurement might have hit their cost savings metrics, but if it meant purchasing more than needed, and that might hurt your warehouse inventories. Today, I don’t deal with the product as much as a service provider, but I have electronics companies, I have consumer goods companies, and I have manufacturing companies that I work with. Supply chain management argentus automation challenges Gartner SCM Supply chain

Global Process Excellence: A Journey From Disarray To Best In Class!

Supply Chain Game Changer

My first Management job was on the Manufacturing floor on 3rd shift. It was company policy … anyone’s first Management job was in Manufacturing. The principle was sound: to really understand how the business operated you needed to be at the very core of what it did, which in this case was Manufacturing. SupplyChain #Business #SCM #Change #Leadership #Lean #Process. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

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Lean in the Back Office … Why is it so difficult?

Supply Chain Game Changer

Implementing a Lean program on the Manufacturing floor, in a Warehouse operation, or in a Distribution Centre is challenging enough. Some employees will have a view that a Lean program is only applicable to areas such as Manufacturing because the tasks are repetitive, and transactional, and the processes are explicitly defined. Generally the processes on your manufacturing floor are likely measured in great detail. Lean #Business #Leadership #Change #SupplyChain #SCM.

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Supply Chain Personified! The Link Between Your Company Silos!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The responsibilities, metrics, skills, strategies and mandates for each function can cause people to put their functional focus ahead of the greater company objectives. Manufacturing/Operations. If your company has either in-house or outsourced Manufacturing operations those facilities are completely dependent on Supply Chain for ensuring that materials arrive on time at the specified quality levels. Procurement #SCM #SupplyChain #HumanResources #Business #Leadership.

Outsourcing Sourcing! 5 Lessons from Around the Globe!

Supply Chain Game Changer

He knew what his cost point had to be on the product which meant that he had to have the product manufactured overseas. They are better off considering dealing with partners and outsourcing agencies to provide the on-the-ground sourcing support necessary to have their products manufactured, distributed and shipped. Even though you are relying on someone else to provide the Sourcing service you are still responsible for the conditions under which your product is manufactured.

The Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategy

Supply Chain Game Changer

The nodes in the Supply Chain are those facilities that are involved in the end-to-end manufacture, processing, distribution, and consumption of goods. Supplier and Company Manufacturing facilities, Warehouses, Distribution Centres, Retail outlets, Return and Repair operations and Consolidation points are all Supply Chain nodes which use resources to perform their processing activities. The manufacturing and processing operations at your Suppliers also drive energy consumption.

9 Characteristics of a Barrier Busting Culture!

Supply Chain Game Changer

And being on the field, whether that means being on the Manufacturing floor, in an Office, in a Distribution Centre, or in a Store, will give you phenomenal credibility by showing that you are willing to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. This requires frequent review of metrics, issues and direction setting with all of your team members. Culture #Leadership #Business #HumanResources #SCM #SupplyChain. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

The Supply Chain Detective™! In Search of Broken Supply Chain Clues!

Supply Chain Game Changer

You know the people, the processes and the metrics. While they did a lot of analyses however they were primarily focused on internal cycle times and manufacturing efficiencies. Poor metric performance (eg. Too many metrics, no targets, and no focus. SCM #SupplyChain #leadership #logistics #procurement. Freight and Logistics Procurement Supply Chain Management The Supply Chain Detective™ Leadership Logistics SCM supplychainSubscribe Here! Email Address.

How To Differentiate With A Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) Program!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Typical metrics will include on-time delivery, cost savings/reductions, quality performance, innovation contributions, and more. Many organizations have multiple locations and manufacturing sites associated with their business. Structured meetings with engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and other groups that are spread out around the world are important to the overall communications hierarchy. SCM #SupplyChain #Business #Leadership #Procurement #Purchasing #Strategy.

Network Optimization – What are your Success Criteria?

Supply Chain Game Changer

In Manufacturing, Distribution, Logistics and Retail the effectiveness of your network will make the difference between success and failure. Benchmark metrics (eg. SupplyChain #Lean #SCM #Logistics #Distribution #Business. Business Process Optimization Freight and Logistics Supply Chain Management Business Distribution Lean Logistics SCM supplychainSubscribe Here! Email Address. Check out To DC Or Not To DC? That is the Warehousing Design Question!

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SCRC Meeting – Tom Linton’s “Supply Chain Eight” and Golden Winged Warblers : Questions Every New CSCO Should Ask Their CEO


My first Monday in, I asked for a full report of all our supply chain metrics, and my analyst told me he could get it to me by Friday. A post-global world is actually good for supply chains, as it drives proximity of resources closer to customers and suppliers, as organizations seek to manufacture locally. The major components include revenue, income statement, and balance sheet metrics, but others may follow that are important to the organization and its stakeholders.

Supply Chain Manager – A “Green” Superhero


Is it enough to be eco-friendly in some processes, like transportation or manufacturing, to qualify your company as being Green? The post Supply Chain Manager – A “Green” Superhero appeared first on Supply Chain Management Software (SCM Software) by Logility.

Amplify Your Supply Chain While Capitalizing on your IT Infrastructure


Ampacet Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of the pelletized pigments that add colors to plastics. The company spans the globe with 12 manufacturing sites on four continents. Like most manufacturing businesses, JD Edwards worked well for Ampacet’s larger factories, but was cost prohibitive for some international and smaller locations. Managing the supply chain of such a global enterprise is challenging. “We’d

How to Sell on Amazon! The Complete Guide!

Supply Chain Game Changer

You will need to fill in the manufacturer, product name and its FNSKU number. Only businesses with excellent seller metrics have a chance at scoring this valuable real estate. Amazon will choose which seller’s item goes in the buy box by weighing low prices and seller metrics to try to give customers the “best deal.”. If you have great performance metrics you can afford to price your product higher. You must have very strong metrics to apply. Subscribe Here!

How To Implement Predictive Analytics Into Your Company


That could be a B2B marketing firm using predictive lead scoring to generate better leads, or a manufacturing company?using Retailers use purchasing behaviors to understand which customers are likely to come back into the store or make an online purchase, while manufacturers can use modeling to understand when machines will need repairs. The post How To Implement Predictive Analytics Into Your Company appeared first on Supply Chain Management Software (SCM Software) by Logility.

The Supply Chain Detective™: The Case of the Unpaid Invoices!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Our manufacturing lines are going to stop. They themselves were confused over the number of aged invoices, the amounts, the metrics, the issues preventing payment, the critical parts being held hostage by suppliers in exchange for payment, the problems preventing payment, processes, and responsibilities. Next we turned our eye to Supplier invoices for which the lack of parts supply would shut down our Manufacturing lines entirely. Subscribe Here! Email Address.