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How Can Manufacturers Manage Disruption and Improve Productivity?


How can manufacturers manage disruption and improve productivity? By using advanced analytics for manufacturing, to understand the valuable information concealed within the data they already have! Advanced analytics for manufacturing is a good place to start.

Outsourcing Sourcing! 5 Lessons from Around the Globe!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Doing business with suppliers located overseas or in another country can be an overwhelming and daunting task even for expert Sourcing professionals. He knew what his cost point had to be on the product which meant that he had to have the product manufactured overseas. But beyond that he had no idea on where to start to source his product. Large companies can afford to have Strategic Sourcing Procurement staff around the world. The post Outsourcing Sourcing!


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Making Better Manufacturing Decisions With the Help of Machine Learning

Oracle SCM

Manufacturing today is more complex than ever before. context, data is coming in from more and more sources. " 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. Is there a correlation between product failures in the field or customer returns & the manufacturing process used?

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

The Network Effect

Key elements that must be brought together as part of this holistic approach are overall network assets, demand and supply information, market demographics, financial data, trading contracts, material sourcing, commodity pricing, and any relevant standards bodies, statutory, or regulatory requirements. As today’s practitioners know, supply networks appear to be straightforward on the surface, using normalizations such as SCOR’s Plan, Source, Make, Deliver and Return.

Global Sourcing and Human Rights Go Hand in Hand


Low-cost country (LCC) sourcing is now a commonplace strategy for shrinking bottom line labor and material costs in most consumer products industries, including apparel, footwear, toys, and other manufactured products. The on-going tariffs levied by the Trump administration in 2018 against China has also made this option significantly more expensive for sourcing.

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.

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. As a sourcing manager, you may need to go outside your comfort zone to think about new, innovative ways to collaborate for achieving sustainability because Collaboration comes in more than one flavor!

Making Supply Chains Fit for Function

Enterra Insights

The basics of supply chain management (SCM). ”[2] The staff at Advanced Transportation Systems (ATS) adds, “Supply chain management deals with the procedures encompassing sourcing components a company requires to develop its products or service to deliver the end product to customers. If you want to develop a robust SCM strategy, you have to look at the entire ecosystem. Cecere asserts that collaboration is a key to SCM success. Sourcing.

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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. Low cost sourcing is a predominant reason for this geographically dispersed network.

Supply Chain Manager – A “Green” Superhero


Source: Nielsen Product Insider, 10/20/2018. Is it enough to be eco-friendly in some processes, like transportation or manufacturing, to qualify your company as being Green?

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

Supply Chain Game Changer

In some cases, purely transactional suppliers in regional or out-sourced models may be placed below the level of “approved” in this model. The sourcing or procurement function will own the relationship and manage the overall process. 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.

SCRC Student Project Lineup Off to a Great Start…

Supply Chain View from the Field

Students will learn core processes around initial exploration and assessment of supply chain relationships, establishing metrics/expectations for the relationship, crafting and managing contracts, and sustaining continuous performance improvement in sourcing, logistics and operations. First, executives say they want students who have supply chain knowledge, business acumen, and can “speak the language” of SCM. Establishing process models for global aviation manufacturing.

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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. Machines are good at automating rote tasks (which is about 80% of all tasks), but humans are needed to source and manage exceptions, and there will always be exceptions.

The Case for Less Silos, More Intelligence in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

Source: “The Case for Less Silos, More Intelligence in Supply Chain Management,” webcast presentation by Adrian Gonzalez, Adelante SCM. Logistics, Manufacturing, Procurement, Sales and Marketing — these functional groups, for the most part, continue to operate independently from each other, each driven by their own objectives and metrics. Break down your supply chain functional silos. This advice is not new.

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A “Swiss Army Knife” of Supply Chain Talent Requirements: Views from a Former Wolfpack Student


This was a new era for Marsh, as it involved moving towards a much more centralized approach to SCM. The are a regional make to order kitchen cabinet manufacturer, and have two primary sales channels of modular kitchen and bathroom cabinets. In supply chain, you can focus in procurement, sourcing, inventory control, logistics, and other off-shoots that occur on a daily basis. We have a secondary source but can’t turn in less than 5 days –and we will run out before then!

7 Best Supply Chain Books of All Time

Supply Chain Opz

Therefore, the challenge to establish the ranking method is to find a more economical data source and the unbiased metrics. Based on this information, the ranking of 7 best scm books of all time can be identified as below, - We perform the search queries in Google Scholar. Only SCM books visible in Google Scholar are qualified. - But we believe this is pretty normal because everyone can cite marketing books, but not everyone will cite SCM books.

Who Needs Quality Management?

Oracle SCM

With such an approach, companies are working in a sub-optimal manner, and then start to face these types of challenges: - Quality metrics are either not available or are incomplete. - Inability to view real-time metrics. In Manufacturing, the focus is on preventive actions, non-conformance reports, part inspections and as well documents control. Maintenance Manufacturing Oracle Supply Chain Management Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Plannin

The Great Gap Year of 2020


Someone still has to produce cars; develop real estate and build homes; manufacture carpets, faucets and tile; process food items; produce movies; etc. Last Node of the Supply Network: Gain visibility into the last level of the supply node in the case of single or multi-sourcing.

Getting that “Swing” in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

Author’s Note: Below is an excerpt from Moving Up the Supply Chain Maturity Curve: The Process Industry Executive Agenda for 2016 and Beyond , a white paper recently published by Elemica with research conducted by Adelante SCM. What you find instead are functional groups — such as Manufacturing, Distribution, Sales and Marketing, and Procurement — operating in silos, like a boat full of rowers each doing their own thing. Which metrics are the right ones?

10 Greatest Supply Chain Management Books of All Time

Supply Chain Opz

Therefore, the challenge to establish ranking method is to find more economical data source and unbiased metric. Hugos Integral Logistics Management: Operations and Supply Chain Management Within and Across Companies , by Paul Schönsleben Logistics and Supply Chain Management , by Martin Christopher Logistics Management and Strategy: Competing through the Supply Chain , by Alan Harrison and Remko Van Hoek Manufacturing Planning and Control for Supply Chain Management , by F.

Is it time to take your supply chain glocal?


Pekar, the VP of Roland DG’s Global SCM Division, gave some interesting insights on the changing role of IT in supply chain. As defined by the source of all knowledge, Wikipedia, “glocalization is the adaptation of globally marketed products and services to local markets.” Decentralized authority, which can accompany regionalization, results in each location working toward its own goals and objectives, instead of focusing on company-wide metrics and KPIs.

VTech: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the period of 2009-2015, only 88% of companies made improvement on the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. To meet the criteria for The Supply Chains to Admire for 2016, companies needed to score better than their peer group average for performance metrics, while driving a higher level of improvement than 2/3 of their industry peer group. Today the Company’s core businesses are cordless phones, contract manufacturing services and children learning products.

Is Apple Supply Chain Really the No. 1? A Case Study

Supply Chain Opz

Apple Inc purchases raw materials from various sources then get them shipped to an assembling plant in China. Some re-sellers may also distribute products from the competing manufacturers. Some components are currently obtained from the single or limited sources. So this section will explain some characteristics of Apple Supply Chain through various metrics and compare them with Amazon Supply Chain. SCM-Operations is now SupplyChainOpz. NAVIGATE. Basics.

The Time Has Come for Digital Enterprise Planning

Supply Chain Network

Whether it was Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP), Just In Time (JIT), Just In Time II (JITII), Quick Response (QR), Efficient Consumer Response (ECR), Distribution Resource Planning (DRP) or more recently the very popular Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) I’ve pretty much seen them all. Specifically, the other flows in the firm I’m speaking of are people, leads or potential sales, actual sales, cash flow, new products/revenue sources, even ideas and innovation.

Supply Chain Disruptions: A Survival Guide - SupplyChainOpz

Supply Chain Opz

However, the logic Cisco uses to manage the disruption is very robust and details are summarized into the infographic below, Note: metrics data is for illustrative purpose. Cross-functional team, part standardization, back-up suppliers, dual-sourcing, supplier collaboration are the basic foundation that is tried and true. Metrics look very simple and its kind of nice to have something like these. In general, you may not be able to get all level of metrics. NAVIGATE.

My Take: E2open Buys Terra Technology

Supply Chain Shaman

Used as a one-to-many data model for sourcing and procurement by companies like IBM, Cisco Systems, Dell, Motorola, Seagate, and Vodafone , there is much promise; but in the last five years the Company, plagued by execution issues, encountered problems. In July 2013 E2open announced it acquired supply chain vendor icon-scm , and in June 2014 E2open announced its acquisition of SERUS Corporation, a “cloud-based manufacturing and product management provider.”

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SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

Source: SanDisk Corporation designs, develops and manufactures flash memory storage devices and software. The company is the third-largest manufacturer of flash memory in the world. Lora wrote the books Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and Bricks Matter , and is currently working on her third book, Leadership Matters. Platitude: a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound.

Will the Downturn Signal an Upturn?

Supply Chain Shaman

While traditional forecasting approaches use statistics to model history assuming that historic shipments and order patterns represent future market patterns, in the times of market volatility, especially for manufacturers two-five levels back in the supply chain, traditionally forecasting is not adequate. While the macroeconomic signals trigger market downturns, to meet Wall Street expectations, manufacturers usually push products into the market. Volatility. Demand redefined.

Infor’s Acquistion of GT Nexus: If I Had a Magic Wand

Supply Chain Shaman

The goal is deeper analytics to sense and respond across make, source and deliver. There is seldom one technology used within a manufacturing company to connect B2b value networks.) With the larger ocean carriers and the port congestion, GT Nexus becomes more and more important to retail and manufacturing companies. Companies need a real-time data source on performance.

Trying to Throw A Light On Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

Ironically, while great gaps exist between supply chain alignment and marketing in the world of manufacturing, in most schools, supply chain management is a field within the business school often reporting to a marketing head. I need a source of supply chain insights that is current.” Lora wrote the books Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and Bricks Matter , and is currently working on her third book, Leadership Matters. Yesterday morning, I was sick.

Offering Prayers While Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun

Supply Chain Shaman

In 2008, the company manufactured 2.5% PCA’s customers were larger food manufacturers. The manufacturers sourced the peanut butter primarily on cost. Like the barrel of the gun that I see across the street protecting Pope Francis in City Center Philadelphia, I think it is time for all manufacturing companies to rethink safe and secure. The city of Philadelphia is eerily quiet this morning. On the door of my favorite coffee shop is a closed sign.

Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2019

Talking Logistics

Source: Google. This was not a trivial transition because the software industry, until relatively recently, was long fixated on measuring its health and success by new license revenue (sales of products) instead of customer-centric metrics, such as realization of ROI and payback objectives. Descartes Systems Group Revenue 2006-2018 (Source: macrotrends). I’ve been an industry analyst for over 20 years, which is hard to believe sometimes.

How do we Drive Invention to Innovation in Planning?

Supply Chain Shaman

He discussed the adoption of the steam engine and the electric motor in the manufacturing sector. Today, we take these technologies for granted, but the electric motor was the genesis of the horizontal manufacturing plant. Today, 32% of companies have source, make and deliver reporting to the same organization, and the gaps in alignment between operations and commercial teams are large. In a SAP shop, I would stabilize the investments in SAP APO or SAP SCM 7.

7 Principles of Supply Chain Management Explained

Supply Chain Opz

At that time, SCM was a pretty new term so this article did the excellent job to explain the important supply chain management principles in one shot. For example, if you were a contract manufacturer in China, you might already have different logistics networks for different customers. Each customer in US or EU might already control the source of raw materials, ask you to provide dedicated production lines, nominate 3pl companies and air/sea carriers. NAVIGATE. Basics.