Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

” Here is an excerpt from the article: “…it isn’t by becoming more efficient that the supply chains of Wal-Mart, Dell, and Amazon have given those companies an edge over their competitors. First, great supply chains are agile. Supply Chain Planning.

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire for 2019

Supply Chain Shaman

I feel that topic of supply chain management is analogous to the downward cycle of the news channels. What Drives Supply Chain Excellence? I analyze supply chain management. The broader the definition of end-to-end strategy and the alignment of supply chain processes drives value. Over the last month, I have been working on the 2019 Supply Chains to Admire analysis. The source data for the analysis comes from Ycharts.).

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3 Core Metrics & 10 Soft Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance

Cerasis

The average Supply Chain management professional measures their Supply Chain by reviewing cost reduction. Is cost reduction all that there is in measuring Supply Chain performance? Sure, supply chain cost reduction is important in reducing the cost of goods sold (COGS) and increasing profit, but there are other measurements which should not be forgotten. 3 Key Metrics for Measuring Supply Chain Performance Beyond Cost Reduction.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

Manufacturing is the foundation of my interest in supply chain management. Supply Chain and Design. This was the beginning of my journey from manufacturing to understanding larger supply chain concepts. Much to my chagrin, when I entered into the world of supply chain, the processes of source, make and deliver were usually not designed. Figure 1: Definition of the Supply Chain Organization.

Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

Supply Chain Shaman

In my work with Supply Chain Insights , I immerse myself in learning. I continually question my long-held beliefs on supply chain excellence. . When readers finish a Supply Chain Shaman blog, I want to drive a set of unique takeaways. Today, I am going to share five insights that I have gleaned from our work on Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking. In most ‘benchmarking activities’, self-reported data is the most common source.

Public Markets Reward Supply Chain Alignment

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, I am proud to launch the Supply Chain Index. It is my hope that the readers of this blog will take time to either join us today to listen to the launch of the Supply Chain Index on our webinar or listen to the replay. (We The Supply Chain Index has been two years in the making. As I sat at my kitchen table, I reviewed spreadsheet after spreadsheet of corporate performance data on supply chain financial ratios.

6 metrics tips and tools to benchmark P2P Digital Transformation

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Here’s a look at some of the Procure- to-Pay metrics procurement leaders should watch in order to better understand their digital progress. This metric closely aligns with digital transformation progress. This metric also impacts others like speed, visibility, and cost savings. . #2 Digital sourcing tools can help make this a more manageable metric. #3 Success in this metric also contributes to long-term vendor relationship management. #4

History Repeats Itself Without Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

This is a story for the Eds, Franks, and Toms working together in supply chains across the globe. It is also a story for a young supply chain manager attempting to make a difference, but feeling stymied. Efficient supply chains may not be the most effective.

Supply Chain: The True Game of Risk

Supply Chain Shaman

For the supply chain leader it is not a game… The stake is business continuity. Gamers do well in the world of supply chain. Designing value networks and managing what-if conditions is fundamental to managing supply chain risks. The move from global to regional supply chains increased risks. Geopolitical shifts, economic uncertainty and demand/supply volatility are rising. In my life time, supply chains changed.

Metrics that Matter: Inventory Effectiveness

QAD

Managing inventory effectively is a delicate balancing act, affected by lead times, supply chain efficiency , demand variability, product complexity, product life cycles, warehouse space and practices, among other variables. It is critical to monitor inventory effectiveness using five key metrics: Expedited orders, inventory turns, obsolete inventory, safety stock and stockouts. Using Metrics to Measure the Health of the Business.

Supply Chain Diagnostic: A Four-Step Process

Supply Chain Shaman

Time For A Supply Chain Check-Up? When a company contacts me to help them with their supply chain, the pain is usually a gap in customer service. They tend to have many pretty PowerPoint slide decks–full of acronyms, pretty pictures and E2E commitments–but they lack a common definition of supply chain excellence. To complete a supply chain diagnostic, I take these four steps: Step One. Supply chains are not the same.

Embracing the Digital Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

As I drank a cup of coffee and waited, I reflected on the article I had just completed for the Institute of Supply Management. At their request I wrote on the digital supply chain. Digital supply chain is such a buzzword. The digital supply chain is about SO much more than gadgets.” Yet, within the supply chain, everyone waits for data and insights. Supply chains do not move in the cadence of the market.

Supply Chains to Admire: 2016 Results

Supply Chain Shaman

This morning, we announced the Supply Chains to Admire Winners and Finalists for 2016. Selfishly, we need standard for our research, but we also want to help supply chain leaders gain new insights from a deep data-driven analysis. There is no agreed standard for supply chain excellence. The Supply Chains to Admire analysis is now in its third year. The source data for the analysis is public reporting of balance sheets and income statements.

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

The traditional supply chain leader focused only on cost reduction. Financial reengineering focuses on the optimization of short-term results that are usually based on a functional analysis of source, make, or deliver. Few consultants understand the interrelationships between source, make and deliver. Snow fell last night as I worked on my last Supply Chain Metrics That Matter report. Cash-to-cash is a compound metric.

Understanding Supply Chain Management

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The importance of supply chain management What to watch while consumers are panic buying How to implement supply chain management Supply chain management and Walmart. Supply Chain Management (SCM) is a systematic and controlled procurement operation. Procurement usually comprises a diverse range of suppliers chosen according to a conceived ability to supply merchandise at the right price. Why Supply Chain Management is Important.

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Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

To drive global scale, companies need to design the supply chain to buy globally and execute locally. The design of the supply chain is fundamental to making this happen. In our interview of the Supply Chains to Admire Winners, we found a unique approach at Carter’s. The company leverages globally sourcing strategies to buy products at a lower cost and then deploys some unique process logic to drive mass customization for retailers.

Digital transformation in the life sciences supply chain – show me the data

Kinaxis

by Bill DuBois The life sciences supply chain starts with a miracle. Everything we talk about in supply chain starts with discovering that product you can market and sell. Although getting a new drug to market has its unique challenges compared to the source, make and deliver part of the life sciences supply chain equation, there is one thing those of us in supply chain have in common with our R&D counterparts, we all need clean data.

Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel is transforming retail transportation’s supply chain and logistics processes. Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. Also, is multi-functional engagement important and, how does omni-channel impact transportation sourcing?

5 Steps to Supply Chain Orchestration Success

OneSCM

Supply chain orchestration functions much the same way, with business systems from all trading partners and all transactions connected and working efficiently to create a seamless business. A successful supply chain orchestration system can power an entire digital supply chain ecosystem and ensure every part of a business is operating at peak performance levels, no matter how messy an organization’s data might be. Automation Supply Chain Efficienc

Supply Chain Metrics: Make Sure They Are Aligned with Your Strategy!

Supply Chain View from the Field

Many people are talking about Key Performance Indicators, Metrics, Analytics, and other indicators of performance. The importance of selecting the right metrics or “measures” as I prefer to call them, is critical as we all know that metrics drive behaviors. Rather then selecting a plethora of meaningless metrics, it is always better to focus on a critical few, and select them wisely. Step 2 – Develop Metrics and Data Sources.

A perfect supply chain?

Kinaxis

by Matt Benson If your 3PL supply chain problem was to deliver 400,000 items daily from supplier to customer and your on-time in full metric was a six-sigma target standard of 1 failure per million, how would you do it? Well, the answer in reality is that we really do need both – not all of our problems are only 3PL issues with supply chains having such stable demand signals – same item, same quantity, to the same customer, pretty much every day.

Improving Supply Chain Collaboration: Connecting Data

Kinaxis

by Teresa Chiykowski Welcome to the first blog post in our three-part series discussing three ways to improve supply chain collaboration. coined the term “supply chain management” in early 1982. It’s no surprise that today’s supply chains are more complex than those of three decades ago. Lack of visibility and collaboration in supply chain management is dramatically impacting the time it takes to make critical decisions.

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BASF: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the last two decades the company successfully leveraged global scale to define supply chain leadership. With 12,000 supply chain employees operating in 80 countries with 2400 storage facilities, supply chain excellence and innovation are the foundation of corporate performance. For this case study we interviewed Ralf Busche, Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Strategy and Performance. Supply Chains to Admire Finalists.

5 Quality Metrics Predicting The Future Of Manufacturing

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Bottom Line: Manufacturers are reaching a new level of results in 2018 because they have clearer, more actionable insights based on real-time manufacturing and quality metrics than ever before. Quality Metrics Enable Customer-Driven Manufacturing Networks.

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

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series on Supplier Quality Management processes and how to evaluate your suppliers from Chuck Intrieri of The Lean Supply Chain. When you choose a company to transport your freight or to supply you with the materials you need to manufacture a product, you are putting your hard work and reputation in their hands. 5 Key Metrics to Use for Scoring Supplier Quality Management (From LNS Research ).

Coronavirus: Implications for supply chains and the people who power them

Kinaxis

by Jay Muelhoefer Today’s global supply chain leaders know to expect the unexpected. Processes in your planning software instantly alert planners to parts of the supply chain that will receive late shipments and what percentage of those shipments will be delayed.

VTech: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Financial balance sheet improvements cannot be driven by traditional supply chain processes. In the words of a supply chain leader yesterday, “Lora, please give me stories of success. I will write the case studies here, and share the dialogue with the supply chain leaders in our podcast series, Straight Talk with Supply Chain Insights. When I first met Nick, he was driving a supply chain transformation at VTech Communications.

Measuring Up?

Supply Chain Shaman

The average manufacturing company’s supply chain organization is 15 years old. Historically, the traditional supply chain focused on improving costs. Today, more mature supply chain teams focus on delivering value. While companies want to improve supply chain performance and drive value, it is easier said than done. It usually takes at least three years for a supply chain to make an impact on financial balance sheet results.

How Many Slaves Are in Your Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

The collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh last week , which killed at least 705 workers and injured thousands of others, has put a spotlight on a problem that plagues many supply chains: the use of slave labor. In response, federal and state governments are taking action to drive down the use of slave labor in supply chains. California, for example, passed the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 , which went into effect in January 2012.

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. But beyond that he had no idea on where to start to source his product. The post Outsourcing Sourcing! Subscribe Here!

The changing role of IT organizations in supply chain management

Kinaxis

As I was reading the book, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own experience of working with IT organizations over the last two decades I have been in the supply chain business. I will lean on the Supply Chain Planning space as an example and relate to the broader shifts in the role of IT in supply chain management. As the market valuation of these supply chain planning pioneers skyrocketed, the inevitable happened.

Building the Business Case for Supply Chain Risk Management

Cerasis

Naturally, to take advantage of this opportunity, you will need a well-functioning supply chain, which you happen to have. Do you think that your supply chain management is good enough for this market? That’s when it all gets extremely complicated, but one thing remains crystal clear: supply chain risk management is profoundly important for businesses to grow and expand. Without a doubt, managing supply chain is nothing but easy.

Elephant in the Room: Thoughts on Metrics That Matter in Semiconductor and Hard Disk Drives

Kinaxis

Supply Chain Insights recently published a Metrics That Matter report covering both the Semiconductor and Hard Disk Drive (HDD) industries. Notice in the Supply Chain Insights report, there are only two HDD companies. Semiconductor is poised to consolidate, which will have huge impact on the metrics. This could create a shortage in the US/Europe OEM chain. – as information moves down the supply chain to the manufacturer.

Metrics that Matter: Customer Service

QAD

Inventory accuracy and minimizing stockouts are very important to customer satisfaction, but a few other metrics also impact the ability to meet customer expectations. Companies can use these metrics to help ensure they are doing everything possible to satisfy their customers at a manageable and sustainable cost. If forecasts and inventory balances are accurate, look to production processes or supply chain effectiveness for potential answers. Choosing Metrics.