The Worst Supply Chain in North America

Logistics Viewpoints

I’ve been doing some research on the unconventional oil supply chain. I’ve talked to over 20 oil executives and experts about the inbound supply chain that supports oil well production. Petroleum Industry Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup Names David Barton General Manager of North America


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.

Has Driverless Supply Chain Planning Already Arrived?


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.

How Supply Chain Planning Can Create Profit in a Declining Market


Trends and other market forces that impact commercial opportunities need to appear on the planning radar. 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]

A Hierarchy of Needs for Supply Chain Planning


While reading more about his theory, I realized that best performing supply chain systems also possess certain hierarchical needs. In this blog post I take a novel perspective on supply chain systems and their hierarchical needs to reach high service levels.

Winning strategies to defeat supply chain planning complexity


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. Flawed inventory data leads to plans that are of little practical use.

My Take: The Role of Anaplan in Defining the Art of the Possible in Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

Keeping with my normal Sunday night ritual, I poured myself a cup of tea to pen my weekly post for the Supply Chain Shaman. Here I want to use the analogy of the freeing a caged bird to help you think hard about the “Art of the Possible” in planning.

Friends with Fitbits: Fitness Tracking and Taking Supply Chain Planning to the Next Level

Talking Logistics

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.

Combating the Driver Shortage Problem with Transportation Optimization

Logistics Viewpoints

North America is facing a huge shortage of truck drivers, and the problem is expected to get worse. Guest Commentary Supply Chain Network Design Supply Chain Optimization Supply Chain Planning Transportation Transportation Management Systems

ToolsGroup to Showcase Service-Driven Supply Chain Planning at Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2019


BOSTON (May 8, 2019) – ToolsGroup, a global leader in supply chain planning software, today shared details of its participation in the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, taking place May 13-16 in Phoenix.

Lolli & Pops Implements RELEX’s Supply Chain Planning Solution to Sweeten Their Inventory Planning

RELEX Solutions

Since its founding in 2012, Lolli & Pops has expanded its retail presence and now operates over 58 stores across the US with plans to expand that number by the end of 2018. Lolli & Pops went in search of a solution and selected RELEX’s supply chain planning solution.

Lessons in product transition and supply constraints, via adidas


by Harish Iyer One of the scary supply chain campfire stories I like to tell is of the CEO who stands in front of Wall Street to explain a revenue miss due to lack of visibility into the inner workings of its supply chain.

Delhaize America Selects RELEX Solutions’ Supply Chain Planning to Help Sharpen Fresh Produce Retail

RELEX Solutions

Launched in North America in 2015 after becoming the fastest growing supply chain technology provider in Europe, RELEX will partner with Delhaize America to enhance its product freshness, forecasting and inventory management at its distribution centers. Read PDF.

RELEX Solutions acquires Galleria RTS as it builds a global end-to-end integrated retail and supply chain planning platform

RELEX Solutions

Acquisition extends RELEX’s supply chain capabilities into assortment & space planning with Galleria’s retail & vendor category optimization solutions. Together, the offering will provide customers with an unparalleled degree of power and agility in retail planning.

Innovations that drive business decisions forward


Main stage speakers, Dr. Victor Allis of Quintiq and Noha Tohamy of Gartner discussed the revolution in big data, elaborating on how companies can begin to leverage the enormous amount of business intelligence now available in order to make critical decisions for their operations and supply chain.

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


Source: Supply Chain Digest. What does it take to create an award-winning supply chain? And last year Costa Express won the “Technology” category award at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards , also a top honor. Transformative Supply Chain Planning.

What do I need to do to get a drink around here?


How Asia challenges beverage supply chains. If you aren’t familiar with Asia, the unique complexities it piles onto your beverage supply chain are hard to see. It is very different in the south and the north of Thailand. Supply Chain Planning & Optimization

Supply Chain Management:Importance of Proactive Master Data.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

TradeEdge – Demand Chain Management. Supply Chain Management. The Infosys global supply chain management blog enables leaner supply chains through process and IT related interventions. Discuss the latest trends and solutions across the supply chain management landscape. These 3 master data elements contributed to almost 50-60% of planning issues. This exercise was done before the monthly planning cycle start.

Exciting and Challenging Times Ahead for Food Retailers: An Interview with Gartner’s Mike Griswold

Supply Chain Nation

As part of our Expert Insights series, Supply Chain Nation recently sat down with Mike Griswold, Research VP at Gartner, to discuss current and future trends in the food retailing industry. There is still a relative lack of maturity in food retailing here in North America; in the area of forecasting and replenishment in particular, getting to a common demand platform starting from the store and working backwards—an item/store/day-level forecast that represents store demand.

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Three High-impact Areas and Easy Wins in Grocery Retail Supply Chains

RELEX Solutions

A supply chain is always a work in progress. As a supply chain professional, you quickly accept that you will always be fine tuning your operations, though sometimes that feels like more and more effort for diminishing returns. Your supply chain system is only as good as the data you put in it and cleansing and organizing your master data lays strong foundations for future success. We call this holistic approach Unified Retail Planning.

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


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. Don’t let your planning puzzles and supply chain complexity eat you up.

Digital Path to Purchase: An Outside-in Opportunity

Supply Chain Shaman

At least this is the story for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies in North America. The complexity of changing product portfolios and the increase in demand-shaping programs (price and promotion) have distorted demand signals and made supply chain planning more complex.

This Week in Logistics News (October 1-5, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Now, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: U.S. plans to rewrite rules that impede self-driving cars (Reuters). 7 years ago yesterday, my oldest daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 11.

Three Tough Headlines: What Can We Learn?

Supply Chain Shaman

I worked with consultants defining a business case for cloud-based supply chain solutions and new vendors looking to use artificial intelligence to solve the problems of master data management. It was not a good week for supply chain leaders.

Different Strokes for Different Folks (to Yield Better Results?)?

Supply Chain Shaman

Disruption in supply chain planning is happening. We are on a path to reinvent decision-support technologies like supply chain planning. They were very proud of their work in planning with a number of pharmaceutical manufacturers.

MonarchFx Announces ToyHouse LLC as its Newest Seller Client

Supply Chain Network

We will use our highly integrated network of people, technology, and physical assets to help ToyHouse LLC manage their goods more efficiently throughout their supply chains. A supply chain consulting and implementation firm that maximizes supply chain performance and value creation.

Are You Active in the Digital Transformation Drinking Game?

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, fewer and fewer supply chain professionals make the event. To make the event profitable, SAP Insider now combines supply chain, customer relationship management, human resource management, and product life cycle management. Research on Supply Chain Finance.

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.

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An Open Letter to all Women


Today, I am responsible for all of the North America marketing programs for an international best of breed supply chain planning solution company. So, what does this all mean, and how does it relate to supply chain? 2018 Women in Supply Chain Survey.

New Industrial Distribution Report Features Expert Interview with Jim Tompkins

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

Tompkins International is a professional services firm that provides new solutions for supply chain improvement. With headquarters in Raleigh, NC, Tompkins also has offices throughout North America and in Europe and Asia. Jim Tompkins, CEO, Tompkins International.

RELEX Solutions’ Mikko Kärkkäinen Named a 2018 SDCE “Pro to Know”

RELEX Solutions

RELEX Solutions, leader in unified retail planning technology, today announced that Mikko Kärkkäinen, RELEX’s Group CEO, was named a 2018 Provider Pro to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive. About Supply & Demand Chain Executive. Read PDF.

This Week in Logistics News (November 26-30, 2018)

Talking Logistics

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the supply chain and logistics realm, with lots of news related to global trade and technology. Supply chain reaction: trade war refugees race to relocate to Vietnam, Thailand (Reuters).

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Tompkins International Releases New Guide to Goods-to-Person Order Fulfillment

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

Tompkins International is a professional services firm that provides new solutions for supply chain improvement. With headquarters in Raleigh, NC, Tompkins also has offices throughout North America and in Europe and Asia. Creating Supply Chain Excellence Blog: [link].

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.

Kelly Reed Recognized as ‘Pro to Know’ by Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

RALEIGH, NC, February 25, 2014 — Kelly Reed, Executive VP, Material Handling Integration, Tompkins International, has been honored as a 2014 “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive. The Pros to Know Awards recognize supply chain executives who are leading initiatives to prepare their companies’ supply chains for the significant challenges of today’s business climate. Creating Supply Chain Excellence Blog: