Starbucks’ Supply Chain and Marketing Strategy Unicorn

APICS

The specialty Frappuccino strategy used an agile supply chain to meet customer demand. Think Supply Chain

Executing Customer-Centric Supply Chain Strategies

Supply Chain Shaman

About twice a month, companies ask me to review their strategy documents. Frequently, I see the goal of “build a customer-centric strategy” or define an “end-to-end vision to deliver on the customer promise.” The Customer-Centric Supply Chain Strategy needs both.).

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Warehouse Management Cost Savings: How to Build a Warehouse Management Strategy Built on Efficiency

Cerasis

An effective warehouse management strategy can successfully reduce rework and drive warehouse management cost savings. However, poor decisions and assumptions can lead to the buildup of other inefficiencies, diminishing the value of your existing warehouse management strategy.

Innovation strategy

Supply Chain Movement

First of all, shippers need to make it clear which strategy they are pursuing per product category: Product Leadership (best product, e.g. Apple), Customer Intimacy (best total solution, e.g. Cisco) or Operational Excellence (best total costs, e.g. Walmart), based on the model by Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema. He provided a clear overview of the specific innovations his company was implementing for three different customers, each with a different business strategy.

[Video] Long-term supply chain planning system vision and strategy

The 21st Century Supply Chain

The post [Video] Long-term supply chain planning system vision and strategy appeared first on The 21st Century Supply Chain. by Melissa Clow This blog is part of a video interview series.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

When I hear companies discussing the implementation of a customer segmentation strategy, I ask a series of questions: Who is your customer? What are you trying to accomplish through the execution of a customer segmentation strategy?

The 9 Key Considerations of an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy

Cerasis

Shippers need to reevaluate their existing last mile logistics processes and devise an effective last mile logistics strategy that aligns consumer and business expectation. In fact, an effective last mile logistics strategy must consider these nine key points. Planning Is Essential To Have an Effective Last Mile Logistics Strategy. Any effective strategy must begin with effective planning. Leverage the Right Technology as Part of Your Strategy.

Why a customer-driven supply chain strategy is important

The Network Effect

The post Why a customer-driven supply chain strategy is important appeared first on The Network Effect. Customer expectations are not consistent with what companies offer. Therefore, the companies supply chains are not allowing the fulfillment of the customers’ expectations.

What is S&OP? By Accenture Strategy Guest Blogger

The 21st Century Supply Chain

It also supported operational hedging strategies via the supply chain and was used to drive the best financial outcomes. By Accenture Strategy Guest Blogger appeared first on The 21st Century Supply Chain. by Steven J.

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Innovate or Die: How’s Your eCommerce Strategy?

FLEXE

Recently, more of Wal-Mart’s eCommerce strategy has been revealed. To many, Nasty Gal’s demise (it went from generating $85 million in revenue in 2014 to bankrupt in 2016) had everything to do with its distribution strategy and failure to retain customers.

Why Companies Need a Supplier Relationship Management Strategy

Cerasis

A vigorous supplier relationship management (SRM) strategy can assist organizations in maximizing partnership value, minimize risk, and manage costs through the entire supplier relationship lifecycle.

Your Supply Chain Strategy is Your Business Plan (Unless It’s Not)

Talking Logistics

Your supply chain strategy in effect becomes your business plan.”. Simply put, if supply chain management doesn’t have a voice and advocate in the C-suite, you run the risk of having disconnects between your business plan and your supply chain strategy and capabilities.

Is A Customer-Centric Strategy the Same as Demand-Driven? Outside-In?

Supply Chain Shaman

The client leaned across the table and asked, “Is a customer-centric supply chain strategy the same as a demand-driven supply chain strategy?” Drawing from the Whiteboard: Building Customer-Centric Supply Chain Strategies. It was an early morning.

Advantages and Pitfalls of Push and Pull Strategies in Distribution Networks

The 21st Century Supply Chain

The most common strategies for moving from upstream to downstream sites are push and pull strategies , or some mix of both. A pull strategy is when customer demand drives the entire production process. Let’s put the concepts of push and pull strategies into a real-world example.

Supply Chain Transformation — The Important Element of Information Strategy

The 21st Century Supply Chain

The post Supply Chain Transformation — The Important Element of Information Strategy appeared first on The 21st Century Supply Chain.

4 Important Benefits of a Sustainable Reverse Logistics Strategy

Cerasis

However, one of the most important aspects of supply chain strategies is often overlooked: the reverse supply chain (also referred to as reverse logistics ). A reverse logistics strategy provides a path for removing the existing equipment to make way for the next era of equipment in the case of end of life products or new upgrdes. In a sense, reverse logistics could be considered the “greenest” part of any business logistics strategy.

Warehouse Strategy: Put Wall Systems

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

The post Warehouse Strategy: Put Wall Systems appeared first on Tompkins International. Supply chain professionals know that running a distribution operation comes with several well known challenges. Blog Distribution ecommerce Put wall scanners Shipping Warehouse

Aligning Metrics to Strategy

synchrono

We all know that in today’s organizations there are many, competing strategies and objectives. If there are multiple strategies to work on among the same teams, then there is a worse problem, as these “difference makers” compete for time, attention, and money. He also insists upon effective communication strategies around the KPIs as well as tying them into the organization’s performance incentives. The post Aligning Metrics to Strategy appeared first on Synchrono.

How Supply Chain Strategy Misalignment is Killing Kmart USA

Logistics Bureau

At the next Logistics Bureau Free Executive Breakfast (which will take place in August), I’ll be discussing the alignment of supply chain and business strategy along with eight other important levers for supply chain performance improvement. The Failing Kmart Business Strategy.

Defining and Implementing an Effective Transportation Strategy

Talking Logistics

An important component of that foundation is defining and implementing an effective transportation strategy – a topic that I discussed with Eric Meister, LeanLogistics’ former COO, in a follow-up episode. Here are some of the valuable insights that Eric shared regarding the path to building an effective transportation strategy: Q: An important component of that foundation is defining and implementing an effective transportation strategy.

S&OP Summer Reading Series by Accenture Strategy Guest Blogger

The 21st Century Supply Chain

But I was also very excited, because as a strategy consultant at Accenture, I’m able to share a wide range of client experiences on ‘what good looks like’ and what business issues clients are facing across a wide range of industries. by Steven J. Puricelli.

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Use these management strategies to build a great supply chain…

The Network Effect

The post Use these management strategies to build a great supply chain… appeared first on The Network Effect.

Supply Chain Management Strategies Summit

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

27 – 29 November 2017 | Berlin, Germany The latest technologies & strategies for visibility, flexibility and speed The SCMS Summit covers a number of key areas pivotal to improving the power of your supply chain

Winning strategies to defeat supply chain planning complexity

Quintiq

With such a tight deadline, you can’t afford to waste time combing through lengthy reports to come up with fresh strategies that could or could not work. First, you’ll get strategies to critical planning challenges like the ones below: Managing supply chain disruptions.

The Weakness of an Omnichannel Strategy

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

By Steve Wilson Digital Supply Chain Analyst, Tompkins International Omnichannel is now the cost of entry, although it cannot be the core of your strategy to survive and grow in today’s eCommerce environment. This is a defensive strategy. The post The Weakness of an Omnichannel Strategy appeared first on Tompkins International. Blog Amazon Omnichannel Retail Strategy Supply Chain Walmart

Breaking News: Walmart Restructures with Store Closings and Revised Strategy

Supply Chain Matters

Global retailer Walmart announced today plans to close 269 stores and re-align its brick and mortar retailing strategy to focus more on Supercenter format outlets. Omni-Channel Commerce Supply Chain Impacts Retail Supply Chain Supply chain Matters blog Wal-Mart business initiatives Walmart retail strategies Walmart supply chain

Zara Unveils a Strategy to Embrace and Integrate Physical and Online Presence

Supply Chain Matters

Omni-Channel Commerce Supply Chain Impacts Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Performance Supply Chain Strategy elements of omni-channel retail strategy importance of integrated supply chain strategy in retail industry Supply chain Matters blog Zara supply chainMany analysts and academics in our supply chain world often point to Inditex SA and its fashion and apparel retail brand Zara as the iconic benchmark in retail supply chain agility.

[Video] Digital Technology and Strategies for Effective Knowledge Sharing

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Video] Long-term supply chain planning system vision and strategy. The post [Video] Digital Technology and Strategies for Effective Knowledge Sharing appeared first on The 21st Century Supply Chain. by Melissa Clow This blog is part of a video interview series.

Triple-A Supply Chain: 10 Strategies to Supercharge Performance

Supply Chain Opz

Triple-A Supply Chain: 10 Strategies to Supercharge Performance. In the past, companies focus on a single strategy, either to obtain cost leadership or differentiate your company in the eyes of consumers to demand the premium price. Then, lets take a look how other strategies emerge.

Use Modeling Technology to Design and Test Omni-Channel Strategy

Logistics Viewpoints

Redesigning overall retail strategy through the eyes of the consumer with a seamless shopping experience at the core, necessitates an ‘outside-in’ supply chain perspective and often big adjustments to supply chain operations. Retailers are turning to supply chain modeling as a way to effectively design and test omni-channel fulfillment strategies prior to execution.

Battle Strategies for Today’s Digital World

Supply Chain Nation

Technology has become the equalizer, trampling once unique selling propositions and strategies, as customers wield great power among retailers, distributors and manufacturers alike. They are defining strategies congruent with their purpose and targeted outcomes. Strategy – Define and segment the addressable market and clearly agree on what doesn’t align with the organization’s focus.

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Warehouse Strategy: Put Wall Systems

The Network Effect

The post Warehouse Strategy: Put Wall Systems appeared first on The Network Effect. by Alex Barrio, Senior Project Consultant, Tompkins International Supply chain professionals know that running a distribution operation comes with several. Distribution Material Handling Warehousing ecommerce order picking shelving storage warehouse

The Interplay of Supply Chain Strategy and Business Outcome Results

Supply Chain Matters

In many prior Supply Chain Matters commentaries related to high tech and consumer electronics, we have discussed the pros and cons of a supply chain strategy that supports two different business models. One involves a product and supply chain strategy that supports a cost-affordable […].

Push vs. Pull Strategies: Dealing with the On-Demand Market

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Our partner Celestica recently published the following article, ‘Staying Ahead of Today’s On-Demand Market: Push Versus Pull Strategies.’ Pull strategies are more like today’s on-demand options.

Does Your Company Have A Solid Transportation Procurement Strategy?

Logistics Viewpoints

The logistics marketplace is dynamic and demands attention to truly optimize and enable strategic advantage. Supply Chain professionals have a tremendous amount of demands and pressures to be aware of and transportation procurement is one of those pressures. There is a need, a growing need to drive better performance and outcomes from sourcing events. Let’s consider some constraints.

Taking a Holistic View on Inventory May Lead to Change in Strategy

Talking Logistics

A variety of barriers can impact an effective inventory strategy, such as working in functional silos and demand/supplier volatility¹. Do I have the right distribution network (for example, centralized stocking strategies for my slow movers)?

Who Really has a Supply Chain Strategy

Supply Chain Digest

SCDigest editor Dan Gilmore in the first of a series of columns on supply chain strategy

Lean: Winning Strategies for Cutting Waste

Inbound Logistics

With Lean tools and processes, companies can reduce waste in their supply chain operations

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What Kind of Shipper Are You? The Path to Building an Effective Transportation Strategy

Talking Logistics

An important component of that foundation is defining and implementing an effective transportation strategy, which is the focus of this episode led by Eric Meister, COO at LeanLogistics. How to connect your transportation strategy with your business plan. The importance of synchronizing your transportation strategy with execution and your broader supply chain strategy. The role of your carriers and partners in shaping your transportation strategy.

The Essential Role of TMS in Executing Your Transportation Strategy

Talking Logistics

Why is transportation management technology essential for companies to execute their supply chain strategy? He went on to say: At the very least, it will be very difficult to know whether or not you’re succeeding in executing your strategy without a technology that backs it up. As a way to wrap up, I asked Chris what questions transportation executives should ask themselves to assess whether their transportation management technology is well-aligned with their strategy and goals.