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Ara Surenian, Founder of DemandCaster, to Discuss ‘Growing Beyond the Status Quo’ with S&OP at SuiteWorld19

Ara Surenian, founder of DemandCaster and a supply chain visionary with over 30 years of industry experience, will present 7 Steps to Getting Started with Sales and Operations Planning at the upcoming Oracle NetSuite SuiteWorld. The session will explain the [...]

Do You Know the True Cost of Your Supply Chain?

As globalization continues to expand, many product companies are beginning to see other aspects of supply chain complexity increase as well. In addition to globalization, the growth toward mass customization and greater consumer insistence for accommodations in the speed of [...]

Make the Transition to Inventory Forecasting Software

Maintaining the right amount of inventory is key to keeping up with the ebb and flow of customer orders. But what level is the “right” level? If a company doesn’t have enough product on hand, it may miss too many [...]

Building efficiency through teamwork

Dave Turbide said, “The very essence of supply chain management is coordinated activity; working together to move the materials and products through the chain from source to manufacturing, from manufacturing through the distribution network, and out to the customer in [...]

The Importance of Effectively Managing Raw Materials Inventory

In today’s world, the system of vendors, activity, and data required to source, produce, and deliver products to customers is increasingly complex. And the supply chain represents the steps required to make this happen. But as product companies extend their [...]

DemandCaster Announces Gold Sponsorship of SuiteWorld19

DemandCaster is excited to announce it will be a Gold sponsor at SuiteWorld19, an annual celebration of Oracle NetSuite customers and partners. SuiteWorld will take place April 1-4, 2019 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. “We’re [...]

What is CPFR in supply chain?

CPFR stands for collaborative planning, forecasting, and replenishment. The Institute of Business Forecasting and Planning said, “CPFR strategies allow aligning of multiple S&OP processes and jointly plan supply chain activities to ensure that the joint business plans between organizations are [...]

Why analyzing IoT data isn’t always easy

You have all the data you need - now what? Data that isn’t actionable is not helping anything. The problem with big data is that it can accumulate very quickly and can become hard to manage! As Supply Chain Analytics [...]

Demand Planning: What Is It and Why Do You Need It?

Estimating future demand is one of the most valuable activities your organization can undertake. A demand plan’s impact is felt throughout the business, from sales and marketing to manufacturing and distribution. When done correctly, demand planning can put you in [...]

How to best utilize IoT in supply chain

How can IoT be best harnessed for supply chain? With the best tools. Supply Chain Brain said, “While IoT holds real potential for optimizing supply chain operations, businesses must balance this potential with the costs and risks of implementation.” So, [...]

Current trends in the healthcare supply chain

Inbound logistics thinks a few key things will happen this year in supply chain. They think tariffs, on-demand freight, and artificial intelligence will both continue to be hot topics, both affecting the industry on a global scale. They reported, “Research [...]

The Long and the Short of It: Variables in Managing Long and Short Supply Chain Legs

Supply chain planning can be a daunting task. And, as economies globalize at a faster rate, just keeping pace will become increasingly difficult. Studies have shown that as much as 21% of a company’s performance is impacted by its global [...]

Some ways you can manage the talent shortage

There is a current shortage in manufacturing labor, so businesses are getting creative! One way you can retain talent is by convincing retirement-aged workers to stay with incentives. You could also increase talent by partnering with a school to create [...]

Ways you can beat the labor shortage this year

Everyone is talking about the labor shortage - and for good reason! Attracting and retaining employees seems to be harder than ever. One way you can tackle this is be trying to retain retirement-age employees with incentives and benefits. You [...]

Which kinds of leaders should encourage a growth mindset?

Bill Joiner claims there are five types of leaders; experts, achievers, and catalyst leaders. Experts have passion for what they do and problem solving skills but tend to not seek feedback from their employees enough. Achievers are typically more collaborative [...]

Reasons to be optimistic about manufacturing right now

Spirits are high in the manufacturing world. In fact, 87.9% of small manufacturers reported that they were feeling optimistic! Growth rates and employee wages are expected to increase and businesses are trying to expand. While the labor gap is still [...]

Keep an eye on these trends in 2019

Supply Chain Academy said the main trends to watch for supply chain in 2019 are AI, wearable devices, sustainability, visibility, and risk management. AI is important because it could truly affect every part of the supply chain, increasing efficiency along [...]

Who should be planning for 2020 already?

2019 just started, how could it already be time to plan for 2020? Ocean cargo shippers should be planning that far ahead. The International Maritime Organization’s global emissions regulations should go into effect at the beginning of next year and [...]

6 Tips for Better Supply Chain Planning: Planning Resolutions for the New Year

Every January, millions of people start the New Year with a list of resolutions.  From weight loss to career to finances, the list of things to change and improve are diverse and aimed at pushing someone to the next level. [...]

The Human Factor in Manufacturing

Reports that say robots are taking over jobs in manufacturing aren’t accounting for “the human factor.” In fact, Industry Week reported that humans perform 72% of tasks in manufacturing. They said, “Humans are and will remain integral to the manufacturing [...]

Places to Improve in your S&OP Process

Process and technology may be improving S&OP, but there are always places to improve. As much as possible, try to get your executive team informed and in the loop. Kumar Singh said, “Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex and as [...]
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