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Why You Need to Break These 5 Bad Supply Chain Habits

It's human nature to adjust to our surroundings -- even when they're chaotic. But when we become accustomed to chaos, we don't realize that our behaviors are, in fact, sabotaging our business goals. Is your supply chain falling victim to [...]

What Is Lead Time Variability and How Can You Beat It?

Lead time variability is a problem in any supply chain / manufacturing environment. Just-in-time supplies don’t always work out that way: you order too soon or too much and now you’re carrying inventory on your supplies, possibly risking obsolescence. You [...]

What Effect Does AI Have on the Supply Chain Workforce?

Don't panic, the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into the supply chain doesn't mean humans will soon be replaced by smart, machine-learning robots. It does mean, though, that humans working in the supply chain workforce will need to make adjustments [...]

When Will IIOT Standards Allow for Cross-System Compatibility?

Earlier this week, we touched on the importance of IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things) technology within the supply chain. But not everyone's convinced. At least, not yet, and at least not until some stronger standards are put into place. IIOT [...]

Questions Arise Around Progress of Widespread IIoT Standards

Supply Chain planning capabilities must be: a) reflective of your competitive strategy, b) integrated both vertically and horizontally, c) IoT enabled and digitally powered, and d) supported by an ownership and governance program. Relying on a "can-do" attitude just won't [...]

How Will IIOT Technology Benefit Your Supply Chain?

Have you ever placed a work order or shipped a product that seems to get sucked into a mysterious black hole until it winds up completed or delivered? Anyone in supply chain sure has. Fortunately, Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) [...]

Sustainability & It’s Effect on Supply Chain Change

Typically 80 percent or more of a business’s environmental impact resides within its supply chain. Factors such as external scrutiny and incentives from government and regulators can have a direct impact on a company's bottom line, provoking questions of value, [...]

Supply Chain Risk Management with the Help of Big Data

Not so long ago, combing through supply chain information, like pricing, regulations, and material shortages, would be a nightmare. Thanks to the web, cloud computing, and a host of other digital advancements, it's easier now to follow the trail of [...]

What is the Difference between Planning and Scheduling?

Whether selling pipe cleaners, or manufacturing widgets to use in the creation of gadgets, any company with operations and production will be dealing with planning and scheduling. The differential between what is planned and what is ultimately scheduled is where [...]

Dangers of the Executive S&OP Review

It can seem like you're walking into a lion's den. All eyes are on you. They're hungry and ready to pounce. But you're not facing lions, you're facing the members of the executive S&OP review committee. From the moment you [...]

The Life of a Demand Planner

What do the first 100 days look like for the average demand planner? What trends does a demand planner hope to establish when embarking on this new journey? Much like POTUS, you can’t go it alone -- you need your [...]

Roles & Responsibilities Matrix for Teams & Individuals in S&OP

Anyone implementing an S&OP should check out this matrix to help understand the S&OP structure, hierarchy, and roles and responsibilities of both individuals and teams across the sales and operations process. Known as the RACI Matrix, which stands for Responsibility, [...]

Engage to Cut Supply Chain Emissions, CDP Urges

The Climate Disclosure Project (CDP) has praised food and beverage companies like Coca-Cola, Nestle and Kellog for their climate leadership and supplier engagement efforts.The CDP's Global Supply Chain Report, released in January 2018, is based on climate, water and deforestation-related [...]

5 Warning Signs of Ineffective Demand Planning

When properly executed, demand planning puts you in the best position to deliver exceptional customer service while improving profitability. In contrast, both of those goals are often at risk when demand planning is ineffective. You can head off problems by [...]

UK Technology & Supply Chain Trends in Electronic Manufacturing

It isn't just the OCMs (Original Component Manufacturers) who face challenging decisions when it comes to technology in the supply chain. The EMS (Electronics Manufacturing Service) buyers also have challenges, as suppliers and distributors are allocating products, using customers’ buying [...]

5 Most Common Mistakes Made in Sales Forecasting

Selling anything, from widgets to wide-load trucks, isn’t an exact science. There are fluctuations in demand, in supply of raw materials, in shipping and more. That said, getting as close to reality as possible in sales forecasting is how you [...]

Supply Chain Efficiency is Worldwide Priority

People in the supply chain have been discussing efficiency for a long time -- that's nothing new. However, the challenges they face within the supply chain continue to evolve with every passing year. By definition, supply chains involve multiple companies. [...]

How Ecommerce is Affecting Supply Chains

According to a Wall Street Journal article from earlier this year, “Retailers still celebrating their strongest holiday sales in years now face the less-pleasant task of disposing of billions of dollars in returned merchandise.” Returns are no fun for anyone [...]

What is the Key to Digital Transformation in the Supply Chain?

In a word, visibility. The key enabler to any digital transformation project is supply chain visibility. In fact, according to a digital transformation survey conducted by Capgemini Consulting and Infor, 94% of executives identified supply chain visibility as a key [...]

How an Unstable American Economy is Impacting the Manufacturing Supply Chain

Recent economic events, such as NAFTA renegotiations, the relative value of a dollar, new US tax laws, and proposed changes to US tariffs, not surprisingly has a noticable ripple effect on manufactureres. Each one of these events is positioning 2018 [...]

American Cities Seeing Manufacturing Growth Share Lessons Learned

A recent chart from Upjohn Institute's Susan Houseman shows how declines in manufacturing employment in the U.S. are relative to the declines in the number of U.S. factories since the year 2000. Is it related to technology and automation? Or [...]
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