To Have or to Hold - Managing Product Portfolios to Avoid SKU Proliferation and Gain Profits
Research by Ann Grackin of ChainLink Research focuses on the complexity of managing large product portfolios, and how employing SKU rationalization and segmentation can drive top line growth and bottom line results. Features real world stories from Intertape Polymer Group and American Hotel Register Company.
October 1, 2014
M&A Plays in Supply Chain
Ever-active with great ideas and great companies, the supply chain market is fertile ground for mergers and acquisitions. Here are some interesting deals that have occurred in the last few weeks.
June 24, 2014
TEC: Enabling Supply Chain at Your Fingertips
According to Technology Evaluation Centers, “Logility is one of only a few SCM vendors that can cover the sense-and-respond processes from the retail warehouse all the way to the manufacturing floor. Bigger SCM players such as Oracle, JDA, and SAP will have to reckon with counteracting Logility’s compelling value proposition to prospective customers.”
April 2, 2014
ChainLink: Logility Customers Stay Connected
Ann Grackin of ChainLink Research attended Logility's Connections 2014 customer conference and published a thorough round-up, including new product announcements. Her verdict: "Logility continues to capture customers from larger supply chain players such as JDA and SAP..."
April 2, 2014
Aberdeen Improve Business Performance through Inventory Optimization
Aberdeen report utilizes survey data from Aberdeen’s October 2013 Chief Supply Chain Officer survey to identify the impact Inventory Optimization can have on an organization and then compares the results of Best-in-Class companies, Industry Average and Laggards.
February 12, 2014
Aberdeen Report S&OP: Non-Negotiable as a Process
This Aberdeen Analyst Insight report examines S&OP from the Best-in-Class perspective--deciphering why leaders achieve superior performance, and which capabilities and technologies enable their success.
January 17, 2014
TEC: Logility Accelerates SCM to ERP Integration
P.J. Jakovljevic takes a look at Logility’s work to speed best of breed supply chain management and ERP integration.
June 20, 2013
Collaborative Demand Planning Technology
The work of achieving collaboration between retailers and their suppliers has gone on for a decade. Multi-tier value-chain collaboration software is not just for the giant power players.
May 8, 2013
Caribou Coffee's Supply Chain Story
ChainLink details how Caribou Coffee improved and systematized its buying process, driving better replenishment while reducing in-store stock outs of consumables, ingredients and sellable end items.
January 22, 2013
Aberdeen Demand Segmentation Report
Based on a survey of 142 supply chain professionals across various industries, this Aberdeen report looks into where and why demand segmentation is typically utilized, and quantifies some of the benefits gained by companies that use it.
January 17, 2013
S&OP: A Critical Process for Superior Performance
As the speed of decision-making increases, so does the value of having an S&OP plan to monitor against in order to keep the organization informed and on track. While each company has its own set of circumstances, all should consider the gaps identified in this Aberdeen Group survey between S&OP leaders and laggards.
December 19, 2012
Inventory Optimization: Impact of a Multi-Echelon Approach
This Aberdeen research report finds that companies utilizing multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) have a more comprehensive understanding of their inventory and are twice as capable as others of balancing cost and service levels across their network.
March 6, 2012
Technology Evaluation Centers: How to Plan and Manage in Uncertainty and Volatility? Based on Reality and Facts, Duh! – Part 2
November 1, 2011
Supply Chain Shaman: Let's Put Working Capital to Work
August 1, 2011
Aberdeen Group: Demand Management - Bridging External Market Inputs with Internal Statistical Forecasting
June 1, 2011
Inventory Optimization Technology Strategies for the Chief Supply Chain Officer
According to Aberdeen Group's, "Inventory Optimization Strategies for the Chief Supply Chain Officer", the key to managing the growing complexity of today's supply chains, reducing costs and improving customer service levels is the use of best-of-breed inventory optimization software. Nari Viswanathan, vice president and principal analyst, Aberdeen Group, found that best-in-class companies were five times more likely to use a best-of-breed solution for their multi-echelon inventory optimization
February 21, 2011
Technology Evaluation Centers: Discussing the S&OP State of Affairs with Logility’s Karin Bursa
December 1, 2010
AberdeenGroup: More Consolidation in SCM: Logility Acquires Optiant
Does the merger between Logility and Optiant have the potential [to create] a larger player? Companies want to hear a unified message about Inventory Optimization’s role in their company – whether it is applicable, when should it be deployed, what are the ramifications if a more basic inventory planning solution is implemented. If you are evaluating Logility ask for demos of the Optiant solution as well as for an integrated roadmap.
April 6, 2010
Technology Evaluation Centers: Optiant Going to a Much Better Place (part 3 of 3)
April 3, 2010
Technology Evaluation Centers: Optiant Going to a Much Better Place (part 2 of 3)
April 2, 2010
Technology Evaluation Centers: Optiant Going to a Much Better Place(part 1 of 3)
Logility buying Optiant shows that Inventory Optimization has become an important component of a modern supply chain planning (SCP) or enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite. Adding Inventory Optimization isn’t just about building a few screens based on textbook formulas.
April 1, 2010
Logility Acquires Optiant
We think that the recent acquisition of Optiant by Logility is great not only for the financials of Logility, but also for their customers. It adds investment in the Optiant product and adds strong new functional capabilities and supply chain cost savings to the Logility customer base. Optiant's capability integrated into the Voyager suite enriches one of the best optimization solutions, with stellar Demand planning. A great one/two punch.
March 1, 2010
Logility Inventory Management Solutions: A Fact Based Analysis
Logility Voyager Solutions is a software suite that provides demand planning, inventory planning and supply planning capabilities needed to manage inventory especially for distribution-centric businesses. A Logility customer base survey conducted by Aberdeen indicates a high degree of technology adoption and above average inventory performance benefits.
Sales and Operations Planning: A Journey That's Worth The Effort
CGT partners with Logility, Inc. in order to take a look at S&OP in the CG industry.
Sales and Operations Planning: Integrate with Finance and Improve Revenue
Economic volatility over the past several years has been illustrated by the highly unstable customer demand, raw material, fuel, and commodity prices. Most recently, it has intensified because of the global economic recession that began unfolding a few months ago. Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is the key integrated process that the supply chain organization (specifically the VP of Supply Chain) can leverage to achieve visibility and transformation across the entire organization and the value chain. The following study highlights the result of over 220 companies participating in a survey on S&OP related initiatives. The goal of this study is to compare and contrast the view points of supply chain and finance organizations relating to S&OP processes.
Supply Chain Digest Research Report: Supply Chain Planning Technology, Making the Right Decision Between ERP and Best-of-Breed
In the past two years, the market for supply chain planning software applications such as demand planning, inventory planning and production scheduling has been roiled by the increasingly aggressive efforets of ERP providers . . .
Supply Chain Digest Research Report: Supply Chain Execution Technology: Supply Chain Execution Technology, Making the Right Decision Between ERP and Best-of-Breed
In the past two years, the market for supply chain execution software applications such as warehouse management and transportation management has been roiled by the increasingly agressive efforts of ERP providers . . .
The Demand Management Benchmark Report: Profitably Dominating Your Target Market
More than 85% of all companies that have implemented a program to improve demand management have generated significant improvements in key customer facing performance. This report from the AberdeenGroup recommends that companies take certain actions to ensure they extract maximum value from their demand management initiatives.
The Responsive Supply Chain: Managing Market Events in the Consumer Goods Industry
The focus of this benchmark report is on the market events that impact demand. There are six key market event categories: rapid changes in customer affinity, sudden natural disasters, unforeseen contamination and disease, new product innovation, changing economic forces, and expanding international markets. These events cannot be controlled but can be effectively managed if the right processes and technologies are in place.
Best Practices in S&OP: A Benchmark Report
Enterprises in the post millennium era have been severely challenged by a set of irreversible marketplace factors — including shrinking profit lifecycles, demand for personalized solutions, and the rise of the distributed network enterprise — that have transformed the global competitive environment into one with fundamentally more uncertainty and risk, but also one with great opportunity. These pressures have compelled companies to redefine winning business models, processes, and technologies and have catapulted the sales and operations planning process into the single most important tactical process to manage risk and profitability.
Demand Management in Discrete Industries
Seventy percent (70%) of a total of 260 respondents to Aberdeen's survey on demand management practices in the discrete manufacturing space indicate that they have had a focused demand management program in place. In fact, 31% of companies indicate that they have had a program in place for more than four years. Aberdeen research finds that these companies need to refocus their attention towards order-to-delivery excellence as a driver for demand management rather than just concentrating on demand planning (statistical forecasting). Aspects that companies should focus on include external collaboration, customer level forecasting, and integration with order management.
Demand-Driven Inventory Management Strategies: Challenges and Opportunities for Distribution-Intensive Companies
Companies across a broad spectrum of manufacturing, distribution, and retail segments are striving to be more demand driven. The demand-driven strategy of allowing actual demand to pull inventory through the company and its supply chain seems simple. However for those using traditional supply chain management practices, other corporate strategies – along with some outside forces –make it a challenge to create a truly demand-driven supply and distribution network.