Process Chemicals – A Complex Supply Chain in Motion

Process Chemicals – A Complex Supply Chain in Motion

July 05, 2018
On a recent road trip to retrieve my daughter from college I drove past a handful for chemical manufacturing plants of various types. Viewing a chemical manufacturing plant from a distance everything seems so peaceful and static. A chemical plant is a complex and expensive array of storage tanks, pipes, controls and special chemical or biological transformation and/or separation equipment to take raw materials and create new value-added materials.

Optimized Planning for an Explosive 4th of July

July 4, 2018
As a kid, the 4th of July always represented the best of the summer school break and often included fun activities like camping, fishing, spending time in a park, parades, and wonderful firework displays. Of course there was always the abundance of kid friendly foods like hot dogs, hamburgers, popsicles, watermelon (and the ensuing watermelon seed spitting distance contest), salty chips of all kinds, and lots of sugary drinks.

Advanced Analytics Are Everywhere!

June 28, 2018
The ability to analyze performance and determine the root-cause of issues has become standard functionality in many of the devices we use today. For many years, automobiles have provided the capability to determine why a dash light is on through fault code readers.

Planning Optimized at Mach 2

June 26, 2018
Last month I, along with 2200 other supply chain professionals, attended the 2018 Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix Arizona.

Question and Answer – Accelerate Supply Chain Performance Using Advanced Analytics

June 13, 2018
The ability to rapidly evaluate multiple scenarios and drive smart business decisions faster can be the difference between success and failure. On this recent webcast, I had the pleasure to speak with a leading authority in analytics, Bill Panak, Vice President, Data Science, Halo Business Intelligence.

DDMRP – “Where’s the Beef”

May 23, 2018
I will have to admit that I spent my fair share of time sitting in front of the TV set during my formative years. Unbelievably, we didn't have computers, video games, or mobile devices back then so really the only form of in-home visual electronic entertainment was the TV, and by that I mean broadcast TV with maybe 10 channels of low-definition content if the rabbit ears were pointed in just the right directions.

Collections and Markdowns and BOGOs – oh my!

May 16, 2018
As the seasons and styles change, many retailers are faced with a dilemma: what to do with the left over inventory.
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