December 1, 2016
Hostess Brands has a long tradition of creating iconic products loved by consumers young and old. In 2012, Hostess devotees feared the Twinkie might disappear forever, but Hostess Brands executed what many consider one of the most successful re-launches in history. How did they launch a company from the ground up in just a matter of months?
November 22, 2016
Amid the general buzz in the supply chain planning field regarding optimization solutions and algorithmic planning, a diagram of value vs. difficulty lays out four stages of analytics by their difficulty and potential value. In the quest to do more with less, drive costs out of the supply chain, and provide higher levels of customer service, optimization and algorithmic planning are subject to a company’s analytics abilities and level of sophistication.
November 17, 2016
Does your team face the challenge of having too many
options in the supply chain planning space? With a plethora of solutions available today and the desire to move away from homegrown solutions and spreadsheets (see Are Spreadsheets Sabotaging Your Supply Chain
), some more capable than others, you may feel a bit like a kid in a candy store. It’s hard to know what you need and what you don’t. And if you already have some supply chain systems in place, how can you know if they are the best mix for your business? Will they be the systems you’ll need in the future?
November 10, 2016
The National Retail Foundation’s (NRF) Holiday 2016 update predicts sales to increase 3.6% during November and December. At the same time, online sales are expected to increase by 7% to 10% over 2015. What does this mean to you?
November 8, 2016
At the 2016 CSCMP Annual Conference a member of the audience posed the question, “is forecasting a science or an art?” As a 40+ year amateur musician and a supply chain professional for the past 25 years I couldn’t help thinking about the similarities between music and supply chain management
and how each of these is a combination of both art and science.