Constraints, Constraints, Constraints: Building the Optimal Supply Chain

Constraints, Constraints, Constraints: Building the Optimal Supply Chain

March 21, 2017
I am constantly amazed that an automotive manufacturer will design and market vehicles with top-end speeds of 180+ MPH and 0-60 speeds in the sub 4 second range. Don’t get me wrong, I own three vehicles with 5.7L Hemi engines so I love powerful vehicles. However, considering the top legal speed in most of the United States is 70 or 75 MPH and most stop and go driving takes place where speed limits are less than 45 MPH, a driver rarely gets the opportunity to experience a vehicle’s true performance.

Tips to Fine-Tune Your Forecast

March 8, 2017
I am an avid cyclist and recently I was able to secure a great deal on a trike from Taiwan. One of the reasons for that great deal was the line “some assembly required” in the description. Being a mechanical engineer earlier in my career, I figured this would be a snap. Well, let’s just say it took a bit longer to assemble than I originally anticipated and I am still fine-tuning the settings to achieve the performance I want.

Laying the Foundation for Advanced Supply Chain Planning Capabilities in the Food and Beverage Industry

February 21, 2017
As a former Director of Supply Chain Management for a large multi-channel food manufacturer I experienced first-hand the variety of challenging problems faced by supply chain planners in the unforgiving F&B industry.

Common Sales and Operations Planning Myths Part 5 – Lean and On-Demand Manufacturing

February 14, 2017
This is the fifth post in a series where we investigate some of the myths and mistruths around Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP). In the previous posts we have looked at the misdirected focus on historical information, the belief spreadsheets can support a robust S&OP process, the “S&OP is too rigid argument” and the idea that S&OP is a real-time response planning process. Today we are going to look at lean manufacturing.

Common Sales and Operations Myths Part 4 – Spreadsheets are King

February 7, 2017
This is the fourth in a series of posts that investigates some of the myths or mistruths I have heard over the last 20+ years concerning Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP). The topic of today’s post is one we hear often and industry research shows it is not going away fast enough. The reliance on spreadsheets and other less sophisticated solutions to manage the S&OP process.

Common Sales and Operations Planning Myths - Part 3

January 31, 2017
This third in a series of posts that investigates some of the S&OP myths and mistruths and takes a look at one of the hot buttons in the industry. Real-time response planning. Is S&OP the right solution to manage your real-time respond planning needs?

Supply Chain Metrics - Gaining Visibility in a Data-rich World

January 26, 2017
In the field of supply chain management, we have created an abundance of metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs). As practitioners, it is our responsibility to determine which metrics are important to our company’s success and how to quickly and easily extract insights from these metrics and turn them into actions.
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