Removing the Two Barriers to Optimizing Inventory

Removing the Two Barriers to Optimizing Inventory

July 11, 2017
Supply chain leaders often find themselves in a difficult situation when it comes to the conflicting goals of improving customer service and minimizing inventory. The omni-channel world we live in has driven customer service to new heights. Companies that don’t prioritize providing what the customer wants when they want it will soon find themselves losing market-share.

Seven Strategic Components for a Proactive Process Chemical Supply Chain

June 29, 2017
Process chemical manufacturers face complex supply chain challenges including dealing with hazardous and perishable ingredients whose characteristics (potency, color, composition, etc.) can vary from lot to lot. Adjusting formulas based on available ingredients and ensuring finished products meet the exacting tolerances of customers and regulating agencies requires flexibility and superior planning capabilities.

Supply Chain Planning Fireworks

June 27, 2017
Holidays are complex. Take for example the upcoming Fourth of July holiday in the US. As a child, this holiday always represented the best of the summer 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, bratwurst, watermelon (and the ensuing watermelon seed spitting distance contest), chips of all kinds, and lots of sugary drinks. As an adult, watching your child experience the 4th just makes the holiday even more enjoyable.

The Talent Gap

June 20, 2017
At recent supply chain user conferences, a major concern for many companies was the talent gap in supply chain. This is an urgent issue for corporations to address, since the gap stymies growth, dampens innovative ideas and programs, and limits problem solving on a day-to-day level.

The Two Levers of Inventory Optimization

June 8, 2017
When I hear the term “Lever” my mechanical engineering side comes out and I think of the Physics and Mechanical Design courses I took some 30+ years ago. Although I didn’t appreciate it at the time, my engineering education laid a strong foundation that has helped me be as successful as possible in whatever I did.

Gartner 2017 Keynote - Aspire, Challenge and Transform in a Disruptive World

May 24, 2017
Gartner’s Debra Hoffman, VP and Distinguished Analyst, and Mike Burkett VP and Distinguished Analyst, took to the stage in Phoenix this week to kick off Gartner’s annual supply chain pilgrimage to the desert to an audience of 1,900 supply chain leaders.

Mobile Collaboration - Supply Chain Planning at Your Fingertips

April 25, 2017
I “enjoyed” a rather turbulent ride on a recent flight into Denver International Airport the other day. From my days as a flight test engineer, I know that modern jets have a forward-looking weather radar to help minimize the type of exciting rides I experienced that afternoon. However, it isn’t always possible to avoid all those pockets of turbulence; which is why it is always a good idea to head the flight attendant’s warning to always have your seatbelt fastened. My E-Ticket ride got me thinking about the value of forward-looking intelligence in removing turbulence in demand forecasting and the role mobile collaboration can play.
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