Supply Chain Planning Basics: Planning to Execute

In our third blog we considered scheduling in the context of a manufacturing planning process; now, let’s explore how both planning and scheduling enable the execution of a plan, noting their respective roles and analyzing their interdependencies. We plan/schedule to help us execute: to do the right things at the right times in the right ways to efficiently achieve an objective. But in…

Read More

Powering Your Digital Supply Chain: Attribute-Based Forecasting – Part 5

Today, across almost every category, products have more features and attributes than those available just a few years ago. For instance, a simple kitchen cleaner is not so simple anymore; there are countless combinations to choose from when you consider the brand, fragrance types, price bands and packaging sizes. The electronics industry has similar challenges…

Read More

Supply Chain Planning Basics: Planning to Schedule

In our second blog we considered planning theory as a unique problem solving domain within contexts like supply chain planning, so now let’s compare and contrast planning and scheduling, to better understand how they work together. In most every plan, like a manufacturing plan, we’re following a series of steps, tasks following one after another, where the sequence is driven…

Read More

Powering Your Digital Supply Chain: Forecasting Returns – Part 4

Have you ever ordered something online and then decided to return it? You’re not alone. While returns for in-store purchases average in the single digits, returns from e-commerce sales average 30%, with even higher rates in certain categories. This creates an interesting problem for both retailers and manufacturers that sell online: in addition to predicting…

Read More
customer-centric-supply-chain

Delivering a Consumer Centric Supply Chain for Grocers – Part 4 of 4

Operational Excellence Delivers Profit Optimization In the first three blogs of this series, The Changing Face in Grocery (part 1) and The Digitalization of Grocery (part 2) and The Grocery Supply Chain of the Future (part 3), we have gone into substantial detail to describe shifting consumer behaviors – more shopping excursions for fewer meals,…

Read More