Combating the Digital Supply Chain Talent Gap

For the past eight years, I have been delivering lectures on supply chain management at the University of Texas at Dallas. This has given me a unique opportunity to interact with students pursuing their master’s and doctorate degrees in Industrial Engineering, Computer Science and Business Administration. Lately, I have noticed a step function change in…

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Shaping the Future of the Supply Chain

Recently Glenn A. Steinberg, Principal and Global Supply Chain Leader, Advisory, EY and Matthew Butler, Industry Strategies Director, JDA Software sat down with Manufacturing Business Technology to discuss challenges and opportunities facing manufacturers and their supply chains. Following is an excerpt of their conversation: When we consider the biggest challenges and opportunities facing manufacturers and their supply…

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Why Solid Project Governance – or Lack of It – Spells Success or Failure in Supply Chain

Picture this real-world scenario:  A major battery manufacturer finds itself running two years behind on a project with a partner firm. At many companies, this long of a delay could have jeopardized the outcome. But there is a strong project steering committee in place – with good communication via cross-functional discussions between the manufacturer and the…

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The Growing Digital Connection Between Businesses and Consumers

I recently attended the CEWIT2017 Conference at the Center for Wireless and Information Technology’s facility at beautiful Stony Brook University in New York. This is one of the premier conferences in the development and application of emerging technologies, and it does an excellent job of bringing together academic research and industrial innovation in one forum.…

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Building a Home or Planning a Vacation: Think about S&OP and S&OE

I recently had the opportunity to contribute an article, S&OP Vacation, to the Winter 2017 edition of Supply Chain World magazine1 about the sales and operations planning process. In working with many customers over the years, I’ve discovered that the term means different things to different organizations, causing some to question the business value sales…

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Manufacturing Has a New Look – Focused on the Consumer!

For manufacturers, the age of “we’ll build it, and customers will just have to buy what we make” is long over. The consumer is driving the supply chain, both in retail and manufacturing, and it’s not always about leading the pack to be successful. Many retailers are changing their supply chain processes to reflect the consumer-centric evolution…

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Supply Chain Planning Basics: Implications – Part 5 of 5

“For every complex problem … there’s a simple solution … and it’s wrong.” (H.L. Menken) In our fourth blog we considered execution in the context of the planning and scheduling processes; now let’s summarize our findings and consider why and how we uniquely consider these supply chain planning domains. To accomplish an objective we plan: we…

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