How Prepared are You for the Unthinkable?

Perhaps you’ve seen the identity theft commercial that shows a bank robbery in progress. Panicked customers look to the security guard to intervene, only to learn that he’s not really a security guard. He informs them that he’s a security monitor: His role is only to notify people if there’s a robbery. Not very helpful…

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Order Promising and Demand Shaping in a Segmented, Omni-Channel World

In a segmented, omni-channel world, available-to-promise (ATP) is seeing a renaissance. Omni-channel profitability for retailers and other value chain participants will increasingly depend on a matrix of available-to-promise possibilities across the various supply chain entities that make, move, and store inventory. As retailers evolve their omni-channel strategies, order promising, along with sophisticated demand shaping capabilities,…

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Bridging the Retailer-Manufacturer Divide: A Conversation with Flowcasting Founder André Martin – Part II

Retailers and manufacturers: do the words mistrust, inaccuracies and frustration come to mind when you think of your trading partners? You aren’t alone. All this month, Supply Chain Nation is exploring the retailer-manufacturer disconnect and first spoke with André Martin, considered the father of both Distribution Resource Planning (DRP) and Flowcasting, a new paradigm in…

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What the Age of the Consumer Means to Industrial Manufacturing: A Conversation with Simon Ellis, Part II

There is no question that consumer demand is now driving the consumer goods and retail industries. But how does it impact industrial manufacturing? To get some Expert Insights on this topic, Supply Chain Nation spoke with Simon Ellis, practice director, supply chain strategies, for IDC Manufacturing Insights. In Part I of this series, Ellis discussed…

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What the Age of the Consumer Means to Industrial Manufacturing: A Conversation with IDC’s Simon Ellis

There is no question that consumer demand is now driving the consumer goods and retail industries. But how does it impact industrial manufacturing? To get some Expert Insight on this topic, Supply Chain Nation spoke with Simon Ellis, practice director, supply chain strategies, for IDC Manufacturing Insights. Here is a summary of his comments. SCN:…

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The Category Management Maturity Curve: An Interview with Gordon Wade, Managing Partner and Director of Best Practices, CMA

As part of our Expert Insight series, Supply Chain Nation recently sat down with Gordon Wade, managing partner and director of best practices for the Category Management Association, to discuss the category management discipline, and in particular, the category management maturity curve as defined in CMA’s paper—Category Management Mastery: The Key to Growth! SCN: In…

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