Supply Chain Digitalization Is Top of Mind for Many Manufacturers – Are You One of Them?

The world is changing constantly and quickly. Digital technologies and their related information flows continue to disrupt industries – creating new opportunities for customer service, revenue streams, efficiencies, and competitive advantage. Those that once viewed Amazon’s wild success as primarily a retail concern have now reconsidered, and if they want to be successful, re-positioned. Amazon…

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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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Supply Chain Planning Basics: Planning to Execute – Part 4 of 5

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…

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Supply Chain Planning Basics: Planning to Schedule – Part 3 of 5

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…

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How Important is 1% to Your Supply Chain?

Perhaps you’ve seen the recent mobile service ads, where the pitchman talks about a 1 percent difference in reliability. He and other characters in the commercial mock the importance of spending more for only a 1 percent difference in service. Perhaps I’m just tired of seeing this guy; he’s gone from pitching the “Can you hear me…

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JDA Intelligent Fulfillment Removes the Dilemma Between Customer Intimacy and Supply Chain Efficiency

You know the dilemma that many supply chain managers are now in; how can they meet rising demands for greater customer intimacy while still maintaining the operational efficiency of their supply chains to ensure profitability? We’ve all worked hard over the years to optimize linear supply chains to make them highly efficient and scalable while…

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Go Ahead, Make My Day…. Really, please! The New Generation of Supply Chain Software Users

While many blogs, articles and websites talk frequently about the changing, evolving and ever-connected consumer, little focus seems to be paid to the practitioners (or end users) of the supply & demand chain software that drive the satisfaction of those end consumers. As the end consumer is evolving, being more connected, “always-on”, social and succinct,…

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