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SCM Control Tower Functions

a3-52 control towerOur Supply Chain Control Tower is up and running. Yes, the idea makes a lot of sense, but what are the benefits? How do we make full use of our resources? What else do we need to add to it? Read more...

The Supply Chain is Just a Cost of Doing Business

SupplyChainEfficiency Illustration"Just part of the cost of doing business." That's how the supply chain is perceived in the least progressive of businesses. Gartner's observations on the importance of the supply chain among different businesses is a sobering reminder of how supply chain participants can be observed. Being a 'cost of doing business' means being an expense that should be reduced... definitely not a position in which any participant in the supply chain wants to find itself. Read more...

What's Wrong with Vendors

problemThe supply chain is pretty simple. There are two parties; the buyer and the seller. In that way it's like any business transaction. Both parties have something they need and agree on the terms under which they will transact business. Why then does the relationship between vendors and purchasers go wrong so frequently? Read more...

Getting Started With Supplier Risk Management

Quality-Risk-ManagementBusinesses must put more effort into pre-planning for business interruption according to a survey by Zurich Insurance and the Business Continuity Institute (BCI). They are concerned about supply chain disruption and term it a "blind spot". We are concerned too. Zurich recommends mapping out your supply chain and quantifying each supplier by financial stability, geopolitical issues, et al. If you have a lot of global suppliers, this could be a tall order. I think Zurich is sitting in an "ivory tower" and not a "SCM Control Tower". Read more...

Biggest Supply Chain Management Problems

big problemI like to listen to people, read group discussions, read expert opinions and make lists. So, from numerous sources, I made an unranked list of what LOTS of people regard as their biggest SCM problems. Then I searched out an expert opinion on what are the biggest SCM problems. The one I liked best was "Top Supply Chain Challenges" from the Supply Chain Council (the SCOR people). Next, I slotted the opinions of the workers in the trenches into the five categories from the Supply Chain Council. I could be wrong, see if you agree!!!

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Insourcing and the Supply Chain

insource-outsourceWe all know what Outsourcing is, but now a new trend is popping up: Insourcing. The definition of insourcing is simple but the ramifications are complex. Read more...

Supply Chain To Supply Circle

miraclesAs a Supply Chain Manager, everybody is expecting you to perform miracles and save your company. You are expected to come up with some great programs. Would one of the Top Ten SCM Innovations make your CEO happy? Let's try instead and give you some simpler ideas. Read more...

Who Sits Where In The SCM Control Tower?

flight controllerWe recently wrote an article on Supply Chain Control Towers. Now, who is going to staff the control tower? Logistics was conceived by the military to get the right amount of supplies to the troops at the right time. Supply chain management takes a bigger approach of looking further back into the life of a product to its manufacture and even product design while integrating what were once thought to be unrelated disciplines: marketing and customer service. Read more...

Supply Chain Control Towers

ControlTowerA new term is appearing in the supply chain arena: "Supply Chain Control Tower". Just as an airport control tower coordinates airplanes landing and taking off, a Supply Chain Control Tower coordinates inbound and outbound distribution flows. Sure sounds more professional than a "dashboard". Read more...

2012 Model for Supply Chain Management (SCM)

suggestionI am developing what I expect the “model year 2012” SCM system should encompass. In a Supply Chain Management system, EDI and ERP are  intrinsically tied together. Therefore, I am planning  to evaluate the SCM SYSTEM, not just the EDI module or the ERP module. Shown below are the selection criteria I would want to be fulfilled. Right now this evaluation is kind of skimpy: sort of need to add to add more salami between the bread. Based on your comments, I may add, subtract or modify these requirements. 

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