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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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Labeling Still a Barrier in Some Areas

barcodeChanging long-term processes is never an easy thing to do but it’s especially challenging when you’re talking about how item labeling is done in Asia. Right now, for example, when the internet is down, workers take a “sneaker net” approach to getting purchase orders out: Someone plugs a USB drive into a computer, copies the information then walks down the hall and plugs it into another computer to remove the file and then brings it back to the packer, explains Chris Beukenkamp, managing director, Asia, for SPS Commerce. “We have the internet everywhere but you’re lucky if a factory has a single internet connection -- and that’s usually on a manager’s desk. It definitely won’t be on the factory floor where they’re doing packing and shipping.”

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Pondering the Supply Chain Ecosystem

ECOSYSTEMThis past week I spent visiting my son in Colorado.  On one of our many adventures we hiked to an area in the Rockies that was a uniquely contained ecosystem.  One change to its delicate balance could cause negative impact to its carefully laid out environment.

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Business Continuity Plans Must Consider Supply Chain Operations

superstorm-sandyThe recent superstorm, Sandy, and the Nor’easter that followed one week later, are continual reminders that businesses need to build redundancies and create business continuity plans for services and infrastructure. Not only do outages have immediate impact to operations, they also significantly impact supply chains. In fact, a recent study led by global multi-line insurance provider Zurich Insurance Group and conducted by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) found that the leading cause of supply chain disruption is unplanned IT or telecom outages.

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What Supply Chain Masters Execute

ciosuperSupply chain “masters” are in the best position to turn rising fuel prices from an inhibitor to an opportunity for change, according to the Accenture report, Past the Tipping Point: Record oil prices require new supply chain strategies to enable future high performance. They masters understand the need to re-evaluate the various components of the supply chain. 

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What Can Supply Chain Management Learn From On-Line Video Games

onlinegameOne of the biggest sources of entertainment today is on-line video games. I don't mean the single player or two players type, but the group versions. No, it is not just kids; many adults play too (rather than playing bridge or golf). There is a huge amount of  collaboration and social networking going on too. The Extended Supply Chain has much to learn from them.

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What’s in it for the Supplier?

supplier shareIn order for suppliers to be of value to their retailers, they must figure out how to manage customer relationships. Many suppliers have copped a victim mentality over the years and it comes as little surprise that retailers don’t want to deal with that attitude any longer. With products ranging in the hundreds or hundreds of thousands, retailers have come to expect more value add from their suppliers. They need to know which products are performing, underperforming -- or are so hot they can’t stock them fast enough. Read more...

Sharing Data Delivers Success

shared dataThe good news is there’s more and more product data available for suppliers and retailers. The not-so-good news is that sharing that data has become overwhelming as economic conditions continue to be a challenge and industry growth is changing the way data sharing continues to grow.

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