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Finance professionals have long used portfolio management to ensure that financial investments are aligned with overall strategies and objectives. This practice also includes portfolio optimization, which helps identify the best possible mix to optimize performance. Supply chain professionals would be wise to apply a similar concept — along with key insights from the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model — to determine if they have the most effective project portfolios for their supply chains.......Read More
For today’s CPG companies, operational efficiency through scale no longer provides the same supply chain advantage it once did. This makes the move to becoming a more modern and faster CPG manufacturer essential for capturing untapped market growth. Digital supply chains have the potential to be one of the greatest enabling functions — so why, then, do CPG executives overlook opportunities to invest in digitization?......Read More
The e-commerce boom is in full swing, so accurate deliveries are becoming ever more essential. To avoid added costs, inefficiencies and errors, industry trading partners must collaborate on scalable methods and systems for channel consistency or risk falling short of competitors who get it right.......Read More
Value stream mapping is a proven practice at the manufacturing level and can render an equal or greater value at the supply chain level by providing a practical, graphical and data-driven picture to frame analysis of multiple factors.......Read More
According to Gartner’s four-stage, higher-maturity, S&OP model, nearly 70 percent of companies are stuck operating in the reacting and anticipating phases. To address the uncertainty, complexity and risk that come with global, digital supply chains, it’s time to make the jump to the more mature S&OP stages: collaborate and orchestrate.......Read More
In 2014, Weir launched a value chain excellence program to improve overall performance. The company turned to APICS to provide broader views and a full body of knowledge in supply chain management. By having a common knowledge base and improved people capability, Weir was able to significantly improve overall company performance. ......Read More
In 2016, company leaders initiated an assessment of NCR’s supply chain to identify gaps in capabilities, prioritize a roadmap of corrective actions and initiatives, and advance overall process maturity. Several opportunities to improve customer satisfaction and business performance were identified.......Read More
A study by McKinsey & Company referenced in APICS Supply Chain Management Now found that companies can unlock significant savings — as much as 15 percent — by optimizing C items, despite their low relative value.......Read More
APICS Editor Kia Wood recently spoke with Yossi Sheffi about what corporations are getting right with regards to sustainability, what they’re getting wrong and how to balance seemingly competing needs when developing successful business models. ......Read More
Patent research and analysis can be used to make procurement and strategy-related decisions and as a catalyst to derive dynamic insights — from early indications about future strategies of competitors or suppliers to innovation trends within a category.......Read More
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Hassle maps reveal the steps that cause a customer to have a negative experience with a business. The map can be literal or a simple mental construct and should play a key role in determining strategies for engineering, design, marketing, partners and competitors.......Read More
Although the internet of things (IOT) is new to the lexicon of many business professionals, using the internet to provide real-time information about a “thing” actually has been happening for a long time. For years, IOT capabilities have led to heightened efficiency, accuracy and economic benefits; enabled users to be more agile and responsive; and produced related competitive advantages. The barrier to entry continues to decrease every year, and businesses are taking notice. In fact, experts estimate that the IOT will incorporate about 30 billion objects by 2020. ......Read More
Johnson Controls is a global technology and industrial company with 130,000 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries. The organization designs, manufactures and delivers energy-efficient building solutions; automotive and advanced batteries for stop-start, hybrid and electric vehicles; and automobile seating components and systems. Johnson Controls supports all major automakers, supplying 50 million cars every year.......Read More
The best supply chain managers are also effective negotiators. Sure, negotiation skills are essential to purchasing — but they also play an important role in inventory management and transportation and logistics. Interestingly, some of the most essential negotiation skills also happen to be displayed each week on those reality TV shows about world-famous pawn shops. If you’re unfamiliar, basically, the programs depict a pawn shop staff’s interactions with customers, who bring in a variety of artifacts. Viewers watch as the players haggle over price and debate each piece’s historical background.......Read More
Would you like to significantly improve your company’s bottom line? A thorough evaluation of your organization’s indirect spend may yield surprising, significant and relatively quick results.......Read More
The effects of a disaster are felt throughout the supply chain long after an event takes place. No one is immune; these catastrophes can be just as crippling if they happen to a key partner rather than your own organization, and they can disrupt the involved business, its suppliers, customers and employees. As our economy becomes increasingly global, even an incident halfway around the world can have an enormous impact on our ability to conduct business as usual.......Read More
I received a call the other day from a colleague, who told me that he and his boss were trying to develop ways to educate their organization on the value of supply chain management. ......Read More
The health care landscape is rapidly evolving, and more pressure is placed on hospitals and health systems to reduce costs, improve outcomes and increase patient satisfaction. The following real-world account demonstrates the benefits that can be realized when partners work together.......Read More
Third-party logistics (3PL) business ABC is based in China and works with a leading automotive manufacturer that has hundreds of service dealers. In the past, the client company would place service parts purchase orders (POs) directly from the parts manufacturers to be delivered to its dealers’ service departments. Unfortunately, delivery was sporadic, and customers often had to wait days for their repairs to be completed. Even though the dealers typically kept about one month’s worth of spare parts inventory, this still proved to be inadequate. ......Read More
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