Demand management becomes essential in discrete industries

RandyLittleson

New research from Aberdeen (available here) points to the growing need for improved demand management in discrete industries.  The research identifies a variety of pressures that are forcing companies to focus on improving their demand management capabilities, including: rising customer service expectations, global supply chains resulting in increased lead-times, volatile market resulting in high uncertainty […]

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Demand and supply integration drives operations performance

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IndustryWeek has a new article talking about the significant benefits associated with delivering decision makers an integrated view of demand and supply.  Operations performance breakthroughs are enabled when people are empowered with this holistic visibility. As the article points out with explanation and examples, for too long companies have leveraged planning systems that operate in […]

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Supply chain collaboration takes center stage

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There seems to be an increasing focus on supply chain collaboration in terms of research, articles, etc. Here’s new research on the topic at ThomasNet. There’s also a detailed review of Boeing’s supplier collaboration model related to the new 787 Dreamliner airplane here. The ThomasNet article highlights new research by CAPS Research that “found managers […]

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Supply chain risk can impact shareholder value

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Very interesting article here about the shareholder value impact of supply chain risk.  According to the article, “businesses must remain prepared to adapt to adverse events. Organizations that are better equipped will gain competitive business advantage while improving reputations, while ill-equipped organizations will lose market share and shareholder value.”  The article goes on to state […]

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Boeing deals with outsourcing challenges

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Good article here at ITBusinessEdge by Ann All discussing the challenges Boeing has faced with its global supply chain for its new Dreamliner 787 jet.  As you’ve probably read, Boeing took a very aggressive outsourcing strategy for this project.  What they’ve come to realize, like so many others, is that doing so is a double-edged […]

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Nintendo struggles to find supply/demand balance

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There was an interesting article here in the Wall Street Journal (paid registration required) the other day talking about the challenges that Nintendo is having balancing supply and demand for it’s popular Wii game console.  The article points out that “… Nintendo’s problem illustrates how tough it is for companies to try to predict demand […]

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