Balancing demand and supply

RandyLittleson

I recently came across this article from Larry Lapide at MIT.  The basis of the article is discussing the need to balance demand and supply at all time intervals. My experience has been that this is much easier for manufacturers to accomplish over the long-term than it is the short-term?  Why?  Volatility.  So many things […]

Read the full story

Defining supply chain management

RandyLittleson

Public service announcement…. Came across this article here saying that a corporate consortium is co-sponsoring an initiative beginning today to gather information on the state of supply chain management education and supply chain talent in the field.  The article contains a link to an online survey and the article indicates that the results are to be […]

Read the full story

RapidResponse for Demand Management

RandyLittleson

In case you didn’t see, we formally introduced a new on-demand service today called RapidResponse for Demand Management (you can see the press release here and learn about the product here).  This is very exciting for us on a couple of fronts. For years we’ve gained success selling our Response Management solutions into the manufaturing/supply […]

Read the full story

Supply chain software as a service

RandyLittleson

Supplychainer.com has a new post talking about supply chain solutions offered as on-demand (software-as-a-service) services.  The ultimate conclusion is that the market will mature for such solutions, but the prediction is it will take about 10 years.  I’m much more bullish than that based on what we see for our on-demand service.  My comment to […]

Read the full story

Supply chain management is strategic

RandyLittleson

New research from Aberdeen sought insights into the importance of supply chain management at companies and found that it is a critical function that can make a strategic difference.  Aberdeen found that companies are struggling with globalization of supply, increasing competitive pressures, and dwindling product life cycles – which is forcing them to look at […]

Read the full story

Experts chime in on 2008 supply chain trends

RandyLittleson

SupplyChainDigest featured a dialog with various industry experts (here) on their thoughts on supply chain trends in 2008. A couple of interesting comments that caught my eye: Gartner’s Dwight Klappich says conditions may force companies back to basics in 2008. “Supply chain management organizations will be forced to divert their attention away from strategic initiatives […]

Read the full story

Is it actionable?

RandyLittleson

Saw a post at The Performance Guys that caught my eye because it talked about “actionable” information and BI tools.  What exactly is actionable vs. un-actionable (is that a word?) information?  To a degree, all information is actionable, its just to what purpose.  Most BI information is historical and best suited as actionable in a […]

Read the full story

AMR’s 2008 supply chain predictions

RandyLittleson

AMR has produced its list of 2008 supply chain predictions, as reported here at SupplyChainDigest.  Included in the list are: Companies manage risk for business continuity and competitive advantage.  Response Management is all about supply chain risk management on a day-to-day basis.  I’ve written about this many times (see here, here and here) in the past.  The […]

Read the full story