The growing need for demand management

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Aberdeen has recently published new insights on the growing need for demand management (access the full report here – paid subscription required).  Among the many good insights is the graphic above that shows the pressures forcing companies to focus on demand management. These pressures, if not adequately managed, can impact both the top and bottom […]

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Accessing supply chain data for decision making

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Aberdeen recently published their Supply Chain Innovator’s Technology Footprint 2008 report.  One Fast Fact in the report caught my eye: 78% of Best-in-Class companies indicate that they have the ability to find (within a reasonable time) and access supply chain data needed for decision making versus 50% of all others. This is interesting for at […]

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SCM increasingly seen as strategic market differentiator

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According to new research from Aberdeen, most companies (56%) regard SCM as a market strategy differentiator, a customer service differentiator or a profit center, rather than simply a cost of doing business. Nearly half (49%) indicate that escalating customer service demands are driving their supply chain transformations. This is certainly a positive trend.  For too […]

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Supply chain risks on the rise

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Here are new insights on the rising threat of supply chain risks as found in a new study by Marsh, Inc (you can get a copy of the report here – free registration required). There are some interesting findings in the report: Nearly three-quarters of companies (73 percent) believe their supply chain risk has risen […]

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Gartner SCM user survey finds increasing pace of change

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Gartner recently released a new set of findings on supply chain management issues based on research they’ve done with end customers (you can purchase the research here).  Among the many good insights is this: about 93% expect the pace of change will increase through 2010 (the specific question was: “Between now and 2010 do you expect […]

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The effects of globalization on supply chain management

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Bob Ferrari has some good observations over at his Supply Chain Matters blog about the impact of globalization on supply chain management.  His observations come from the Supply Chain World North America event.  He has three posts on it – here, here and here. At one point, Bob states; “of greater and timelier interest is […]

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Is your order promising process resilient to unexpected change?

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Dr. Larry Lapide of MIT has written a piece here about the order promising process and some best practices for making it work better.  Larry talks about the fact that order promising is where demand and supply balancing really intersect. This is a key challenge we talk to customers about all the time.  We’re increasingly […]

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Customer driven supply chains

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I found an interesting article here at supplychainstandard.com.  Chris outlines a key trend in the market, namely that more and more companies are focused on creating more customer driven supply chains in response to increasing market pressures.  He also does a nice job of outlining several actions companies can take to compete in this environment […]

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