Squeezing more working capital from your supply chain

RandyLittleson

Deloitte Consulting has published a new report (you can access/download the report here) that outlines ten suggestions for squeezing more working capital from your supply chain.  The ten suggestions are (the report provides more detail on each of these): Focus on the cash-to-cash conversion cycle Think like a CFO Focus on inventory reduction (a theme […]

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Inventory masking true GDP weakness

RandyLittleson

Today’s headlines are full of confusing statements about the true status of US gross domestic product (GDP) numbers.  Take these  examples: U.S. GDP: Less ugly than feared (Forbes) The worst is still ahead of us (MarketWatch) Economy: Sharpest decline in 26 years (CNNMoney) But the interesting commentary is below the headlines: Though the GDP figure […]

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Globalization in the midst of economic turmoil

RandyLittleson

PRTM has released new research talking about the fate of gloablization in light of the current economic turmoil (you can access the report here – free registration required).  One of the first things the paper talks about is how companies are building adaptable supply chains to reap benefits and manage supply chain risk.   According to […]

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Lockheed Martin to implement Kinaxis RapidResponse for superior supply management

RandyLittleson

This morning we put out a press release announcing that Lockheed Martin is deploying Kinaxis RapidResponse to achieve superior supply management.  Lockheed Martin chose RapidResponse because the solution will help complement their highly complex supply chain infrastructure in dynamically aligning demand and supply.  Lockheed Martin is an SAP shop and they will use the initial […]

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Supply chain volatility effects all types of products

BobMay
  • by Bob May
  • Published

At a recent Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) conference, I was given an introduction into the planning challenges facing a company in a very dynamic market. Imagine a product where geographic boom and bust cycles regularly take place, you have to satisfy dozens of retail channels but one customer constitutes 40% of all North American […]

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Bankruptcy fears grip auto-parts suppliers. What should they do?

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
  • Published

We got asked via twitter about the article entitled Bankruptcy fears grip auto-parts suppliers (at the Wall Street Journal – registered required).  The question was, “what would you tell the auto industry suppliers?” There are deep structural issues in the US  and European automotive industry that are beyond the capabilities of any software solution to […]

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What is your organization’s top priority for supply chain investment?

RandyLittleson

Over at the Infosys supply chain management blog, which is a very good blog by the way, they are conducting a poll asking what your organization’s top priority is for supply chain investment in these tough economic conditions.   If you register while taking the poll, you get a free AMR white paper on thriving in […]

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Supply chain risks come in all sizes

JohnSicard
  • by John Sicard
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A word you often hear following the term “risk” is “reward”. You know – when you compare the expected gain from an investment to the amount of risk undertake to capture that gain. So what’s the reward to having a risk management strategy? Early during my read of the “Essential Characteristics of Supply Chain Risk […]

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