The five pillars of supply chain excellence

DavidOppenheim

I came across a very interesting IndustryWeek article entitled: “Building A Better Supply Chain”  where experts shared their thoughts about what criteria manufacturers should focus on to improve their supply chain capabilities.  The University of Tennessee’s J. Paul Dittmann says successful supply chains demonstrate proficiency in these five pillars of excellence: Talent Technology Internal collaboration […]

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Improvements in production processes are often insufficient to solve customer delivery problems

DuncanKlett
  • by Duncan Klett
  • Published

The white paper, Making the Case for Lean Process Lead-Times, makes a compelling case:  Improvements in production processes are often insufficient to solve customer delivery problems. In addition to production processes, you also need to look at your order management processes.  If you recognize that order management, particularly managing changes to orders, is a key […]

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More collaboration, and less control; more coordination, and less optimization

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
  • Published

Kinaxis has just published its latest white paper, One-to-Many : Establishing a common platform to address multiple supply chain applications. Here is the abstract: What is needed in today’s dispersed and loosely coupled supply chains is more collaboration, and less control; more coordination, and less optimization. Companies must have the ability to enable their front-line people […]

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Is a pure IP play the correct strategy for the new world?

TrevorMiles

I came across a post by Kevin O’Marah of AMR titled “Engine of Recovery: the Third World”. The central theme of Kevin’s post is how can companies in the western world leverage their IP in the developing world even as they adopt a “knowledge economy” in the western world. An interesting conundrum, especially in light […]

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Demand for green is coming…are you ready?

JohnWesterveld

I came across this article in cio.com. It outlines Wal-Mart’s plans to implement a “major sustainability initiative” across its supply base. Their goal is to” co-develop a worldwide sustainable product index that will establish a “single source of data” to allow Wal-Mart and (eventually) consumers to evaluate the sustainability of Wal-Mart’s suppliers’ products.” This initiative […]

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Where can you get the best bang for your buck when looking to improve lead-times?

JohnWesterveld

In a white paper titled “Making the case for Lean Process Lead-times”, David Oppenheim explores an often unexploited source of lead-time improvement; information processing. Let’s take a look at two companies that manufacture the same item.  One company produces excellent quality for a reasonable cost and can typically deliver in 15 days.   The other company […]

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The expiry factor introduces unique constraints on planning

MartinBuckley

I came across a very interesting response to my ‘Constrained planning vs. finite capacity scheduling: which way to go?’ article, which brought up a new angle to view constrained resource and material planning from. The response was talking about planning in the biotech industry as compared to the aerospace industry, commenting on how different the […]

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The customer is always #1

CarolMcIntosh

For many years I have worked in the high tech industry. Recently my experiences have been in the pharmaceutical industry and I have discovered an interesting insight. There is no question that employees in a pharmaceutical company know why they are there. It is all about the customer.  The customers are patients and often the […]

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