Responding…versus planning…versus expediting

MaxJeffrey
  • by Max Jeffrey
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This is a follow-up to my post from a few weeks ago: Expediting versus Planning.  I received many comments and recommendations on this subject as to whether much of the expediting that occurs is in fact related to planning deficiencies.   After reading and reflecting on the comments I received, it seems to me that the premise that effective […]

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World Cup and the supply chain: a comparison

CarolMcIntosh

Would you ever think of comparing the World Cup to the supply chain? What analogies can be made? Both are filled with unplanned events. Italy out? England out? That was not in the plan. There will always be surprises no matter how much you plan. However, the challenge of unplanned events in the supply chain […]

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What’s needed and what’s available in S&OP offerings today?

LoriSmith
  • by Lori Smith
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Just a reminder of our webcast next week with Lora Cecere, Partner with Altimeter Group.   What S&OP Capabilities Matter Most? Date: June 29, 2010 Time: 1:00 p.m. EST Register today! Based on recent research, Lora Cecere outlines optimal practices for S&OP, and what’s required to get there. As S&OP grows in significance, companies are redefining S&OP and the supporting technological […]

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China…times they are a changin’!

JohnWesterveld

I’ve recently been noticing a number of articles in Industry Week dealing with labor disputes and issues in China; Strike Halts Honda’s Production in China Honda Offers Pay Raise to Chinese Strikers Honda’s Chinese Parts Plant Resumes Full Operations Honda Resumes Car Production at Two Assembly Plants in China Japan’s Brother Says Hit by China […]

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Driving performance improvements through exception management

KerryZuber
  • by Kerry Zuber
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Who doesn’t embrace the concept of management by exception?   This is one of those universal concepts that suggest we should build processes that handle normal variations virtually automatically, and reserve our precious human capital to address the variances that have significant business impact.  Like most great concepts, the real challenge lies in the application of […]

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The real value is in the response (In this case, responses to my blog post on forecast accuracy)

BillDuBois
  • by Bill DuBois
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Many times the responses to a blog post are more valuable than the original post itself, especially when the original post poses a question. In the case of “How accurate does the forecast need to be?” that was certainly the case. The following are some “nuggets” from the  responses received to the original post that […]

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Closing the gaps in supply chain management

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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The C-suite & SCM Much has changed over the years since the 1980’s when few knew the term Supply Chain Management (SCM) and even fewer knew what it meant, including me.  The closest one could come to study SCM at university was Operations Research or Industrial Engineering.  Having done this at the graduate level, I […]

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Is collaboration the next supply chain optimizer?

JohnSicard
  • by John Sicard
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On June 15th, I had the privilege of presenting at the world first Chief Supply Chain Officer Summit alongside a very well-known and respected Supply Chain Leader. I say alongside because Angel Mendez, Senior Vice President of Customer Value Chain Management at Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), really did the majority of the work. On this occasion, […]

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