Coping with catastrophe. Can your supply chain recover?

JohnWesterveld

I spotted this article from the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago and a couple of points caught my eye.  First, 2010 was a record breaking year for natural and man-made disasters. We had a virtual smorgasbord of catastrophes from flooding, to fire, to snowstorms. We had Volcanoes grounding air travel and earthquakes devastating […]

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A great school assignment due in Oct. but submitted in Dec. fails! It’s the same in supply chain

JohnWesterveld

We all need to get results in our day to day activities. But if you think about it, getting results almost always has a time component to it. Think back to your school days.  Finishing an assignment was a result. But if the assignment was due on October 10th and you handed it in at […]

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Inventory management – What are the best practices?

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
  • Published

My colleague Max Jeffrey recently posted a blog titled “Should Safety Stock be added to forecasted FG demand?” which he also published in our Supply Chain Expert Community, both of which generated quite a lot of discussion in which Max suggests that a ‘safety forecast’ makes more sense than a ‘safety stock.’ In other words, […]

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The lighter side of supply chain collaboration.

LoriSmith
  • by Lori Smith
  • Published

It’s hard to believe it has been a month since we launched Episode 1 of ‘New Kinexions’ – a six part comedy series which draws parallels between dysfunctional software and an annoying ex. If you haven’t watched them yet, make sure to check out Episodes 1-5 in the Just for Laughs section of the Supply […]

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2011 – The year for supply chain transformation?

CarolMcIntosh

Is it something in the water? Or are competitors eating your lunch? Fickle customers, no brand loyalty? What to do?? There appears to be a high level of interest in supply chain transformation this year. The economy is showing signs of improvement and companies are recognizing that there needs to be a renewed focus on […]

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Should safety stock be added to forecasted FG demand?

MaxJeffrey
  • by Max Jeffrey
  • Published

Is it appropriate to add safety stock to forecasted finished goods demand? In different words, should safety or buffer stock be included in the forecasted demand for products, or be driven separately in the planning system? Seems like a simple question, but I am not sure of the answer, and possibly the answer depends on […]

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The top reasons why SaaS rocks when it comes to upgrades!

RobBell
  • by Rob Bell
  • Published

As a veteran (26 years) of software development and quality assurance, I am a huge proponent of Software as a Service (SaaS). It is a win-win for vendors and customers. Mainly because vendors always want customers running on their latest versions software (best quality, most features) and although customers want the same thing, they don’t […]

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“Who should know?” The key to the use of social networks in the supply chain.

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
  • Published

In January I wrote a blog titled “Social networks and supply chains: It’s a question of maturity” in which I commented on the incorporation of social media concepts in supply chain management in which I referred to a research report by Nari Viswanathan at Aberdeen. In a follow-up to the report, dealing largely with the […]

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