Posts categorized as 'Supply chain expert series'

Consumer Electronics Top 10 Questions: Supply Chain Leadership Series

CJWehlage
  • by CJ Wehlage
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I am starting a blog series called “Supply Chain Leadership”, where I hope to pose thought provoking, and forward looking questions to executives in my supply chain network. Posted monthly, this series will provide insights into the most pressing challenges, innovative items in their budgets, and how these executives have handled talent, complexity, end-to-end S&OP, and technology.

Continuing the Supply Chain Leadership series, I caught up with an executive in the consumer electronics business. His deep manufacturing, planning and technology background led him to one of the top consumer electronics companies in the world. His insights on the challenges and future of supply chain are incredibly thought provoking.

 

1. As we enter 2014, how would you describe the most pressing supply chain challenges?

a. Expanded product portfolios and product options are challenging our ability to maintain accurate forecasts.

b. Growth in new markets has presented us with challenges in understanding customer response to new products.

c. Material leadtimes have remained in an “extended horizon” status are affecting our ability to respond to demand variation.

d. International markets are growing as a proportion of overall sales, which is driving inventory growth.

 
2. Looking back at the past few years, what parts of supply chain have improved and what have you seen as the contributing factors for that improvement?

a. The company’s Sales and Operations Process has matured and is now providing consistent insight into Supply Chain challenges (mentioned in Q1), while creating visibility to risks and opportunities in the supply and demand balancing process.

b. The implementation of an enterprise system has enabled us to scale our planning and execution processes to keep up with significant growth and complexity of our product portfolio.

c. Reporting tools have been improved dramatically, driven by in memory based storage and on line (interactive) query capability.

d. Redesigned Supply Chain networks have enabled the company to ship more products direct from the source to the customer with a significant reduction in “hand offs” and material handling (waste).

e. Global Supply Chain operational personnel have matured in experience and skill due to corporate initiated training including; face to face, centralized class rooms, and on line classes.

 

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SupplyChainBrain Video Series Part 5: How An Integrated Supply Chain Enables First Solar’s Business Goals

MelissaClow
  • by Melissa Clow
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In October, SupplyChainBrain attended our annual Kinexions user conference. At our event they completed a number of video interviews with some customers, analysts, and Kinaxis executives. These videos are loaded with great information and we would like to share it with our readers. Each week for the coming weeks, we will be highlighting a clip. […]

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Are Demand-Driven Value Networks still a dream?

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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It is many years since Gartner started discussing demand-driven value networks. This concept is central to their ideas of an S&OP maturity model in which the most mature level, “Business Orchestration”, is all about what Gartner calls demand translation. The diagram below is from a Gartner webcast (Delivering Business Value from S&OP, Applebaum, T., Kohler, […]

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Part 2: Thoughts from Kinexions – A new way to think about S&OP

JohnWesterveld

In my last post, I presented some problems with traditional S&OP systems.  I then pondered what if you could… Create a new demand plan (or several) and instantly see how this new plan would impact your supply chain down to the smallest component? Drive your supply plan from any forecast stream (Sales, statistical, marketing, customer, […]

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Colleen “Coco” Crum: Advances in communicating information across a supply chain aid in better decision making and collaboration

RandyLittleson

For most of us, we’re experiencing unprecedented economic challenges. The implications to the supply chain management profession are profound. We’ve gathered some of the industry’s brightest minds to discuss these challenges and seek innovative solutions. We hope you enjoy the Kinaxis Supply Chain Expert Series as we challenge these experts on these issues. Colleen “Coco” […]

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Larry Lapide: Aligning demand management processes to achieve strategic goals

RandyLittleson

For most of us, we’re experiencing unprecedented economic challenges. The implications to the supply chain management profession are profound. We’ve gathered some of the industry’s brightest minds to discuss these challenges and seek innovative solutions. We hope you enjoy the Kinaxis Supply Chain Expert Series as we challenge these experts on these issues. Larry Lapide, […]

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Dave Blanchard: Top performing supply chains consistently do things differently

RandyLittleson

For most of us, we’re experiencing unprecedented economic challenges. The implications to the supply chain management profession are profound. We’ve gathered some of the industry’s brightest minds to discuss these challenges and seek innovative solutions. We hope you enjoy the Kinaxis Supply Chain Expert Series as we challenge these experts on these issues. Dave Blanchard […]

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Clarence Chen: The three disciplines required to operate a multi-enterprise supply network

RandyLittleson

For most of us, we’re experiencing unprecedented economic challenges. The implications to the supply chain management profession are profound. We’ve gathered some of the industry’s brightest minds to discuss these challenges and seek innovative solutions. We hope you enjoy the Kinaxis Supply Chain Expert Series as we challenge these experts on these issues. Clarence Chen […]

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