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1. 3 Ways Retail Stores Can Survive In The Age Of Amazon & E-Commerce
... to analyze a wide variety of metrics to better understand their customers and what impacts their purchasing decisions.  “There are many variables to the in-person shopping experience,” Light says. “Detecting ...
Created on 02 April 2018
2. CPG Supply Chain Rankings
The annual ranking of consumer packaged goods (CPG) supply chains is out, and there's not much change.Walmart still is atop the list and the usual suspects, albeit in a slightly different order than last ...
Created on 24 January 2017
3. S&OP Metrics Benefits
...  an IndustryWeek article, Larry Fast summarizes the critical metrics that can be provided. Read it HERE. ...
Created on 19 January 2017
4. Research Summary on Procurement Organizations
A recent study by A.T. Kearney indicates the majority of procurement organizations just aren't cutting it when it comes to delivering value.Their guidelines for high performing teams are well-defined, ...
Created on 03 January 2017
5. The Meaning of "World Class"
"World Class" seems to be an over-used phrase, but the supply chain experts at the Hackett Group know it when they see it.Their recent report not only defines the term, but it spells out what it means ...
Created on 29 November 2016
6. Getting the SIOP Ball Rolling
Sales, Inventory, & Operations Planning (SIOP) is a tough nut to crack. However, if done right the benefits are undeniable.Michael Nelson, in a guest article on the Spend Matters site, identifies some ...
Created on 17 November 2016
7. Growth of Mobile Usage in Supply Chains
Mobile technologies have driven a host of major changes to the supply chain on the demand side. They're having a valuable impact on operations as well, from logistics to workforce optimization.According ...
Created on 03 November 2016
8. Predictions for the Supply Chain of 2030
Some of us have problems predicting a week into the future, but not Tom Gregorchik. He's looking out toward 2030 and has a few predictions he's pretty sure about. His focus is narrow, but it's a start.Check ...
Created on 19 October 2016
9. Airbus Builds a Control Tower
Although most of us have little in common with aircraft manufacturer Airbus, there may be some takeaways from a recent presentation about their supply chain control center.Bob Ferrarri attended the discussion ...
Created on 06 October 2016
10. Moving Toward Integration
Integration between suppliers and buyers can be a competitive advantage. Unfortunately, a low percentage of relationships are at the stage where they can be considered advantageous. On the Supply Chain ...
Created on 04 October 2016
11. Walmart & Target Go After Supply Variability
Retail supply chains have been innovative over the years, with efforts like RFID, advanced metrics, and ECR. However, they've been a little too accepting of variability from suppliers on things like deliver ...
Created on 04 October 2016
12. Thinking About Supply Chain 2030
As supply chain managers think about what the world will look like for them in the year 2030, who better to ask for thoughts on the subject than the Supply Chain Shaman?In a recent article on her site, ...
Created on 29 September 2016
13. Supply Chain Optics
'Optics' is a common buzzword in this election season. Supply chain folks ought to become familiar with it as well, according to Art van Bodegraven on the DC Velocity site.If you're doing the job, there's ...
Created on 22 September 2016
14. WalMart's New Delivery Standards
... manufacturing, logistical, and transportation processes required to meet WalMart's exacting requirements, it'll truly be a challenge. Read about the requirement, metrics, and penalties HERE. ...
Created on 19 September 2016
15. Getting Started With S&OP
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is an undeniably important part of supply chain management. Lora Cecere has studied the process and provides suggestions on how to get started in a new post on the ...
Created on 19 September 2016
16. Next-Gen Supply Chain Talent Needs
The supply chain talent gap is still a common topic around the water cooler. It's not a static target, though, and predictions are that it'll only get worse.Lora Cecere, the Supply Chain Shaman, has analyzed ...
Created on 15 September 2016
17. The Inventory Balancing Act
Inventory management is a tough one. The traditional thought is that if you don't get it right, too much inventory is a waste of money, too little and you risk missing sales.The omnichannel consumer has ...
Created on 14 August 2016
18. Managing the Demand River
The Supply Chain Shaman, Lora Cecere, is looking at the challenge of managing demand flows in supply chains. In her view, the way we're managing demand is not only not working, it's distorting the measurement.She ...
Created on 12 August 2016
19. 2016 Supply Chains to Admire
The Supply Chain Shaman has developed her 2016 list of Supply Chains to Admire. As usual, not only is the list interesting, but the criteria used to create it are even more instructive.In an article on ...
Created on 04 August 2016
20. It's All About Costs
... the Logistics Viewpoints site, Ascena Retail Group, has done a fine job with this. Curt Reiser reviews their operational changes and their impact on metrics in his story and explains how their investments ...
Created on 02 August 2016