SCM Control Tower Start-up

ControlTowerWe have been gathering a list of issues that need to to be resolved before building a Supply Chain Control Tower: SCM and IT partnership; Visibility; Strategy and expectations; Foundation for the tower; and Team-building.

Supply Chain On Demand

cloud-computingMost Supply Chain Management executives are concerned with the risks from extended supply chains, but only a few have real end-to-end visibility into their supply chains. For those without this full visibility, outsourcing and globalization have put a “lot of rocks on their wagon.” They see increased demand/supply variability and increased lead times. They don't see problems until it is too late and then, they are slow to react. We need to aim for a demand driven Supply Chain Management solution in the Cloud. For discussion purposes, let's call it “SCM NET WORKS”

The Cycle is Your Friend

Planet-Hype-500x439Gartner’s ‘Hype Cycle’ is a pretty handy little tool. It’s not exactly Moore’s Law, but as far as providing insight into where hot technologies are in the public conversation, it does a great job. If you know where your technology sits on the cycle’s pathway, you can pretty much predict where it’s going, at least from a hype standpoint.

Continuing the EDI Journey

climb rope-teamSince the beginning of 2014, I've focussed my blogs on the start of an EDI journey.  My articles focus on organizations seeking to take on that ginormous step of embracing EDI technology as a pillar of their being; and I've talked about lessons I have learned and observed to secure process decisions applicable to organization situations.  I do hope they have been helpful.

Alternative to SCM Control Tower

AlternateIs a Supply Chain Management Control Tower the only way to go? What issues are not yet solved with our current thoughts on SCM Control Towers? Are we looking at some type of a “Commercial Network” instead; or are looking at “SCM Control Tower 2?” In any event, there is a requirement for further automation of the process.

Are We There Yet? Yes, We Are Still on the Road!

long roadEDI solutions have become abundant in the past several years as EDI has secured its position more as a needed functionality within organizations.  This is not just for large organizations either.  It is trending in the SMB world, as well.

Automotive Supply Chain Connections

Automotive-Supply-ChainIn designing Supply Chain Control Towers, we have been heavily concerned with visibility into outsourced and/or offshore finished products suppliers. But the Manufacturing function itself depends on it's own critical parts suppliers. We have to realize that success is more than just assuming Manufacturing's ERP/MRP will handle everything for us. Let's take a look at the automotive industry and what it takes to create an integrated manufacturing process.

Are We There Yet?

are we there yetI heard a four word phrase today that brought me back some years to travelling with my two sons. We took many road trips as they were growing up. It would take more than two hands to count the number of times I heard them during our travels, “Are we there yet?” Patience, dear sons, patience….we will be there soon enough! But for them, it was never too soon!

Can’t We Just Execute an EDI Solution Already???

solutions 1A couple of weeks ago I shared snippets of EDI technologies available today that give organizations more choices to meet their EDI needs. But have you thought about your internal business partner processes and needs? Though EDI is a technology, core business partners and processes will still be mainstream players when choosing your EDI solution.

Competition for the Last Mile

last mileWhether you consider the ‘last mile’ challenge a customer service, supply chain, or logistics issue, it’s a topic that could be the next frontier for competitive advantage in the retail space. But what exactly are we talking about? Is it same day delivery, the use of ‘valets’ to provide immediate delivery at a premium, or the attempt to get a product in the customer’s hands when he wants it at the least cost? When I read through recent articles on the topic, it seems like they’re all considered ‘last mile’ issues. Heck, delivery-to-store and to storage lockers can even be thought of in the same vein.

Supply Chain Buzz




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