My Supply Chain Is a Mess, But Who Knows Where?

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  • Oct. 9, 2017

In the early days of supply chain logistics, the typical supply chain was small and confined enough that visibility wasn’t a concern. If you wanted to know what was going on, you could often do that just by walking around a factory or warehouse.

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? I Mean, My Sales Order?

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  • Oct. 2, 2017

In the mid-eighties, children (and adults) from around the world became entranced with a single question: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? The idea behind the franchise (an educational game series wrapped in a detective narrative) was to encourage exploration as a cornerstone concept of education.

Understanding the “When” of Supply Chain Operations

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  • Sept. 25, 2017

Supply chain operators often get bogged down deciding why they should take action, leaving other parts of their decision neglected; namely, the when of supply chain operations. Supply chain executives must be able to track the chronological flow of inventory from the moment it enters the supply chain to the moment it arrives at the customer’s door.

Myth 12: Visibility Integrations Have to Be IT-Oriented

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  • Sept. 11, 2017

Given how challenging supply chain visibility can be to achieve, confusion surrounding the concept is understandable. Executives assume that to achieve supply chain visibility, they need to invest in expensive IT infrastructure that gathers data from each touchpoint and delivers it in ways that operators can use to improve performance.

This myth isn’t just wrong, it’s dangerous: The complexity involved in integrating multi-party data with traditional ERPs can quickly become overwhelming.

Myth 10: It’s Better (And Safer) to Maintain the Status Quo

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  • Aug. 28, 2017

Supply chain optimization moves slowly. Under typical optimization strategies, improvements are made incrementally and assessed to determine their overall impact on business performance. With this as the norm, it’s understandable that risk averse supply chain executives are given pause by new solutions that completely change the way that operators view their supply chains. It feels safer to maintain the status quo—but when areas of inefficiency or opportunities to optimize exist, the status quo can be more harmful than helpful.

Myth 9: Multi-Party Means Multi-Platform

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  • Aug. 22, 2017

The days of in-house supply chain are over. These days, a successful, global manufacturing and distribution strategy requires multiple parties almost by definition. So, any effective supply chain optimization solution must take all parties into account, including raw goods suppliers, distribution centers, manufacturers, freight forwarding and final-mile delivery partners, and whomever else handles your inventory.

Myth 8: It’s Difficult to Remove Supply Chain Silos

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  • Aug. 21, 2017

Traditional logistics tell us that it’s difficult—or impossible—to eliminate each silo in the supply chain. Every supplier is different with its own unique standards of conduct, definitions of performance, and internal data to report how inventory is handled.