New Blog Color Test

Let's test your sense of color and design.

The new design for this blog (under development) needs a background color for my posts. Studies show that different colors inspire different emotions, and that means that picking the right background color matters. Here are six candidate background colors upon which a black text (probably) will ride.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to simply “feel” each color and tell me which sensation feels most compatible with my writing style for this blog.… READ MORE

Interdepartmental Cooperation Optimizes Supply Chain Limitations – Journal of Business Forecasting Fall 2014

By Chaman Jain
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Volume 33 Issue 3
Fall 2014

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Featured Articles:

Interdepartmental Cooperation Optimizes Supply Chain Limitations
By Michael Morris
The author describes how working with Marketing and Sales helps manage the constraints in the supply chain while meeting customer requirements and maintaining profitability.

Is Communication More Important Than Accuracy in Demand Planning?… READ MORE

IBF Report: Benchmarking Forecast Errors

By Chaman Jain
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Within demand planning and forecasting, there is nothing more important than forecast accuracy. The success of any plan greatly depends on it. Forecasts allow you to determine opportunities and risks; they also help to effectively manage supply and demand. Gone are the days when manufacturers produced what they thought they could sell. That was then, if there was anything left over, Marketing made it go away. Furthermore, the world we live in has become highly competitive. Consumers are now more demanding, and have become increasingly less loyal.… READ MORE

Guest blogger: Len Tashman previews Fall 2014 issue of Foresight

By Mike Gilliland
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In 2015 Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting will celebrate 10 years of publication. From high in his aerie in the Colorado Rockies, here is Editor-in-Chief Len Tashman’s preview of the current issue:

In this 35th issue of Foresight, we revisit a topic that always generates lively and entertaining discourse, one where business experience has been far more enlightening than academic research: the question of the proper Role of the Sales Force in Sales Forecasting.… READ MORE

Does your inventory support your Service levels?

By Mark Wahl
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By Mark Wahl, Jeff Keene, and Haresh Gopalan. Inventory optimization is one of the most important components of managing a supply chain, and in most complex supply chains can be an incredibly difficult problem. A key measure of supply chain performance related to inventory management is service level or fill rate.

As generally defined, service level is the probability of not having stock outs and fill rate is the fraction of order fulfilled. But when seen from a particular node in a supply chain, the fill rate and service level are almost the same.… READ MORE

Dilbert.com: Call for Content

The new Dilbert.com site design is nearly ready for beta testing and I am doing an open call for aspiring creators who would like to join the new site on a shared ad revenue basis. You don't need to be a cartoonist. Any content that a typical Dilbert reader might enjoy would work.

Perhaps you write funny articles, or you create your own unpublished comics, or you write movie reviews for nerds, or you collect links to funny animal pictures or offbeat stories.… READ MORE

Industrial engineering and the inception of "supply chain"

By Haresh Gopalan
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By Haresh Gopalan and Billy Hou. Supply chain management has come a long way and nowadays, companies run increasingly complex operations systems and deploy analytics which run in minutes to make sophisticated decisions. We owe this to the engineering discipline called Industrial engineering which deals with the optimization of complex processes or systems and has had a large influence on supply chain and operations in the last three centuries.

In order to see how far we have come and study the history, we have listed out chronologically a few of the most important innovations and ideas which shaped the landscape of modern industrial engineering from the early days to the 1960s.… READ MORE

ISIS Puzzle

Warning: This blog is written for a rational audience that likes to have fun wrestling with unique or controversial points of view. It is written in a style that can easily be confused as advocacy for one sort of unpleasantness or another. It is not intended to change anyone's beliefs or actions. If you quote from this post or link to it, which you are welcome to do, please take responsibility for whatever happens if you mismatch the audience and the content.… READ MORE

Unraveling Demand Planning: The Importance of Capability in Modern Supply Chain

By Sandra Labinjoh
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Nearly four years ago, I landed my dream job. I was named the Demand Planning Capability Manager for Global drinks giant Diageo. A few months later I arrived in HQ full of enthusiasm for transforming the Demand Planning function with an SAP APO implementation and a killer training program.

Soon after I arrived however, I started to think about what was really meant by the term ‘capability’. Was it enough to just train the planning team and give them a cutting edge forecasting tool?… READ MORE

The Silver Lining in Advice Articles

By Jon Schriebfeder

Some months ago, I discussed some bad advice that was being promoted by some industry experts. Your response was overwhelming. Many of you described other situations in which you did not receive realistic solutions to your problems. But sometimes even bad advice can get us thinking. And the process of thinking can result in good solutions. Whenever I read any business article I always ask:

• Does this subject apply to our situation?
• Does it adequately address the issues that my company faces?… READ MORE

Adding Context to the News

Warning: This blog is written for a rational audience that likes to have fun wrestling with unique or controversial points of view. It is written in a style that can easily be confused as advocacy for one sort of unpleasantness or another. It is not intended to change anyone's beliefs or actions. If you quote from this post or link to it, which you are welcome to do, please take responsibility for whatever happens if you mismatch the audience and the content.… READ MORE