Network Consolidation: A Step Forward for Market-Driven Value Networks?

By Lora Cecere shutterstock 83453059 150x150 Network Consolidation: A Step Forward for Market Driven Value Networks?

Market-driven Value Networks: An adaptive network focused on a value-based outcomes. The network senses, translates, and orchestrates market changes (buy and sell-side markets) bi-directionally with near-real time data to align sell, deliver, make and sourcing organizations outside-in.

Today’s supply chain processes are inside-out with a focus on orders and shipments. We have automated transactional data; but there are no systems available to take independent demand data (channel data_ and move it through a multi-tier supply chain planning system. … READ MORE

Using information criteria to select forecasting model (Part 2)

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Let’s continue now to Nikolaos Kourentzes’ blog post on How to choose a forecast for your time series.

Using a Validation Sample

Nikos first discusses the fairly common approach of using a validation or “hold out” sample.

The idea is to build your model based on a subset of the historical data (the “fitting” set), and then test its forecasting performance over the historical data that has been held out (the “validation” set). For example, if you have four years of monthly sales data, you could build models using the oldest 36 months, and then test their performance over the most recent 12 months.… READ MORE

What is “push” and “pull” distribution?” – Part 17

 What is “push” and “pull” distribution?” – Part 17

 What is “push” and “pull” distribution?” – Part 17

In the previous blog we introduced DRP by reviewing the definition from the APICS Dictionary. It was stated that because of the differences in replenishment lead times, DRP was the best choice when the supply source is a company plant. The key to DRP is its ability to generate a time-phased schedule of requirements at each facility and then to pass those requirements on to higher channel echelon facilities ending at the plant. 

Often termed the time-phased order point (TPOP), the below figure provides an example of a typical time-phased grid.… READ MORE

Persuasion Update: Clinton Vs. Trump

For months I have been saying mostly good things in this blog about Trump’s powers of persuasion, and mostly bad things about how the Clinton campaign does persuasion. And yet Clinton has a solid lead in the polls, assuming the polls are accurate. How can that be?

The quick answer is that Clinton’s side is totally winning the persuasion battle.

Confused?

Clinton’s side includes more than her campaign team. It also includes pundits, supporters on social media, and the liberal-leaning parts of the mainstream media.… READ MORE

Using information criteria to select forecasting model (Part 1)

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Dr. Nikolaos Kourentzes Forecasting Professor with great hair

Nikolaos Kourentzes is Associate Professor at Lancaster University, and a member of the Lancaster Centre for Forecasting. In addition to having a great head of hair for a forecasting professor, Nikos has a great head for explaining fundamental forecasting concepts.

In his recent blog post on How to choose a forecast for your time series, Nikos discusses the familiar validation (or “hold out”) sample method, and the less familiar approach of using information criteria (IC).… READ MORE

Analytics and S&OP: What is Analytics, and how to spot Buzzwords

By Ken Fordyce analytics 925379 1920 Analytics and S&OP: What is Analytics, and how to spot Buzzwords

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is a continuous business process that enables firms from hospitals to chemicals to respond to emerging situations intelligently. To learn more, please read my previous blog ‘A Guide to Supply Chain Management: Making Intuition More Valuable’.

Our focus today is to discuss the relevance of buzz words such as Analytics, Predictive Analytics, Data Science, and Machine Learning, for S&OP.

What is analytics?

Analytics is a portfolio of loosely coupled methods for quantitative analysis that historically had “separate” disciplines or neighborhoods with common ancestors and occasional visits between groups.… READ MORE

Brexit: What Does this Mean for Supply Chain Professionals?

 Brexit: What Does this Mean for Supply Chain Professionals?

 Brexit: What Does this Mean for Supply Chain Professionals?

Last week, UK citizens voted to leave the European Union (EU) with the passing of a referendum known as Brexit—British Exit. The tidal wave of reaction and speculation which followed the announcement signals far-reaching effects from this historic change, and many supply chain professionals are asking, “how does Brexit impact my supply chains?”  While I can’t answer that directly, I can provide a framework for developing an answer.

Essentially, Brexit is a multi-faceted supply chain disruption. Supply chain disruptions can be mapped against the APICS SCOR model’s structure of Plan, Source, Make, Deliver, Return, and Enable.… READ MORE

How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

By Lora Cecere shutterstock 39349378 150x150 How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

Today, I unpacked my bags. In the last six months, in my travels, I have presented to supply chain teams in China, Belgium, France, Germany, Peru, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. To streamline my efforts, I just kept a packed bag in the closet. I strongly feel that if I am going to cover the global supply chain that I need to experience it.

Connectivity enabled the growth of the global supply chain opening up markets driving opportunity.… READ MORE

Panama Canal Expansion Equals Trade Expansion

 Panama Canal Expansion Equals Trade Expansion

 Panama Canal Expansion Equals Trade Expansion

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World include The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus in Turkey, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in Iraq. The modern world has its own wonders. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Panama Canal is one of those wonders. Its expansion will open June 26, and The Wall Street Journal reports that this improvement is critical to Western trade in the economic long run. The canal accommodates about one-third of Asia-to-Americas trade but required infrastructure upgrades to keep up with the latest shipping trends. 

“As the [shipping] industry copes with its downturn, major shipping companies are pooling their resources and using fewer but much bigger ships—ones that are too large to fit through the pre-expansion Panama Canal,” Costas Paris, Robbie Whelan, and Kejal Vyas write.… READ MORE

Can Your Supply Chain Keep Up?

 Can Your Supply Chain Keep Up?

 Can Your Supply Chain Keep Up?

According to a Reuters report, Target is cracking down on suppliers to better compete with Amazon and Walmart. Target’s new policies, which took effect May 30, require suppliers to provide a single day arrival date for shipments to Target’s warehouses and do away with delivery “grace periods.” Suppliers who fail to deliver on time will be charged late fees of 5 percent of the order cost, an increase from their previous 1 percent to 2 percent.

Increasingly stringent supplier demands from retailers such as Target, Walmart, and Amazon lead one to ask— How fast should a supply chain flow and what can you do improve speed?… READ MORE

The Humiliation of the American Male in 2016

Perhaps the biggest unreported story of this presidential election is the humiliation of the American male. Unless I’m blinded by confirmation bias – which is entirely possible – it seems to me that the humiliation of American men is now institutionalized in the media.

Check out this commercial for dishwasher detergent. And take careful note of the American man’s v-neck sweater. That’s the uniform of a man who is owned by a woman. 

You’re laughing because you know it’s true. How many of the married men reading this blog have received those same sweaters as “gifts” from women?… READ MORE

A Guide to Supply Chain Management: Making Intuition More Valuable

By Ken Fordyce mark 516277 1920 A Guide to Supply Chain Management: Making Intuition More Valuable

Organizations, from health care facilities to manufacturing giants to small restaurants, can be viewed as an ongoing sequence of loosely coupled activities where current and future assets are matched with current and future demand across the supply chain or demand supply network (preferred term of Dr. Karl Kempf – Director of Decision Technology and Senior Fellow, Intel). These planning and scheduling decisions occur across a complex playing field organized by decision tier (strategic, tactical, operational, and relevant time response) and organization (corporate planning, factory, marketing, purchasing, etc.).… READ MORE