Supply Chain Talk: Do Numbers Tell the Full Story?

By Dr. Harpal Singh

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At first glance, supply chain metrics may seem to tell you a lot about your current supply chain operations. Look again! There might be more to the story.

Between 2009 and 2010 during the economic downturn, it was difficult to make sense of the unemployment numbers. The unadjusted unemployment rate in the US was at 9.8 percent, and it was trending down. Yet, traditional measures were not detecting new job openings. The number of job openings remained around 3 million nationwide at that time.… READ MORE

BASF: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

By Lora Cecere

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BASF creates chemistry. Over the last two decades, the company successfully leveraged global scale to define supply chain leadership. . With 12,000 supply chain employees operating in 80 countries with 2400 storage facilities, supply chain excellence and innovation are the foundation of corporate performance. The work of the BASF leadership team is a success story in managing global complexity.

For this case study, we interviewed Ralf Busche, Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain Strategy and Performance. Ralf has worked at BASF since 1989 in a variety of jobs across continents.… READ MORE

Supply Chain Talk: Are Best Practices Always Best?

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By Hellen Oti-Yeboah

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Are best SCM practices really all that they are hyped to be? What can organizations do to truly improve supply chain process?

If you Google Supply Chain Best Practice you end up with more than a million results. Trying to define supply chain best practices is like trying to select the best car. It is not so much how good the car is, but how well the car works for you.

The Truth on Best SCM Practices

Recently, we got some of our senior consultants like Peter Murphy, and Farah Marasigan together to try to figure out what are the key characteristics of successful supply chains.… READ MORE

What Your Buyers Should be Doing – Part IV

By Jon Schreibfeder

Understanding the Elements of a Forecast

A demand forecast is a prediction of the quantity of a specific product that will be sold or used in an upcoming time period (usually a month).  The accuracy of your forecast is a determining factor in whether or not you will achieve effective inventory management.

Most organizations base their forecast on an average of past usage, usually the usage recorded over the past three to six months.  The idea is that what you sold or used in the past is a good indication of what you will sell in the future. … READ MORE

E2open Acquires Steelwedge. Impact on Market?

By Lora Cecere

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This morning, E2open announced the acquisition of Steelwedge for an undisclosed sum of money. Founded in 2000, Steelwedge was an innovator in Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) and was an early provider of cloud solutions for supply chain. I estimate that the company had annual sales of 30M$. Clients include Canon, Pfizer, HP Inc, Jaguar Land Rover, Lenovo, Nissan and Monsanto.

When E2open called to tell me of the acquisition, they asked, “What do you think?”  The company’s press release rhetoric is bullish.… READ MORE

Novo Nordisk: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

By Lora Cecere

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With more than 90 years of innovation in diabetes care, Novo Nordisk is a global pharmaceutical leader. (The logo to the left showcases the evolution of the brand over time bhhic0o.) The Company’s goal is to defeat diabetes and drive better patient outcomes. The company also provides for other serious chronic conditions including hemophilia, growth disorders and obesity.

The company is headquartered in Denmark and employs 42,000 people in 77 countries while marketing products in more than 165 countries.… READ MORE

Different Strokes for Different Folks (to Yield Better Results?)?

By Lora Cecere

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This week I spent time in Silicon Valley talking to technology innovators. Disruption in supply chain planning is happening. My angst is that it is not happening faster. We are on a path to reinvent decision-support technologies like supply chain planning. The third act is starting. This will make traditional approaches obsolete. The rate of adoption will be fast for early adopters (next five years), but much slower for conservative followers. The barrier for all is traditional thinking.… READ MORE

B2B Demand Sensing: 7 Things You Must Know

By Hellen Oti-Yeboah

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What are the key things to know about B2B demand sensing?

In our upcoming webinar on B2B Demand Sensing, we will discuss practical examples of how upstream manufacturers are using B2B Demand sensing to reduce inventory costs and identify additional sales opportunities.

In this blog post, we will discuss fundamental information that B2B manufacturers looking to improve forecast accuracy with demand sensing should know.

In most companies, the supply chain planning processes are geared towards a monthly cycle.… READ MORE

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So you’ve decided to order cialis and do not know where to start? We can give you some advice. First, ask your doctor for advice in order to properly determine the dosage, when you do that, you need to decide for yourself exactly where you will be buying the drug. You can buy cialis online, or you can just buy it at the pharmacy. Buy cialis online has a number of advantages, one of which is price. The cost of the Internet will always be lower than in stores, and when combined with the free shipping, it will be the best choice.… READ MORE