Category Archives: Inventory Management

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Looking Beyond Red Arrows

By | Demand, Inventory Management, market-driven value chains, Market-driven value networks | No Comments

When I engage with supply chain leaders , I ask, “Are you making progress?” Most will nod their heads ‘yes’, but upon a closer look at the data they admit they are stuck. Acknowledging this truth is a freeing moment. Why? It is hard work to maintain the status quo in metrics performance. Most leaders are treading water. When asked to do more, they try to deliver. They often fail. A downward-facing…

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Getting Ready for 2017: Reflections on Telling Lies

By | Demand, Global Supply Chains, Inventory Management, Supply Chain | No Comments

The streets below me today are icy and wet. It is a dark and dismal day. However, not for long. The gloomy streets will soon be alive with Mummers to ring in the New Year in Philadelphia. The Mummers Parade is a Philadelphia tradition. I love the string bands, and I will be standing at the corner of Broad and City Hall celebrating the New Year. New Year’s Eve is a…

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Integrated Planning: Is It Rubbish? Be Careful What You Ask For.

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Inventory Management, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | 4 Comments

On Sunday I spent the day at the Barnes Foundation with an old friend Karen. I love art museums, and connections with old friends are great for the soul. The Barnes Foundation is an incredible exposition of some of my favorite artists–Matisse, Modigliani, and Picasso. It was a good day. As Karen and I set out on foot, my legs, tired from ballet classes, and my body weary from a…

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My Take: LLamasoft Buys Barloworld Supply Chain Software

By | demand driven, Inventory Management | No Comments

Today LLamasoft announced the acquisition of the Barloworld CAST and Optimiza assets for an undisclosed sum of money. This announcement closely follows the September 29th press release about $50 million Series B financing with affiliates of Goldman Sachs & Co.  This is LLamasoft’s second acquisition within a year. (LLamasoft acquired the LogicTools assets from IBM in the spring of 2015.) Here I pen a quick post on what I think this means for the…

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S&OP Effectiveness: Recommendations to Make the Leap

By | Demand, Demand driven, Inventory Management, Sales and Operations Planning | No Comments

It is a beautiful fall day in Philadelphia. This afternoon I put the finishing touches on a new report, “What Is the Value Proposition for Sales and Operations Planning?”  I think it is the most complete assessment of the S&OP value proposition I have seen in the industry. It is always fun to write great research. I am so excited about it that I thought I would repurpose some of the…

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Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

By | demand driven, Inventory Management, market-driven value chains | One Comment

I remember the plane ride well. My career was in transition. I was moving from a position where I led a manufacturing operation to being a part of a team to design supply chain software to improve planning decisions. I was moving from the world of manufacturing to a new world of software. As I read the brochure of my new employer on the airplane, I felt so behind. The…

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Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

By | Inventory Management, Market-Driven, Supply Chain Excellence | No Comments

I am sitting in seat 4E on an evening flight to San Francisco thinking about my day. It is Labor Day weekend in the United States, and the plane is full. While many have a three-day holiday this weekend, I will celebrate this Labor Day by working. Next week is the annual Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, and summit preparation is on my agenda for the weekend. At the summit it…

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