Category Archives: Supply chain planning

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Redesign to Improve Value: A Case Study of a Supply Chain Leader

By | Demand, Supply Chain, Supply chain planning | No Comments

This week, I will speak at Llamasoft’s conference on improving supply chain network design. I am also busy this Saturday writing reports for our Tuesday newsletter. One of the reports that I am writing is on the state of Supply Chain Planning (SCP). While other analysts may put the vendors into a four-square evaluation model and declare it magic, I think that this approach does a disservice to the industry. Why do…

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Was Integrated Planning a Hoax?

By | Demand, Market-Driven, Supply Chain, Supply chain planning | 9 Comments

Hoax: An act intended to deceive or trick. Integrated Planning: Tight Coupling of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to Supply Chain Planning (SCP) Was it intentional? Or accidental? We will never know. However, what is clear from our recent study of 73 manufacturers using supply chain planning is that companies using best-of-breed solutions implement faster, achieve a quicker Return-on-Investment (ROI), and are more satisfied. When companies tell me that they need…

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Time to Paint Outside the Lines

By | Big data supply chains, Supply Chain, Supply chain planning | 3 Comments

As a creative kid, I never wanted to paint within the lines. Did you? I found that it was just too confining. While my mother knew that the teacher’s goal was to help me develop fine motor skills, she let me race past the boundaries to make the picture my masterpiece… my expression of the day. She never forced me to paint within the lines. As an analyst, in an attempt to explain supply…

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March Winds Signaling Spring?

By | Market-Driven, Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | No Comments

I live near the water in Baltimore; and as I write this blog, the spring winds are blowing hard against my windows.  The glass is rattling in the panes. They are trying hard to withstand the forceful gusts.  All day, it was ferocious. The whistling winds are signaling the end of winter, and the start of a new cycle called SPRING.  As a gardener, I love SPRING! I think that March Winds are a great metaphor for this…

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