Category Archives: Supply chain planning

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Supply Chain: Anything But Timeless

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning, Supply Chain visibility | One Comment

Timeless: not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion. Last week I was on vacation in the Caribbean. I moved on island time. It is a slower, more relaxed pace. In the process, I thought a lot about the concept of time and how it affects our daily lives. Supply chains are anything but timeless. At a company, individuals define supply chain excellence based upon their own purview…

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Five Things I Have Learned About Global Supply Chain Planning

By | Global Supply Chains, Supply chain planning, Uncategorized | No Comments

Another plane, another client; and yet another discussion. They are sounding a bit the same. I am trying to not sound like a broken record. Regional supply chain companies are attempting to define global requirements. They are well versed in requirements for regional supply chain planning, but they are attempting to redefine their processes and be more global. It is very similar to the man in the picture: a company attempting…

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S&OP: Five Steps to Get Started

By | Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Performance Index, Supply chain planning | One Comment

It is Sunday. Today I assume a familiar position. Now a ritual, with coffee in one hand and country music blaring, I sit in my faded green chair to write a blog post. I have done this for seven years. This afternoon I am writing my 334th blog post. I will also pen my 95th report for this week’s Supply Chain Insights newsletter. We now reach 23,000 supply chain leaders…

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Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

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

Benchmarking is a measurement of the quality of an organization’s policies, products, programs or strategies against standard measurements.  Business Dictionary.com Writing a Shaman blog post is now a Sunday night ritual. For me, it is a good time to reflect, think and share what I am learning. In my work with Supply Chain Insights, I immerse myself in learning. I continually question my long-held beliefs on supply chain excellence.  I…

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Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights, Supply chain planning | 24 Comments

I am writing this blog post in the air, sitting in seat 4c, somewhere over the Midwest en route to Philadelphia. As I look below, I see field after field of United States farmland. The land looks like a giant puzzle. After a busy week with high-tech and electronics clients, my fingers are itching to help others solve a different type of puzzle. The goal of this blog is to…

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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 | 11 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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Time to Hang a Shingle

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | 14 Comments

I have tried to avoid it, but to no avail. Last week, I completed paperwork to become the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights LLC. Today, I got the word that it was official. The website (under construction) will be up in March. I am busy building content for the official launch. Yes, it is confirmed. To serve my audience and to deliver supply chain research with the rigor and…

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