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CPFR

Customer-Centric Supply Chains: Adding Clarity to the Muddle

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand driven, demand driven, Downstream data, Market-Driven | One Comment

It was November. I was speaking at a client site. The topic was customer-centric supply chains. We started the morning by asking attendees to share their definition of a customer-centric supply chain. I slowly wrote the definitions on the whiteboard. At the end of the sharing I had as many definitions on the board as people in the room. The only thing that was clear was the lack of definition…

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Stasis

By | Demand, Demand driven, Demand sensing, Demand shaping | One Comment

sta•sis (ˈsteɪ sɪs, ˈstæs ɪs) n., pl. sta•ses (ˈsteɪ siz, ˈstæs iz) the state of equilibrium or inactivity caused by opposing equal force It was 1988. I was involved in early Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) pilots. In my work at Clorox we were starting to ship to Walmart using Retail Link. We were excited. It seemed like the start of a great thing. In the pilot, we were able to see retailer flows. We…

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Let’s face it. We have not done a good job on CPFR or VMI.

By | Demand driven, Downstream data, New technologies | 10 Comments

Many tout it.  Presentations expound on it; but back home at the office, customer teams are confounded.  In the late 1990’s it was all the rage.  Yes, CPFR (Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment) and Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) processes, over-hyped by many, have fallen short in delivering the promise.  In this article, I look at the evolution, the success and the gaps highlighting where it fits and where it does…

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