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inventory management

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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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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Supply Chain: The True Game of Risk

By | Risk management, Supplier development, Supply Chain | One Comment

When I was a small child growing up in the mountains of West Virginia in the United States, on snowy days my family would gather around the kitchen table and play board games. One of my favorites was the board game Risk. It was a turn-based board game introduced in the 1950s. Today, children would roll their eyes at the thought of playing a turn-based board game. The world has…

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Planning Software: Insights on User Satisfaction

By | Demand, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | One Comment

As a research analyst I am studying things which are incredibly difficult to measure. The topics may sound easy, but they are not. In my research I answer questions like: Which technology systems drive the greatest satisfaction? How satisfied are users with supply chain planning technologies? What drives the highest level of satisfaction? The answer to these questions requires the analysis of many factors. As a student of the social sciences,…

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Seven Misconceptions on Managing Inventory in a Market-Driven World

By | Uncategorized | One Comment

When it comes to the management of inventory in value chains, frustration abounds. Executive after executive laments they have purchased many technologies, and sponsored many projects to reduce inventories, but they are not seeing results.  I have been studying the evolution of inventory technologies as an industry analyst since 2002. This week, I published an in-depth analysis on the topic. In this post, I share my reflections along with seven…

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The Journey for Excellence

By | Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Talent | No Comments

It is finally spring in Philadelphia. Yesterday, as I walked the streets on the way to ballet, I saw flowers for the first time in a year. I love spring. It is a time for awakening. My body is decompressing from travel, but my mind is full of ideas. I have been on the road for the past three weeks speaking at seven events. Travel is both enriching and exhausting….

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How Do I Know If I Am Ready?

By | Demand | 2 Comments

“How can I move the ball down the field, if I don’t have the ball?” A Question from my Training Class this Week “How do I know if I am ready for cool technologies? Especially demand sensing and shaping?” A Demand Planner for a Large Multinational Pharmaceutical Company Last week was a blur. It was a series of days on planes, trains and automobiles. Unfortunately, it was one of those weeks…

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HEH?

By | Supply chain excellence | One Comment

Last week, I spoke at the Inventory Management IE Event (http://www.theiegroup.com/Inventory_Optimization/Overview.html) in Dallas.  To prepare, I worked with my speech coach. Her guidance was to focus on one MAIN theme.  This is so hard for me to do.  I find the world of supply chain management so EXCITING, that I want to tell the world EVERYTHING.  So, fought my instincts and applied the coach’s counseling and polished my presentation to focus on…

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