Supply Chain Shorts for the Week of February 11, 2013

We're trying out a new feature on you this week: snippets of supply chain news designed for quick and easy consumption, including insights and sound bites, perhaps occasionally bordering on the irreverent. We'd like to think of this as a conversation with you. Let us know what you think.

Oracle held its Value Chain Summit last week in San Francisco. Were you there? Rick Jewell, Oracle senior vice president for applications development, with overall responsibility for supply chain applications kicked it off.

TEC caught up recently with JustEnough Software to get an update. JustEnough is now in the TEC IT Showcase. Going to RetailConnections Business Executive Summit later this month? Good chance you will see them there.

BigMachines announced a “record year” this week. This privately owned vendor of configuration, pricing, and quoting solutions does not publicly report its revenue numbers, but claims “record-setting results in total revenue, recurring revenue, and profitability.”

Have you checked out the agenda for the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning’s (IBF) Supply Chain Planning & Forecasting Conference, February 24-26? These IBF events seem to get wide acclaim.

Another event with an agenda that looks compelling is the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Retail Supply Chain Conference: Logistics 2013. There will be tracks in international logistics and sourcing, transportation, distribution, multichannel, and inventory management. Register here.

Ah, the headline we've been waiting to see: “Blame the Supply Chain for Boeing Dreamliner Problems?

Is this another sign of the coming of the apocalypse, or just a sure sign that your supply chain needs tweaking? We give up. Maker's Mark Bourbon Distillery, apparently unable to meet escalating demand for its bourbon, decided on a supply-side solution: just add water, to stretch the available supply. Maker’s Mark will lower the ABV (alcohol by volume) of its bourbon by “3%” (from 45% ABV to 42%, or 90 proof to 84 proof). We cannot help but wonder if they might have tried a sales and operations planning process first.

February 19, 2013. Edited to add:
Since this blog post was published, Maker’s Mark Bourbon Distillery has bowed to public response and pressure, and reversed course on its plan, deciding that adding water to alcohol was not such a good idea.
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