Author: Khudsiya Quadri


Are “Best Practices” Dragging Your Organization Down?

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When APICS invited me to be part of next October’s international conference on best practices for global supply chain and operations management, I started exploring ideas revolving around best practices, including this deceptively simple question: What is a best practice, anyway? Many organizations fail to understand the true meaning of “best practice,” erroneously treating this

Are You Considering Distribution Software?

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Distribution organizations play a key role between the manufacturers and retailers. Being the middle organization between a manufacturer and a retailer, a distribution center (DC) needs to have a robust operation and accurate information for delivering products and services to its customers.In the past, DCs focused primarily on selecting a strategic location in order to be as close to

Beware Supply Chain Excel Users (You Are Doomed!)

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Last week, I attended a supply chain management (SCM) user conference in Florida. The main objective of the user conference was to help users learn and share experiences to eliminate business pains faced either due to lack of technology or business processes. MS Excel, was proudly mentioned in many of the conversations I had with supply chain professionals. It felt like SCM professionals were

What Are the Real Benefits of Vertical Integration in a Retail Supply Chain?

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This year I was invited to SCOPE East, a peer led conference focusing on supply chain issues from strategic, tactical, and operational points of views. At this conference, I was able to attend multiple educational tracks ranging from retail to consumer goods. One of the tracks that got my attention was about vertical integration in the retail supply chain presented by luxury goods retailer and

How to Reshape Your Supply Chain Network (and Why You Need to Do It Now)

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The landscape of the supply chain has changed drastically over the past five years. It went from local to global in manufacturing, procurement, sourcing, logistics, and customers. As such, there are some major challenges in the supply chain network: There are no boundaries within the network. There are no physical or virtual boundaries left within the supply chain. For example, the

The SCM Perspective: 2009 in Review-and What You Can Do to Weather the Storms of 2010

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In spite of the 2009 recession, some SCM vendors were able to create traction in the supply chain space this year. From an industry landscape perspective, three events from 2009 will have a more far-reaching impact than any other in this space, primarily because they’re priming the conditions for still more vendor competition and industry volatility in the year to come.News item: Oracle

What’s the Missing Link in Price Optimization Strategy for Retailers?

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For many retailers, price optimization is not being implemented appropriately because of the lack of communication between the supply and demand cycles. As a result, retailers are unable to meet the demand generated by price optimization; incapable of having a pricing and demand structure that can meet local customer needs; unable to create a central demand forecast for the

Hoping Jon & Kate Can Come to Terms Like JDA & i2

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Many people are aware of a reality show on television titled “Jon @ Kate Plus 8”, which features a couple that is separated and ready to get divorced. Occasionally couples have disagreements and need to get away from each other to sort things out then come back to the table with new perspectives.  That’s what JDA and i2 have done with their deal from last year. JDA plans (once again) to acquire i2

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!!!

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“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If this proverb were applied in today’s operations, every organization would be in a reactive mode of maintenance and work against the lean manufacturing concepts. Any breakdown or downtime on the manufacturing floor, in the warehouse, in transportation, or any other business process will create missed customer commitments, failed deliveries, idle time, and

APICS 2009 Convention: Day 4 (Last Day)

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The last day of the conference is different in three ways: there is no general session today; we have plant tours in the afternoon; and the exhibitors are gone (which is too bad, because for IBM only you could spend hours talking with all the vendors in their booth). As usual, we had a hard time choosing which learning session to attend. Gabriel wanted to learn more about sustainable
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