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Successful Supply Chains Part I: The Nine Rules of a Successful Supply Chain
Problems can arise when supply chains start to mature and are asked to meet an ever-increasing list of tasks and strategies. As this happens, supply chains can

i supply  Supply Chains Part I: The Nine Rules of a Successful Supply Chain Problems can arise when supply chains start to mature and are asked to meet an ever-increasing list of tasks and strategies. As this happens, supply chains can start losing hold of the critical basics that make them work and, just as importantly, that help the companies using the supply chain meet their own objectives. It is important, therefore, to keep a list of ‘supply chain basics’ handy and continually monitor your supply

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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part I


As a little kid growing up in former (and erstwhile happy) Yugoslavia and watching my elders, day in, day out, downing dozens of strong Turkish coffees with their neighbors and relatives (while discussing sports, weather, world politics, and the neighborhood gossip) I would sometimes naively ask for a sip of coffee. The deterring line (a bogey-man tale) from my folks would be that “kids that drink

i supply  embarrassed and whatnot yet? I guess so, but please do not feel badly about your lack of  knowledge on the matter! In fact, only a few companies have processes in place to manage this product complexity. According to AMR Research, only 26 percent of supply chain companies engage in an important cost-to-serve analysis that calculates the profitability of products, customers and routes to market to give a fact-based focus for decision making -- on service mix and operational changes -- for each customer. Read More

Remapping the Supply Chain Universe, by Ann Grackin and Sree Hameed


Supply chain management is a truly dynamic field. Over the last few years the fundamental structure of the chains has changed to the point where many of the working assumptions have to be reevaluated. ChainLink Research’s new 3D approach provides a useful framework for evaluating supply chain solutions.

i supply  excellent idea. Of course, I always have the option to hired domain expertise through consulting firms. This article is from Parallax View, ChainLink Research's on-line magazine, read by over 150,000 supply chain and IT professionals each month. Thought-provoking and actionable articles from ChainLink's analysts, top industry executives, researchers, and fellow practitioners. To view the entire magazine, click here . About the Author For more than two decades, Ann Grackin, Chief Executive Officer, has Read More

Beware Supply Chain Excel Users (You Are Doomed!)


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

i supply  many of the conversations I had with supply chain professionals. It felt like SCM professionals were married to Excel, and their supply chain and operational activities cannot function without it.  What is the Relationship Between an SCM Professional and Excel? I realized that Excel’s relationship with supply chain professionals is due to Excel’s accessibility, flexibility, and usability. I believe the extensive use of Excel in the supply chain industry is due to the relationship business users have Read More

They do it like that in the Balkans -- Select and deploy ERP, I mean (Part I)


The launch of TEC’s blog has somewhat coincided with my visit to Belgrade, Serbia (what used to be Yugoslavia and then Serbia @ Montenegro) for personal reasons. Those several days spent in my homeland in late October/early November (whereby I missed my beloved Boston Red Sox’ winning the MLB World Series ’07 Championship, darn it!) I at least used this time to also learn about the enterprise

i supply  solid multi-national capabilities. But I digress again, and Apollo will get an in-depth coverage in a separate blog post or in a research article on our web site/newsletter... Going back to the era of late 80’s & early 90’s, Oracle was the main provider of underlying relational database management systems (RDBMS) and development tools, whereas IBM DB2 also played a part (albeit to a much lesser degree). Much later, software developers started using Microsoft SQL Server and related cheaper integrated Read More

Macola ERP Supply Chain Management (SCM): Supply Chain Management (SCM) Competitor Analysis Report


Criteria in this knowledge base pertain to managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite.

i supply  ERP Supply Chain Management (SCM): Supply Chain Management (SCM) Competitor Analysis Report Criteria in this knowledge base pertain to managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. Read More

WAM Systems Offers Supply Chain Planning Packaged Solution For Chemicals


Not many people know of WAM Systems, a privately held supply chain management vendor situated in a Philadelphia suburb. Emboldened by growing interest and new venture capital, the company intends to make its presence known.

i supply  Systems develops and markets Internet-enabled Supply Chain Planning (SCP) solutions exclusively to the worldwide chemical industry. CEO Jack Weiss founded the company in 1987 as a developer of custom solutions to support complex planning and scheduling requirements of polymer manufacturers. Weiss and others observed that SCP applications prevalent at the time were designed for discrete manufacturing operations common in electronics, automotive and consumer packaged goods industries. WAM was conceived to Read More

Top Supply Chain Management Software Compared


Find out which supply chain management solutions really meet the needs of your company with TEC's free SCM comparison reports.

i supply  Supply Chain Management Software Compared Does bigger mean better? Not necessarily. Find out which supply chain management (SCM) solutions really meet the needs of your company with TEC's free SCM comparison reports . Your TEC software comparison report will rate your choice of vendors on an even playing field. You'll get past the marketing hype and into what really counts—how well the solutions meet your specific business requirements. Size doesn't always matter—find out which SCM solutions work Read More

Supply Chain Management Is Evolving toward Interdependent Supply Networks


Optimizing supply chain management processes to work more closely with trading partners, requires enterprises to act together as interdependent supply networks. The development of service oriented architecture will be crucial in achieving the necessary flexibility characterizing such networked supply chains.

i supply  response are key to improving supply chain performance. ISN capabilities are achievable in the not so distant future, but will be dependent in large part on SOA frameworks. Read More

Technology Enablers for the Lean Supply Chain


Transforming an enterprise to a lean supply chain requires both enabling technology and discipline. By following some specific guidelines to extend lean methodology, you can proceed through your supply chain transformation to become effectively lean.

i supply  the operation that result in supply chain efficiencies. Use benchmarking processes to bring up priority performance measurements to address known performance gaps. Conclusion Enterprise transformation to a lean supply chain requires discipline along with enabling technology, but developing a lean supply chain involves much more than just new technology. Following some specific guidelines about extending lean methodology will help you proceed through your supply chain transformation to lean: Create Read More

Supply Chain Management Vendor Finds Balance for Service Supply Chains


Click Commerce recognizes that the SCM playing field is highly competitive and fragmented. However, it believes it will remain competitive because its composite applications will create business process solutions that follow the current trend toward integrated suites of best-of-breed applications.

i supply  can be more complex in the service supply chain, as parts and assemblies have multiple and varied part identities, workflow, and assembly and disassembly processes. Service supply chain optimization is the key message and strategic thrust of Click Commerce. Service supply chain complexity is inherently plagued by critical issues of disconnected and error-prone manual processes, suboptimal fill rates and service levels, high inventory and cycle times, forecast inaccuracies, and limited flexibility. Click c Read More

Resilient Supply Chains: The Next Frontier


Advances in leaner and faster supply chains have, in many cases, come at the price of increased brittleness. It is time to make supply chains more resilient, and deal with risk more intelligently to maintain the gains from lean strategies, and take performance to the next level.

i supply  disruptions, in particular mismatches in supply and demand, and logistical problems, happen every single day and seriously affect a company's performance. Effectively implementing risk management techniques dramatically improves a company's performance (lower total cost and higher service levels) compared with the traditional approaches that don't adjust well to unpredicted events. Elements of Resilient Chains So how can we build resilient chains? It is important to strengthen and build flexibility into t Read More

The Effective Supply Chain: Maximizing Performance of the Entire Manufacturing Enterprise


Today's manufacturing supply chain is challenged with quality mandates, cost reductions, and delivery improvements. Technology plays a key role in a company's ability to build and manage an effective supply chain. Read this paper to learn about the next wave of supply chain solutions and how effective supply chain management of an enterprise reduces costs, lead times, and inventories throughout the entire supply chain.

i supply  Effective Supply Chain: Maximizing Performance of the Entire Manufacturing Enterprise Today's manufacturing supply chain is challenged with quality mandates, cost reductions, and delivery improvements. Technology plays a key role in a company's ability to build and manage an effective supply chain. Read this paper to learn about the next wave of supply chain solutions and how effective supply chain management of an enterprise reduces costs, lead times, and inventories throughout the entire supply Read More

Service Supply Chain Strategies to Increase Corporate Profitability


This article describes the unique challenges of the service supply chain, provides a framework for understanding the service management decision hierarchy, and highlights the dramatic value proposition available to companies that deploy advanced service strategies and decision-support tools to address these challenges. Brief case studies from leading service organizations Cisco and KLA-Tencor show examples of successful deployments of service supply chain strategies.

i supply  Supply Chain Strategies to Increase Corporate Profitability Abstract The last decade has witnessed a substantial shift in emphasis on the part of many OEM manufacturers, from a focus on the products they produce to a concentration on their customers and the value that their customers derive from ownership and use of these products after the initial product sale. The importance of service is made clear in a recent AMR survey 1 of manufacturing companies which revealed that service represents 24 Read More

Service Supply Chain Strategies to Increase Corporate Profitability


This article describes the unique challenges of the service supply chain, provides a framework for understanding the service management decision hierarchy, and highlights the dramatic value proposition available to companies that deploy advanced service strategies and decision-support tools to address these challenges. Brief case studies from leading service organizations Cisco and KLA-Tencor show examples of successful deployments of service supply chain strategies.

i supply  Supply Chain Strategies to Increase Corporate Profitability Abstract The last decade has witnessed a substantial shift in emphasis on the part of many OEM manufacturers, from a focus on the products they produce to a concentration on their customers and the value that their customers derive from ownership and use of these products after the initial product sale. The importance of service is made clear in a recent AMR survey 1 of manufacturing companies which revealed that service represents 24 Read More