All posts by Alan Kosansky

Alan Kosansky has pioneered the application of advanced analytic techniques to transportation procurement, dynamic scheduling, supply chain management and financial optimization.

Can Standardization and Customization Co-exist?

When selecting enabling software for supply chain scheduling and planning there are typically two competing forces:  On one hand there is a strong push for standardization, typically driven by the IT organization. On the other hand there is an equally strong need for flexibility and targeted solutions that capture the unique aspects and requirements of …
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Supply Chain Network Design for Competitive Advantage

The Future of Supply Chain Network Design Most leading companies perform supply chain network design (SCND) analysis to define the structure of their supply chain as well as the key operations that will be performed at each location in the resulting network. The analysis includes suppliers, manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution. In fact, a number of …
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The Future of Supply Chain Network Design

Profit Point’s recent article in Industry Today, “The Future of Supply Chain Network Design,” describes how to fully leverage the new advances in a traditional supply chain optimization process to include not only your internal supply chain, but the supply chains of your competitors, as well. Supply chain network design optimization tools have become well …
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Supply Chain Optimization for Real Time Order Fulfillment

In their recent article in Industry Week, titled “Is Forecasting the Weakest Link in your Supply Chain?”, Profit Point explains how Supply Chain Optimization is breaking new ground. By bringing state-of-the-art optimization techniques to customer order fulfillment and execution leading companies are making significant inventory reductions and no longer relying on old and expensive technique …
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Optimization and Competitive Advantage

The most mature Supply Chain organization are engaging in a strategic process whereby they identify two categories of supply chain processes within their company: Category B are those processes where performing at the industry standard is sufficient. Typical processes in this category include accounts payable, accounts receivable, raw material sourcing, and freight contracting. Category A …
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