Tag Archives: Supply Chain Improvement

Advanced Production Scheduling Tools

Advanced Production Scheduling Tools
There are many production scheduling tools available commercially. Some are more tailored to specific environments (such as a specific type of manufacturing) while others are applicable to a wide range of applications. When we talk about Advanced Production Scheduling Tools, there are certain characteristics that we have in mind including the following: 1) Both materials …
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Funny How No One Mentions the Level of Effort Involved

Sometimes the answer to “How difficult can it be?” is more difficult than you were prepared for! Okay, I have the Network Optimization Software…Now what?  They didn’t tell me how many different choices I’d have to make to put this thing together. Assembling your optimal supply chain starts with modeling your supply chain. It’s important …
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Agile Supply Chain Software Implementation

Supply Chain Software Implementation
For decades, companies have tried and failed at supply chain software implementation that meet tangible business objectives. Supply chain software must be implemented in an iterative approach to deliver the right value to your processes, schedule, and bottom line. Profit Point’s white paper on Agile Supply Chain Software Implementation details: • Why traditional supply chain …
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Do you feel as if you are running faster and faster just to keep up?

Do you feel as if you are running faster and faster just to keep up?
I just finished a book on the swirling times we are in, called Thank you for Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman.  In it Mr. Friedman pauses to reflect on the forces currently reshaping our world. With the tumultuous, confusing, threatening, forces of advances in technology, (due to Moore’s Law), Globalization of the Market, and Climate …
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Profit Network™ Dairy Industry

Profit Network- Dairy Industry
In this case study, our client wanted to optimize the supply chain from the purchase of raw milk from the farms through to the delivery of finished goods to its retail customers. We engaged with the customer in a two-phased project to first optimize the raw milk procurement/manufacturing footprint and then to determine the optimal national distribution network for the future.
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Flexibility AND Standardization

supply chain scheduling and planning
Frequently when we work with clients to implement decision support tools for supply chain scheduling and planning, they often have some unique constraint that is essential to model and may be unique to their environment. Some recent examples we have encountered include the following: When producing a batch in a make to order environment, the …
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A Lesson in Change-Management from the Recent Election

In the wake of the recent election, there has been a lot of talk about the types of changes we’ll be facing over the next few years.  The continuing analysis of the election and a recent plane ride have given me a good refresher course on some of the critical factors that enable a successful …
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Data, Data, Data!

Here at Profit Point, we typically put in a fair amount of effort up front to scope out a project together with our client.  This typically helps us and our client to set appropriate expectations and develop mutually agreeable deliverables.  These are key to project success.  But another key element to project success is getting …
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Are You a Leader in Improving Your Business Results?

Profit Point has been helping companies apply mathematical techniques to improve their business decisions for 20 years now, and it is interesting to review some of the advances in technology that have occurred over this time that have most enabled us to help our clients, including: • The ability for companies to capture, store and …
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How successful organizational change is like a long, windy bike ride

Over the past week I’ve had two experiences that made me think about what’s required for a successful Organizational Change.  The first was our CSCMP Roundtable tour of a family-owned food distribution company that had built a large, successful regional business by leveraging their founder’s focus on customer satisfaction and valuing his employees as cornerstone …
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Improving Profitability using SKU Optimization

Are new products placing strain on your warehouse space and warehouse operations? Are increases in revenue from new products being offset by higher supply chain costs? Are you seeing increasing costs for the disposal of discontinued products? Are you experiencing significantly higher costs for specialty SKUs for specific channels or specific customers? If you answered …
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