Tag Archives: Supply Chain Optimization

Should you build an internal network design competency?

I recently read an e-book published last month by Llamasoft, a large supply chain network design software provider, suggesting that companies build their own internal supply chain design (SCND) competency (using the authors’ software, of course).  Without a doubt SCND is critical to a well-functioning cost-efficient supply chain and is an integral part of the …
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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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Flexibility AND Standardization

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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Add Total Delivered Cost Variances to Manage Your Supply Chain

Add Total Delivered Cost Variances to Manage Your Supply Chain It is often said that you can only improve what you measure. To that end, there has been a lot of progress in performance tracking and activity-based costing over the past 10 years.  With the advent of better activity-based costing, leading companies generate monthly manufacturing …
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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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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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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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Defining Your Bill of Materials Correctly is a Key to Successful Supply Chain Analysis

At Profit Point network design analysis, answering such questions as • how many facilities a business needs, • how large they should be and where they should be located, and • how they should change over time, etc. is one of our specialties. We have performed this type of analysis for a range of companies …
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A New Tool for Evaluating Water Risk in Supply Chain Planning

In developing a supply chain network design there are many criteria to consider – including such factors as the impact of the facility choices on • Cost of running the system, • current and future customer service, • ability to respond to changes in the market, and • risk of costly intangible events in the …
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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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