All posts by Eric Deahl

Educated as an Industrial Engineer, Eric has been providing planning and scheduling solutions throughout his career to numerous industries, with a particular focus on the value chains in manufacturing and distribution. He came to us from the optimization team at FICO, and prior to that was the leader of the Optimization and Supply Chain Solutions team in North America for IBM. Eric has a particular interest in understanding how organizations differentiate themselves in a marketplace and then applying technology to enhance that differentiation through operational effectiveness.

4 Thoughts on Maximizing ROI of Supply Chain Analytics

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What does analytics mean?  To you, that is.  According to Google Trends, the popularity of “analytics” as a topic peaked sometime between December 2011 and April 2012.   Is “analytics” just a buzzword for business reporting?  Or, perhaps, we’ve forgotten the purpose of analytics: to make informed decisions faster and more accurately. In April 2022, Profit …
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Lessons Learned: Competitive Strategy in Supply Chain Network Design

Supply chain network design is a necessary regular activity for any company who views competitive strategy in supply chains as an important pillar of their business. This is even more true when supply chain leaders are looking to make a decision that may change the course of their business forever. As my colleague, Jim Piermarini, …
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Outsourcing in Supply Chain Management in 2021 and Beyond

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We recently recorded Karen Bird, our Head of Global Supply Chain Practice and Chief Marketing Officer, on supply chain technology integration best practices. One of our favorite moments during the interview was when we threw her a curve ball, prompting her to answer an unrehearsed question. It paid off – big time. Her answer touched …
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Supply Chain Network Optimization: Start with these 4 Questions for Successful Design

Supply chain network optimization and design initiatives require trading off many aspects of the supply chain: manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and distribution, inventory and customer service. Organizations need to make sense of internal and external data, collect input, reach alignment and coordinate a realistic but impactful roll out. It is a lot of work, and most …
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Supply Chain Sustainability Trends in 2020 and Beyond

Whether we’re in a global pandemic or not, one constant remains: our need to eat. The companies that bring consumer goods to market – like our local grocery stores and chain restaurants – rely on the sustainability of their supply chains to make their goods available as efficiently as possible and to remain profitable while …
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