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Margin-Based Supply Chain Optimization

Margin-Based Supply Chain Optimization
This month’s IndustryWeek features an article by Alan Kosansky and Ted Schaefer entitled Margin-based Supply Chain Optimization. “To effectively implement margin-based supply chain optimization, it is important to have three key components in place: data, optimization technology and alignment with strategic business objectives. Margin-based supply chain optimization is a new business process based on two …
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Supply Chain Survey 2013: Gaining Competitive Advantage

Supply Chain Survey 2013: Gaining Competitive Advantage If you’re reading our blog, you are probably someone who is deeply interested in supply chain improvement. So we’d like to invite you to participate in this brief survey. And in return, we will send you exclusive, early access to the results of the survey along with our …
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Arkema and Profit Point Optimize the Distribution of Hydrogen Peroxide

Profit Point announced that it has successfully completed a distribution network optimization project with the hydrogen peroxide business team at Arkema Inc. Arkema is a global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer. Profit Point is a leading supply chain optimization company, delivering solutions to global manufacturers to optimize their supply chain networks, distribution plans …
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The Future of Supply Chain Management

Here’s an audio interview with Dr. Alan Kosansky on the “Future of Supply Chain Management”. http://www.profitpt.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/future-of-supply-chain.mp3 TRANSCRIPT: Interviewer: What’s the future of supply chain management? Many companies have implemented ERP software solutions, but if you’re relying on well-traveled, standardized software to manage your supply chain, you could actually be eroding your competitive edge. Joining us now …
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No Longer an Alternative: Green Is The New Norm For Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Nearly 50 years ago, a 22 year-old musician from Minnesota released his third folk music album in as many years. The title track “The Times They Are a-Changin” warned the listener “you better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone, for the times they are a-changin.” Critics were confounded because not only was a …
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Is standardized software eroding your competitive edge?

This quarter’s Supply Chain Quarterly magazine features an article by Dr. Alan Kosansky and Ted Schaefer entitled Is standardized software eroding your competitive edge?  The article addresses the pros and cons of standard enterprise software packages and discusses how generic applications may not accommodate the processes that leading company’s utilize to gain competitive advantage.  You can …
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Transportation and Distribution Survey: 2012

The global economy hangs in a tenuous balance. U.S. growth has been slow, but steady, while the global economy has been mixed.  The survey data suggests that logistics planners are most concerned with meeting service levels, driven by capacity concerns, rising costs and the need to increase productivity.  This year, we conducted a Transportation and …
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Special Report: S&OP Survey

Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is an integrated business management process that enables a company to continually balance and manage the supply chain supply and demand to achieve its strategic and tactical business objectives. More and more business leaders are relying on S&OP to align and improve decision making across the disparate parts of their organization. …
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Filling the Gap: Tying ERP to the Business Strategy

This article written by Alan Kosansky and Jim Piermarini was originally published in Supply Chain Brain. More than a decade has passed since businesses started using Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for managing data and transactions throughout the supply chain. Traditionally, ERP systems have provided transparency and insight into transaction-level data in the supply chain that …
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10 Guidelines for Supply Chain Network Infrastructure Planning

Future of Supply Chain Network Design
This article written by Alan Kosansky and Ted Schaefer originally appeared in Industry Week. “Network structure, which determines 75%-80% of total supply chain costs, offers the biggest opportunity to reduce those expenditures.” A recent study of supply chain activities indicated that as much as 80% of total supply chain costs are determined by the network …
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Making Sound Business Decisions in the Face of Complexity

The summer issue of Manufacturing Today includes an article authored by Ted Schaefer and Alan Kosansky entitled Face Complexity – Making Sound Business Decisions. “With every passing year, the amount and variety of information available to make business decisions continues its exponential growth. As a result, business leaders have an opportunity to exploit the possibilities inherent …
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