Reaching The Pinnacle Requires Collaboration

Climbing team struggle to the summit of a challenging rock
Are you looking for a partner in your Supply Chain Network Design journey? The newest versions of Supply Chain Network Design (SCND) tools have been expanded: businesses can now analyze not just their own operations, but also the sum of multiple supply chains in the competitive marketplace, creating a new way to integrate competitive risk …
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SAP (PPDS) vs Aspen Plant Scheduler (SCM/MIMI)

Advanced Production Scheduling comparison
Recently Mark Rockey posted a blog about the 5 characteristics of Advanced Production Scheduling Tools.  Around the same time, I was asked by a client about the differences between SAP (PPDS) and Aspen Plant Scheduler (SCM/MIMI) and I thought this would be a good follow-up to Mark’s blog. Here is what we at Profit Point …
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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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Supply Chain Challenges during the Retail Recession

Supply Chain Challenges
Last summer we were having dinner with some friends. One of the people at the table worked for DineEquity, the parent company of Applebee’s. He proceeded to tell us about the current initiative to redo the cooking equipment in all Applebee restaurants with wood-fired grills. They were going to introduce wood fired steak, chicken, pork …
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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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The Synergy Between Self-Driving and Electric Vehicles

The Synergy between Self-Driving and Electric Vehicles
Big Trends in Land-Based Modes of Transportation There are 2 big trends that are happening right now in the development of future land-based modes of transportation.  The first is the development of autonomous, self-driving vehicles and the second is continued work in perfecting electrically powered drive trains for cars and trucks. Obstacles to Widespread Adoption …
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A Day in the Life of a Profit Pointer

Debugging Custom Software
Supply Chain and Development Expert, Steve Cutler There is always some buzz or excitement around Profit Point. Some days, we are developing custom software for a customer or working on a Supply Chain Optimization solution. On other days, we are testing an unusual solution to an existing problem. Here’s one day that I’ll never forget! 7:00 …
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Do You Have a Strategy to Reach the Top?

Supply Chain Network Modeling Software
How you get from the bottom to the top is often considered as important as getting to the top at all.  To climb solo is risky business. Using supply chain network modeling software without assistance can also be risky. Before starting your next venture, ask Profit Point to collaborate with you and your team as …
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