Manufacturing Network Optimization: How to Get the Most From Your Value Chain

Modern technology has accelerated the rate of change in our world and allowed us to operate more effectively and with lower costs. Along with this rapid change, manufacturing network optimization becomes even more nuanced and more essential. Retooling production networks to strike a new balance between cost optimization, remaining competitive and increasing resilience where it …
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Rethink Your Retail Demand Planning Methods Post-COVID-19

Retail demand planning is a key aspect of supply chain optimization. Understanding and predicting how much stock to have on-hand to appease consumer demand at any given time helps dictate the retailer’s manufacturing and shipping needs. Not surprisingly, consumer demand can change rapidly based on environmental, economic and geo-political influences. A couple years ago, I …
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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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Global Health as a Supply Chain Risk

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the frailties in our supply chains. If we would like to keep our supply chains from being paralyzed by a global health crisis in the future, perhaps we can learn something from our colleagues in Environmental Health & Safety. Because the EH&S departments of manufacturing companies perform assessments periodically to …
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Customized Scheduling Report Journey

It is great to see progress in a relatively short amount of time.  When I joined Profit Point in 2014, one of our key customers was scheduling their plants with AspenTech SCM, which is one of the most customizable scheduling tools, As we typically do, we complemented that flexibility with some of our own expertise; …
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