Tag Archives: Global Supply Chain

Identifying Which Customers Not to Serve!

Many companies don’t yet optimize their Total Delivered Cost (TDC) in their Supply Chain. Total Delivered Cost is the real measure of how much money it takes for a company to manufacture and deliver a product.  TDC gives you more accurate information than COGS, by giving you more details, and is based on the actual flow …
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What Supply Chain Hell Looks Like

There’s no doubt that the Sales and Marketing side of a business can often seem like the ‘sexy’ side of the operation.  Just picture a new car showroom with all of those shiny, glitzy vehicles just waiting for a test drive.  But the supply chain that put those gleaming new cars in the showroom initially …
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Supply Chain Software: Is your solution scalable?

Supply Chain Software Scalable
Do you need to use one of the big Supply Chain Management software packages to have a scalable solution that covers all your businesses and regions? Many of the larger software vendors insist that the answer is “Yes”. Their argument goes something like this: “Customized solutions may fit your business requirements and competitive advantage needs …
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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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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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Should you build an internal supply chain network design competency?

Should you build an internal supply chain network design SCND) 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?

Aspen Supply Chain Suite (SCM)
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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A Lesson in Change-Management from the Recent Election

In the wake of the recent election, there has been a lot of talk about the types of changes we’ll be facing over the next few years.  The continuing analysis of the election and a recent plane ride have given me a good refresher course on some of the critical factors that enable a successful …
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