Tag Archives: Supply Chain Improvement

Effects of Highly Seasonal Demand on a Supply Chain

What is Seasonal Demand? During the holidays, when we’re continuously flooded with the next themed decor, or Starbucks Coffee drink, or seasonal dinner dish, I’m constantly reminded that these goods are purposefully designed to be consumed at a particular time of year. To get these goods to consumers, including myself, supply chain professionals have worked …
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Outsourcing for Supply Chain Expertise

Trends that persist
I have worked in the manufacturing supply chain information technology (IT) field for more years than I care to admit. A sleepy-eyed dinosaur stares back at me from the bathroom mirror each morning. Over the course of my career, more than a few trends have emerged. Many of them, perhaps most of them, have turned …
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The Supply Chain Revolution

Supply Chain
I’m a supply chain lifer.  I started in manufacturing, but early in my career made the transition to supply chain and never looked back.  It was never easy to explain to others what I did though.  I would say, “all the stuff between manufacturing and sales.” Still, I don’t think they really understood the complexity …
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Retaining Supply Chain Expertise

institutional knowledge
The biggest challenge organizations face is retaining expertise and organizational knowledge.  This may be hard to fathom, but in the 29 years I have been helping supply chain and business organizations make better decisions, it is surprising how often the groups re-visit the same decisions over again.  Key roles are turning over more quickly, and …
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The Impact of 5G Networks on the Digital Supply Chain

5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before. 5G will help power a huge rise in Internet of Things technology (extension of Internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects), providing the infrastructure needed to carry huge amounts …
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Reinforcement Learning

machine learning
I recently went to a talk on Reinforcement Learning (RL) in my local .Net development group.   I found the topic fascinating.  For those not familiar with Reinforcement learning; it is a type of unsupervised machine learning where the algorithm uses real-world feedback over time to learn what to do.   Instead of providing a set of …
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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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