Tag Archives: supply chain network design

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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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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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 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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The Difference Between Total Delivered Cost & COGS

How to determ the Supply Chain TDC for your products.
Total Delivered Cost (TDC) is the amount of money it takes for a company to manufacture and deliver a product. However, we have observed that many companies do not make the best use of TDC in their supply chain planning process because of three common errors or oversights. First, many of them use a historical …
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Beverage Industry Network Design

Network Design - Beverage Industry
New management wanted a ten-year plan to optimize the manufacturing and distribution footprint to reduce costs. Profit Point engaged with the client to determine the best way to operate the current network in light of some recent manufacturing improvements, and to develop recommendations for a future network that would maintain customer service levels while reducing future costs.
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Profit Network™ Dairy Industry

Profit Network- Dairy Industry
In this case study, our client wanted to optimize the supply chain from the purchase of raw milk from the farms through to the delivery of finished goods to its retail customers. We engaged with the customer in a two-phased project to first optimize the raw milk procurement/manufacturing footprint and then to determine the optimal national distribution network for the future.
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Supply Chain Network Design for Competitive Advantage

The Future of Supply Chain Network Design Most leading companies perform supply chain network design (SCND) analysis to define the structure of their supply chain as well as the key operations that will be performed at each location in the resulting network. The analysis includes suppliers, manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution. In fact, a number of …
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A Study on Hidden Risks in the Supply Chain

Supply Chain risks
A company I recently visited relies entirely on only one supplier for a major component for their product. This is an obvious supply chain risk, and the company requires huge stocks of this component (which comes in several sizes and colors) to mitigate their risk. However, what about the less obvious risks that lurk in …
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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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