Tag Archives: supply chain network design

Future-Proof Your Supply Chain With An Optimized Technology Stack

As a technologist, I’ve always been interested in the behind-the-scenes workings that make our programs do what we want them to. How does Siri know when to listen to us and how to respond? How is Waze able to give us traffic tips on the fly? The answer lays in smart programming, which is often …
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3 Steps To Turn Supply Chain Network Design Into A Competitive Advantage

Supply chain network design is all about creating a model of your existing supply chain network and then adding in alternative possibilities to evaluate them analytically. This gives business leaders a relatively easy, fact-based way to look at how effective their current supply chain is and compare alternative configurations. When done effectively, smart supply chain …
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7 Steps to Achieve a More Sustainable Supply Chain

Supply chain sustainability sounds like it should be table stakes for our industry. However, rapidly changing business conditions often cause organizations to suffer from unplanned heavy demand and unrealistic deadlines. This causes upstream suppliers to request overtime from their resources to meet demand surge. Even though downstream organizations follow sustainability guidelines, high demands and local …
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Key to Supply Chain Change Management Success: Scenario Analysis

Supply chain network models are powerful tools that help organizations make critical decisions. These decisions have a significant impact on growth plans, customer service and overall cost to serve. Therefore, the analytical process to develop and run these models is rigorous and very data intensive. This analytical rigor brings a level of confidence to the …
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Supply Chain Network Optimization: Start with these 4 Questions for Successful Design

Supply chain network optimization and design initiatives require trading off many aspects of the supply chain: manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and distribution, inventory and customer service. Organizations need to make sense of internal and external data, collect input, reach alignment and coordinate a realistic but impactful roll out. It is a lot of work, and most …
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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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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

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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