Tag Archives: Supply Chain Optimization

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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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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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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Flexibility AND Standardization

supply chain scheduling and planning
Frequently when we work with clients to implement decision support tools for supply chain scheduling and planning, they often have some unique constraint that is essential to model and may be unique to their environment. Some recent examples we have encountered include the following: When producing a batch in a make to order environment, the …
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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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Add Total Delivered Cost Variances to Manage Your Supply Chain

Add Total Delivered Cost Variances to Manage Your Supply Chain It is often said that you can only improve what you measure. To that end, there has been a lot of progress in performance tracking and activity-based costing over the past 10 years.  With the advent of better activity-based costing, leading companies generate monthly manufacturing …
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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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Are You a Leader in Improving Your Business Results?

Profit Point has been helping companies apply mathematical techniques to improve their business decisions for 20 years now, and it is interesting to review some of the advances in technology that have occurred over this time that have most enabled us to help our clients, including: • The ability for companies to capture, store and …
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