Tag Archives: Supply Chain Planning

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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Tardigrades can survive anything…. Can your Supply Chain?

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Tardigrades, which are often called water bears, are nearly microscopic. Although they are usually water dwelling creatures, they can be found in Antarctic ice, ocean depths of 14,000 feet and in the Himalayas at a height of 20,000 ft. They can survive just about anywhere, including outer space. Fossils of tardigrades have been found in …
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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 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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