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How do you get a supply chain to really perform?

More often than not, a supply chain may operate moderately well and deliver within tolerable limits. Customers may find the service acceptable, but nothing exceptional. Inventory levels may be higher than needed but for some traditionalists, plenty of inventory is a good thing, isn’t it?

Actually, we think that most supply chains can improve performance radically by applying a few structured techniques, and there has never been a greater urgency to do so.

Unfortunately, the inherent weaknesses in supply chain performance are commonly hidden only to be exposed under stress, and then it is too late. Markets change, technologies transform competitive landscapes, and unchecked operational complexity can increase cost or, even worse, impact customer service.

With the expansion of international supply chains, the relentless drive for finding new and innovative ways to serve customers and the s


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09 Jul 2020
Blue Yonder and WMG, University of Warwick Study: Only 15% of Global Retailers’ Supply Chains are Prescriptive or Autonomous
 

Retailers are overly reliant on spreadsheets and legacy processes, but plan to embrace AI and Machine Learning to drive real-time pricing, planning and strategy   Most global retailers are only at an early stage of digital supply chain adoption, according to a new report from Blue Yonder and

 
Blue Yonder
Blue Yonder

09 Jul 2020
5 Myths About Industry 4.0
 

Whenever a new idea or technology comes along, there’s always a mixture of real insight and hype. With Industry 4.0—the fourth industrial revolution that’s poised to build new manufacturing paradigms out of automation and machine-to-machine communication—things are no differe

 
Brian Hoey
Flexis

09 Jul 2020
Creating the 21st Century Automotive Supply Chain: Complexity 1 - Accelerating rapid innovation and flexibility through collaboration
 

With newly introduced climate legislation, a fast growing environmentally conscious consumer base, and the push for automation creating new needs and challenges, auto manufacturers seek to rapidly introduce innovation and leading-edge features to consumer markets, all while ensuring vehicle safety.

 
Tara Merry
Infor

09 Jul 2020
Supply chain transparency in modern food & beverage manufacturing: Building consumer trust
 

Achieving supply chain transparency across the food value chain is an increasingly complex process as many food and beverage companies are dependent on a multitude of suppliers with varying levels of supply chain sophistication. In this blog series we will dig deeper into the processes and technolog

 
Mikael Bengtsson
Infor

19 Jun 2020
Moving Inventory Planning Beyond the Spreadsheet
 

Let’s say you’re moving into a new home, and you want to keep track of all your furniture, books, housewares, and other stuff in order to make the moving process more efficient. What’s the first thing you do. Well, you might start be creating an Excel spreadsheet to create a regist

 
Brian Hoey
flexis


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Gai: Finite capacity scheduling and planning for the machinery industry

GAI S.p.a. was founded in 1946 in Pinerolo (TO) by Giacomo Gai and his wife Elsa. In 1959 the company moved to Trofarello (TO) and since 1972 has been lead by Giacomo’s sons: Battista and Carlo, helped by their ...

What Do We Really Know About What We Know? The Nature of Relationship Governance in the Reverse Supply Chain

Inter-organizational relationships have received significant attention in the marketing channels literature (Anderson and Weitz, 1992; Mohr and Spekman, 1994; Morgan and Hunt, 1994). More recently, the supply chain liter...


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