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Managing the Weakest Link in Your Supply Chain
Recent uncertainty in the global economy is not only having a negative impact on international economies, but an equally deleterious effect on global supply

mit supply chain program  Sheffi (Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics) and titled The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage ( see executive overview ). Among the key recommendations made by Professor Sheffi is to build redundancy and flexibility into your supply chain in order to minimize disruption: Redundancy Redundancy is the first line of defense to minimize supply chain disruption. This means adhering to safety stocks of finished goods to minimize the impact of Read More
Supply Chain Management (SCM)
Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse mana...
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Managing Your Suppliers as a Resource
Suppliers are one of your most valuable resources. Unfortunately, Many companies have supplier relationships that are tacitly adversarial. This article

mit supply chain program  a senior lecturer at MIT and President of Jonathan Byrnes & Co., a focused consulting company. He earned a doctorate from Harvard Business School in 1980 and can be reached at jlbyrnes@mit.edu . ChainLink Research is a bold new supply chain research organization dedicated to helping executives improve business performance and competitiveness. Read More
SCE Leaders Partner To See Beyond Their Portfolios
Recent partnerships that Manhattan Associates and RedPrairie have struck with demand planning and/or integration providers might indicate an ongoing

mit supply chain program  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) , and which is designing the critical elements and creating global standards for the next generation bar code—called the EPC Network. This is Part One of a three-part note. Part Two will discuss Market Requirements and the Market Impact. Part Three will detail the Challenges and make User Recommendations. RedPrairie Corporation and webplan Corporation On March 28, RedPrairie Corporation ( www.redprairie.com ), a provider of comprehensive SCE solutions Read More
RFID ... For Customers?
Recently I spoke at the National Retail Federation in the center of retail: New York City! The big buzz this year, no surprise, was about RFID.

mit supply chain program  think that Gillette and MIT/Auto ID only got half the story, looking at shrinkage. But there is more positive information to collect at the shelf. Fortunately, other innovative firms are looking at the whole retail experience . Sensing intelligently and linking or synchronizing items to the whole network is actually a very sellable construct to consumers too, if you think it through. The issue is, what happens from the moment the consumer enters the store. Do we understand their needs, educate them on Read More
APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 5
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto, Canada in early October. I attended few education

mit supply chain program  Larry Lapide of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics , says that an S&OP Workbench generally supports two types of information needed to be shared during cross-functional S&OP meetings. First, the workbench can generate  dashboards  to display a multitude of metrics that portray the planned  supply versus “unconstrained” demand  situation. These include supply-side metrics like expected plant utilizations, production capacity shortages, and critical component shortages or surpluses. Read More
Charting a New Course in Effective Distribution Supply Chain Management
Wholesale distributors that pursue growth while neglecting supply chain effectiveness are putting their long-term survival at risk—usually for no good reason

mit supply chain program  lines, or making aggressive commitments to customers on price, leadtimes, on-time delivery, inventory levels, or payment terms. The outcome is that many wholesale distributors are now pursuing top-line growth at the expense of bottom-line profitability. Financial analysis of the distribution industry shows that businesses are stretched so far that for the average $100 million wholesaler, pursuing one additional percentage point of revenue growth would generate negative six percent in cash flow, whereas Read More
Supply Chain Visibility Excellence: Fostering Security, Resiliency, and Efficiency
The increased complexity of global supply chains has led to longer lead time, more pipeline inventory, and the need to control downstream and upstream logistics

mit supply chain program  Chain Visibility Excellence: Fostering Security, Resiliency, and Efficiency The increased complexity of global supply chains has led to longer lead time, more pipeline inventory, and the need to control downstream and upstream logistics. Growing supply chain complexity is a top business pressure, contributing to increased supply chain management costs. This report focuses on gaining visibility into critical elements across the end-to-end logistics network for improving cost and service. Read More
Optimizing The Supply Chain Network And Reducing Distribution Costs - Part 2 An Andersen Point Of View
Performance addresses issues surrounding how the new economy is transforming the supply chain and ultimately, how Andersen conducts business. Through this

mit supply chain program  The Supply Chain Network And Reducing Distribution Costs - Part 2 An Andersen Point Of View Optimizing The Supply Chain Network And Reducing Distribution Costs Introduction    The objective of supply chain logistics - to provide goods to the right place at the right time in the right quantity - is easy to understand, but achieving this objective while minimizing costs is not an easy task. Each decision made at one level of the supply chain has an impact on another level. The goal of conducting Read More
PeopleSoft Supply Chain Is Music To Mid Market Ears
PeopleSoft has once again proven the naysayers wrong about its ability to sell supply chain management. Its Accelerated Supply Chain Management offering

mit supply chain program  French said. PeopleSoft is committed to our success. Market Impact PeopleSoft has long endured criticism from competitors and analysts at what they have portrayed as a lightweight supply chain product unable to compete effectively with applications from pure-play vendors like i2 Technologies and ERP rivals like Oracle and SAP . The win at O-Cedar Brands proves otherwise and is not merely a fluke. PeopleSoft has a distinct advantage over the pure-plays by its ability to offer a broader range of Read More
Achieving Supply Chain Visibility: There Is More to It than Meets the Eye
Industry research shows that one of the most important challenges facing supply chain professionals today is supply chain visibility. As companies scramble to

mit supply chain program  example, tend to provide limited access to a subset of data. They typically only offer separate, ixed views of information that can not be easily manipulated or integrated, and can be subject to version control, cross-referencing problems or dificulties with dissemination. Again, when you need visibility across multiple sites, several static pieces of information do not make for a complete picture or offer a single version of the truth. Many have come to rely on tools such as Excel as a way to extract, Read More
Symix Launches eSyte Supply Chain
Symix Systems, Inc. recently announced an addition to its e-business application suite, eSyte Supply Chain. It offers multi-site capacity and material planning

mit supply chain program  time, vendors will place limitations on the preliminary plan such as requiring it to ignore capacity or sequence-dependent setups on resources. At what level of time granularity are planned production quantities available? Daily, Weekly, Monthly? For larger time buckets, on what day are quantities made available for promising? Does the ATP check extend to multiple inventory locations within each site that is part of the supply network? Can production orders be scheduled automatically at a given location Read More
Rethinking the Supply Chain: Meeting the Complexity Challenge
The requirements of operating in a global, just-in-time (JIT) market have made supply chains much more complex than they were 10 years ago. Much of the software

mit supply chain program  to capitalize on this limited window of high-profit opportunity. Even less dynamic industries, however, face the same pressures: maximizing profitability early and often is a key mandate for all companies, regardless of industry. To meet these requirements, manufacturing and distribution companies have spent enormous sums on supply chain management software, with total industry spend at over $6 billion in 2006, and climbing to over $10 billion in 2010, according to industry estimates. With total spend Read More
What's in a Name for Supply Chain Vendors?
Paragon Management Systems, now Adexa, is the latest niche supply chain management vendor to re-christen itself in the last seven months. Since July, four small

mit supply chain program  solutions. Intrepa: Formerly The Summit Group, Intrepa has a slightly more complicated origin. In 1998, The Summit Group merged with CIBER, Inc., a provider of management consulting and IT services. Two of the original Summit founders, now of Intrepa, purchased their product Logistics PRO back from CIBER in October 1999. Logistics PRO offers warehouse management and transportation management capabilities for the AS/400 with an NT version due out in the first half 2000. Essentus International: On January Read More
Quintiq-The Biggest Supply Chain Vendor You May Not Have Heard Of
Quintiq may be one of the faster growing supply chain vendors, and seems to be rising up the ranks of the supply chain vendors, based on supply chain revenues

mit supply chain program  The Biggest Supply Chain Vendor You May Not Have Heard Of Quintiq  may be one of the faster growing supply chain vendors, and seems to be rising up the ranks of the supply chain vendors, based on supply chain revenues. How does a vendor emerge from relative obscurity to become one of the largest vendors? Apparently by largely ignoring discrete industry segments where other supply chain vendors focus and, instead, delivering planning and scheduling optimization software to a broad range of process Read More
Engineering Supply Chain Security
Ensuring a safe and secure supply chain is considered mission critical to government officials and business executives worldwide.

mit supply chain program  Supply Chain Security Ensuring a safe and secure supply chain is considered mission critical to government officials and business executives worldwide. Read More

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