Capacity Planning: Is Your Plan Feasible and Optimal?

Most organizations have a hard time minimizing the discrepancies between their capacity and the demands of their customers. As a result, most of them are under-utilizing resources or are unable to fulfill customer demand.

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The Ten Must-Read Supply Chain Blogs of 2017

The first month of the New Year has come and gone. Since everyone chooses to do their “best of” lists in January — causing us all to be a bit slammed with “bests” — we instead decided to share our must-read supply chain blogs of 2016 a little later. These are the blogs that every organization and career professional should be reading if they’re looking stay ahead of the game this year.

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How to Perfect Your Risk Mitigation Strategies

As we well know, there are risks inherent in almost every major business decision. Even if decision-makers opt out of an opportunity because it seems too risky, that decision in itself can still be hazardous. Being too timid could lead to things like new markets not being pursued, new products not being developed or allowing competitors to gain the advantage. Therefore, it's crucial to have a detailed, data-backed strategy in place to measure and reduce risk.

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Beyond Bottlenecks: Theory of Constraints & Enterprise Optimization

One of my least favorite classes while working toward my MBA at the University of Texas was Operations Management. Sure, it was better than financial accounting, but whenever I looked at the material, I thought, “I’ll never run a manufacturing plant. Why should I care?”

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The Autonomous Supply Chain: Possible or Impossible?

In the press, a great deal of attention is given to the concept of using drones to deliver parcels direct to people's homes as well as the use of autonomous delivery vehicles on the road. As exciting as these concepts are, a lot more work is needed before they are mature enough for large-scale implementation.

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Why Do Supply Chains Need an Effective Communication Plan?

Effective communication is a vital component to successful supply chain management, yet an alarming amount of businesses have no official communication plan in place to guide their employees. On top of this, supply chain managers are rarely trained in communications and end up taking a very laissez faire attitude towards the entire process.

To understand why this is a problem, stop and consider the effects of bad communication. The number one result is decreased efficiency through wasted time, money and resources. Other effects include decreased worker morale, public relation problems and missed opportunities for innovation, among other things.

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What is Traceability and What Does It Have to Do With Sustainability?

This is the second post in a series on supply chain sustainability. In the first post, “Why Is Supply Chain Sustainability Becoming a Crucial Part of Manufacturing?” the general concepts that constitute supply chain sustainability were discussed.

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Why Does the Environment Matter, and How Can a Business ‘Go Green’?

This post is the third in a series dealing with supply chain sustainability. The first post, “Why Is Supply Chain Sustainability Becoming a Crucial Part of Manufacturing?” highlighted the four pillars of sustainability. The second discussed the benefits of traceability to maintaining or developing a sustainable supply chain.

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The 3 Ways to Drive Business Outcomes With Data Analytics

Although the movie Field of Dreams makes for a great way to spend an evening, the lesson “if you build it, they will come” is about as far from “good advice” as you can get in the world of corporate decision-making. More and more, business leaders are realizing that simply building or purchasing a “big data” system does not automatically result in valuable, data-driven-business outcomes.

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3 Key Decision Making Technology Enablers at Organizations

Forward-looking decision making in a business environment has always been about making rapid trade-offs in a highly constrained environment based on the available data in an organization. In this blog we explore how it will evolve in the future as well as 3 key technology enablers that needs to be adopted.

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