Supply Chain Planning Trade-Offs: A Success Story in the Snack Food Industry

A River Logic customer was unable to meet demand for their most profitable product because they were working with constrained capacity. They had no visibility into their supply chain planning trade-offs, were wrangling 20+ spreadsheets to create plans, and missing out on major profit opportunities. Since adopting River Logic, hundreds of thousands in cost savings per week have been uncovered.

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How Prescriptive Analytics Shapes Business Transformation and Supply Chain Social Responsibility

Growing up in a small oilfield town, we didn’t have a McDonald’s; we had Joy’s Grill. Joy, the owner, and his wife, Wanda, ran a straightforward automated operation in their diner with one row of booths and a counter open to the grill. She took the orders and yelled out “mash one,” which queued Joy to throw another patty on the grill. He finished the order, Wanda served, and whoever had a free hand, rang up the checks at the register.

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Skip the Supply Chain Control Tower: Move to Visual Advanced Analytics Instead

In the movement to digitize the enterprise and connect all things IoT and more, a former supply chain buzzword has re-emerged with more momentum than ever… and confusion! The supply chain term “control tower” is used many ways, causing some vendors to meld its point solutions into a new layer of technology and tout a beacon of insights across the supply chain with promises to include:

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Working Capital Management: Two Challenges and How to Address Them

Working Capital seems easy enough to understand. Divide a company’s current assets by its current liabilities and you get a ratio that helps you determine how easily a company could cover its short term debt. This is generally referred to as how liquid a company is. However, this doesn’t always paint a clear picture.

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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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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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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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How Advanced Analytics Technology Addresses the Gender Gap

Feeling and logic. Throughout corporate history, these primary behaviors have been respectively assigned to women and men, although we know these labels aren’t always accurate. Take Steve Jobs. Most would probably remember him as a feeling kind of person, whereas, Meg Whitman may be viewed as a person of logic.

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