About Steve Boyd

Steve spent 43 years in corporate America, including 30 years experience in supply chain. As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt he found deep dives into exploring data connections most rewarding, however, only when coupled with results. From volume and variability analysis for Sales & Marketing in DuPont to automation of critical inventory trends and issues at Kuraray, its what works that counts. As inspired by Eli Goldratt’s “Necessary but Not Sufficient”, he’s developed several simple supply chain techniques using ERP software data to customize a business for higher levels of performance. Now he brings them to you.

Look beyond the Turnover Ratio! Here’s a Simple Way to Create an Effective Inventory Management Process

Use this simple tool for identifying areas of potential improvement in the business to create an effective inventory management process. This type of measurement allows for a more widespread understanding of the nature of inventory and fosters action to prevent a build-up of non-value-adding "drag".

By |2019-04-13T23:09:10-04:00February 20th, 2018|Inventory Management, Uncategorized|

Implementing an S&OP System? Here’s How to Make Your Data Work for You

A look at some of the S&OP implementation best practices for managing your data. Now I’m not going to say, “Ask not what your data can do for you, but ask what you can do for your data.” In the past, I was under the impression that going through a system implementation process of setting up product hierarchies would mark the end of the process. I must now say, there’s more to the story.  

By |2019-04-13T23:09:17-04:00December 19th, 2017|Memoirs of a Black Belt, S&OP|

Who Should Take Ownership of Finished Product Inventory Management?

I mean who suffers directly when finished product inventory runs amuck by level, mix, or availability? Well, we all do, don’t we? After all, if we made it and can’t sell it, what have we done? Or, what if we promised it to customers but haven’t made it? Until we give finished goods velocity, no profits roll into the business meaning, no revenue (assuming when it sells, it gains velocity). Just think of the other side of the coin when it goes to the scrap heap for a write off (terminal velocity).

By |2019-04-13T23:09:18-04:00November 9th, 2017|Inventory Management, Memoirs of a Black Belt|

Using Descriptive Analytics to Improve Supply Chain Visibility for Variability, Velocity, Volume, and Variety.

In this guest blog series titled: “Memoirs of a Black Belt,” Stephen Boyd a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and 30-year supply chain veteran, shares his insights on achieving higher levels of performance using data from existing systems. All opinions expressed in guest authors may not reflect Arkieva’s view on the subject.

By |2019-04-13T23:09:20-04:00September 25th, 2017|Memoirs of a Black Belt, Supply Chain|

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