The Best Practice Frontier in the 3D Supply Chain Triangle

In many companies we see a lack of alignment between the three corners of the Supply Chain Triangle, so let's take the triangle into three dimensions and explain the concept of the “best practice frontier”.

Biggest Mistake: Ignoring the Math behind ROI

One of the biggest mistakes a supply chain planner can do is have an aversion to learning the math behind ROI (Return on Investment) that can come from working on a business’s supply chain plans.

By | April 5th, 2016|S&OP, Supply Chain, Supply Planning|0 Comments

My Vision for Supply Chain 2020? Deep Integration!

What will the Supply Chain be like in the year 2020? In the evolution of supply chain, people, process and technologies must be aligned correctly to achieve maximum results, and leaders must connect the dots to ensure supply chain becomes more market driven.

Balanced Supply Chain Careers for a Balanced Supply Chain

We believe that when building your supply chain career, you should build in lateral moves, growing both horizontally and vertically. Will you have the necessary skills to build the supply chain of the future, balancing service, cost and cash, in order to maximize ROCE?

Balancing Cash, Cost and Service: The Supply Chain Triangle

When launching an inventory reduction program, success is contingent on keeping the Supply Chain Triangle in balance. However, keeping Cash, Cost and Service in balance may prove difficult for a traditional supply chain organization whether the business is a success or if it is struggling. Please read more to learn how to deal with pressure within the Supply Chain Triangle.

Supply Chain Planning and an Uncertain Economy

Supply Chain Planning deals with the future and therefore uncertainty with economy. As a result, the planners sometimes have to question other people’s assumptions. Whether for this or some other reason, they do not get credit that is due to them for the great job they do. Eric Wilson from Tempur Sealy gives them the due credit and then some and calls them the super heroes of business. We agree!

By | March 2nd, 2016|Forecasting, General Topics, S&OP, Supply Chain|0 Comments

Supply Chain Planning Challenges: Exciting Times Ahead

This past week Arkieva attended the India Manufacturing Supply Chain Summit & Awards 2016 in Mumbai. While attending the Summit we were able to discuss with our supply chain colleagues the many supply chain planning challenges we face every day in the industry. We invite you to share in the knowledge and discussions we were able to collect for this blog post. We at Arkieva are already preparing for those exciting supply chain planning challenges ahead; are you ready for these exciting times?

By | February 25th, 2016|S&OP, Supply Chain, Supply Planning|0 Comments

Lessons from IBM: Supply Chain Efficiency & Smart Planning Engines

“Complexity exists, whether you ignore or not – better not to ignore it” Peter Lyon IBM retired, former director IBM Strategic Systems In 1995 the IBM Microelectronics Division made a decision to invest in a “smart” central or supply chain planning engine (CPE) to intelligently match assets with demand to improve its performance and responsiveness.  CPE was part of a wider effort called OPS (operational framework for supply chain planning) which covered the three pillars of success: data, process, and models.

By | October 22nd, 2015|General Topics, S&OP, Supply Chain|0 Comments

Building Your First Model

In my previous post, I encouraged you to mingle with your new colleagues and make yourself known as the new go-to person for when planning is involved. While doing so, you have not only started building relationships, you’ve also raised some expectations. Now that you have an idea on what challenges your company might face, you can actually start planning.

By | October 20th, 2015|S&OP|0 Comments

Are You Using Stories To Your Advantage In Your Supply Chain Planning Process?

Humans love stories and learn best from examples.  Behavior scientists have even given a name to this common practice: Narrative Bias. In simple terms, the human brains understands and retains facts much better if there is a story binding them together. This concept has been talked about by many authors in many different contexts and then there is this: “Because suppose you eschew gossip and just say Mr. Smith is in love with his wife. Why that disposes the Smiths as a topic of conversation for the rest of their life, But suppose you say with a smile, that poor little Mrs. Smith thinks her husband is in love with her, he must be very clever, Why then you can enjoyably talk about the Smiths forever.” – by Ogden Nash (I have it on good authority.)

By | September 1st, 2015|S&OP|2 Comments

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