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 | September 25th, 2017|Memoirs of a Black Belt, Supply Chain|3 Comments

What Role Will Artificial Intelligence Play in Supply Chain Management?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been making its rounds in world news for the last few years. With considerable advancements in the field, the concept of AI has garnered its share of fans and critics alike. While many believe AI is the next step in the industrial revolution with its potential for complete automation and an

By | August 28th, 2017|News and Trends, Supply Chain|1 Comment

Optimization Puzzle: Who’s Guilty? Dormouse, March Hare or Mad Hatter?

In my role as the Director of Analytics, I enjoy working with the Arkieva team and our clients, in building optimization models which help organizations make intelligent decisions with regards to meeting demand, capacity allocation, inventory levels, factory schedules, forecasting, and cancer research. These models are built using a variety of mathematical methods including Boolean

By | August 16th, 2017|Supply Chain Optimization|0 Comments

5 Things to Know About Setting Up a Better Supply Chain Performance Measurement System

Setting up a supply chain performance measurement system? Here are 5 things to know

Walmart is Shifting Variability. Here’s What Suppliers Should Do About It.

How does Walmart’s new supplier delivery policy affect suppliers? Here’s a take from Arkieva CEO on how suppliers can respond to market variability as a result of the policy change.

By | August 7th, 2017|Supply Chain, Supply Chain Talk|2 Comments

Look Beyond the Bells and Whistles! What I’ve Learned About Selecting a Business Software from My Gym Memberships.

Pop Quiz: What does a workout and the software selection process have in common? Answer: They both often require breaking a sweat. I hate to admit this, but often I find myself trying new workout routines as a result of commercials I’ve viewed on television. I’d rather not get into the embarrassing details that made

By | August 1st, 2017|General Topics, Supply Chain|0 Comments

What is Blockchain Technology Worth to Your Supply Chain?

With the advent of Bitcoin in 2009, cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm. The use of digital assets as an alternative to conventional currencies has garnered praise and recognition for its secure and speedy protocols. While the infrastructural flexibility of crypto currencies is yet to stand the test of time, block chains, the underlying technology for crypto currencies is truly a revolutionary step in the field of technology. Companies such as the Swiss Stock Exchange, IBM and Deloitte have already begun implementing block chains into their technology to define transactions and improve security and transparency.

By | July 19th, 2017|News and Trends, Supply Chain|2 Comments

Supply Chain Talk: The 10 Rules of Collaborative Supply Chain Planning

Supply chain transparency and visibility are one of the topmost concerns for most manufacturing business leaders. Without the proper collaboration between the different players within the supply chain, it becomes difficult to create an S&OP that promote productivity, reduce costs, and improve service levels. In this week’s ‘Supply Chain Talk,’ Arkieva CEO Harpal Singh discusses the top 10 rules for creating a collaborative planning process.

By | July 14th, 2017|Supply Chain, Supply Chain Talk|0 Comments

Top 5 Lessons Learned After a Year in Supply Chain Planning

A little over a year ago, I ventured into the unchartered territory of supply chain planning. It was an exciting challenge. I had experience as a marketer in the Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) space. And because ERP solutions often have some supply chain planning functionalities, I thought I could easily apply my knowledge from the ERP space to supply chain planning.

By | July 6th, 2017|S&OP, Supply Chain|0 Comments

Only the Shadow Knows – Identifying the Unobvious with Supply Chain Modeling

While reading a wonderful article titled “Linear Thinking in a Non-Linear World – the obvious choice is often wrong” in the May-June 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review, I was immediately transferred back to the early 1980’s and theme of the IBM Advanced Industrial Engineering department – “only the model knows.”

By | June 30th, 2017|Supply Chain, Supply Planning, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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