How to Have a Serious Conversation About Inventory

Whether you are a manufacturer, retailer or distributor, inventory is likely one of your largest assets – after cash of course. Managing this asset takes a cross-functional team, all (hopefully) moving in the same direction. Weak management of the inventory process results in a porous supply chain.

10 Ways to Buffer Supply Chain Risk

In today’s highly globalized economy, no country can remain isolated or insulated from the outside world. The world is so interconnected that one hiccup can cause a myriad of issues downstream.

Managing Distribution in Circular Supply Chains

Circularity, in the form of re-use, is not really new as a business model.  Look at Goodwill, Habitat For Humanity’s Re-Store, and countless local consignment and thrift stores. eBay, Etsy, and Facebook Marketplace provide an online forum to convert one person’s trash to someone else’s treasure. A quick trip to the post office and the deal is sealed. Waste averted.

The Ongoing Shipping Container Shortage and Possible Effects on Tomorrow’s Supply Chain

We have all seen it in the news. Covid-19 outbreaks, labor shortages at the port as well as in trucking, and port delays coupled with high demand from consumers are causing major supply chain issues. Shipping containers are in short supply, or perhaps a better way to say it is that they are waiting to be unloaded or loaded resulting in a shortage. In this blog, let us try to enlist some possible future impacts of this situation. Let us look at it from the perspectives of the different players in the supply chain.

Five Steps to Develop an Effective S&OP Process – Step 4: Balance Supply and Demand

Over the past 5 weeks, Jeff Ondria has hosted a set of short interviews on LinkedIn about the five distinct steps to develop an effective S&OP process. In today's blog, we discuss step 4 Balancing Supply & Demand where we will answer some key questions with respect to balancing supply and demand.

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