## Tips for Optimizing Your Entire Supply Chain Planning Process

Optimizing your supply chain involves looking at the entire process, and not just the initial solution. Here’s an example of how.

## An Example of When Optimization Is Helpful in Supply or Central Planning

Use this example as a starting point to understand the different optimization methods, and when optimization is helpful in supply or central planning.

## Two Simple Examples to Help You Understand How Supply Chain Optimization Algorithms Work.

I work with clients that utilize our supply chain optimization software to maximize their resources. In my upcoming webinar “Should I Optimize My Supply Chain Planning?” I’ll dive deeper into the concepts of supply chain optimization and show examples of when it’s ideal to optimize and when it’s less ideal. In today’s blog post, I’d like to simplify this concept by looking at some basic equations and scenarios to explain how “solvers” or supply chain optimization algorithms work.

## 5 Key Supply Chain Efficiency Assessment Areas for 2018

If you are looking to improve your supply chain management systems in 2018, you most likely have asked the common question: How do I assess my current efficiency? This is a good starting point for anyone looking to add functionality or identify loopholes within current processes. There is no single perfect method that meets all needs and has no flaws. However, the good news is, supply chain assessments have proven to be very advantageous for many businesses.

## How to Determine the Best-Fit Plan with Supply Chain Optimization

The use of optimization in supply chain management is widespread, just not in supply planning.  Regular use of optimization occurs in inventory management and demand forecasting. “Best-fit straight line” is one of the most common uses of optimization. With this method, you enter or pull into Excel (or your favorite statistics software) a set of “x values” (the independent value e.g. the number of cars in a train) and a set of “y values” (dependent value e.g. the fuel cost for each train), click a few buttons and you get a “best-fit” straight line – a slope (b1), a y-intercept (b0), a measure of goodness, and a straight line drawn through your scatter plot.