Author Archive for Steve Banker

Does Perfect Customer Service Make Sense?

In supply chain management, it is widely accepted that holding enough finished goods inventory to fulfill every order is just too costly. Ipsen, a global bio-pharmaceutical company , disproves that.

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20 Things to Know about WMS System Integrators

Systems Integrators (SIs) are a key part of the warehouse management system solution ecosystem. SIs have different business models, strengths, and weaknesses.

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When it Comes to Enterprise Implementations, Agile is Not the Latest Business Fad

Agile has been embraced by system integrators serving the warehouse management system market as a project methodology that can speed implemenations and reduce customization. That leads to a better ROI.

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Is Walmart’s On-time In Full Program Fair?

Walmart’s OTIF mandate is getting stricter. Off the record, many of their smaller suppliers are complaining. But not all of them. Some of their mid-sized suppliers are in retail consolidation programs and are not getting fined for being late.

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Navigating Unprecedented Times with Command and Control Centers

Global supply chains have changed more in the last six months than they have in the last six years. Never has the need to respond with agility been more clear. Control towers are a key tool to achieve agility. New solutions are available.

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How Can Companies Safely Surf the Pandemic’s Storm Waves?

Companies have been whiplashed by the combination of a long running pandemic and the recession it kicked off. Better planning can help companies mitigate the effects of this crisis. Sandy Evett, the vice president of distribution and supply chain at Dawn Foods, gave a presentation on how her company has responded.

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Hexion is Blazing New Trails to Improved Profitability by Optimizing Agility

Many companies have a sales & operations planning process. If S&OP could be adhered to, it would maximize profitability. But it can’t. Hexion is implementing a sale & operations EXECUTION process to improve agility while preserving profitability.

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It is a Myth that the US is Building More but Smaller Warehouses

It is widely said that there is a the trend toward more warehouses being built, and a trend toward smaller warehouses being built in urban areas. This is being driven, by the rapid ecommerce growth rate and increased competition among retailers to get their goods to consumers more quickly. Data shows this is largely a myth.

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WMS Generates Big Data but Struggles to Provide Real-time Analytics

Warehouse management systems are Big Data applications. They can struggle to provide the real-time analytics needed to run a responsive and agile distribution operation. There is a solution.

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Warehousing 101: Why is Task Interleaving a Best Practice?

Task interleaving is a best practice in a warehouse. Task interleaving allows work to be done more efficiently. A warehouse management system can save companies money in many ways. Task interleaving is just one good example.

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