Author Archive for Toby Brzoznowski

Supply Chain Planning Limitations and the Emergence of a New Paradigm

Every large global company has implemented enterprise planning systems to help keep their supply chains running, and research shows that billions of dollars are spent each year on upgrades and new implementations of these planning systems. So why does nearly every company still do much of their actual “planning” using offline spreadsheets or rely on small groups of data scientists to provide critical insight and business analysis?  Shouldn’t this be addressed by the expensive enterprise […]

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Leveraging Supply Chain Design to Thrive in Uncertain Times

Presidential election years always bring with them a certain level of uncertainty, and this year’s election cycle may have ranked near the top of that category.  Every new administration brings some amount of expected change, and while the range of policy changes are yet to be fully understood, there are already early signals — and it appears that status quo is not the trend. This year’s election process has brought renewed focus on supply chain […]

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Use Modeling Technology to Design and Test Omni-Channel Strategy

Redesigning overall retail strategy through the eyes of the consumer with a seamless shopping experience at the core, necessitates an ‘outside-in’ supply chain perspective and often big adjustments to supply chain operations. Retailers are turning to supply chain modeling as a way to effectively design and test omni-channel fulfillment strategies prior to execution. Modeling can be used to evaluate the numerous network and policy changes to an organization’s supply chain that may be required for […]

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Use Simulation Planning to Predict Future Supply Chain Performance

What if you could accurately predict how your supply chain will perform in the future? Know how a strategy change will impact your service levels or costs? Predict when you will stock out or be late with a shipment? To do this you need ESP. Not extra-sensory perception, but it’s the next best thing from a supply chain analyst’s point of view. Enterprise simulation planning (ESP) enables businesses to see how the supply chain will […]

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How to Use Supply Chain Design to Craft Successful M&A Activities

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) present an incomparable number of options for the design of the new organization’s supply chain, so it’s not altogether surprising that so many of these projects fail to meet executive and shareholder expectations. Depending on which report you consult, M&A initiatives have a failure rate of anywhere between 50 and 85 percent! Supply chain design technology enables companies to model their supply chains, evaluate alternatives, optimize the network structure and simulate […]

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Guest Commentary: Finally, A New Way to Look at Inventory Optimization

Finding the balance between overstocks and lost sales is necessary for operational growth and health. With so many flavors of inventory optimization applications available, why do so many companies still struggle with inventory inefficiencies? It’s because traditional inventory applications fall short in three key areas: They assume that all demand is smooth and normally distributed They only consider safety stock for the existing supply chain structure They do not simulate real-world behavior or enable what-if […]

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Guest Commentary: Like Money in a Coat Pocket: Uncover Hidden Cost Savings in Your Supply Chain

Is there anything better than putting on last year’s jacket and finding money in the pocket? The money was right there, but hidden just below the surface of that coat pocket. There are a few things that make this “found money” so great: it’s fast – you just reached into your pocket and there it was in your hand. It’s easy—you didn’t have to toil away for long hours to earn it. Finally, it’s unexpected—you […]

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Guest Commentary: Do You Have a Supply Chain Design Center of Excellence? Your Competitors Do.

Not too long ago, companies considered supply chain design as a project to conduct once every three to five years—if at all. It was also uncommon for companies to do such analysis themselves, often hiring third-party firms to do one-off studies. Today, there is a strong and ever-increasing trend of companies making supply chain design a core business function, and using this competency as a competitive weapon for their business. They are using modeling technology […]

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