Archive for Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG)

P&G Embraces Continuous Planning and Execution

P&G is respected for having one of the best supply chains in the world. They rarely speak about their approach to supply chain management in any detail. So, it was a treat to hear Bob Herzog, the Global Planning Digitization Leader for Supply Chain, and Pedro Noriega, Planning Director, North American Product Supply, speak at Kinaxis’ Kinexions 2019 user conference. P&G has developed one of the world’s most agile supply chains. To accomplish this, P&G embraced digital tools, a new network, and citizen developers.

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Test and Learn Digital Transformations

Digitalization requires learning. Pilots of supply chain planning software can cost millions. How can companies test-and-learn cheaper and smarter? A conversation with the leadership team of Solvoyo suggests some answers. Solvoyo is in a test-and-learn with a very large consumer goods company.

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The Peril of Circular Reasoning in Machine Learning and Forecasting

Machine learning engines can take data on forecast accuracy and use that data to automatically improve the forecast model. However, three is a rub. Lost sales is a key piece of data on the accuracy of the forecast, but lost sales is generated with a demand forecast. This is circular reasoning. But that does not mean this analysis is without value.

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Blue Apron and the Subscription Retail Supply Chain

The subscription retail model is not a new concept. The first basic model I can think of is a magazine subscription – a new magazine came every month unless you canceled your subscription. The first subscription service I used was Netflix, way back when the company only shipped DVD’s to your house. However, as the digital age took over, I moved over to the streaming format, and no longer have movies shipped to my house. […]

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What Does Demand Sensing Teach Us About IoT Projects?

If demand management teaches us anything about learning to leverage the Big Data generated by sensors, it is that leveraging IoT data is likely to be a lengthy maturation process.

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Why Has Amway Invested 100s of Millions of Dollars in U.S. Manufacturing? It’s Not Altruism

Many of Amway’s products that are largely sold overseas, actually leverage “Made in America” as a key selling point. This has led to a global network of plants which prioritizes investment in the U.S.

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Small & Medium Sized Businesses Save Money with Transportation Consolidation Programs

Large companies have the benefit of volume and can often ship full truckload. For small and medium-sized companies to compete on price and service, consolidation programs can be a key mechanism for leveling the playing field. I talked to Chip Nolin, the Director of Logistics at Seventh Generation, about a new transportation consolidation network they are using. This new network solution is helping them save money while improving service levels to their most important retail […]

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Hostess Brands Builds a Unique, New Supply Chain

Hostess went bankrupt. But Hostess products are back in stores. This happened after the brands and certain factories were purchased out of bankruptcy in April of 2013. The brand was then relaunched in July of 2013. That left just a few months to build a unique, new supply chain from scratch.

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Procter & Gamble’s Supply Chain Control Tower

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has one of the best supply chains in the world.  But when their top supply chain executives talk about supply chain management, it can be hard to understand what they are talking about.  P&G has rather forgone talking about supply chain systems and instead talks about their investments in analytics. They believe their supply chain systems are too siloed and they are missing global optimization opportunities. They are looking for a […]

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Kimberly-Clark’s Journey to Logistics Procurement Excellence

Jenni Stamps and Melanie Payne, the Domestic and International Pricing Managers respectively at the Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KCC), spoke at this year’s JDA Focus.  Kimberly-Clark, the $21 billion consumer goods company with brands like Huggies and Kleenex, is a major user of JDA’s TMS solution. The company is also one of the larger shippers in North America.  Domestically, they have 882,000 shipments per year from 800 origins through 140 Kimberly-Clark facilities, and out to 27,000 destinations.  […]

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