Archive for Replenishment

Drones Over Africa: Delivering Lifesaving Medical Supplies

Drones have earned a place in the medical supply chain in Africa. But before Rwanda started using drones, careful thought had to be given to when this mode made sense and when it didn’t.

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Quantifying the Changing Warehouse Order Profile

My colleagues and I have written a number of articles about the widespread growth of e-commerce and its effect on distribution operations. Many companies are opening new facilities for e-commerce fulfillment and others are using traditional replenishment facilities to fulfill e-commerce orders as well. It’s well-known that e-commerce growth is affecting the requirements placed on many organizations. But to what degree is the movement of goods through the supply chain shifting? And to what degree […]

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Hostess Brands Turnaround Driven by a Supply Chain Transformation

…as a supply chain guy, I just love hearing about a business turn around that was largely driven by a more effective supply chain. That, as Tuesday’s financial news proves, was clearly the case with Hostess Brands.

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Ascena Retail Is a Study in Order Fulfillment Efficiency

Are you impressed by operational efficiencies? I am. And I consider a warehouse that operates at an e-commerce processing cost per unit (CPU) of under one dollar ($1.00) and a store replenishment cost per unit of under ten cents ($0.10) very impressive. Ascena Retail Group is a leading national specialty retailer offering clothing, shoes and accessories for women. Ascena may not be a household name, but the company’s brands certainly are. Ascena owns Dress Barn, […]

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Omni-Channel Fulfillment: Strategies for Success

Two weeks ago, I wrote an article about my now just released market study on omni-channel fulfillment technology. The study incorporates transportation management, warehouse management, distributed order management, inventory management / store replenishment, and demand planning. In the article, I outlined the key growth drivers for omni-channel fulfillment technology. These included the growth of e-commerce, the fact that technology is getting better, the need to meet customer expectations, and the proliferation of cloud solutions. Today, […]

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Dell’s Perfect Order Journey

Dell has a complex supply chain. And, this complexity has, over time, had a corrosive effect on Dell’s order fulfillment performance. In Dell’s case, when they dug into this by talking to customers, what they heard over and over was “I want you to build, ship, and deliver what I ordered, when you said you would.”

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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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The Internet of Things, Next Generation Supply Chains, and Distributed Intelligence

IoT projects often become Big Data projects. Distributing more intelligence down to the device level could help prevent database bloat and streamline the corporate application environment. But these decisions are not clear cut. There are pros and cons associated with either distributing or centralizing both IoT intelligence and data.

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Using Inventory Modeling to Develop a Holistic Inventory Strategy

Top supply chain officers across the industry were recently surveyed¹ on their biggest barriers to effective inventory management. Their top two responses were “Can’t Optimize Network Holistically” and “Demand Volatility”. It’s no wonder: often inventory placement decisions are made in a vacuum without considering the end-to-end supply chain impact. In addition, product demand has become more volatile and hard to predict over time. How do you predict how much inventory to build when you can’t […]

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Revisiting Supply Chain Planning

I chose “Revisiting Supply Chain Planning” as the title for this blog post because I believe the phrase captures both the current focus of my research agenda (what I am doing) and the heightened priority SCP has taken on the agenda of many supply chain executives (what practitioners are doing). Earlier this week, I began updating ARC’s Global Supply Chain Planning (SCP) market study, last published in 2013. It’s worth noting that the SCP study […]

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