Archive for Supply Chain Planning

Who is the Supply Chain Planner in the Age of AI?

The most recent McKinsey Global Survey on AI shows a 25% increase in use by companies over the prior year, a trend that shows no signs of slowing. At this pace, have we entered the Age of AI? Do we even need supply chain planners, or can we turn out the lights and go home, because we now live in a world of autonomous planning? The short answer is that planners are more important than […]

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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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Medtronic’s Digital Twin Journey

Medtronic MDT has been engaged in a digital transformation. This includes building out a digital twin of their end-to-end supply chain to make it easier for people to make better and faster supply chain decisions. The company has built a data lake to feed LLamasoft’s Supply Chain Analytics Platform, llama.ai, to create their supply chain digital twin. The solution has already been rolled out to support distribution flow path analyses. The solution allows them to make […]

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Supporting Supply Chain Agility: Simple Concepts, Complex Technology

Supply chain control towers have come of age. The concepts that allow modern control towers to support agility are easy to describe. The technology that empowers these concepts are quite complex.

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What Global Risks are Increasing In 2020?

The big event in Davos Switzerland is about to occur.  Watching leading business executives prance around and pose is unseemly. But one good thing that comes out of this event is a Global Risks Report produced by the World Economic Forum. This report serves as a centerpiece for the themes addressed at the event.

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The Self-Healing Supply Chain

A “self-healing” supply chain needs to be based on a robust supply chain digital twin model that is updated with near real-time alerts.

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A Supply Chain Planning Model is a Digital Twin: Is This Just Hype?

Isn’t any model not based on paper and pencil a digital twin? What value does it add to call a supply planning model a digital twin? I thought it was hype. Supply chain planning executives disagree.

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SAP and Oracle vs. The Best of Breeds: Lessons from the Supply Chain Planning Market

Oracle and SAP are the two largest suppliers of enterprise applications are also leaders in the supply chain planning (SCP) market, but the leadership is being contested. Their arguements for why customers should choose their planning solution go beyond their applications functionality. Interestingly, over time most enterprise applications markets consolidate. This is not happening in the SCP market.

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