Archive for inventory

Blue Yonder ICON: Supply Chains Can Save the World

As an analyst at ARC Advisory Group, this is normally my busy travel time of the year. Along with my colleagues Steve Banker and Clint Reiser, I am usually attending a number of industry and customer events across the country. However, this year things are very different; coronavirus is pushing these events to online virtual affairs. Yesterday, I attended Day 1 of Blue Yonder ICON and DEVCON, the company’s virtual user conference initially scheduled to […]

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Improving the Transportation Solve: Jointly Optimizing across Inventory and Transportation

When a company is looking to reduce their freight spend, while maintaining or improving service levels, there are two main paths they can take.  They can buy and implement a transportation management system (TMS).  Or they can outsource transportation planning and execution to a 3PL that provides managed transportation services (MTS). I talked to Wietse Cornelissen, who works in the Global Customer Service and Logistics department, at Heineken, on August 28th.  Then the very next […]

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Guest Commentary: The 4 Building Blocks of Inventory Visibility

Achieving inventory visibility across the enterprise and extended supply networks has been a goal for supply chain professionals for over a decade, but achieving true visibility is no easy task. As recent analyst research indicates, while supply chain visibility is very important to almost all companies, there is a large gap between the importance of visibility and their ability to provide it to their organization. Most attempts have failed when trying to bring together all […]

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O’Reilly Auto Parts Uses Distribution Excellence to Differentiate Itself

On August 30th, O’Reilly Auto Parts gave a presentation to financial analysts from one of its distribution centers (DCs) in Kansas City, Missouri. This signaled that the company considers distribution excellence to be a core differentiator, a message that comes out loud and clear when you look through the presentation the company gave. O’Reilly Auto Parts is an auto parts retailer with $5.6 billion in sales over the past 12 months. The company has more […]

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Guest Commentary: Inventory–Not What It Used To Be

Remember when inventory was just something off the production line stored in a warehouse until it was pushed out to customers? In the past, companies worried about how much safety stock to keep, along with inventory turn rates and the associated carrying costs, but the most important thing was keeping production lines running, driving the most efficiency one could from the machines. Fast forward to today, and those production lines are likely halfway around the […]

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