Archive for multi-echelon inventory optimization

How The Modern Retail Store Is Wreaking Havoc on Wholesalers

Connected commerce has affected change at every echelon of inventory asset management. Retailer requirements now demand that wholesalers offer a new set of capabilities to fulfill their role in delivering on the customer value chain. As a result, wholesalers must implement a strategic inventory management solution to facilitate replenishment for their tier-one customers.

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To Understand a Supply Chain, You Need to Model It With Supply Chain Design Tools

I am slogging through the book “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Nobel Prize winning economist Daniel Kahneman. The main premise of the book is that the human brain has two systems for thinking: one that is “fast,” uses simple rules, and learns patterns; the other is “slow,” requires great effort, and is the source of greater rationality. However, because people so often use “fast” thinking, and prefer to use it because it requires less effort, people […]

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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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“Platform Thinking” at Manhattan Associates’ Momentum User Conference

I’m just back from Manhattan Associates’ Momentum 2010 User Conference. The theme this year was “Platform Thinking.” Manhattan, an ARC client, has been on a four to five year journey to bring its applications onto a common supply chain platform. Its warehouse management system (WMS) application was just added to the platform this year. The only applications not fully on the platform today are demand planning and inventory optimization. Manhattan Associates was hurt by the […]

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