Archive for Supply Chain Execution

Bridging the Gap Between Supply Chain Planning and Execution

New solutions have emerged that bridge the gap between supply chain planning and execution. These solutions have a middleware layer that is critical. The middleware allows for a feedback loop that can allow the system to get smarter.

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The Three Pillars of Supply Chain Execution

We all know that Supply Chain Execution (SCE) is composed of Warehouse, Yard and Transportation management components.  But have you ever considered the relative importance of these three components?  Even though organizations usually prioritize their Yard Management System (YMS) as the final component of this trio, implementing an enterprise YMS is just the beginning of the journey of engendering execution excellence across an organization’s supply chain. Below are the three key considerations that make the […]

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Supply Chain Execution Convergence: Two Factors Driving the Need for Convergence

Supply chain execution convergence is a hot topic these days. The need for end-to-end visibility and solutions that proactively enable planning and the ability to react to the unavoidable disruptions is paramount. Organizations need to evaluate their overall supply chain approach and to consider how supply chain execution convergence can get them to the next level. Rethinking the Traditional Supply Chain More than just a buzzword, supply chain execution convergence allows for better collaboration and […]

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Visibility Drives Iterative Planning and Execution

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. That applies to supply chain operations as well. If we don’t learn from what is happening day-by-day in our supply chains, we are doomed to repeat disconnected planning processes that lead to mismatches between supply and demand. These mismatches are costly and can lead to service problems such as out-of-stocks and over-stocks. But with fires to fight every day it’s hard for supply chain managers to […]

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Guest Commentary: Benefiting From the Big Market Shift in Supply Chain Execution

Over the past few years, there has been a shift in the supply chain execution (SCE) software marketplace. Or to borrow from a popular, but old automotive advertising campaign, “This is not your father’s” SCE software market. During the 90’s, we saw the rise of the regionalized, niche application software companies, also known as “best of breed” software vendors. These niche, specialized software vendors saw a need and invested in developing robust functionality to support […]

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Guest Commentary: Four Critical Elements for Excellence in Supply Chain Execution

Our clients in industries such as automotive, aerospace, hi-tech, retail and consumer goods are emerging from one of our nation’s most trying economic times. Faced with serious pressures to cut costs and boost profits, many companies have re-examined how they source, store and deliver their products. Flexibility, innovation and the ability to operate with virtually no margin of error have become requirements when it comes to logistics outsourcing. A company’s ability to respond to change, […]

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App Stores Come to the Supply Chain Execution (SCE) Market

HighJump Software, a leading Supply Chain Execution (SCE) software vendor and an ARC client, announced yesterday the launch of its “HighJump App Station,” where customers can browse supply chain workflows and add them to their warehouse management system (WMS) anytime, similar to the way iPhone users can download apps from Apple’s App Store. HighJump actually previewed the App Station at its user conference back in October, but with everything else going on at the show, […]

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What If Your Supply Chain Software Vendor Goes Out of Business?

“I’m afraid my supply chain software vendor might go out of business.  What should I do?”  I was asked this question recently by one of my clients.  The vendor in question is a rather small supply chain execution (SCE) software provider, with estimated annual revenues of less than $20 million.  My client knows that the vendor has been laying people off, and they estimate that they account for over 15 percent of the vendor’s revenues.  […]

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A Strategic Hole in the WMS Market

ARC recently published my new Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) Market Outlook study.  In a previous Logistics Viewpoints article, I highlighted the fact that the largest WMS suppliers continue to grow as the market shrinks.  However, despite that, I believe that these leading WMS suppliers have a strategic hole in their supply chain execution portfolio that could make them vulnerable. Obviously, having a larger suite of solutions has been a key advantage for these large suppliers.  […]

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Supply Chain Practices and Technologies to Improve Cash Flow

In a recession, cash is king.  What can your supply chain team do to improve cash flow?  What processes and technologies can help? The most obvious action is to lengthen payment terms with key suppliers.  Finance may do this without informing supply chain managers, but this works against the mantra of establishing an adaptive, demand-driven supply chain.  An adaptive supply chain can efficiently respond to unexpected surges in demand.  You will have a hard time […]

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