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Guest Commentary: Industrial Engineers Fulfill Supply Chain Requirements

I came across a recent article in Logistics Viewpoints by Steve Banker recommending the hiring Industrial Engineers (IEs) for Supply Chain Teams. Transportation and third party logistics organizations have utilized IE skills for decades. As an IE myself, and having trained and managed Industrial Engineers for supply chain design functions for more than a decade, I want to take this opportunity to share some thoughts on the relevant skills that strengthen supply chain professionals and […]

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The Importance of Packaging in Supply Chain Management

I recently read a great business school case study by Terry Tremwel (Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas), Dan Lynch (Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, Michigan State University), and Jim Crowell (Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas) called “Phoenician Phoods, Breakfast Cereal Manufacturer and Distributor.” The case focuses on a business executive at a fictitious food company that has to make a tough decision involving SKU rationalization, packaging, case pack size, transportation […]

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Why Can’t My Supply Chain Team Think More Like Category Managers?

I’ve been researching the ROI associated with consumer goods (CG) companies using downstream data (e.g., POS, store level inventories, and DC-to-store shipments). As part of this research, I recently spoke with a supply chain director at a very large CG company who asked, “Why can’t my supply chain team think like my category managers?” A little background will help you understand his lament. Large CG manufacturers generally have account teams located in Bentonville, Arkansas, the […]

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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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