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Human Capital Supply Chains: Book Review
“Goods are uniform and people are unique.” Too obvious? Maybe, but with the success that supply chain management (SCM) has brought to manufacturers, it’s time

effective supply chains  vision of a highly effective human capital strategy, provide a solid practical grounding for this book. Moss’s experience with total quality management, human capital procurement, and staffing vendor management add to the book’s depth. Taking care not to sugar-coat the concept, Giehll and Moss outline the challenges that organizations most certainly will face when implementing an HCSCM strategy. An example of these types of challenges is given in Chapter 6, where the authors explain that the “design Read More
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Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse mana...
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The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 1
The recent three-part series entitled “Navigating Between Service Management Scylla @ Charybdis” analyzed the phenomenon of service economy, or the

effective supply chains  the most efficient and cost-effective manner to deliver adequate levels of customer service that aid both  customer satisfaction  and  retention . The “easier said than done” adage certainly applies here. ClickSoftware Technologies ’ recently published book “Service Chain Optimization for Dummies”  points out that every scheduling decision has at least six major factors to consider before assigning a resource (and this consideration needs to occur simultaneously with all other outstanding jo Read More
The Magic Behind Planning and Executing (Optimal) Service Supply Chains - Part 3
Part 1 of this series established that service supply chains have many planning levels and time horizons, which can be roughly divided into the following

effective supply chains  the business performance is effective and if their service policies are the right ones. The best operated service businesses keep on top of their service policies. Given that over time any company’s business strategy and priorities can change, companies need to update their service policies to reflect this. Service managers should scrutinize the service performance reports carefully and look for patterns. For example, the average number of jobs completed per day per resource is interesting, but so are t Read More
RedPrairie: Enabling End-to-End Supply Chains (from Manufacturer to Retail Shelf)
RedPrairie provides best-of-breed supply chain execution, workforce, and all-channel retail solutions designed to streamline and expedite the flow of goods from

effective supply chains  is so dependent on effective management of inventory and the workforce—areas RedPrairie pioneered in supply chain operations—the company acquired BlueCube and StorePerform , two leading vendors of retail workforce, store inventory and task management systems. Combining these assets gave RedPrairie the enviable position of helping its customers manage their inventory and workforces across all facets of the supply chain and retail store operations—manufacturing, distribution, in transit, in stores. Th Read More
Who Could Object to Faster, More Responsive Supply Chains?
Today, global manufacturers have all but abandoned traditional vertical supply chain management to adopt the more flexible horizontal and virtual supply chain

effective supply chains  planning has become less effective. A much more important capability for organizations now is to be able to rapidly and astutely respond to what is happening at the moment. This is part one of the five-part series Who Could Object to Faster, More Responsive Supply Chains? Part two takes a closer look at the software systems manufacturers currently use to manage their complex supply chains. Read More
Supply Chain Visibility Excellence: Fostering Security, Resiliency, and Efficiency
The increased complexity of global supply chains has led to longer lead time, more pipeline inventory, and the need to control downstream and upstream logistics

effective supply chains  Chain Visibility Excellence: Fostering Security, Resiliency, and Efficiency The increased complexity of global supply chains has led to longer lead time, more pipeline inventory, and the need to control downstream and upstream logistics. Growing supply chain complexity is a top business pressure, contributing to increased supply chain management costs. This report focuses on gaining visibility into critical elements across the end-to-end logistics network for improving cost and service. Read More
Every Organization Values Supply Chain Visibility but Sharing Information Can Be a Dangerous Proposition
To achieve a high level of supply chain transparency, companies must share their technology systems and data with many suppliers, distributors, transportation

effective supply chains  Organization Values Supply Chain Visibility but Sharing Information Can Be a Dangerous Proposition To achieve a high level of supply chain transparency, companies must share their technology systems and data with many suppliers, distributors, transportation carriers, and channel partners that bring their products to market. This information may be seen by thousands worldwide. While there are doubtless benefits to be achieved, increased data sharing also carries an inherent level of risk. Know how to Read More
The Essential Supply Chain
Supply Chain Management (SCM) once viewed as a way to obtain a competitive advantage, is now perceived as a logical and necessary extension of Enterprise

effective supply chains  addresses these limitations more effectively and at (usually) lower cost than ERP. Where ERP systems focused on transactions, SCM was geared towards analysis and planning. A planning tool, in its nature, is expected to be flexible. Also, because the SCM market is newer than ERP, smaller SCM vendors have had the benefit of hindsight and have targeted their applications at the gaps in ERP systems. In addition, the advanced techniques developed for supply chain applications allow consideration of Read More
Engineering Supply Chain Security
Ensuring a safe and secure supply chain is considered mission critical to government officials and business executives worldwide.

effective supply chains  Supply Chain Security Ensuring a safe and secure supply chain is considered mission critical to government officials and business executives worldwide. Read More
Supply Chain Event Management Software Evaluation Report
Supply chain event management or supply chain network systems are a class of solutions designed to monitor, notify, analyze, measure, and control business

effective supply chains  Chain Event Management Software Evaluation Report Supply chain event management or supply chain network systems are a class of solutions designed to monitor, notify, analyze, measure, and control business process and execution types of activities. Read More
Kinaxis’ Response Management Helps Keep Supply and Demand in Balance
In the supply chain software market Kinaxis faces stiff competition from the likes of SAP, Oracle, JDA, and Logility, among others, but with double-digit

effective supply chains  Response Management Helps Keep Supply and Demand in Balance In the supply chain software market Kinaxis faces stiff competition from the likes of SAP, Oracle, JDA, and Logility, among others, but with double-digit revenue growth for the past seven years the company is obviously doing something right. Supply chain analyst Bob Eastman brings us through Kinaxis' makeovers over the years to a look at the supply chain solution's architecture, then explores the company's innovation strategy as of Read More
Supply Chain Shorts for the Week of February 11, 2013
We're trying out a new feature on you this week: snippets of supply chain news designed for quick and easy consumption, including insights and sound bites

effective supply chains  Chain Shorts for the Week of February 11, 2013 We're trying out a new feature on you this week: snippets of supply chain news designed for quick and easy consumption, including insights and sound bites, perhaps occasionally bordering on the irreverent. We'd like to think of this as a conversation with you. Let us know what you think. Oracle held its Value Chain Summit last week in San Francisco. Were you there? Rick Jewell, Oracle senior vice president for applications development, with overall Read More
Collaboration: The New Standard in the Supply Chain
Collaboration is becoming more and more critical to managing the supply chain process. Collaboration can take many forms in the supply chain, such as visibility

effective supply chains  The New Standard in the Supply Chain Collaboration is becoming more and more critical to managing the supply chain process. Collaboration can take many forms in the supply chain, such as visibility, data sharing, collaborative forecasting, outsourcing, sharing resources, or joint processes. Context is needed to understand what is meant by collaboration . In this report, TEC Research Analyst Bob Eastman looks at collaboration and how it relates to demand planning and forecasting, sales and ope Read More
The Automotive Supply Chain in the New Normal: Analysis of the Industry and its Supply Chain Opportunities
While change is never easy, continuing with an outdated process does not help companies to stay competitive. Learn how transforming your S&OP process from a

effective supply chains  Automotive Supply Chain in the New Normal: Analysis of the Industry and its Supply Chain Opportunities While change is never easy, continuing with an outdated process does not help companies to stay competitive. Learn how transforming your S&OP process from a supply-demand balancing exercise to a strategic approach that integrates your entire business can increase supply chain visibility, improve customer service, and ensure a better balance between demand, capacity, and profitability. And know the Top Read More

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