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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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The Instant Supply Chain Challenge


For the past few weeks, all eyes (and hearts) have been on the devastation caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami. What is needed in a disaster like this is an "Instant Supply Chain"--ultra-rapid creation of a distribution network with coordination between the many decentralized players. To meet these challenges, relief agencies and governments can learn much from the supply chain advances made by the private sector, but the private sector can also learn from the successes and failures of these relief efforts.

increase supply chain agility  deal with a twenty-fold increase in flights and to help speed up deliveries of emergency supplies. Ten C-130s, two C-17s, and many US helicopters have been helping with delivery of aid. As of 1/8/05, 13,000 US military personnel have distributed over 365 tons of supplies, and aircrews have flown more than 450 rescue and recovery flights. CNN setup a web site where thousands of people have been able to request information on missing relatives and friends. Eight US ships from Guam and Diego Garcia have Read More

Supply Chain Network Visibility and Analytics


The complexity of the global economy is a powerful motivation for companies to look for new ways to increase efficiency and productivity. That’s why companies must have the ability to transform information into meaningful, accurate insights. Most importantly, these insights must be systematically interconnected, to align business strategy with tactics through a seamless integration of analytical, transactional, and collaborative processes.

increase supply chain agility  Complex global supply chains increase the uncertainty of supply and demand information, leading to inventory buffers to accommodate the management of complex sourcing. Insufficient visibility into inventory levels can lead to problems that reverberate up and down the supply chain. A lack of hard, real-time demand information can cause excessive inventory levels and costs, and uncertainty regarding supply can lead to speculative ordering. Inventory deployment also requires greater visibility: companies Read More

Improving Supply Chain Effectiveness


Increased globalization, volatility in demand and commodity costs, regulatory requirements, and greater dependency on suppliers and other partners have significantly increased the risk of doing business. To manage performance efficiently, midsize companies need a unified planning, budgeting, and consolidation solution. Learn how such a solution can streamline the planning process and help reduce business risk.

increase supply chain agility  certain carrier or an increase in express freights for a certain region). Find Out More For more information on SAP BusinessObjects Supply Chain Performance Management, please call your SAP representative or visit us online at www.sap.com/sapbusinessobjects/epm . Summary The SAP® BusinessObjects TM Supply Chain Performance Management application helps companies measurably improve supply chain effectiveness, for more responsive supply chain networks and improved cost control. By focusing on the right Read More

A Modern Tale of Long (Supply Chain) Tails -- Part I


As a little kid growing up in former (and erstwhile happy) Yugoslavia and watching my elders, day in, day out, downing dozens of strong Turkish coffees with their neighbors and relatives (while discussing sports, weather, world politics, and the neighborhood gossip) I would sometimes naively ask for a sip of coffee. The deterring line (a bogey-man tale) from my folks would be that “kids that drink

increase supply chain agility  been a 15 percent increase in consumer products over the past three years. Thus, over 16 percent of orders in the consumer products sector have a stock-out (whereby the customer is turned down and possibly lost in the long run). Most of these stock-outs are associated with a new product introduction (NPI) or promotional campaigns. In addition to proliferating products, other trends that are driving companies to long tails are the following: the need for more frequent replenishment control (and thus Read More

Moving Beyond Lean Manufacturing to a Lean Supply Chain


Most lean manufacturing deployments target production operations, but can also be extended to other supply chain processes. To realize the multiplicative benefits of real time information and reduced inventory, companies must assess their production environment and supply chain activities.

increase supply chain agility  waste, lower costs, and increase customer satisfaction are the potential rewards. This is Part One of a two part-note. Lean Beyond Manufacturing Lean concepts transcend manufacturing operations to the extended supply chain network. Organizationally, manufacturers have not traditionally been structured to have all the components of the supply chain responding in harmony to customer demand. Manufacturers, who have traditionally focused on making products to forecast, pushed them into the supply chain with Read More

Global Supply Chain Collaboration


The Global Supply Chain Collaboration Suite supports collaborative work processes at the points along the supply chain where retail trading partners interact. The product is intended to support areas where communication, information visibility, and joint goal setting are requirements for both parties. Agentrics Supplier Performance Management is a web-based solution that provides a way for companies to track business performance metrics and collaborate with trading partners to improve performance. The solution enables a collaborative process of performance benchmarking, measurement, and improvement to help retailers and their trading partners.  

increase supply chain agility  Supply Chain Collaboration The Global Supply Chain Collaboration Suite supports collaborative work processes at the points along the supply chain where retail trading partners interact. The product is intended to support areas where communication, information visibility, and joint goal setting are requirements for both parties. Agentrics Supplier Performance Management is a web-based solution that provides a way for companies to track business performance metrics and collaborate with trading Read More

Service Supply Chain Strategies to Increase Corporate Profitability


This article describes the unique challenges of the service supply chain, provides a framework for understanding the service management decision hierarchy, and highlights the dramatic value proposition available to companies that deploy advanced service strategies and decision-support tools to address these challenges. Brief case studies from leading service organizations Cisco and KLA-Tencor show examples of successful deployments of service supply chain strategies.

increase supply chain agility  rises steeply; the costs increase disproportionately as the promised service performance level increases. Figure 3. The Service Supply Chain Efficient Frontier Over the past decade, firms have made great progress in implementing transaction disciplines and traditional service supply chain systems, moving them from point A to point B towards a more efficient frontier. As companies have increased service levels by moving from point B to point C along the efficient frontier, they have found further progress Read More

Using Visibility to Manage Supply Chain Uncertainty


Technology has advanced supply chain visibility beyond mere track and trace functions. Visibility can be used to manage supply chain uncertainty, thereby preemptively troubleshooting problematic areas and reallocating resources to better meet the demands of an enterprise.

increase supply chain agility  Visibility to Manage Supply Chain Uncertainty Background Leonardo da Vinci was once quoted as saying, Art is difficult to replicate, and unpredictable in its application, other than by Mother Nature . This explains why there are so few Stradivarius violins on the market. Yet today, contemporary art is easy to replicate by using modern duplicating technology. However, in the case of modern manufacturing, art has mostly been replaced with statistical measurement and process control. For this reason, Read More

Supply Chain 101: The Basics You Need to Know


Today’s manufacturers face increasing global competition and complex manufacturing networks. Supply chain management provides manufacturers with the needed visibility into their supply chain, as well as software solutions, to help give them a competitive edge.

increase supply chain agility  profitable bottom line and increase market share in their respective industries. Using these software solutions, profits are maximized, costs are kept to a minimum, and scheduling and timing are kept in check. The immediate economic factors relating to the increased adoption of the supply chain model are discussed in Infor ’s 2007 report, Charting a New Course in Effective Distribution Supply Chain Management : Financial analysis of the distribution industry shows that businesses are stretched so far, Read More

The Elusive Goal of Supply Chain Visibility


Visibility continues to take center stage among many supply chain issues—as it has for more than a few years and is likely to for the foreseeable future. But what is this visibility issue, and why does it continue to be such an elusive goal for many companies to achieve? TEC Senior SCM Analyst Bob Eastman answers these questions and offers up some ideas on how to gain greater visibility into your company’s supply chain.

increase supply chain agility  Elusive Goal of Supply Chain Visibility Visibility continues to take center stage among many supply chain issues—as it has for more than a few years and is likely to for the foreseeable future. But what is this visibility issue, and why does it continue to be such an elusive goal? Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) has touched on the issue of visibility from many perspectives in many forms in research that can be found on the TEC Web site . Numerous recent events—including stories about Apple and Read More

Supply Chain Planning in 2000: The Brains Behind Internet Fulfillment


The supply chain planning market will top $2.5 billion in 2000, driven in large part by the needs of Internet customer fulfillment.

increase supply chain agility  rapid growth (~80% revenue increase in 1997), generating broader market enthusiasm, and building its alliance network. Market Predictions Following its slowdown in 1999, the supply chain planning market should advance with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50-55% over the next 3-5 years. The SCP market will continue to be driven by the rapid advance of e-commerce and its imperatives for efficient B2B (business-to-business) and B2C (business-to-consumer) fulfillment. Consolidations will continue to Read More

Catapulting over the Supply Chain Abyss with Real-time Alerts


Despite increased use of key performance indicators (KPIs), supply chain managers’ measurement initiatives continue to come up short. Because of their retrospective nature, KPIs offer little value to today’s complex supply chains. But several market-leading companies are using network-wide KPIs, supported by real-time alerts, to flag problems early, intervene as needed, and improve business results. Find out how.

increase supply chain agility  with Real-time Alerts Despite increased use of key performance indicators (KPIs), supply chain managers’ measurement initiatives continue to come up short. Because of their retrospective nature, KPIs offer little value to today’s complex supply chains. But several market-leading companies are using network-wide KPIs, supported by real-time alerts, to flag problems early, intervene as needed, and improve business results. Find out how. Read More

Brain of Supply Chain System


Advanced planning and optimization makes supply chain systems cost effective. It is the brain of the supply chain because it works on top of all other software tools that plan, monitor, and control supply chain activities and control them.

increase supply chain agility  number of performable calculations increase in geometric proportion to the problem''s increased complexity. The best bet is genetic algorithm-based computing. This technique does not need the user to define any rules in order to perform any necessary calculations. The number of calculations required to perform operations are fewer when compared to other techniques. Genetic algorithm-based computing is also transparent to the user as it does not need any user input and performs well in complex situations. Read More