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Demand Planning: Optimizing Operations across the Supply Chain
Demand planning applications can help manufacturers establish baseline sales forecasts and perform analysis to improve resource usage. They can also help

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Demand Management, Inc.-Supply Chain Planning for the SMB
Demand Management Inc. has been very busy as of late, with a recent flurry of new products and features. In a series of press releases, Demand Management has

it demand chain  capability into the solution. It will be very interesting to see how these collaboration tools are adopted and used across Demand Management''s customer base. Demand Management is clearly asserting itself in the innovation area more seriously than it has for some time. Something tells us that this SMB-focused supply chain planning vendor will have a lot of interesting things to talk about at this year’s  DSCover Summit 2013 event . Recent Demand Management Press Releases: Demand Management Incorporates Read More...
Order Forecast Collaboration: Benefits for the Entire Demand Chain
When raw materials providers, manufacturers, and retailers work together to calculate future order needs, they can all act on the best information available

it demand chain  orders with little warning. It became clear that sharing information would benefit both suppliers and retailers. Initial collaborative efforts focused on sharing retail POS data with suppliers so they could more quickly read changes in consumer buying patterns. Key demand chain drivers such as future promotions or new store openings were not included when looking purely at sales history. The collaboration evolved into sharing demand forecasts, but this approach also had its struggles. Forecasting future Read More...
Tightening the Chain-Supply Chain Cost-cutting Strategies
As companies struggle to control costs, the supply chain and management of supply resources have come under scrutiny. The supply chain is one area where a

it demand chain  primary company—which means that it has difficulty in tracking total units sold at a particular time. This causes further planning and procurement headaches, since information is not up to date. Demand planning, sales forecasting, and inventory replenishment are compromised as a result. This disadvantage is usually a determining factor that motivates many companies to keep their supply chains within the organization. RFID Outsourcing A volatile and constantly changing RFID market is opening the door to Read More...
Achieving Supply Chain Visibility: There Is More to It than Meets the Eye
Industry research shows that one of the most important challenges facing supply chain professionals today is supply chain visibility. As companies scramble to

it demand chain  and how they want it will win '' this requires an excessively responsive supply chain based on multi-enterprise visibility and coordination. In an outsourced environment a balance is required, where manufacturing operations are managed by contract manufacturers (CMs) and suppliers. However, brand owners actively coordinate activities across the virtual enterprise to ensure the desired outcome. This is necessary because despite transferring the manufacturing of a product, brand owners ultimately remain Read More...
EXE Latest Vendor to Join IBM Supply Chain Club
IBM and EXE Technologies today announced a global strategic relationship in which the two vendors will provide supply chain customers with integrated solutions

it demand chain  Big Blue, provided that it can work through its integration issues successfully. IBM''s action may provoke a similar move by Unix giant Sun Microsystems, which recently announced a global supply chain initiative. User Recommendations Apart from the contract wins at Pep Boys and Metro Richelieu, no tangible return on the arrangement will be gained by the new partners in the short term. Users in the retail or wholesale distribution sectors may want to look at the Exceed WMS product, originally developed for 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

it demand chain  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 10 myths in S&OP. 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

it demand chain  nature of service events, it is clear that demand uncertainty cannot be eliminated through forecasting, and hence, trade-offs must be evaluated on the basis of future risk assessments captured by estimates of the demand probability distribution relevant to specific customer products and locations at particular future points in time. The decisions made at all pre-event planning levels, (Budget, Strategy and Tactics), thus constitute an exercise in risk management. Event Management is the last mile of Read More...
New Wave of Supply Chain Solutions Drives Higher Performance
In Maximizing Performance of the Entire Manufacturing Enterprise, learn how a new wave of innovative supply chains solutions can help your company ...

it demand chain  escalating costs, and increased competition. In Maximizing Performance of the Entire Manufacturing Enterprise , learn how a new wave of innovative supply chains solutions can help your company overcome these challenges. You''ll discover how improved communications through supplier portals, EDI, and kanban loops allows you to achieve higher levels of supplier trust, accountability, and performance trace products/parts backward through the manufacturing process across multiple suppliers improve product 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

it demand chain  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. Read More...
When it comes to demand intelligence, which comes first? The right solution or the right architecture?
Hands down, it’s the right business intelligence (BI) architecture. If your enterprise currently uses retail demand data in a manner that favors either tier one

it demand chain  it comes to demand intelligence, which comes first? The right solution or the right architecture? Hands down, it’s the right business intelligence (BI) architecture. If your enterprise currently uses retail demand data in a manner that favors either tier one (corporate users) or tier two members (retail sales team), then you don’t have the right architecture in place. And that means you don’t have the right demand intelligence (DI) solution. Read on to learn about what''s important in a demand Read More...
Optimizing The Supply Chain Network And Reducing Distribution Costs - An Andersen Point Of View
The objective of supply chain logistics - to provide goods to the right place at the right time in the right quantity - is easy to understand, but achieving

it demand chain  The target service level itself is an important strategic element. Just as with operational decisions, excellent tools are available to optimize these strategic decisions and, in so doing, create value for the enterprise. By taking advantage of the tools'' powerful linear programming and algorithms, between 5 percent and 15 percent of total supply chain costs can routinely be saved. Why Perform A Network Design  Analysis Changes in supply chain strategy directly impact the performance of a supply chain Read More...
The Effective Supply Chain: Maximizing Performance of the Entire Manufacturing Enterprise
Today''s manufacturing supply chain is challenged with quality mandates, cost reductions, and delivery improvements. Technology plays a key role in a company''s

it demand chain  supply chain is challenged with quality mandates, cost reductions, and delivery improvements. Technology plays a key role in a company''s ability to build and manage an effective supply chain. Read this paper to learn about the next wave of supply chain solutions and how effective supply chain management of an enterprise reduces costs, lead times, and inventories throughout the entire supply chain. Read More...
On-demand Product Life Cycle Management: Not Just for Small to Medium Businesses Anymore
Product lifecycle management (PLM) is set to transition to an on-demand model. On-demand models are quicker and cheaper to deploy, but software providers must

it demand chain  an on-demand CRM service. It is easy to speculate that if SAP is successful with this venture, PLM will be a prime candidate for its next SaaS venture. SAP''s announcement comes on the heels of Oracle''s acquisition of Seibel Systems and its attractive on-demand CRM offerings. Additionally, Microsoft ''s recent release of Dynamics CRM 3.0 appears to be off to a solid period of financial performance. With the CRM market blazing a trail for successful on-demand software, can PLM be the next application Read More...
CRM: What Is It and Why Do It? Part One: Historical Background
Many consultants, vendors, and analysts today define CRM in terms of being a customer-centric business strategy that is enabled by a set of applications that

it demand chain  What Is It and Why Do It? Part One: Historical Background Historical Background Customer relationship management (CRM), a concept that has been around since the mid 90s, has its roots in the technology of sales automation and call center operations. At that time, it was thought that merging the customer data from the field (sales) with the call center interactions would result in more informed interactions with the customer. The concept resonated with user organizations and soon mergers and Read More...

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