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Value Cycle Management: A Non-Linear Approach to Supply Chain Management
Companies are moving away from the linear production path of the supply chain to embrace value cycle management (VCM). VCM is the optimization of supply chain

supply cycle  production path of the supply chain to embrace value cycle management (VCM). VCM is the optimization of supply chain functions across all levels of suppliers, partners, and customers through the integration, collaboration, and synchronization of technology, data, and people-centric processes. Learn how companies can employ VCM to make business processes smoother, more productive, and more profitable. Read More
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Improving Supply Chain Effectiveness
Increased globalization, volatility in demand and commodity costs, regulatory requirements, and greater dependency on suppliers and other partners have

supply cycle  reliability, perfect-order fulfillment, or supply chain cost (see Figure 1). Furthermore, you get to understand the underlying factors such as production cycle times, order backlogs, or warehouse cost, and even correlations and mutual impacts of one on the other. These insights help you to take immediate action for short-term benefits - adjusting batch sizes to compensate for fuel cost increases, for example - and to improve supply chain effectiveness, responsiveness, and performance in the long run. Read More
What Makes a Green Supply Chain?
The Green PhilosophyThere has been so much hype about “green” that many organizations are adopting it, but what is “green”, really? We hear and see it

supply cycle  product development and the supply chain to see how we can implement this concept. Here is a broad list of suggestions—some that can be implemented right away and some will require more time and a greater investment. Product Development We can develop more environmentally-friendly products by designing products with life cycles that virtually do not end (e.g., a product that can be recycled or reprocessed to develop another product); this will be in line with the concept of “cradle to grave to Read More
Optimize Internal Supply Chain
The new reality for manufacturing CIOs is that budgets are far less than what they used to be and the ability to provide business intelligence to front line

supply cycle  manage costs throughout your supply chain. With powerful features that support multiple methods of costing, comprehensive analysis, flexible overhead allocation, and accurate accounting & reporting. The system enables you to model your business exactly as you need it. Accounts Receivable Accounts Receivable system allows the user to convert packing slips into invoices. The system uses the account receivable information to determine outstanding invoices before releasing any new orders to the shop floor. Read More
Predictive Demand Supply
If you're in the supply chain business, right up there with Newton's law of gravity stands Murphy's other law stipulating that demand and supply, if left to

supply cycle  direction. Traditional demand and supply planning systems serve first as great storehouses for data, and second as rule-based calculators which can make recommendations for action on an exception basis. But they rarely express issues in a language or format that facilitates meaningful sales and operations discussion (come on, is that possible?). I personally learned early in my SCM career that when I said that we have a material shortage, it only begged the question by sales or the customer, So how does Read More
Social Media in Your Supply Chain Keeps Everyone in the Loop
Social media is adding new value to cloud-based supply chain management for companies of all sizes. Internal social media (via Intranet) and external sites like

supply cycle  Media in Your Supply Chain Keeps Everyone in the Loop Social media is providing a key link in the new generation of cloud-based supply chains. Cloud-based supply chain management (SCM) platforms have been around for more than a decade now, although they haven't always been described as such. In recent years, though, this kind of software is starting to be built with social media capability as a central pillar. Companies with long supply chains that need to communicate with myriad partners across the Read More
Remapping the Supply Chain Universe, by Ann Grackin and Sree Hameed
Supply chain management is a truly dynamic field. Over the last few years the fundamental structure of the chains has changed to the point where many of the

supply cycle  the Supply Chain Universe, by Ann Grackin and Sree Hameed Introduction Supply chain management is a truly dynamic field. Over the last few years the fundamental structure of the chains has changed to the point where many of the working assumptions have to be reevaluated. One of the changes that has become obvious is that technology misfits have emerged. It's like going to the gym and getting lean and finding your clothes no longer fit! Also, if you haven't gotten to the gym lately, you will be sur Read More
Symix Launches eSyte Supply Chain
Symix Systems, Inc. recently announced an addition to its e-business application suite, eSyte Supply Chain. It offers multi-site capacity and material planning

supply cycle  Launches eSyte Supply Chain Symix Launches eSyte Supply Chain S. McVey - April 25th, 2000 Event Summary Columbus, Ohio-based ERP vendor Symix Systems recently announced an addition to its e-business application suite, eSyte Supply Chain. Intended for mid market manufacturers and distributors, eSyte Supply Chain promises to enable companies to synchronize supply chain activities and trading partners, and dynamically promise, source, plan and execute to meet increasing customer expectations. Symix Read More
BLM: Buzzword Life Cycle Management
The management of buzzwords represents a significant area of improvement for both the buzzword users (BU) and the buzzword consumers (BC). Buzzword life cycle

supply cycle  Buzzword Life Cycle Management Executive Summary The IT industry is alive with buzzwords. The management of buzzwords represents a significant area of improvement for both the buzzword users (BU, for example vendors, analyst and consultants) and buzzword consumers (BC, mostly end users). Buzzword life cycle management (BLM) is a proven discipline being applied to this crying need within the software industry. What is a Buzzword? A buzzword is a word or phrase that enters the collective mind of the Read More
Supply Chain Vendor Morphs into SCEM with Response Management Vision
Supply chain planning vendors have moved beyond enterprise planning to solutions that encompass the whole supply chain. Companies like Kinaxis are using

supply cycle  Management Vision Background The supply chain planning (SCP) applications market has cooled down dramatically from its high point of activity in the late 1990s. While SCP software vendors like i2 Technologies , Manugistics , Adexa , Synquest (now part of Viewlocity ), and Logility pitched the benefits of integrated product suites, only a minority of tier one, leading edge companies bought into the concept and found successful results. Integrated SCP processes tries to match supply and demand across an Read More
A Possible Remedy for Non-responsive Supply Chains
Because the supply chains of most manufacturers have become complex, global networks, managing these systems requires enterprise applications that enable

supply cycle  Possible Remedy for Non-responsive Supply Chains Increasing globalization is leaving manufacturers no choice but to change the way they conduct their business, starting with reorganizing their supply chain processes. More and more, these organizations are opting to streamline their in-house operations by steering their supply chains toward horizontal or virtual integration. But many manufacturers have found that the software technologies designed for the vertical supply chains of yesterday cannot support Read More
KPI-driven Supply Chains: How to Master Complexity, Optimize Inventories, and Meet Rising Customer Expectations
In today’s competitive markets, manufacturers and distributors are challenged to achieve supply chain efficiencies that are on par with their rivals. To stay

supply cycle  driven Supply Chains: How to Master Complexity, Optimize Inventories, and Meet Rising Customer Expectations In today’s competitive markets, manufacturers and distributors are challenged to achieve supply chain efficiencies that are on par with their rivals. To stay profitable, they must adopt key performance indicators (KPIs) to drive processes. But KPI-driven supply chain execution requires manufacturers and distributors to instrument, analyze, control, and optimize their end-to-end supply chain 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

supply cycle  Supply Chain Visibility: There Is More to It than Meets the Eye Achieving Supply Chain Visibility: There Is More to It than Meets the Eye If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Outsourcing Creates Supply Chain Visibility Challenges Most manufacturers today outsource some aspects of their manufacturing operations to third-party specialists. And, to realize cost advantages and open new markets, manufacturers have 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

supply cycle  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 operations 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

supply cycle  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 F Read More

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