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The Supply Chain Benefits and Challenges for Subscription-Based Meal Kits

Millions of consumers are flocking to subscription-based meal kits as a means of simplifying the at-home dining experience. And as a member of one-such service myself, the convenience is not lost on me. But as a professional working in the supply chain technology industry, I can’t help but wonder as I open up my box of organic pea shoots, Chilean sea bass and mango remoulade, how on Earth are they...  Read More
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Order Execution: A Vital Component of Improving Demand and Supply Planning Activities—Don’t Entrust it to Spreadsheets

Replenishment order calculation is fundamental to the success of supply chain planning. You need to quickly incorporate data from cross-functional, global demand planning processes and inputs from finance and procurement as well as inventory policies. Using Optimiza order execution, you can simplify this complex process and move away from spreadsheet-based tools and subjective decision-making. Focusing on both the inbound and outbound orders, Optimiza takes into account all internal and external...  Read More
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Coupling Art with Science in Supply Chain Design to Overcome Major Disruptions

Supply chains come in all varieties depending on their structure and organization, but even the most simple supply chains are inherently complex. That complexity, coupled with the multitude of disruptions and unplanned events of our world, can quickly derail a global supply chain. Most companies dedicate numerous resources to combat these disruptions, which also vary by industry, but here are several examples that nearly every business will have to address...  Read More
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Accurate Inventory Levels are the Key to Balancing Supply and Demand

Does your business still swing between periods of high and low inventory depending on business priorities? Smart inventory planning determines the optimal quantity and timing of inventory and aligns it with sales and production capacity. Your job is to empower and your teams to regularly review safety stock levels and amend policy parameters to provide the elasticity required to yield the quickest return. AgustaWestland Uses Optimiza to Identify and Redistribute...  Read More
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Our Take: The Post-Holiday Retail Inventory Strategy Reset

Every year, like clockwork, within the first few weeks of the New Year stories trickle in about retailers’ inventory fiascos during the busy holiday shopping season. This year was no different, from big box stores to shoe and other specialty retailers, many faced challenges implementing the right inventory strategy to carry through the industry’s busiest and most profitable season. Arguably the worst thing that can happen to a brick and...  Read More
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Managing Excess Maintenance and Repair Costs while Covering Overall Demand

The aerospace and defense industry is affected by a changing business environment; shrinking budgets, changing acquisition models, globalization and increasing customer demand. The industry is faced with increased pressure to create sustainable results for equipment uptime while delivering improved financial performance to the bottom line. Increased service issues, often a direct result of inefficient supply chains, has resulted in enormous cost overruns, delayed product rollouts and missed delivery dates. Many...  Read More
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Creating a Supply Chain Design Center of Excellence (CoE)

Establishing an Internal CoE Expands the Benefit of Supply Chain Modeling Enterprise-Wide Some of the best-run supply chains in the world are making supply chain design a core business function, and using this competency as a competitive weapon for their business. They are establishing internal supply chain design centers of excellence which utilize modeling technology to continuously optimize the end-to-end supply chain and stay ahead of other companies in their...  Read More
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Logistics Optimization Software and Tools

Simplified Logistics Optimization and Simulation In the past, network design initiatives were performed every one to three years to help a company realign its manufacturing and distribution center locations and minimize transportation costs. These logistics optimization projects could take four to six months or longer, and model accuracy was limited by the need to limit the number of products and sites. Logistics Optimization: Supply chain design is now an essential...  Read More
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Building a Business Case for a Supply Chain Dynamic Network Optimization Project

Supply chain optimization can enable businesses to keep up with the pace of change and sustain a competitive advantage by significantly improving in the areas of cost, service and risk. You may recognize possible benefits and savings for your organization, but getting there can be a challenge. Executives are short on time and resistant to commit resources unless they can clearly see resulting value. And without those resources, your project...  Read More
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Transportation Challenges and Best Practices: The Supply Chain Design Perspective Panel

The transportation and logistics marketplace often talk about volatility in the industry, but today they seem to be facing more challenges than ever. From the driver shortage, increasing compliance complexities, volatile fuel costs and constantly-evolving consumer demand, the tension between cost-cutting and maximizing profit is at a fever-pitch. Using Transportation and Network Optimization for Continuous Improvement With the mounting challenges in the industry, it can be difficult for supply chain...  Read More