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How to Align the Enterprise Around Transformational Change

Supply chain success depends upon the right combination of people, processes, and technology. But change is hard, and there’s no shortage of new ideas and technologies available to help drive the business forward. In this episode, Paul Webb shares his experience driving transformative projects at several major organizations and tells us how to identify a need for new software and drive consensus among stakeholders across the enterprise.  ...  Read More
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Podcast: Bring Your Own Algorithms

Data Scientists like nothing more than writing algorithms to solve complex problems in new and different ways. But translating that code into a scalable solution for use by the business is a whole different ballgame. In this episode, LLamasoft Data Scientist Clara Quigley joins Matt Gunn to discuss her take on the complexities of data science deployment. Hear first-hand the challenges of data science delivery and how a new tool...  Read More
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Preparing Supply Chain Operations for the Next Phase of the COVID-19 Response

The pandemic has resulted in significant disruptions of healthcare and other supply chains around the world. Now is the time to consider what is needed to create the agile operations required for your future. Achieving that agility may require some significant changes to how your supply chain has traditionally operated – but these are not traditional times. For seven recommendations to help your organization get ready, download “Preparing Supply Chain...  Read More
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Be the Amazon Vendor They Want You to Be

That pile of Amazon packages waiting on your doorstep is proof of its own. The rapid growth of this popular e-commerce marketplace has placed it in a class of its own, a retail technology powerhouse.  LLamasoft SVP, Ganesh Ramakrishna joins Matt Gunn as they discuss life as a vendor of this highly complex demand channel.  Hear how historical approaches and tools are consistently falling short and how Amazon actually helps you in the fight to decode what they are going to do next.  ...  Read More
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Rising Above the Root Cause Rabbit Hole with AI

Given today’s ‘never normal’ status quo, can we still learn from the past? In this episode, Andy Fox joins Matt Gunn to share his first-hand experience with the practice of digging into performance issue data in order to find and treat the true root cause as opposed to chasing the many symptoms. Hear how the increase in available data as well as powerful AI algorithms have changed the game for...  Read More
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Why Now? The Power of Root Cause Analysis in 2020 

With much of the world focusing on the present disruption to their operations or, at best, looking forward, we are seeing many of our customers struggle with prioritizing root cause analysis. Isn’t the cause of service failures force majeure? Why analyze issues that are (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime?   Why Now?  As I have written before, there is never a bad time to be thinking about root cause analysis. More convincingly, the U.S. Army reflects on even the highest-pressure combat scenarios to create opportunities for learning...  Read More
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App Studio OpenX – Making Data Scientists’ Lives Easier One App at a Time 

A few years ago, I was working as a data scientist consultant at a CPG company. My project was predicting the risk of service failures, or “cuts,” on promotional orders. I gathered the data from different systems and worked on my algorithm. This is the fun part of a project! Being creative and using analytics to address real pain points for my clients is my favorite part about being a data scientist. But a one–time analysis on my computer did not solve the problem for my client. To make the science drive business...  Read More
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Day 4 of LLamaCon: Recap

Day 4 of LLamaCon: Recap Happy Hour, On-Demand Content and Highlights from the Week Day 4 of LLamaCon marked the conclusion of this year’s virtual event, with attendees sharing one last networking experience as they celebrated a successful week of customer presentations, keynotes, live panels, session demos and much more. To say that LLamaCon 2020 did not unfold as originally planned is an understatement. Instead of gathering for an in-person...  Read More
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Day 3 of LLamaCon: Recap

AI-Driven Supply Chain, New Demand Outlook Day 3 of LLamaCon NOW continued with another full agenda of engaging track sessions, including presentations on AI-Driven Supply Chain and New Demand Outlook. AI-DRIVEN SUPPLY CHAIN – Highlights Leveraging Artificial Intelligence algorithms and new types of data to make better decisions is an increasingly powerful capability that can be the an enabler to help you break down functional silos, improve agility, and improve...  Read More
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Day 2 of LLamaCon: Recap

Data & Decisioning, Risk & Resiliency Day 2 of LLamaCon NOW marked the beginning of track sessions featuring tracks on Data & Decisioning in Supply Chain and Risk & Resiliency as a Competitive Advantage. DATA & DECISIONING IN SUPPLY CHAIN – Highlights With global disruptions increasing and more emphasis on agility in supply chains, more organizations are ramping up their analytics programs. LLamaCon’s Day 2, Data & Decisioning track took...  Read More
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Day 1 of LLamaCon: Recap

Vision, Product Strategy and AI in Action LLAMASOFT’S 10TH ANNUAL LLAMACON LLamaCon NOW officially kicked off on Tuesday, June 16, with an action-packed agenda which set the tone for the week ahead. This year’s event features four distinct Track Sessions; Risk & Resiliency as a Competitive Advantage, Data & Decisioning in Supply Chain, AI-Driven Supply Chain, and the New Demand Outlook. Each of the four main track sessions features a...  Read More
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Our Moment for Positive Change

To LLamasoft’s extended network of customers, partners, employees and communities where we live and work: We are at a critical moment in history. For too long, institutions that were designed to uphold justice for individuals of all backgrounds have failed to provide equitable solutions to Black and African American populations in the United States and disenfranchised populations around the world. In this new era of social change, silence is compliance....  Read More
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Think Fast: Fulfillment Center Planning Amid E-Commerce Chaos

Ecommerce was already eating away at brick and mortar retail sales. Since the onset of COVID 19 consumers have now greatly accelerated this shift. A large portion of this growth is from customers who are first time e-commerce shoppers with these brands. It is expected however, that a lot of these customers will be converts forever. Further fueling the constant trend in higher e-commerce volumes. Source:  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/13/technology/online-shopping-buying-sales-coronavirus.html It is no surprise that this recent demand shock has stressed the fulfillment center operations of many retailers – evident by their increased shipping...  Read More
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What I learned about supply chain disruption sourcing PPE from China

How do you keep essential products moving during the biggest disruption of the century? COVID-19 has caused wild swings in demand, unpredictable disruptions to supply, and anomalous capacity constraints on a global scale. Matt Tichon joins Matt Gunn to share his personal account of the challenges and innovation that’s gone into scaling up a new supply chain to deliver PPE to those who need it the most.  ...  Read More
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The Success of Digital Twins and Why They Matter Even More

Tim Judge, President and CEO of Agillitics presents his view on the purpose and creation of a Digital Twin to help Supply Chain organizations develop a nimble technique for quickly solving business questions that in the past only needed to be answered on a monthly, quarterly or yearly cadence. First step? Bite small, chew fast as you map things out. The Digital Twin is an idea that has grown over...  Read More
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A One-Year Journey with the Global Impact Team

FOREWORD By Ryan Purcell, LLamasoft Director of Global Impact One of the best parts of working at LLamasoft is getting to meet and work with all the smart, interesting, friendly, and fun LLamas in our Herd – folks like Emily Cho. As an intern over the past year, Emily showed a willingness to work and curiosity to learn that left a positive impact across LLamasoft. She hit the ground running...  Read More
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Demand Prioritization During COVID-19 Disruption

As economies and markets ramp to reopen, keeping a pulse on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and analyzing the impact to your customer demand will help you make more informed short-term forecasting and supply chain planning decisions. Rearview mirror methods that solely use your internal, historical point of sale, shipment and order data are not relevant as they rely on the assumption that past patterns are indicative of...  Read More
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How to Emerge Stronger and More Competitive Post Disruption

Who knew when we recorded this podcast March 6th in San Francisco with Sam Israelit, Partner in the Global Supply Chain Group at Bain, we would shelter in place as the COVID-19 pandemic spread beyond two countries, to many. Our topic was somewhat prescient, talking about the massive changes due to external forces beyond what businesses can control, and the resulting change in business models that require a shift in...  Read More
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E-Commerce Cockpit for Your CPG Supply Chain Fighter Pilots

A Fundamental Shift in the Retail Supply Chain There has been a fundamental shift in the retail supply chain as commercial leverage has moved downstream from vendors to the retailers. Not too long-ago manufacturers had leverage to establish attributes like package size, case packs, replenishment lot sizes and, to a large extent, the locations of replenishment. For most manufacturers, controlling those attributes is referred to by industry veterans simply as...  Read More
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What You Don’t Know About Your Supply Chain Can (and Will) Hurt You

Whether you’re operating out of your garage or running a multibillion-dollar enterprise, odds are high that your business relies on a global supply chain. And as the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us, those global supply chains are often more delicate than we think. Supply Chain Risk Management Consortium founder, Greg Schlegel joins Matt Gunn for an engaging discussion on the nature of risk, how to identify it, and the crucial...  Read More
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Sustainability and Adaptability in the Age of Disruption with enVista

Want Sustainability? Design a More Efficient Supply Chain LLamasoft has sustainability at its core and our partners are no different. LLamasoft partner enVista is also dedicated to the practice of sustainability and is a seven-time recipient of the Supply & Demand Chain Executive Green Supply Chain Award. Their goal is to help reduce a company’s overall footprint which reduces pollution while improving service and profitability. The right combination of perspective,...  Read More
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What the US Army Can Teach Us About Leadership in a Crisis – Adapt & Thrive Podcast

From the rapid rise of new business models and unexpected competition to the disruptive force of COVID-19, enterprises have entered a new age where the never normal operating conditions are the new normal. Although there is no clear end to the disruption caused by the pandemic, leaders in the front lines of the supply chain face the challenge of keeping critical goods moving in order to protect their business and,...  Read More
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AI, Robotics, Resiliency, Circular Economy and Other Topics at RILA Supply Chain Conference

The world around us is changing at a pace that most did not imagine was possible just a few decades ago. “Never Normal” is rapidly becoming, “The New Normal”. Market forces on the supply side, changing consumer preferences on the demand side and innovative uses of technology by retailers are all ushering in an era of productivity and convenience like never before. Many of these key themes were highlighted at...  Read More
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As technology evolves, so should our skills

By Ryan Hicks, Director of Learning Experience at LLamasoft The skills required to deliver business value are shifting with technology and time. Development of those skills must reflect a similar shift in technology and your learning and development philosophy will not escape the IoT, mobile technology, machine learning (ML), artificial and augmented intelligence (AI) and other emerging tech trends without sacrificing a competitive advantage. Skills are in demand which means...  Read More
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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Automation on Supply Chain Careers

By Vikram Murthi, Vice President, Industry Strategy, LLamasoft Rapid advances in automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies have the potential to significantly disrupt supply chain roles. While automation and AI can augment the productivity of some supply chain workers, they can replace the work done by others and will likely transform almost all work to some degree. Experts and pundits put the impact of these advances broadly into two buckets...  Read More
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Hack the Supply Chain with Your Digital Twin

By Vikram Murthi, Vice President, Industry Strategy, LLamasoft Psychologists refer to the happiness hack and give us tips on changing our relationships and habits to leap beyond our present melancholy and move to a state of well-being and joy. Neuroscientists are trying to hack the human brain by implanting electrodes or using functional MRI (fMRI) to get insights into its relationship to body movement, learning, memories and emotions. Marketers now resort...  Read More
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7 Steps to Build Your Digital Supply Chain Twin

We’re our pleased to host a guest blog from our partner Agillitics that provided their own perspective on how to approach the creation of a digital twin – a key component of our new platform offering, llama.ai.  This was originally published on their blog on January 28, 2020. Today, as our partner LLamasoft announces the release of their llama.ai platform, we are sharing our perspective the steps organizations should take...  Read More
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Artificial Intelligence is Accelerating Business-to-Consumer Response

By Vikram Murthi, Vice President, Industry Strategy, LLamasoft I got an email recently from Amazon, that as a Prime member, I was now eligible for free grocery delivery, which previously cost $14.99/month with the AmazonFresh grocery delivery service. Amazon is rolling out this free service in phases. But soon, a large fraction of Prime members will have free grocery delivery services. This will put tremendous pressure on very large brick-and-mortar...  Read More
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The F.O.R.C.E is Strong with Kimberly-Clark

Planning Optimization with LLamasoft to deliver a Digital Twin and Repeatable App underpinned by AWS When one-quarter of the world’s population uses your company’s products, you have a significant planning system to wrangle.  Three years ago, Kimberly-Clark started down its strategic path to 2022 where they could use the FORCE (Focus On Reducing Costs Everywhere) to: grow their portfolio of iconic brands, leverage cost and financial discipline and allocate capital...  Read More
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5 Mind-Blowing Uses for Enterprise Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the ways businesses do business and consumers consume. From initiatives like customer-centricity and inventory management to predicting the future and helping human lives, the use cases for AI are seemingly limitless. LLamasoft works with many of the world’s largest enterprises across more than a dozen industries – all of which are impacted by the advancements of AI and machine learning (ML). After our recent acquisition...  Read More
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Event Takeaways from LLamaCon Japan

LLamaCon Japan 2019, a supply chain conference took place in October 2019 At LLamaCon Japan 2019, Carlos Valderrama, senior vice president of customer success at LLamasoft Inc. gave a keynote speech. Hitachi Transport System and PepsiCo shared their success stories and best practices.  [Sponsor Company] Platinum sponsor: Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.    [Main Conference] LLamasoft keynote (Carlos Valderrama, LLamasoft Inc.) During the keynote session, Carlos addressed the importance of data-based...  Read More
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AI Powered Enterprise Decisioning on Display at LLamaCon EMEA 2019

“Decisioning in today’s world is about allocating scarce resources under uncertainty,” said Caspar Berry, a professional poker player and risk expert during his keynote at the just concluded LLamaCon EMEA 2019 held in the historic city of Prague. With that statement, he had the full attention of a roomful of 225 supply chain professionals representing 80 countries and 25 companies! In a world where change is the new constant, uncertainty...  Read More
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5 Scary External Factors for Supply Chains

Meeting demand for fun-sized candies and trending costumes is only one grisly scenario supply chain professionals face. One thing Halloween can teach us is having the right inventory available at the start of the season is much better than empty shelves – yet no one wants too much leftover inventory on November 1st.  Supply chains serve just about every person in the world. It’s a careful balancing act to ensure...  Read More
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Artificial Intelligence and the Supply Chain Disruptor

Can you see the minute changes that influence your supply chain daily?  Even the most successful companies that spend time caring for their supply chain may miss the subtle clues of change that can snowball into something big if not reviewing and optimizing your network on a regular basis. Think of the many data inputs that feed your supply chain – customer demand information, available inventory, network configuration, distribution center...  Read More
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AI Insights Predict Customer Demand for Computer Tech Company

The rise of the connected customer is compelling companies to keep a pulse on the pace of changing demand. It’s imperative to profitably plan and deliver on customer expectations. The high-tech industry faces strong headwinds to stay ahead of customer expectations due to competitive disruption from new market entrants and the pressure to deliver agile, cutting-edge products. Challenge A U.S. multinational computer technology company had a functional day-to-day demand forecasting...  Read More
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Digital Transformation is an Opportunity for Innovation: Recap of LLamaCon Mexico and Brazil

Recently, LLamasoft had the opportunity to have insightful conversations with more than 200 attendees to LLamaCons in Brazil (Sept 5) and Mexico (Sept 12). LLamasoft’s VP of Customer Success in Latin America, Rafael Vasquez, led a survey asking, “What does digital transformation mean?” The common results were Digital Transformation is an Opportunity for Innovation in Latin American Markets. Digital Transformation in Mexico: Evolution + Innovation + Connectivity + Information +...  Read More
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Reflections from ASCM’s 2019 Annual Conference

Just when you thought that you had it figured out, it all changes. That statement echoes the themes, sessions, content and discussions from this year’s annual ASCM conference that I had the privilege of attending as part of the association’s Corporate Advisory Group. The ASCM organization did a fantastic job of focusing the conference content around the many areas of change that supply chain leaders are facing. Here are five...  Read More
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The Bumpy, New World of Supply Chains

The Economist magazine recently issued a very comprehensive special report on how global supply chains are undergoing a fundamental shift. I will summarize the key takeaways from the report. 1. Shorter, smarter, faster… and more vulnerable supply chains With the ongoing trade war and the rise in economic nationalism, global trade is undergoing major shift and supply chains are shrinking. Global trade growth has fallen from 5.5% in 2017 to...  Read More