Amazon’s supply chain begins with the customer and works backwards. But Amazon is not alone. “Everything at Amazon starts with the customer, and we work backwards from there.” Todd Walker, spokesperson. Back in the March 2018 issue of SCMR, Michigan State’s Steve Melnyk co-authored an article titled Serving Up An Experience. Melnyk and his co-authors …
Many Blockchain implementations fail because inadequate consideration is given to the complexity of scaling and managing the ecosystem. Nearly a year ago, I wrote a blog for this publication asking the question, “Are You Fit for Blockchain?” With so much hype and miscommunication surrounding the technology at the time, I offered readers a guide to use when …
Here’s a simple guide to use when considering blockchain technology for supply chain operations. Blockchain is getting the attention of digital supply chain leaders everywhere. The technology has been described as a game changer that will maximize supply chain efficiency, security and transparency. You may not subscribe to all the hype proclaiming blockchain as the …
Actually, AI is already in the supply chain – in demand planning, operational software, robotics and predictive maintenance. Early adopters may be leading the way, but, as you will soon discover, AI is not an opt-in decision. Instead, it will co-opt you. NextGen supply chain technologies can be deceiving. Not in the sense that they …
Hierarchical planning may not be a headliner everywhere, but it sure gets the job done when the right balance is struck between strategy, tactics and operations. A couple of months ago, a reporter asked some people what are the biggest challenges in the supply chain today and into the future. As you would expect, trade …
A new tool allowed the chip maker to fully automate inventory planning. The result: Inventory targets that planners accept more than 99.5% of the time. Inventory is a universal headache at most companies – with the potential for significant impacts, both good and bad. Too little inventory puts sales revenue at risk. Yet, having too …
This is a time of innovation in TMS as the software’s capabilities broaden significantly, improving its deliverables across the supply chain. Transportation is transportation. Not much change there except for the talk about autonomous trucks, right? Well, not exactly. Especially if you’re taking a look at the NextGen evolution of transportation management systems (TMS). The …