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How to Humanise your ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) System

Imagine a world where your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system behaved more like a human being…We’re not talking about the quirky things that humans do (picture your best friend after a few drinks) but the human ability to be logical yet caring, and to turn apparently random connections into meaning.

The Dairy Supply Chain: From Farm to Fridge

How milk and other dairy products move from tens of thousands of cows to store shelves across the country with udder efficiency. 

Better Together: ERP and Trade Promotions Management

As consumer goods companies look to cloud ERP services to enable real-time visibility into their promotional spend, swiftly grow their business and expand to new markets, they are coming to a new conclusion: their Trade Promotion Management (TPM) systems could use significant changes, as well.

The 5 Most Common Sales & Operations Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

S&OP can provide great results, but if you don’t execute the process correctly, you will struggle to achieve success. Avoid these mistakes and you’ll arm your company with an excellent GPS system to help guide you to your goals.

The Multidimensional Nature of Sales & Operations Planning

Today’s sales and operations planning (S&OP) process encompasses people, process and technology to create a business plan that will deliver the predictable financials executives seek. It is more than delivering an accurate view of the future, S&OP is about creating a repeatable process that can stand the elements of time, become the heartbeat of the organization, and bring demand, supply and finance together around a single plan that aligns with the corporate goals.

No Time to Even Catch Your Breath

The speed of the supply chain will only get faster thanks to technology and customer demands. According to the industry report, there are eight technologies in particular that will be driving next-generation supply chains.

Taking a Bite Out of Lead Time

Value-stream mapping offers opportunities to reduce lead time by identifying the build-up of work-in-process (WIP) which exists between operations in a process.

Three Strategies to Start Your Lean Supply Chain Journey

Spend any amount of time working with supply chains, and one thing becomes clear: The traditional environment of the supply chain is mostly one of competition. Three Strategies to Start Your Lean Supply Chain Journey.

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What is Sales & Operations Planning?

Sales & Operations Planning: All demand (sales) and supply (capacity, materials) of a product is balanced and planned to secure on-time delivery...

6 Tips for Maximizing Efficiency and Productivity of Warehouse Operations

As a warehouse manager, you would understand that handling warehouse operations are a massive task. One small mistake may affect the efficiency and productivity of the warehouse. You must continually implement measures to optimize various warehouse processes and improve the overall effectiveness of the operations involved. Apart from minimizing downtime and increasing productivity, it is essential to improve your supply chain. Let us look at a few tips that help in achieving the same.

Robot Trucks or Autonomous Vehicles Will Revolutionize the Supply Chain

Most supply chain professionals do not completely understand the disruption and upgrades that autonomous vehicles, specifically what I call robot trucks, will create. Most cannot get past the pitfalls and possible barriers to robot trucks. I define robot trucks with a much broader perspective. I include trucks of all sizes and even internal plant material handling equipment like fork-lifts and automatic guided vehicles (AVGs). The biggest leap is that robot trucks will learn! Many doubters just cannot get past this. Although not complete artificial intelligence (AI), robot trucks will adapt on their own, to conditions and circumstances, and build an open memory of what to do.

Transform Your Supply Chain For Omnichannel

The world is in the early stages of a global supply chain revolution. The Amazon Effect. The Internet of Things. Platform Businesses. The new supply chain will grow beyond omnichannel. It will cross into other industries and markets and will incorporate supply chains of products, information, and finance. All the elements of the New Supply Chain tie together. They are not separate steps. They are not to be selectively chosen or excluded. These are inter-related. The New Supply Chain brings performance excellence.

The 4 Supply Chain Metrics

Metrics are a way to measure performance; and, in turn, communicate that information to key executives in the company.  Their value is how supply chain management is supporting the direction and strategy of the business.  It is important that they present a strategic and tactical understanding of what is happening and how well it is happening. KPIs (key performance indicators) must be measurable.  As a result, numerous metrics are about the logistics components.  Some of these are good.  However, they do not present a view of the total supply chain.  Plus, many have little or no usefulness for the C-suite.   Assessing logistics parts is a node-link approach and does not recognize the supply chain process.