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Changing the Production Performance Metric

Anyone who has worked with asset intensive process manufacturers knows how hard it is to change the thinking about machine capacity utilization. Video about moving from inside-out production to outside-in demand and market focused is starting to turn.

Buy It: Managing Supply

Introduction to purchasing, part homage to the 1970s Time for Timer You are What You Eat public service announcement, this module explains the critical role supply management plays in producing high quality products and services. Procurement managers require a specific set of varied skills to ensure your supply chain has a continuous flow of healthy materials from dependable suppliers.

Make It: Manufacturing and Operations

Make It: Manufacturing and Operations: Manufacturing is a key supply chain function, but one that many students find a bit intimidating. This episode tries to demystify manufacturing by looking at manufacturing plants that are probably just down the street.

Move It: Transportation and Logistics

Move it: Transportation and Logistics. Transportation. Same or different? By looking at our personal travels, we can discover some of the responsibilities of modern logistics and transportation managers. Global logistics is packed with stories of global travel. Youll never again look at your clothes, cars, and food the same way again.

Supply Chain Integration

Individually, purchasing, operations, and logistics management do not comprise supply chain management. Supply chain management requires network integration. Integration is only possible when organizational philosophies are compatible across the supply chain and when supply chain partners work as cooperative and coordinated teams.

Supply Chains and Information Technology

Modern day supply chains are tasked with responding at lightning speed. Like our central nervous system helps us make good decisions, perform physical feats, and communicate effectively and efficiently with those around us, information technology is required to help our supply chains efficiently perform at peak levels. This module illustrates how our uses of technology mirror those of the supply chains use of modern information technology systems.

Socially Responsible Supply Chain Management

Why are social responsibility and sustainability such important considerations for modern supply chain managers? This episode illustrates why socially responsible supply chains are not simply important for the sake of public relations and compliance.

Global Supply Chain Management

  Nearly all modern supply chains have global aspects. Even successful supply chains that dont today will likely have to at least consider offshoring and...

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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.