We hope you enjoy the Winter 2011-2012 issue of Supply Chain Directions, our quarterly e-newsletter linking you to a short list of leading, timely, and relevant articles and white papers in the areas of Supply Chain Design, SIOP, Logistics Operations, Transportation, Service Supply Chain, and Packaging Optimization.
What is a good forecast?
Patrick Boyle, Director, Business Development, Chainalytics
Unraveling the mystery of “demand variability and forecast accuracy” – the number one supply chain challenge – starts with the basics.
The Impact of Packaging on the Supply Chain
Tom Blanck, Principal and Practice Leader, Packaging Optimization, Chainalytics
Once a function of sales and marketing, product packaging today is increasingly seen as a strategic supply chain issue, with involvement by the executive team.
Know Before You Go: Optimal Inventory Deployment
Ben YoKell, Sr. Manager, SIOP Practice, Chainalytics
To be effective, the nuances of inventory deployment must be addressed. Even the leading approaches leave significant money on the table.
Have You Had Your Supply Chain Checkup?
Tom Cisewski, Sr. Manager, Supply Chain Design Practice, Chainalytics
While an annual “supply chain checkup” is a good idea, several circumstances can make doing one all the more important.
Supply Chain Design
- Global High Tech Supply Chains May Be Reconfigured – Patrick Burson, Supply Chain Management Review, November 15, 2011
- The Right Site, at the Right Price – John K. Boyd, Jr., DC Velocity, December 31, 2011
Sales, Inventory, and Operations Planning
- Bold Move to Deploy “Next Generation” Planning Systems at Start of Recession Pays off for Major Distributor RS Components – SC Digest Editorial Staff, SC Digest, November 1, 2011
- Demanding Times: Part Five – Consumption-Based Forecasting – Bill McBeath, ChainLink Research, November 1, 2011
- What Do We Mean by “Inventory Optimization?” – Karin L. Bursa, SC Digest, December 15, 2011
- How to Optimize Workforce in a Changing Crosschannel Supply Chain – Peter Schnorbach, Multichannel Merchant, October 25, 2011
- Integrating Manaul with Automated Operations Reduces Headcount While Increasing System Throughput, Flexibility & Adaptability – Cliff Holste, SC Digest, December 6, 2011
- Looking Better All the Time – Mark B. Solomon, DC Velocity, November 4, 2011
Service Supply Chain
- Return Assets — Once A Supply Chain Afterthought, Now An Important Cost Savings Opportunity – Cliff Holste, SC Digest, January 12, 2011
- Many Retailers Ignore Hazards When Handling Returned Merchandise – Staff, CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly, Quarter 4 2011 Issue
- Ikea’s Paper Pallet Challenges Wood’s 50-Year Dominance: Freight – Ola Kinnander, Bloomberg Businessweek, November 4, 2011
- Transportation Best Practices: MillerCoors Taps Dunnage Innovation – Jeff Berman, Logistics Management, October 1, 2011
- Wal-Mart Joining Amazon to Promote Rage-Free Packaging: Retail – Cliff Edwards, Bloomberg, November 29, 2011
Chainalytics is a leading provider of supply chain intelligence, analytics, and advisory services. Through a powerful combination of best practice knowledge, exclusive benchmarking research, and advanced decision sciences tools and techniques, we empower fact-based decision making in the areas of Supply Chain Design, SIOP (Sales, Inventory, and Operations Planning), Logistics Operations, Transportation, Service Supply Chain, and Packaging Optimization. We target enterprises with a high degree of complexity created by their unique combination of scale, variability, and geography. With locations in North America and Asia, we serve companies globally in a borderless fashion.
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