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 ChainThe 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.

Recommended Reading

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Service Supply Chain

Packaging Optimization

About Chainalytics

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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