Achieving Supply Chain Excellence: Your Journey Forward (Part 2 of 2)

In my previous post, I talked about the supply chain management journey and the obstacles and opportunities it brings. I also promised I’d tell you what excellence looks like, and what (and whom) it will take to get your supply chain process to that point.

For starters, Gartner has identified five levels of supply chain maturity: React, Anticipate, Integrate, Collaborate, and Orchestrate.…

Achieving Supply Chain Excellence: Your Journey Forward (Part 1 of 2)

We’ve come a long way in supply chain management.

Remember when we were still relying on ERP or point solutions that ran on mainframe solutions? (That may all seem laughably out-of-date today, but it was a big step forward at the time.)

Later, we moved on to SCM solutions that ran in a client/server configuration. Today, the journey continues with cloud SCM solutions.

Every…

How the 2014 Winter Olympics Make Us Feel About Supply Chain Innovation

I love the Winter Olympics. Always have, always will.

The first Winter Olympics I can really remember clearly was Lake Placid. Though I was only a little boy in 1980 who had just learned to ice skate, it’s amazing how many of the events from those Games I remember with clarity.

Now, the 2014 Sochi Games were surrounded by turmoil and controversy, but none of the pageantry was lost…

What Goes Into a Good Production Schedule?

If you work in production scheduling, you may not get a lot of limelight—but you should. What laypeople don't know, but what you truly understand, is that for any manufacturer, production scheduling is where the rubber meets the road.

You invest hours of hard work in the scheduling process. You may even use an advanced planning and scheduling (APS) solution to generate a precise, realistic…

If Production Scheduling Is Your “Thorn,” APS Is Your Androcles

Remember the fable about Androcles and the lion? To make a short story even shorter, Androcles was a runaway Roman slave who came across a lion with a thorn in its paw. Androcles removed the thorn, and the lion was forever grateful, treating him like a friend rather than a potential meal.

During my years at Taylor Manufacturing Systems (which was recently acquired by Demand Solutions), I…