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…

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…

Planning Safety Stock Levels: By Quantity or Time?

I’ve written at some length about the importance of safety stock in the overall health of your supply chain, how to stratify customer service levels for greater profits, and about how to approach the task of calculating your ideal safety stock levels.

There’s another important consideration involved in setting your safety stock levels, though. You have to decide whether it’s best to look…

Stratifying Customer Service Levels for Greater Profits - ABC Analysis

In my last post, I talked about the importance of safety stock, as well as its associated costs. In this post, we’ll look into how you’re setting your customer service level targets.

When you set customer service level targets, are you treating all of your items the same? Are you treating all of your customers the same? If so, does that really make sense?

One reliable approach…