There are a number of factors that can make or break a company’s success when embarking on a supply chain Centre of Excellence (CoE) initiative. Committing to establishing a CoE and selecting the right people to run it simply isn’t enough. Supply chain transformation requires change management across people, process, and technology. In fact, though often overlooked as a catalyst for the changes introduced by a supply chain CoE, technology is very much the key component of a supply chain transformation’s success.
As the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-finals kick off, it’s estimated hundreds of millions of people are tuning in to watch the games in Brazil, making the tournament the most watched sports event in the world, with even more viewers than the Olympic Games. Of course, making the trip to Brazil is quite a stretch for most, so the majority of football fans are viewing the games from home. As a result, producers and distributors of high-definition (HD) TV screens experience a surge in demand for their sets.
Fourteen products from 10 global software companies have been Drummond Certified™ in the AS2-1Q14 automated interoperability test event, announced today by Drummond Group, Inc., the trusted leader in interoperability software testing. AS2 software applications from Axway, Cleo, Dell Boomi, E2open, Inc., EXTOL International Inc., GXS, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Microsoft Corporation and /n software participated in this vendor-neutral test event held across multiple time zones during the first quarter.
Running a business is a naturally risky proposition. Though many aspects of the marketplace inevitably remain beyond your control, the one thing you can control is reducing your exposure to risk within various areas of your operations, including the supply chain.
OnCore Manufacturing, LLC, a global supplier of electronic manufacturing services, today announced it had implemented E2open’s supplier collaboration solution. E2open enables OnCore to offer more effective customer service—given the real world of unpredictable demand. OnCore has deployed the industry's leading strategic solution for managing business across complex supply networks.
Research consistently shows that improving the S&OP planning process is a top three supply chain priority for most companies. The benefits are clearly compelling: industry analysts estimate that S&OP systems can reduce inventories by 5-10%; increase inventory turns by 5-10%; and increase service levels by 5-10%. All of these combined improvements can help boost top-line growth by 2-5%. So why is S&OP so challenging?
Proactively planning for a natural disaster is a must for all supply chain and procurement-driven organisations. The recent floods in southern England are a reminder that while we can’t prevent these unplanned events, we can control our responses to them.
The best supply chains in the world recognize that supply chain visibility means a lot more than simply sharing forecast information with top-tier suppliers. In fact truly strategic supply chain visibility works on multiple levels to reliably counteract the effects of demand volatility by extending cross-network transparency with prescriptive analytics and algorithm-based decision support.
Traditional planning systems lack timely, comprehensive data to create trustworthy plans that considers demand priorities and supply constraints. They also lack fast problem resolution, scenario and decision support capabilities to manage trade-offs. E2 Planning & Response was purposely built to overcome these challenges.
For supply chain professionals, the challenges multiply with each passing day. Like everyone else, I see disruptive events such as natural disasters, security breaches, technology failures, political unrest and economic instability in the news 24/7, and these events are greatly affecting today's global supply chains.