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Supply Planning (Production, Capacity, Materials, Replenishment, Inventory)

Right-size Inventory to Thrive During Inflationary & Recessionary Times

Inflation, Recession, Both? We are in unique times with inflationary pressures continuing while recessionary trends are emerging as well. In either instance, it is vital to right-size inventory. It will not change anytime soon. With interest rates rising rapidly, it will curb demand while increasing the cost of capital. [...]

Gaining a Logistics Edge with Inventory Management

Logistics costs have been staggering. According to the 33rd Annual State of Logistics report produced by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals by the global consulting firm Kearney and presented by Penske Logistics, U.S. business logistics costs rose by 22.4% last year.

Managing Capacity in Complex, Volatile, Long-Lead Environment

Managing capacity during these turbulent times in a complex, volatile, long-lead time environment has proven quite the challenge. During the pandemic, sales volumes either dropped like a rock or skyrocketed with no middle ground. Most manufacturers have not been able to keep up with demand in the last year [...]

Logistics Planning Best Practices to Drive Service & Profitable Growth

We live in a supply chain disrupted world, and there is no end in sight. It started with the pandemic as the global supply chain got out of alignment. The 'right' inventory wasn't in the 'right' place at the 'right' time to support basic needs let alone nice-to-have items. [...]

Production Scheduling Best Practices Drive Increased Customer Service, Operational Efficiencies & Inventory Turns

Manufacturing has struggled to produce what customers want on-time without spending a fortune and tying up excess cash unnecessarily in the wrong, "just-in-case" inventory. It is a tough environment spiraling out of control with supply chain chaos.

Are You Managing Inventory or Is Inventory Managing You?

As executives continue to navigate these volatile economic conditions, the focus on inventory management increases. It is especially tough to determine what to do if you don't know if sales opportunities will dramatically increase as the competition falters and consumers drive demand or if sales will tank as recession fears increase and business optimism falters.

Supply Chain Collaboration & VMI to Get Ahead of Economic Challenges

Manufacturers are experiencing continued inflationary pressures threatening customer service and profit margins with record-breaking price increases and lack of material availability.  To add fuel to the fire, they are also starting to worry about preparing for a potential recession.

Material Planning Best Practices to Proactively Manage Cost & Service

Since the pandemic, it has been a constant battle to ensure material availability, let alone to proactively manage cost and service. Even the most proactive and successful clients have experienced brief shortages of key materials and extended lead-times. The rest have been plagued with these issues.

CSCMP Supply Chain Quarterly: Lisa Anderson, Manufacturing & SIOP Expert, Gets Real About Supply Chain

You must get in front of supply chain disruptions. If the pandemic taught us anything, supply chains are volatile, and they must become resilient. It is critical to have contingencies and better control the moving parts within the supply chain, said" Manufacturing and Supply Chain Expert Lisa Anderson, MBA, CSCP, CLTD, President of LMA Consulting Group Inc.

Replenishment Planning Best Practices to Improve Service Levels, Logistics Efficiencies, and Inventory Turns

Improving OTIF and Reducing Cost and Inventory Every client wants to support growth goals while improving service levels (OTIF, on-time-in-full), operational efficiencies and inventory turns. These are timeless objectives for every planner. During the pandemic, the priorities shifted to service levels because clients struggled to keep up with dramatic [...]

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