Category Archives: Inventory

Seven Techniques to Better Sense and Shape Demand

Recently I was asked the question, “How do I take the steps to become more demand driven?” It prompted this response. Demand-driven value networks sense and shape demand to deliver the profitable demand response. This is a stark contrast to … Continue reading

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SAP to resell ICON-SCM Supply Chain Planning solution

ICON-SCM, a leader in supply chain planning software, today announced that it has signed a global reseller agreement with SAP AG (NYSE: SAP). Under this agreement, SAP, including all its subsidiaries, has worldwide rights to resell Icon-SCM’s Supply Chain Planning … Continue reading

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Is Item-Level Tagging the New Normal for Retail?

According to Aberdeen Research, retailers are currently expected to purchase a total of 300 million RFID labels this year. This can be attributed to a market shift from more compliance-base tracking to item-level tagging, as well as more affordable tag … Continue reading

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Logistics Sourcing: Collaboration Key to Solving Complexity

In my last post, I likened sourcing complex categories to solving a Rubik’s Cube, making the case that not all sourcing events are alike and that only by first understanding the unique starting point, i.e., the problem to be solved, … Continue reading

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The Trailing Edge Technology Business Model

A paradigm shift is required for the acquisition and product support of COTS configured weapon systems. Over the last several years there has been a marked increase in the use of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components in configuring new weapon systems. This … Continue reading

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Three Certainties in Life: Death, Taxes, and the Forecast is Wrong

We all know demand variability and predictability are a daily reality for high tech manufacturers. The up-coming holiday season brings its own challenges for the manufacturers of consumer electronics. This year, it looks like it may be compounded by an … Continue reading

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ConAgra Foods Licenses Terra Technology’s Multi-Enterprise Demand Sensing

Terra Technology (www.terratechnology.com), the leading provider of demand sensing and inventory optimization solutions for consumer products companies, today (Oct 13th) announced that ConAgra Foods, one of North America’s leading food companies, has selected Terra’s Multi-Enterprise Demand Sensing (MDS) solution to … Continue reading

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Verical Redefines the Electronic Components Marketplace

Verical, Inc., the Electronic Components Marketplace, today announced the production launch of its online trading platform for global high tech manufacturers and distributors of electronic components. Countering major risks to the high tech supply chain, the Verical Marketplace uses information … Continue reading

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Smart Software Chosen for 100 Great Supply Chain Partners Award for Fourth Year

Smart Software, Inc., provider of industry-leading demand forecasting, planning, and inventory optimization solutions, today (September 15th, 09) announced that SupplyChainBrain (formerly Global Logistics & Supply Chain Strategies) has chosen the company for its list of “100 Great Supply Chain Partners” … Continue reading

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Electronic Components Buyer Tip #2: Speed of Supplier Selection

In a perfect world, component buyers would never have a shortage, forecasts would be accurate and authorized channels would always have stock. Sadly, we live in the real world where markets are volatile and manufacturers face recurring shortages. Longer supply … Continue reading

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Thousands of Guns U.S. Sent to Afghanistan are Missing

From cnn.com: “More than one-third of all weapons the United States has procured for Afghanistan’s government are missing, according to a government report released Thursday. The U.S. military failed to “maintain complete inventory records for an estimated 87,000 weapons — … Continue reading

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Woe Is Wii: The Curious Case of Nintendo’s Supply Chain Plans

From CIO.com: “All set planning your supply chain strategy for 2009? How are the sales forecasts shaping up? Staying on top of your customer orders? What are your collaboration plans with your sourcing and retail partners? In truth, I’m sitting … Continue reading

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Out of Stocks– You Can’t Handle the Truth!

From scdigest.com: “I was reading the recent SCDigest article Just How Big is the Out-of-Stock Problem in Retail?, and the definition of what the report called an “out of stock” reminded me of what we called in the “old” days … Continue reading

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Logistics Innovations Keep Inventory On the Move

From mbtmag.com: “For decades in Europe, traffic flow has been mitigated by the use of the roundabout, a small traffic circle that allows continuous movement of vehicles through an intersection at lowered speeds without any full stops. Unlike traditional intersections … Continue reading

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Inventory Companies Helped by Retail Cuts

From Reuters.com: ” Companies like Dart Warehouse Corp are the silent partners to big-name U.S. retailers. Yet as stores suffered during the holiday season, firms that handle inventory were still seeing brisk business. Many employees pulled 12 and 13 hour … Continue reading

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