Tag: analytics

SCM Insights
February 11, 2021

No more out of supply: how capacity management builds resiliency into supply chains

Matching themes: analytics, capacity management, production planning, Production-to-Supply, Risk Management, security of supply, VUCA

With capacity management, businesses can safeguard their production by identifying looming supply bottlenecks months ahead and start to mitigate well in advance
With capacity management, businesses can safeguard their production by identifying looming supply bottlenecks months ahead and start to mitigate well in advance

“High demand, low supply”: what a nightmare for supply chain managers. And this doesn’t just happen in boom times. In economically uncertain phases, too, supply bottlenecks are more than painful for businesses. This can currently be witnessed for the microchip shortage the automotive industry (among others) is battling with.

Thus, it is all the more important to safeguard production by having a sophisticated capacity management system for critical components in place. But what does this mean in practice? What is the difference to conventional demand collaboration with suppliers? And which aspects do manufacturers need to consider? Read more

SCM Insights
February 4, 2021

Pizza Trackers and Control Towers

Matching themes: analytics, control tower, visibility

Don't deliver cold pizzas with your old system. Gain control over your supply chain with a Control Tower
Don’t deliver cold pizzas with your old system. Gain control over your supply chain with a Control Tower

Does anyone else remember in 2008 when Domino’s came out with the Pizza Tracker? You could order a pizza and watch as is it moved from order, to being cooked, to being put in a box and ultimately delivered. It was fun and informative for the customer to follow the pizza’s journey to your doorstep. This was mainly done on a desktop computer since Smartphone apps were in their infancy.

What does a Pizza Tracker have in common with a Control Tower? Read more

SCM Insights
October 29, 2020

How to ensure a supply chain’s mid- and long-term resilience—including practical examples

Matching themes: analytics, artificial intelligence, Covid19, Risk Management, security of supply, supply risks, visibility

Medium- und long-term supply chain resilience builds on the four pillars of visibility, analytics, risk assessment and supplier risk minimization
Medium- und long-term supply chain resilience builds on the four pillars of visibility, analytics, risk assessment and supplier risk minimization

In the last two posts of my blog series, I focused on taking the first steps in dealing with an acute crisis. So far, I have emphasized the importance of integrating supply chain management and risk management, as well as taking ad-hoc measures to counter the impacts of Covid-19. Now, the next step is to take medium and long-term measures to make supply chains resilient in the long run. Read more

SCM Insights
August 18, 2020

How to successfully steer your supply chain through a crisis: Quick response measures

Matching themes: analytics, capacity management, Covid19, production planning, Risk Management, security of supply, transport management, visibility, VUCA

Stop drowning in the crisis: Four effective measures to help you surf the waves
Stop drowning in the crisis: Four effective measures to help you surf the waves

Recently, in the first part of my blog article series “Supply Chain Risk Management – far more than just a way out of the current crisis“, I highlighted the importance of linking the two disciplines of Risk Management and Supply Chain Management when managing crises. There is another important aspect to not just surviving times of crisis, but to come out of these strengthened. And that is the time factor.

For this reason, the second part of this blog article series is dedicated to the following questions: Where do I start? What ad-hoc measures can I implement to mitigate impact? What can I quickly do to protect my supply chain? Read more

SCM Insights
August 3, 2020

How to better cope with demand volatility

Matching themes: analytics, Covid19, production planning, Production-to-Supply, Risk Management, security of supply, VUCA

Demand volatility poses enormous challenges for suppliers. A new data-driven solution helps to increase planning reliability
Demand volatility poses enormous challenges for suppliers. A new data-driven solution helps to increase planning reliability

The coronavirus crisis has revealed a long-standing challenge for suppliers even more clearly: How reliable are the demand forecasts they receive from their customers? High volatility and uncertainties in demand forecasting are not limited to pandemic times. Even in the “normal state”, the originally reported requirements can differ considerably from the materials actually called off. The decisive question is therefore: How can you improve forecasting and thus also achieve a higher level of planning accuracy? Read more

SCM Insights
May 18, 2020

It’s high time to tap the potential of the 4th Industrial Revolution

Matching themes: analytics, Covid19, digital supply chain, Industry 4.0, Production-to-Supply, Risk Management, security of supply, Smart Factory, supplier collaboration, VUCA

It’s now more important than ever to leverage Industry 4.0 to boost productivity, increase supply chain reliability and reap the benefits of closer buyer-supplier relationships.

COVID-19, its effects on the industry and the restart of production currently dominate on the agenda. Everyone is longing for a return to normality and this will be the case in a few months’ time. The world will not stand still and it is certainly not standing still at this very moment. Read more

SCM Insights
April 23, 2020

Visibility, Analytics & Intelligence: Get full transparency on your supply chain, not just in times of crisis!

Matching themes: analytics, Covid19, digital supply chain, Risk Management, security of supply, Smart Supply Chain, supply risks, VUCA

SupplyOn Analytics links internal and external information - thus ensuring visibility and a robust, crisis-proof supply chain
SupplyOn Analytics links internal and external information – thus ensuring visibility and a robust, crisis-proof supply chain

Planning, purchasing, logistics and transport management are traditionally separate processes, typically located in different departments. The material planners determine how many parts production requires and order these from the supplier, considering safety stocks. The suppliers operate in their own systems, as does the transport service provider. What, when, in what quantity and at what time is to be delivered usually remains unclear until goods receipt. Read more

SCM Insights
April 16, 2020

How to implement an efficient risk management system

Matching themes: analytics, Covid19, Inbound Supply Chain, Material Visibility, Risk Management, security of supply, smart logistics data, Smart Supply Chain, supply risks, VUCA

Teaser image: Efficient risk management is key to making supply chains and production capacities more resilient, and thus more crisis-proof
Efficient risk management is key to making supply chains and production capacities more resilient. To obtain the full picture, you need to consider suppliers, logistics as well as external events

The current coronavirus pandemic poses enormous, unprecedented challenges for companies. Efficient risk management plays a central role in meeting these challenges. It is not so much a question of whether the current situation could have been anticipated and planned for. Rather, the focus is on how companies can now best protect their core processes and increase the resilience of their operations. Read more

SCM Insights, Technology
March 2, 2020

Exploiting the potential of Smart Logistics with Production-to-Supply

Matching themes: analytics, artificial intelligence, Inbound Supply Chain, Risk Management, smart logistics data, Smart Supply Chain

Production-to-Supply increases the availability of materials while at the same time reducing inventories and minimizing efforts and costs.
Production-to-Supply increases the availability of materials while at the same time reducing inventories and minimizing efforts and costs.

It’ s nothing new that considerations of optimization focus on excessive inventories and overly high planning or disposition costs. This is all the more true in tougher economic times.

This is where the new opportunities of digitization come in: the continuous provision of data from supplier production to transport logistics and even in-house intralogistics is no longer a vision of the future. Even minimizing process costs is now a reality thanks to automation. Read more

From the Community
September 3, 2019

Manufacturing 4.0 in academia & practice: How SupplyOn contributed to the MIM 2019 conference

Matching themes: aerospace, analytics, digital supply chain, Manufacturing 4.0, RailSupply

More than 750 participants from 51 countries all over the world came to discuss the latest trends in Manufacturing 4.0 from a scientific and practical perspective
More than 750 participants from 51 countries all over the world came to discuss the latest trends in Manufacturing 4.0 from a scientific and practical perspective

“In the end, it is all about communication”: In his opening speech, Prof. Andreas Zaby, President of the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR), welcomed the more than 750 participants from 51 countries worldwide to the MIM 2019 conference. Likewise, Prof. Dmity Ivanov and Prof. Susanne Meyer, Vice President of the HWR Berlin, who were both the driving forces behind this conference, also emphasized this unique opportunity to learn from each other in the context of modelling, management and control of manufacturing processes. Read more

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