Rules for Ensuring Adaptability in Supply Chain Planning

November 27, 2018

The supply chain is no stranger to change. In fact, we are so used to being chameleons, adapting to the latest innovation or problem, that it is very much part of what we do. Businesses which stand the test of time do so precisely because of their skill at adapting to face the latest challenges and indeed thrive from them. Read more

The Difficulties in Applying Machine Learning to Supply Planning

July 7, 2018

The supply chain industry has been adopting machine learning and applying it to demand planning for quite some time now. We’ve seen its success and therefore it follows that attention has now turned to using machine learning to streamline and support supply, or production, planning. However, whilst in demand planning machine learning has been relatively straight-forward, applying machine learning to supply planning is a different kettle of fish and rife with difficulties and therefore requires a slightly different approach. Read more

Tactical Supply Chain Planning: Design, Deploy, Repeat.

November 27, 2017

Tactical supply chain planning is not a project – it should be a perpetual cycle, constantly evolving the performance of a supply chain. Supply chains have too many variable links that will thwart even the most robust of tactical plans if it isn’t in constant review. The configuration of a warehouse, the storage equipment in use, transport mode selection and manufacturing allocation are just some of the key elements of tactical design that need to be in perpetual assessment. Read more

Plan, Don’t Firefight: The Role of the Supply Chain Planner

November 17, 2017

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail: a statement that couldn’t be truer than when it comes to supply chains. Planning in the supply chain is immensely difficult, yet also immensely important. Every element of success in supply chain planning widens the profit margins, which given that they are nearly always immensely tight, is crucial. So, what should be the role of a supply chain planner? Read more