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Magazine Archives

November 2014

November 2014

Supply chain managers are on the lookout for metrics that will allow them to put a number to their progress - or lack thereof. Welcome to KPI's that allow them to demonstrate the quantifiable value that they deliver. At the same time, Murphy's Law may intervene or they may be called upon to put out fires or come to the rescue and make good on the promises sales and marketing have made to customers - regardless of the cost. So, how do you measure success? I hope this month's issue and online bonus feature help you consider how you measure your progress.
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November 2014

November 2014

Supply chain managers are on the lookout for metrics that will allow them to put a number to their progress - or lack thereof. Welcome to KPI's that allow them to demonstrate the quantifiable value that they deliver. At the same time, Murphy's Law may intervene or they may be called upon to put out fires or come to the rescue and make good on the promises sales and marketing have made to customers - regardless of the cost. So, how do you measure success? I hope this month's issue and online bonus feature help you consider how you measure your progress.

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Top Story

How They Did it: HP Meets the Challenge of a Supply Chain Merger
When HP acquired networking equipment company 3Com, somebody had to integrate the two companies’ supply chains. But this wasn’t simply an operational merger to take out cost; it was an opportunity to push for greater market share for the combined organization. Here is how HP accomplished those objectives—and won widespread recognition for doing so.

November 2014 Features

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Insights: Sales & Operations Planning Process Pillars
I have been researching, speaking, and writing about Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) for over 15 years and in that time I...

6
Innovation Strategies: Innovative Responses to a New Security Threat
The recent cyber attacks and security breaches at Target and Home Depot drew executives’ attention to the vulnerability of their companies to...

8
Global Links: Balancing Financial Settlement and Inventory Levels Remain Key Concerns
Two new studies indicate that successful innovators in inventory control and banking will gain market share as supply chain disruption is addressed.

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How They Did it: HP Meets the Challenge of a Supply Chain Merger
When HP acquired networking equipment company 3Com, somebody had to integrate the two companies’ supply chains. But this wasn’t simply an...

20
Can You Measure Your Supply Management Goals?
Today’s procurement leaders aim to be their suppliers’ Customer of Choice, to deliver a Sustainable Competitive Advantage, and to be an...

28
The Tip of the (Inventory) Iceberg
While most retailers focus on the inventory that is visible in their stores and distribution centers, too few pay attention to the...

36
The DNA of Supply Chain Executives
Who are the professionals who make supply chain management the engine of the firm? We find that many roads lead to Rome:...

44
Viewpoint: Fair Trade and Human Rights in the End-to-End Supply Chain
Doing well by doing good has never been more important. Consumers and businesses alike seek to do business with ethical, environmentally sustainable,...

52
Operations Advantage: The New Language of Procurement
Forward-thinking players are setting their sights on advancing the future of procurement with active value management. But there’s a long way...

62
Benchmarks: Investment Counts to Respond Rapidly To Changing Market Conditions
Many organizations say they respond quickly to market changes. Yet a majority have not adopted mature practices.

65
Papa John’s Demand Driven Supply Chain
One of the country’s largest pizza makers turned to supply chain software and voice technology to streamline the replenishment of its...

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Third Party Risk: Too Close for Comfort
You’ve got a handle on many of the potential supply chain "disrupters" that can paralyze your business. But the real risk is embedded in areas you may have overlooked.
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Additive manufacturing and 3D printing promise to simplify manufacturing, reduce inventories, and streamline operations. But, to determine when and how to apply additive manufacturing, organizations need a decision model that assesses it’s market strategy, supply chain performance, and complexity.
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EDITORS' PICKS
Supply Chains in Advanced Markets Should Become More Agile, Says Atradius
Higher inflation, falling unemployment, and strengthening Purchasing Manager Indices all suggest...
Trade Trends Report Confirms E-Commerce Urgency
Because trade policies remain fluid, shippers must have the information needed to be flexible and...

Supply Chain Digitization of Ocean Cargo Gateways Examined by chainPORT
The chainPORT initiative is led by the Ports of Los Angeles and Hamburg Port Authority in Germany,...
Procurement Still Falls Behind in Digitized Supply Chains, Says Accenture
“The digital revolution has largely overlooked procurement,” says Accenture.