Sales and operations planning

Additional Update on B2B Supply Chain Business Network Provider E2open Merger with Steelwedge

This Supply Chain Matters blog posting serves as an update to our prior mid-February posting regarding supply chain B2B platform provider E2open’s announced merger with sales and operations planning (S&OP) and supply chain planning technology support provider Steelwedge.  This latest deal follows prior acquisitions of icon-scm for supply chain planning simulation technology, Terra Technology for […]

A Persistent Theme- Be Prepared for a Year of Continual Supply Chain Analysis

If our readers have had the opportunity to review all of our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains, you probably picked-up on a dominant theme, that being the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, and what that could imply for U.S. global trade policies and consequent industry supply chain […]

Supply Chain Matters Attendance at Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience- Part Two

Supply Chain Matters has been attending the Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience conference being held in San Jose California and drawing over 2800 attendees. In our Part One posting, we provided some highlights from the first’s day’s keynotes. In this particular posting, we wanted to highlight for readers, Oracle’s evolving efforts to develop a Cloud-based […]

Breaking Supply Chain Tech News- E2open to Merge with Steelwedge

Today, supply chain focused B2B business network tech provider E2open formally announced that it has merged with supply chain planning and S&OP technology support provider Steelwedge. From our lens, the announcement is of little surprise and provides some interesting new dynamics in the market. We note that the announcement is to be expected since two […]

Apple’s December-Ending Performance Provides Indications of Supply Challenges

Supply Chain Matters provides added insights to recent financial and operational performance reports from major companies. We reflect on Apple’s latest report of December-ending (Fiscal 2017 Q1) financial and operating results which acknowledged supply constraints as limiting even more sales growth.  Wall Street headlines were generally positive as the iconic consumer electronics provider reversed three […]

2017 Industry Specific Predictions- Automotive Supply Chains Residing in North America

Thus far, we have posted deep-dives on the first nine of our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. We trust that our Supply Chain Matters readers are garnering insights from these prediction sand they have been helpful for setting objectives and work agendas in the coming year. We have one prediction remaining which […]

What Should Industry and Global Supply Chain Teams Anticipate in 2017

As we approach the New Year holiday which marks the beginning of 2017, we are heads-down in the preparation of our 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. Supply Chain Matters blog readers should anticipate the full unveiling of our 2017 predictions over the first two weeks in January. We do however want to […]

Fast Fashion Retail Requires Supply Chain Strategy Shifts

Supply Chain Matters has provided a number of retail industry focused commentaries regarding the trend toward Fast Fashion that has been pioneered by Zara and now other retailers. We now call attention to our blog readers to an industry focused commentary that has Supply Chain Matters focused insights. The December 2016 issue of STORES magazine, […]

Critical Holiday Fulfillment Period is About to Begin and its All Hands on Deck

Next week officially kicks-off the holiday buying frenzy with the celebrations of the Thanksgiving Holiday in the United States as well as the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events that extend out to the following week. In its recent update on the U.S. online retail economy, analytical firm ComScore predicted that based on prior […]

Scoring of Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Four

While industry supply chain teams continue to work on achieving 2016 year-end strategic, tactical, operational line-of-business business and supply chain focused performance objectives, this is the opportunity for Supply Chain Matters to reflect on our prior 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains that we published just before the start of the year. Our […]

Revisiting Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part One

While industry supply chain teams continue efforts in achieving 2016 year-end strategic, tactical, operational line-of-business business and supply chain focused performance objectives, this is the opportunity for Supply Chain Matters to reflect on our prior 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains that we published at the beginning of this year. Our research arm, […]

Ocean Container Industry Consolidation Forces Moving at a Faster Pace

Developments concerning the ocean container shipping industry are now moving at a faster and more discernable pace. Last week featured the news of the consolidation of Japan’s three largest shipping lines. This week adds even more perspective to an industry that is now facing even more structural and other changes. Shippers, transportation procurement teams and […]

Good and Not So Good News: When All Eyes are Focused on Your Supply Chain

The following Supply Chain Matters commentary has a theme, let’s call it a good news- not so good news theme. Be warned that its length is somewhat longer because it represents a Research and Consulting Advisory that I felt should be shared with our blog readers. When I deliver presentations on supply chain management topics, […]

A Non-Traditional Supply Chain and Capacity Planning Automation Effort Underway at Ford Motor

This author had the opportunity to attend the Kinaxis Kinexions customer conference last week. Among the customer presentations there was a rather insightful talk from a supply chain executive at Ford Motor Company. This presentation delivered by David Thomas, Director of Global Capacity Planning at Ford was titled, Creating Global Standards Across Regional Sites, provided […]

Initial Learning from the Samsung Note 7 Sales and Production Suspension

More information continues to come forth regarding Samsung’s bold decision to permanently suspend production and sale of its newly announced Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. Thus far, the information points to both product design/management as well as supply chain related learning. While it is still rather early to be able to definitely conclude what led to […]

Remain Cautious of Overly Optimistic Retail Sales Forecasts Regarding the Coming Holiday Fulfillment Quarter

Last week the National Retail Federation (NRF) issued its annual forecast concerning holiday related spending which painted a very optimistic picture regarding the upcoming holiday sales period.  We advise B2C and B2B retail planning teams to be very cautious and diligent regarding the applicability of such data. Actual retail sales activity pegged to each channel, […]

The Effects of Hurricane Matthew Are Yet to Unfold for Multi-Industry Supply Chains

I am penning this Supply Chain Matters blog commentary on Friday morning as Hurricane Matthew continues to make its way up the Florida coast. This morning, the central eye of this powerful storm is located just off Daytona Beach Florida and continues on its northward path, with a potential threat of a U.S. landfall looming.  […]

Highlights of Airbus’s Digital Control Room for Supply Chain Management

As noted in our previous commentary, Supply Chain Matters has featured a number of blog commentaries highlighting the various supply chain management accomplishments and challenges related to the commercial aircraft industry. Current unprecedented, multi-year customer order backlogs for new aircraft are having an effect on the entire aerospace industry supply chain ecosystem. The need for […]

Video of How the Supply Chain Indeed Matters in Today’s Commercial Aircraft Industry Ramp-up

Supply Chain Matters has featured a number of blog commentaries highlighting the various supply chain management accomplishments and challenges related to the commercial aircraft industry. Current unprecedented, multi-year customer order backlogs for new aircraft are having an effect on the entire aerospace industry supply chain ecosystem. Click on the search term Aerospace Supply Chain on […]

Ocean Container Industry Dynamics Moving Faster

Starting in late 2011 and early 2012, we began alerting our Supply Chain Matters readers to the building signs of potential consolidation and restructuring for the ocean container shipping industry. That was the time when the major container shipping lines began the pooling of capacity under various formed shipping alliances. Since that time, we believed […]

Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Conference- Commentary Four

This Editor is once again attending the Oracle Open World conference here in San Francisco and Supply Chain Matters is publishing impressions throughout the week. As a reference, our prior blog commentaries included: Highlights of Oracle’s Q1 FY17 financial performance last week Our initial on-site Commentary One posting Our Supply Chain Matters Commentary Two posting. […]

JDA Software’s New Manufacturing Planning Technology Platform is Promising

Earlier this month, JDA Software announced availability of JDA Manufacturing Planning, described as an innovative in-memory based supply chain planning platform to support an always-on supply chain. Supply Chain Matters via this author, had the opportunity to be briefed regarding this newly announced functionality, and we were impressed with the progress that JDA has made […]