Supply Chain Networks are evolving to become increasingly autonomous, letting intelligent software agents make simple decisions.
Process and discrete manufacturing
Direct Materials P2P — Part Three: Receiving, Invoicing, Payment
Direct Materials P2P — Part Two: Relationship-Intensity
In our research on direct materials Procure-to-Pay (P2P) processes, we saw tremendous variation between industries or types of companies regarding how they execute P2P. One major difference is the level of ‘relationship-intensity’ for P2P processes, i.e., how much person-to-person negotiation and dialog is required at each stage of P2P for each industry.
Space-Based Manufacturing and Logistics: Part Two – Examples of Types of Manufacturing Being Pursued Now
We explore examples of space-based manufacturing that are currently being considered or pursued, such as ZBLAN optical fibers, biomanufacturing, construction of large structures, space-based farming, drugs, microfabrication, carbon nanotubes, and perfect spheres.
Thriving in the Age of Uncertainty – Part Three
We explore various strategies for obtaining supply chain resilience, including mapping and monitoring the multi-tier supply chain, the use of supply chain finance, and building adaptability into physical infrastructure, systems, processes, and people.
Thriving in the Age of Uncertainty – Part Two
We explain specific advanced tools and practices for dealing with demand-supply uncertainty, including probable forecasting, capacity and consumption commitment contracts, real options as risk mitigation strategies, and hedging strategies.
Thriving in the Age of Uncertainty – Part One
The past two years have brought nearly uninterrupted volatility, disruption, and uncertainty, which we expect to continue for the foreseeable future. How individuals and companies deal with this ongoing unpredictability will determine their mental, physical, and financial health in 2022 and beyond. Here we provide a framework for companies to thrive in this new age of uncertainty.
Multifaceted Businesses: Part One – Evolving Business Models
Manufacturers and wholesale distributors are evolving from primarily or exclusively selling physical products, to more diverse business models, providing a variety of services and outcomes. Here we discuss what is driving this evolution, including the emergence of the Outcome Economy.
Revving up the Engine of Growth at SuiteWorld 2019
NetSuite has seen healthy growth since they were acquired by Oracle. At SuiteWorld, we heard about their strategy to continue to accelerate that growth, leveraging Oracle assets, ongoing micro-vertical focus, use of machine learning in their control tower, launch of Brainyard and benchmarking, and more.
FORGET THOSE FUNNY GLASSES
Although many people think of Augmented Reality as a game—ride the Tour de France or ski the Himalayas, augmented reality has genuine practical applications for challenging supply chain tasks.
IoT: From Hype to Adoption – Part Two
We continue our look at how small and medium manufacturers and wholesale distributors are implementing IoT. Here, we examine how they are incorporating IoT into products and using it to create value-added services. We conclude with a discussion on the enablers including analytics, unified billing and revenue recognition, ERP system requirements, brownfield integration, and IoT security.