Supply-Side Disciplines

Supplier-facing topics, such as sourcing and procurement, financial supply chain, total cost of ownership, inventory management

Direct Materials P2P—Part Five

There is a tremendous variety of direct materials procure-to-pay solutions. Here we explore a framework for understanding the P2P solutions landscape.

Direct Materials P2P—Part Four

Here are results from our survey and interviews with over 120 manufacturers about their level of direct materials P2P automation, why they automate, the KPIs they use to measure success for their direct P2P, and more.

Pallet-level Monitoring – Part One

Pallet-level monitoring enables a more intelligent approach to distribution—Intelligent distribution and FEFO inventory management (First Expired, First Out)—as well as providing the data needed to optimize end-to-end processes for maximum shelf life. Implementing these approaches can cut losses in half for retailers and growers.

Direct Materials P2P—Part One

The procure-to-pay process (P2P) for direct materials resists standardization and automation. As the critical execution phase of source and procurement, it is where the rubber meets the road for inbound materials. This is the first in a series on direct P2P, based on our primary research interviews and surveys we conducted.

Agile Demand-Supply Alignment – Part 3D

An assessment of IBM Sterling’s Inventory Control Tower solution for global supply chains with critical inventory needs—especially healthcare providers, grocery retailers, and spare parts dealers. We also look at Elementum, provider of incident management for companies with large complex supply chains where many issues arise requiring multi-party collaboration.

Agile Inventory Management: Part Three – Inventory Management Strategies

Successful lean inventory strategies depend on moving the efficient frontier in service-level<—>inventory-level tradeoffs, to simultaneously improve service levels and reduce inventory levels. Here we discuss what capabilities are needed to make that happen. We also touch on management of spare parts inventory, multi-echelon networks, and real-world constraints.

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