Integrated planning is the answer for a good functioning Supply Chain?

The underneath link brings you to an article written by Kai Keppner; “Integrated planning is the staple ingredient for an optimized supply chain”. Kai made an excellent attempt to write in a short article the top 3 aspects that will lead to a smooth running Supply Chain, namely:

– Cross-Functional metrics

– Collaborative culture

– The right tool

It looks actually very simple and straight forward. So why do so many companies struggle with getting their Supply Chain in order? Could it be that many people don’t have the capacity to think the big picture and are unable to see, understand and willing to truly collaborate? Could it also be that companies just don’t see the added value and the long term savings of investing in the proper tools?

http://www.inventory-and-supplychain-blog.com/integrated-planning-is-the-staple-ingredient-for-an-optimized-supply-chain/

Supply Chain in the Pharmaceutical Industry

This post does not entail a specific company but an industry: The Pharmaceutical Industry. Pharmaceuticals are rarely praised for their Supply Chain practices and the article ‘What ails the pharmaceutical supply chain’ is not that positive either. The article does point out that comparing companies on their Supply Chain practices can be difficult. Companies differ in structure and comparing distributors with manufacturing facilities might be a large stretch.

Nevertheless is there an opportunity for the Pharmaceutical industry to stand out more in their Supply Chain practices.

The article: http://blog.kinaxis.com/2013/07/what-ails-the-pharmaceutical-supply-chain/

Amazon

One of the interesting features of Supply Chain Management is that there is a big difference in level of development between companies. Some companies have invested more time and effort in developing efficient, cost saving and professional Supply Chain practices than others.

In the category ‘Companies’ we will focus on companies and their Supply Chain practices. The aim is to discuss a diversity of companies at all levels of Supply Chain.

We start of with Amazon. A well-respected company from all perspectives, but probably most of all because of their Supply Chain practices. I order from Amazon and find it an excellent service. Mind you, don’t order too many copies of an unpopular product, as you will find it back ordered. But who can disagree that this is not necessarily a bad thing from an inventory management perspective.

I found the article “Amazon rising fulfillment costs” and found it interesting as it shows that Amazon has trouble keeping their overall Supply Chain costs from growing. Unfortunately the article does not give much inside on what the specific cause for the growth is. I like to believe that the slightly increasing costs are from a continuous investment in Supply Chain that is needed to keep the costs from growing even faster. A company that is always looking for new opportunities in the market understands that it costs money to make money.

The article: http://www.scdigest.com/assets/newsviews/13-06-06-1.php?CID=7114