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Posted On : Tuesday, May 31, 2011 By Prashant Meckoni

Did the Australian floods in Jan 2011 affect your coal supplies?
Has the Japan earthquake of Mar 2011 left your wondering about your automotive or electronic components availability?
Have you already exceeded your budgeted expenditure on oil and gas because of the Middle East revolutions which started in Jan 2011?
Are you ready to accept massive customer service requests due to product recall as done by Maruti Suzuki for replacing faulty parts of its A-Star vehicles or recently of its diesel vehicles - DZire, Swift and Ritz.

Supply chain disruptions are here to stay. Our jobs in supply chain functions are to manage these disruptions, without letting our customers move to our competitors.

If your organization has been handling big and small disruptions since a long time, you can now use your collective organizational knowledge to build up a knowledge base on how to react to disruptions, or you could assess your risks and come up wit ...

Posted On : Monday, May 30, 2011 By Prashant Meckoni

How do you know if your supply performance today is better than it was last week, or last year.
How do you know if your efforts are helping you, your customers, your vendors?
You definitely can't measure success absolutely. What you can do is measure the parameters that you think contribute to the success to your supply chain.

As in six sigma's DMAIC, the first step is to define what you are trying to improve and second step is to measure it quantitatively, and preferably absolutely with the required degree of accuracy and precision.

Lets take a sample of supply chain metrics that may be relevant to most manufacturing organizations.
1. Number of days of maximum production equivalent of raw material supply at hand.
2. Cumulative age of finished goods lying in warehouses & factories ready to be sold
3. Value of ready finished goods inventory yet not available for sales (may be in-transit)
4. Cost ...

Posted On : 1/24/2011 2:41 PM By Mudit Johari

Reverse Auctions (RA) are fast gaining popularity as an online negotiation tool for sourcing and procurement. It saves time in negotiation while providing the best market price. Hence it helps in supplier and fair market price discovery. However, there are a few steps which need to be followed religiously for any commodity before conducting the online negotiation/ reverse auction in order to have a good negotiation. They are as below:

Posted On : Thursday, January 13, 2011 By Prashant Meckoni

Have you have participated in a team effort where work was planned in advance. Where every team member precisely knew their target deliverables, resources available including time, dependencies and how they fit into the big picture.
At the same time do you recollect team effort where next steps were decided on the fly, responsibilities would change arbitrarily, timelines, dependencies, approval delays seemed unrealistic and you were unable to know if your individual work has made any difference to the team effort.
Any guesses on which of the above gives consistently better results over a long period?

Posted On : Wednesday, December 08, 2010 By Aditya Pikle

Pull based supply chain systems based on principles of JIT or Lean have been talked about since the eighties. These systems have been implemented in several industries with a fair degree of success. However, not all implementations give the desired benefits of flexibility, improved service levels and reduced waste.

Posted On : Friday, November 26, 2010 By Aditya Pikle

The Distribution Network Optimization Problem can be solved in two phases – first with freight optimization and then followed up with inventory optimization

Posted On : Friday, November 12, 2010 By Aditya Pikle

How much is change management a part of supply chain advisory services? Is it really one part of the entire offering or actually the crux of the project? Overall my conclusion is that supply chain consultants need to be effective change managers. At senior levels they need to have more effective change management skills than supply chain skills.

Posted On : Thursday, November 11, 2010 By Aditya Pikle

Can logistics cost really come down by completely outsourcing the function to a service provider? Some thoughts.

Posted On : Friday, October 22, 2010 By Aditya Pikle

The stock levels for established products can be brought very much under control with standard techniques of inventory management. A model for deciding inventory norms at a product level should consider two broad types of factors - additive and limiting factors.


Posted On : Tuesday, May 25, 2010 By Aditya Pikle

How to improve forecast accuracy?

Sales, Marketing and Demand planners have a role of reviewing and validating the forecast made in the previous forecasting cycle. Those in a supervisory role need to quickly review the work of their subordinates. While experience does play a role, here are some bas

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