Having undergone a raft of acquisitions and name changes over the years, the pharmaceutical giant formerly known as Actavis scraps its legacy manual processes and embraces formal demand-planning and advanced-scheduling technology.
ToolsGroup has released Instant Replay, a new supply-chain simulation tool. It allows planners to review historical events and compare multiple scenarios at the daily, customer and SKU-location levels.
Every start-up faces the moment when growth demands a more complex organization. But how does a company stay agile, innovative and non-bureaucratic while making that transition? Alex Pierroutsakos, vice president of supply chain and analytics with Stellium, Inc., offers some advice.
Analyst Insight: If supply chains are not planned, then they evolve and often become overly costly, risky and ineffective in serving customers. However, today's dynamic markets require much more than routine planning. Each mega-process in the end-to-end supply chain (Plan, Buy, Make, Move, Distribute and Sell) is undergoing change at an unprecedented rate. Leading solutions lie in advanced planning strategies and methods for both depth and breadth. While today's top companies understand this, the majority are not yet advanced in supply chain planning. – Gene Tyndall, Executive Vice President, Tompkins International
While most manufacturers and retailers realize there is a large gap between where they are today and where they need to be to meet customers' expectations, many fail to use advanced technologies and best practices, according to a JDA survey of 255 executives across 17 countries, representing a wide range of retailers and manufacturers.