Monday Mar 25, 2013

New Webcast - Overcoming Order Fulfillment Challenges in Manufacturing, High-Tech & Retail

Watch this webcast and learn the results of a recent survey of 600 supply chain executives in manufacturing, high-tech and retail businesses which shed light on common fulfillment challenges and areas in need of improvement.

Presenters from Oracle and Capgemini delve into fulfillment best practices, as well as case studies of customers who have successfully deployed Oracle solutions to address their distributed order management and fulfillment needs.

Click here to watch the webcast.

Thursday Mar 21, 2013

New Order Fulfillment Survey Report

As a consumer it has never been easier to go shopping.  You can always go to the store or shop on-line, or shop online and pick up at the store.  You can get instant information about product availability, shipment costs, shipping updates, arrival dates on your computer, phone or tablet. This can be done anytime and anywhere across the globe.  More than likely you will be loyal to any brand that offers shopping options, flexibility and good prices.

What you may not realize is that it is becoming more and more difficult for companies across industries to offer these options not only for consumers, but between businesses as well.  The explosion of order and delivery channels, the complexity of global supply chains and the rising expectations of customers are forcing the need to build seamless order management process across many different systems around
the world.

A new report which surveyed 589 top supply chain executives in manufacturing, high-tech and retail businesses around the globe gives a good sense of how well companies in these key sectors are meeting the order management challenge and where they need to improve their game.

So if want to know about what the people that make your shopping easier are worried about you can access the Challenges and Opportunities in High-Tech, Manufacturing and Retail - From Customer Orders Through Fulfillment report below.

Happy reading.

Click on the link below to read the full report.

Monday Mar 11, 2013

Pella Opens their Doors for an Exceptional Customer Excellence Event 24~25Apr13

Pella will be holding a site reference 'Open-house' on 24-25 April, 2013 at their HQ in Pella Iowa. For those considering Oracle SCM/MFG applications, it's a 'must-attend' event![Read More]

Thursday Mar 07, 2013

A Look Ahead at Global Supply Chains in 2013

Guest author Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President SCM Product Strategy at Oracle shares his perspective on the latest supply chain predictions for 2013...

A Look Ahead at Global Supply Chains in 2013 

By Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President SCM Product Strategy, Oracle

It was February and the predictions for 2013 were still rolling in. The latest is from Bob Ferrari, managing director of The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and executive editor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog.

Every year Bob compiles predictions for the global supply chain for the coming year and we are always eager to hear what makes the cut. The 10 predictions for this year cover everything from cloud computing to the renaissance of U.S. based manufacturing.

Here are a few that caught our eye:

  • Prediction Supply chain organizations must either embrace and augment resiliency and responsiveness capabilities in 2013 or deal with the consequences of poor business outcomes: Volatile and rapid business changes are the new normal which means it’s even more important for forecasting models. Responsiveness requires decision-making capabilities that are anchored in predictive analytics, the ability to assess and respond to various likely business scenarios. “Supply chain control tower” (SCCT) which addresses the need for quicker, more timely and informed supply-chain wide decision-making, will come to the forefront in 2013.
  • Prediction – The executive level voice and shared accountability of the supply chain organization will invariably extend itself into three broader areas: Product design, customer fulfillment, satisfaction and service now cover many more functionally-driven activities and the supply chain now finds itself involved, voluntarily or involuntarily, in each of these areas. One element to this is sustainability – design for sustainability and design for supply chain must come together under a singular initiative.
  • Prediction – Cloud computing and managed services options, enabling supply chain business processes, will continue to gain more traction, provided that vendors resolve current lingering customer concerns: Cloud computing will continue to be an attractive option for small and medium-sized businesses, and the popularity of Platform as a Service (PaaS) will continue to climb.

We agreed with many of the predictions, but would be interested to know what you think. To download the full list of 2013 predictions for global supply chains and see how they align with your views for the coming year, visit Supply Chain Matters.

Tuesday Mar 05, 2013

Assessing the Impact of the New Panama Canal on Your Supply Chain

With the opening of the new wider 3rd lane in the Panama canal due 2015, new Panamax standards expand the size of ships allowed to pass between the Atlantic and Pacific. New opportunites are being created in the supply chain with will require newer tools and technologies to define better and best cost routing of your product from supply to market. Time to plan is now![Read More]

Supply Chains are Shifting: Get ready for tomorrow!

Shifting supply chains will cause materials managers to update their thinking about the markets of tomorrow. New disruptive technologies and emerging economies will once again change-the-game. Get ready & tool-up![Read More]

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