Monday Jul 14, 2014

Why Supply Chain Risk Management is Increasingly Important

Social media tag cloudIt used to be that supply chain risk factors were mostly physical. Your supplier might have a fire, there might be an earthquake, an important shipment might get lost. But supply chain managers now need to deal with a wider array of possible disruptions to their supply chain.

Two recent news articles highlight the increased risks. As the world has become evermore interconnected, and as information expands and moves at the speed of light onto our desktops, social issues can be just as important as traditional supply chain issues. Intel recently announced that they had rid their supply chain of minerals from Congo sold by militias accused of human rights abuses. And Samsung suspended operations with a Chinese supplier who has been accused of employing under-age labor. Today, when threats to your supply chain may arrive via an act of God, or appear in an exploding flurry of Twitter messages, it is important to plan for disruption, and to have the tools in place to develop low cost strategies for dealing with disruption.

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Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

Transform Your Traditional Supply Chain to Achieve Superior Financial Performance

 

An efficient, integrated value chain can be your key to gaining and maintaining competitive advantage and boosting profitability.

Download your copy of the joint Managing Automation and Oracle whitepaper, Value Chain Innovation: Transforming Traditional Supply Chains to Achieve Superior Financial Performance, and see what leading companies are gaining from the transformation.

 

Discover how you can:

- Speed time-to-market for new product innovation
- Align demand, product, and supply processes for increased value
- Reduce risk with improved agility to cope with changing environments
- Deliver greater customer value and achieve higher profit margins

See how a value chain approach can transform and optimize your traditional supply chain. Checkout this infographic and download the whitepaper.



Key SCM Initiatives Over Next Twelve Months Include Visibility, BI and Integrated Business Planning

Gartner, in conjunction with Supply Chain Digest, recently published their seventh annual supply chain study, which is based on survey input from almost 500 SC Digest readers. One of the more interesting charts in the report was named Supply Chain Digest's Supply Chain Graphic of the Week (posted below). This chart identifies the top key supply chain initiatives as:

1. Visibility
2. Enhanced business intelligence
3. Integrated business planning

These are three initiatives that are directly addressed with Oracle Supply Chain Management solutions, including Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center, Oracle Endeca, Oracle Manufacturing, Oracle Value Chain Planning and Oracle Agile PLM. For more information on this report, check out this Supply Chain Digest article: Insight from the 2014 Gartner Supply Chain Study. Are you hearing similar things from your customers? 

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Monday Jul 07, 2014

PLM, Product Value Chain, and My Backyard Garden

It’s July and as the temperatures rise here in the US, I’m looking forward to summertime cook-outs, vacations, and sipping a cool beverage poolside. Summer is my favorite season, so every Spring I enjoy the anticipation by trying my hand at gardening. But looking in the backyard now, while all my neighbors’ gardens are flourishing, mine only shows a handful of green tomatoes, unhealthy squash, and fist-sized watermelons. This happened last year, too. After all that springtime effort and investment, this is maddening!

My Fruit & Vegetable Development Problem

My garden can be described with one word: meh. My frustration reminds me of the challenges that product development executives share with us in early meetings – unable to achieve their expected return, inconsistent product information, can’t produce the final product on time nor on budget, not sure what caused defects, no way to tell if a project is bad and needs refocusing or abandoning, and so on.

What’s Happening?

Growing delicious vegetables from seed takes more than... [Read More]

Wednesday Jun 25, 2014

Dates Announced for Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015!

Join thousands of professionals at the third annual Oracle Value Chain Summit, hosted next year January 26 - 28, 2015.  This must-attend supply chain and product lifecycle management event of the year will be located in the San Jose Convention Center, just as the very successful 2014 event.  More details will be coming shortly.  To be the first in-the-know, sign up here to get notified by email when registration opens.



Tuesday Jun 24, 2014

Improve Shipping Times like Cummins Emission Solutions

After upgrading its supply chain applications, Cummins Emission Solutions cut shipping execution times by one-third. See how you could do the same in the full report.

Wednesday Jun 11, 2014

Lack of Transparency in the Supply Chain Results in Inconsistent Reporting on Conflict Minerals

May 31, 2014 was the official deadline for U.S.-listed companies to disclose use of conflict minerals to the SEC. Of the estimated 6,000 companies that were required to file audits of their tin, gold, tungsten or tantalum in their products, only 1,300 filed reports, and these results have revealed the ongoing challenges that many manufacturers are having complying with this legislation.

An article authored by IDC analyst Heather Ashton,"Conflict Minerals Reporting Passes a Notable Milestone" notes that many leading companies such as Intel, Apple and HP filed their reports ahead of the deadline, but other companies are struggling with trying to trace their supply chain back to raw materials, especially as many non-U.S. based suppliers have no legal requirement to comply with the law since they are not U.S.-listed companies. This has resulted in widely varying levels of reporting from company to company. Check out the full article here. Are your customers experiencing the same pains?

Thursday May 29, 2014

What's Black and White and Read All Over?

What's black and white and read all over?  The Zebra case study!

 Join us on June 26th to hear how Zebra, a market leader in barcode and RFID technology is using Oracle WMS in their distribution centers.  The session is presented by Zebra, Oracle and Inspirage.

Click here to register. 

Thursday May 08, 2014

Oracle Transportation Management Gets Things Moving

Mutual Materials, a leading manufacturer and distributor of masonry products in the Pacific Northwest, has recently implemented Oracle Transportation Management and achieved some impressive results.

Their truck utilization went from the low 60s to 85-87%, the cost of using their fleet is down by half a million dollars, and they have saved about $1M by more efficiently moving goods within the internal supply chain.

Click here to read the full article

Thursday May 01, 2014

How Land O’Lakes uses Oracle’s Demand Management solution to anticipate market demand and increase margins.

An interesting case study on how Land O’Lakes’ dairy business is better able to manage demand using Oracle.  http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/profit/features/122811-landolakes-1917723.html

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Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

Product Compliance Should Not Impede Innovation

Depending on severity, product compliance issues can cause all sorts of problems from run-away budgets to business closures. But effective policies and safeguards can create a strong foundation that promotes innovation rather than stifle it. The right solution for your business should foster productivity, market penetration and competitive advantage. If you’ve been putting off a systematic approach to product compliance, today’s increasingly regulated market has made now an important time to reconsider that decision, or indecision.

Why now?  No matter what industry, companies face a litany of worldwide and regional regulations that require proof of product compliance and environmental friendliness for market access. For many companies in several industries, complying with the changing Conflict Minerals Law is...

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Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

Agents of Change - The Latest Value Chain Customer Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As new technologies, markets, and ideas converge, the world’s most successful business leaders are transforming their supply chains into modern value chains.

Check out the latest Value Chain customer video and discover how companies like Cisco, NCR, Cummins, Hologic, and Pepsi/Frito Lay are becoming more customer-centric, innovative, responsive, and empowered.

Click here to watch the video.

Tuesday Apr 08, 2014

Sears to Present on Transportation & Big Data at SCOPE Spring 2014

 

 

 

 

                      If you are attending this month’s SCOPE Spring 2014 event in Chicago be sure to catch the session entitled “Business Intelligence for Transportation” taking place on Monday, April 14th at 2:00 p.m.

Hear the Director of Logistics Systems at Sears Holdings describe how they are using Oracle solutions within their transportation management processes.

Don’t forget to also stop by the Oracle booth #412 to meet with Oracle supply chain experts.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

Friday Apr 04, 2014

Oracle Named a Leader in Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record

Over the last 20 years, Supply Chain Planning has matured from a niche process for early adopters to an integral and indispensable strategic tool for competing in the global marketplace. Supply Chain Planning practices are now critical for ensuring high customer service levels at the lowest possible cost, in a business climate characterized by increased demand volatility and supply chain complexity. [Read More]

Monday Mar 24, 2014

Seven Years in a Row! Oracle Named a Leader in Gartner MQ for Transportation Management Systems

Gartner recently named Oracle a leader in Gartner’s February 13, 2014 Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems for the 7th year in a row.[Read More]
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