Tag Archive: ERP

The Impact of Supply Chain Strategy

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Can supply chain strategy have a profound impact on your bottom line? Without a doubt! Recently, we worked with a client that wanted to review their operations strategy and look for ways to optimize and improve. To begin, we evaluated many business options including, but not limited to:     Do nothing (stay in the same locations). Transfer distribution operations closer to the port. Move to a different location in the Inland Empire. Relocate to Nevada. Evaluate 3PL options. Expand and automate the current facility. In this client’s case, the customer, cost and cash flow impacts of making these changes…
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VMI – Do You Need Software?

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Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) – do you need software? Of course, the answer is “It depends.” A few items to think about to determine if you need software to support a VMI initiative: Are you interested in doing VMI with your suppliers, customers or both?For suppliers, the focus is on the transfer of data. For customers, you’ll need to create orders and transfer data at a minimum. How many suppliers and/or customers and customer locations do you plan to pursue with VMI? If there are few, manual will work just fine. We have achieved vast success with aerospace clients using…
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What’s Important in Technology?

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It is quite telling that every executive panelist on the “Professional Pathways in Supply Chain” panel at the Drucker Supply Chain Forum (Walt Disney Company, Source Intelligence, Intelligent Audit and LMA Consulting Group) had a significant focus on technology. Supply chain and technology go hand-in-hand. Thus, what should we be thinking about when it comes to technology? Although many technology topics arose, let’s focus in on three of the ones that pop to mind first: 1. Business intelligence– Every panelist agreed on the importance of business intelligence. In essence, how do you leverage data to see trends, make decisions, etc.? For example, Intelligent…
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Do You Know What Is Important in Selecting the Right System?

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ERP systems often fail to live up to their promise — even in the best of circumstances. It is a tough environment — software suppliers are consolidating, the smaller ones can disappear or get gobbled up in a moment’s notice, good resources are hard to find, and the list goes on. Yet there is no choice but to proactively address this topic to have a scalable business and to meet customer expectations as you get to a certain size and complexity. Thus, it is worth-while thinking about whether you are prepared:  Do you fully understand your business requirements and specifically…
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The Secret to Successful System Implementations

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I’m in the middle of helping a client implement a companywide system and the challenges and issues we are facing in this effort remind me of the importance of the basics I’ve written about before. As I have said in earlier articles, large scale implementations are complex undertakings whose success is by no means ensured. Studies have shown implementations fail almost as often as they succeed. The secret of success is understanding that there are two major deliverables in every system implementation: Getting the solution ready for the business and Getting the business ready for the solution.
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Learning from the Pain: Gathering Lessons Learned after an ERP implementation

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Someone once said that ERP implementations, “are the corporate equivalent of a root canal.” That feels like a good analogy to me right now. No matter how well you plan and how well you execute that plan, there is always something that causes you pain, but we can reduce the pain by gathering lessons about what happened and applying them to the next implementation. Lots of people talk about gathering and applying lessons learned after a big event like a system implementation but very few do it in a way that is effective. I use a 3 step process to ensure that meaningful lessons are developed and applied.
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Case Study in the Power of Design

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Situation: Our client had implemented an ERP system several years ago. As is typical when a system is implemented, they implemented the basics and then took a break to run the business. Although you start out thinking of vast improvements and how you’ll automate all sorts of processes, getting the foundation working effectively with high levels of customer service and some level of efficiency typically takes quite a lot of effort. The team is tired and needs to smooth out the day-to-day business. Understandable. The good news is that they were set up for the future with an improved base.…
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Technologies Transforming Supply Chains

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Modern marvels and new information technologies are transforming supply chains. Automation, robots, AI (artificial intelligence), 3D Printing, Bitcoin technology and the IoT (internet of things) are changing the way we look at supply chains. Are you thinking about any of these technologies down-the-line? Or are you thinking about the impacts of your competitors pursuing them? You should! We partner with clients to keep them at the forefront of these information technologies. At the core, we partner with executives to help them select the optimal ERP system to support their business objectives. Certainly, automation has always been a hot topic. Recently,…
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ERP Project Success: How to Be Part of the 20%

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More and more clients are pursuing ERP implementation projects as executives realize they need better tools to support business objectives– growth, service, margins, cash and the like. When implemented well, ERP systems can support substantial business growth without the additional investment in resources. Certainly, as the minimum wage goes up and workers’ compensation and healthcare are such significant issues, it is something many executives are thinking about! However, ERP systems can do much more – they can help collaborate with customers and suppliers. Those with the best-extended supply chains will thrive in the end, and so it makes sense to…
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ERP Project Success: How to Be Part of the 20%

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When implemented well, ERP systems can support substantial business growth without the additional investment in resources. Certainly, as the minimum wage goes up and workers’ compensation and healthcare are such significant issues, it is something many executives are thinking about! However, ERP systems can do much more – they can help collaborate with customers and suppliers. Those with the best-extended supply chains will thrive in the end, and so it makes sense to take a look at upgrading ERP. Thus, finding a way to successfully implement an ERP system is of paramount importance, yet the statistics dictate less than stellar…
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