OPS Rules Blog: Insights into Supply Chain and Operations Strategy

Enhancing Supply Chain Performance with KPPs

Posted by Sumeet Mahajan on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

By Sumeet Mahajan and Dinesh Natarajan

A recent study by Aberdeen Group explored best-in-class practices amongst companies applying advanced analytics for strategic sourcing. The study found that amongst these companies the best-in-class have twice the amount of savings than low performers, and an on-time delivery that is 40% better than competition. The report ratified a trend where increasing number of companies are looking to move away from descriptive analytics alone, and towards predictive and prescriptive analytics during both the planning and the execution phase.

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Tags: Analytics

Better forecasts start with understanding Traffic

Posted by Neil Fernandes on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

    By Neil Fernandes and Sumeet Mahajan. 
    If you belong to industries such as retail, car and equipment rentals, hotels, airlines, etc., that deal with very limited point-of-sale inventory, then read on to see how something that you do almost on a daily basis can be done a lot more efficiently and effectively. If you are not from any of the industries above but rather belong to more traditional industries such as manufacturing, then you too should read on to consider a whole different way of looking at demand forecasts.


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Tags: Analytics, Forecasting

The Art of Packing Your Analytics Tool-bag

Posted by Sumeet Mahajan on Tue, Aug 04, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

By Sumeet Mahajan and Desmond Torkornoo.

As consultants, we travel frequently and widely for various projects and to meet clients. Because we are on the road so often, we always have a half-packed suitcase ready to go. These  trips vary in length and location, so as the exemplars of efficiency that we are, we are always trying to minimize, quite literally, the unnecessary baggage. Similarly, the organizations we work with, on many different kinds of advanced analytics initiatives, also seek to minimize their unnecessary baggage. One such baggage we see quite often is the choice of analytics itself, where the types of tools and techniques used should be as simple as possible, but not too simple.  

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Tags: Analytics, Supply chain analytics

What do you miss with Supply chain Visibility?

Posted by Edith Simchi-Levi on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Supply chain executives are often enthusiastic about visibility – they envision being able to see in real-time what is going on and easily drill down into trouble spots thus enabling rapid local decisions.  Real-time decision making will create more speed and efficiency and help resolve problems during disruptions. 
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Tags: End-to-End Optimization, Inventory Optimization, supply chain risk

Humanitarian Supply Chain Analytics

Posted by Dinesh Natarajan on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

By Dinesh Natarajan and Jeff Keene. Ten years ago it was Hurricane Katrina. Five years ago it was the Haiti Earthquake. And this year, it is the Nepal Earthquake. Natural disasters are no longer anomalies, but rather a norm often associated with changing weather patterns and adverse human activities.  In today’s world, where disasters seem to be striking humanity with great vengeance, the importance of humanitarian logistics and supply chain is indisputable.

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Tags: Supply chain analytics

Camper successfully applies Operations Rules concepts

Posted by Edith Simchi-Levi on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 11:23 AM

Camper was born in Majorca in 1975 based on a long standing family business. Today, it is one of the world's leading companies in the footwear design industry, with more than 300 Camper stores and 4,000 authorized points of sale in 50+ different countries.The Camper Team is nowadays composed by more than 1,000 people committed to the company values that made the dream come true. 

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Tags: Inventory Optimization, 2-flexibility, operations rules

How you can cut costs with supply chain risk optimization

Posted by Edith Simchi-Levi on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 @ 08:00 AM
In a recent HBR piece,  Find the weak link in your supply chain, David Simchi-Levi introduces the concept of Time to Survive (TTS).  It is the maximum duration that the supply chain can match supply with demand after a node disruption. To determine TTS associated with a specific node, remove the node from the supply chain and calculate how long, using inventory in the pipeline and other available supply sources,  you can serve customer demand without that node.
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Tags: Supply Chain Risk Management, Inventory Optimization

Supply chain impact of the TPP

Posted by Edith Simchi-Levi on Tue, Jun 02, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement outlined  in late 2011 by the leaders of the nine countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States  aims to create comprehensive market access through elimination of tariffs and other barriers to goods and services trade and investment, facilitating the development of production and supply chains among TPP members, promoting trade and investment in innovative products and services, including related to the digital economy and green technologies, and to ensure a competitive business environment across the TPP region.

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Gartner three standout trends for supply chain leaders in 2015

Posted by Edith Simchi-Levi on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Gartner's top 25 list provides insight into the behaviour and trends of successful companies. Below are the top companies by industry from the event. 


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Tags: Analytics, End-to-End Optimization, supply chain risk

Why you need to understand your Inventory drivers

Posted by Edith Simchi-Levi on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 02:31 PM
By Edith Simchi-Levi and Jeff Keene. When companies are growing they typically do not spend too much time thinking about inventory or other efficiencies, but are busy making sure they have enough products to satisfy demand. When business is slower or in transition there is more focus on cost - starting from the most visible: excess inventory.  
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Tags: End-to-End Optimization, Inventory Optimization