OPS Rules Blog: Insights into Supply Chain and Operations Strategy

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

3 steps to greater profits with Supply Chain Segmentation

Posted by Zhiheng Ivan Xu on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

By Zhiheng Ivan Xu and Tim Kachur. The Pareto Principle, known as the “80:20 Rule” states that 80% of the results come from 20% of the causes. It is therefore not surprising to find that in most companies 80% of the sales come from just 20% of the products which implies a long tail of low revenue products. How do they address this issue?

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Tags: Supply Chain Segmentation

SURGERY WITH A MACHETE? THE CASE FOR CUSTOM ANALYTICS

Posted by Desmond Torkornoo on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

By Haresh Gopalan and Desmond Torkornoo. Suppose you were going on an expedition into the Amazon Rainforest and you were allowed to carry, among other essentials, only one type of knife. What type of knife would you carry knowing that you have to eat and avoid being eaten in the rainforest? 

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Tags: Analytics

Tesla’s Supercharger Network Expansion Strategy

Posted by Dinesh Natarajan on Mon, Apr 13, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

By Dinesh Natarajan and Sumeet Mahajan. What factors did you consider while choosing your car? Cost, mileage, speed or resale value? Did you consider how far the nearest gas station was before you bought the car? The most common answer would be an emphatic no, because gas stations, like convenience stores, are almost always around the corner.

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Tags: Network Design

Supply Chain Challenges in Westeros

Posted by Jeff Keene on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

 By Jeff Keene and Haresh Gopalan. With another season of Game of Thrones set to premier this week, it seemed interesting for us as supply chain specialists to think about what kinds of supply chain challenges the Iron Throne is facing at this point in the story and how it is similar to the real world. In our work, we see so many systemic problems that are created by the complexity of supply chain operations, and when it comes to the problems in Westeros, we see many similarities. 

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Tags: Supply Chain Strategy