Lessons Learned from Toys R Us: Supply Chain is Key

Marisa Brown's picture

In my last blog post, I wrote about the ripple effect of Toys R Us’ bankruptcy filing and subsequent liquidation plans, reported last month. For consumers, including many of my parent friends, the question that is top of mind is which stores have the best discounts during the closeout.

Changes at Toys R Us: Consider the Impact Across the Supply Chain

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As consumers of the toys and games carried at Toys R Us, many people I know are eager to take advantage of closeout sales as the largest independent toy seller in the United States prepares for liquidation.

4 Key Measures and Tips to Improve your Supply Chain Planning

Marisa Brown's picture

Knowing where you stand is the first step to finding ways to improve your organization’s supply chain planning processes. And once you understand your baseline, benchmarking enables you to identify gaps, find successful practices that drive higher performance, and then establish realistic goals.

For a balanced look at your supply chain planning efforts, APQC recommends four key performance indicators (KPIs).

Cost Effectiveness

New Year’s Supply Chain Resolution: Lower Supply Chain Planning Costs

Marisa Brown's picture

As organizations look back on the past year’s successes and failures, too many operational leaders were saying “humbug” about how much money their companies shelled out this year on supply chain planning.

Looking Forward to 2018 in Finance and Supply Chain

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New year, new priorities? Where will your organization be focusing your efforts in 2018?

As you get ready to tackle this new year, APQC's research team wants to ensure we understand what your top priorities and challenges are for 2018. We want the research we conduct and the content we create to be valuable to you and targeted on your focus areas.

Silver Bells, Marketing, and Sales

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(Hopefully you read the blog title with a Deep South accent.)

Happy holidays, reader!

I’m going to begin this post with a slightly embarrassing self-quote from 5 years ago, when I was a first-year MBA student. The following is an excerpt from the introduction I wrote for a marketing plan group assignment.

You can tell I was really feeling myself when I wrote that… And, you know what? I still am!

And here’s why.

Toy Story Telling From CSCMP

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Recently I attended my first CSCMP conference, which was in Atlanta Georgia this year. It was a great event, I had virtually no expectations walking in and I was pleasantly surprised. First, it was much larger than I anticipated. I walked in to the large convention center Sunday night for what I thought was a small pre-conference social and a chance to meet a few people, but in reality the conference was 100% up and running. There were around 75 vendors booths, food, drinks, a live band, and probably a thousand or more people throughout the night.

5 Tips for Better Demand Planning

Marisa Brown's picture

If you were on social media in 2013, you probably saw one viral video that was hard to miss: A Volvo Live Test featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme performing an “epic split” between two rolling Volvo trucks. It was the sixth and final in Volvo’s series of Live Test films, which pushed the boundaries of advertising in the social media age.

Celebrating 40 Years of RENEWAL and Reinvention

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This year marks APQC’s 40th anniversary, so all year long we could hardly wait for the big team party we were planning for the fall. But Hurricane Harvey had something else in store for us, and so our celebration plans ended up underwater – quite literally in this case.

Recent Hurricanes Highlight Supply Chain’s Struggle With Truck Driver Shortage

Marisa Brown's picture

“What’s the biggest supply chain challenge facing you right now?”

I’ve gotten some interesting answers to that question, but last week while at the APICS conference in San Antonio, I was chatting with a supply chain leader from Sysco who lives in Houston. Her response to my question gave me pause. Her answer: Truck Drivers.