Supply Chains Not Ready to Dive into Micro-fulfillment Just Yet

Ryan Sullivan's picture

Here at APQC we often get requests for new research on emerging, developing, or trending topics. As we get these requests in supply chain management, we work them into our planned research. Sometimes, the problem is, that it takes months (or more) before we can take a request, conduct the research, analyze it, and get it out the door. To help speed up this process APQC has partnered with Supply Chain Management Review to come up with monthly topics in supply chain management that we can establish and take to market what we find in a short cycle time.

Blockchain for Supply Chain: From Pilot Projects to Results

Marisa Brown's picture

Last September I posted a blog: “What is Blockchain?” At that time, only 6 percent of people who took our poll on blockchain rated themselves as extremely familiar with it. Since then, the global conversation about this distributed ledger technology has evolved, and many organizations have begun conducting pilot projects using blockchain. In fact, almost every APQC member I talk to is engaged in some form of digital transformation, with blockchain increasingly being mentioned.

Lessons Learned from Toys R Us: Supply Chain is Key

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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

Marisa Brown's picture

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.