3 Reasons Why You Might Need a Supply Chain Control Tower

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Nov 17, 2017 1:53:42 PM

With today’s growing supply chain complexity, we’re seeing organizations struggle to deliver customer value with their supply chains at a cost that helps to make their business profitable.

It’s a huge problem that is getting more difficult by the day as organizations and supply chain professionals look for answers in their strategies and the technologies they use as the foundation for their supply chains. Oftentimes, the solution is not replacing the legacy systems they have in place but by connecting and extending them with a supply chain control tower.

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3 Stats That Stress the Need For Supply Chain Orchestration

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Nov 3, 2017 1:39:28 PM

As organizations move forward with determining how to transform their supply chains, it’s critical to understand that successful supply chains aren’t driven just by more investment into static resources but about agility in the way that we use our assets, investments and partners. The one constant we know is that business changes will happen and these changes will have a direct impact on our supply chains increasing the need to adjust and adapt quickly to drive cost efficient and customer focused practices.

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5 Essential Elements of the Modern Control Tower

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Oct 27, 2017 9:18:06 AM

Supply chain control towers are often misunderstood and the term control tower itself can mean different things from different vendors. We have tried to categorize the control towers you’ll see from analytics to operational control towers in previous posts and today we want to focus on the innovation that is happening with control towers focused on the end-to-end supply chain.

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Supply Chain Visibility: We Should Be Striving for More

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Oct 11, 2017 7:22:00 AM

Everything you know about supply chain visibility is wrong or at the very least it’s limited. You may look at your supply chain today and say “I have good supply chain visibility” but I’d ask you how you define it.

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10 Signs of Supply Chain Transformation from CSCMP Edge 2017 (Part 2)

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Oct 4, 2017 11:28:26 AM

In part 1 of this post (read here), we spoke about key trends facing supply chain leaders in terms of customer focus, end-to-end supply chain visibility, rising customer requirements, operations still being a core issue and asking the right questions.

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Are Reducing Cost and Enhancing Customer Value Mutually Exclusive in the Supply Chain?

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Sep 14, 2017 2:27:57 PM

Over the past decade, supply chain leaders have increasingly been asked to reduce the cost associated with fulfilling of customer orders on-time and in-full. However, in most cases, they have been asked to do so with less funding while the quantity of orders has increased. Let’s face it; that is tough position to be in.

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Q&A: The Evolution of Control Tower & the Digital Supply Chain Webinar

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Aug 29, 2017 7:27:20 AM

This past Thursday, Brian Hodgson and I shared our thoughts on the evolution of control towers and what to look for when looking for a control tower to solve your business needs. You can find the on-demand recording here!

As always, we get a lot of questions during our webinars and here are our answers to attendee’s questions.

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3 Types of Supply Chain Control Towers

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Aug 17, 2017 8:32:03 AM

When in 1921, Croydon Airport in London introduced it’s first Air Traffic Control Tower it did so to better manage what had become an increasingly complex operation to ensure the safety and lives of all pilots and passengers on incoming and outgoing flights. While it started as pure visual observation over time we’ve seen every airport leverage technology based observation in addition to visual in order to measure and ensure our flights arrive on time and in full.

Sound familiar?

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4 Myths about Supply Chain Visibility

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Aug 10, 2017 9:57:42 AM

Supply chain visibility is one of the hottest topics in supply chain and for good reason. As our supply chains grow larger and in turn get more complex, supply chain leaders are increasingly realizing the gaps they have in their visibility across the supply chain.

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Do you have a single source of truth for your supply chain?

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Aug 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Too often in supply chain we are focused on the immediate; on the execution of our orders today without as much thought on how our process and strategy should and will evolve in order to serve our operational needs as we expand our product lines, our markets and our geographic customer footprint.

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Q&A: 5 Trends Forcing Supply Chain Innovation

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Jul 28, 2017 1:31:19 PM

This past week, we conducted a webinar on 5 Trends Forcing Innovation in Supply Chain. It was a great conversation on the innovations happening within supply chain operations with spirited questions and discussion after the webinar.

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Orchestration: The Key to Supply Chain Management.

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren     Feb 6, 2015 8:24:09 AM

“By the year 2020, 80% of the goods (compared to 20% today) will be manufactured in a country different from where they are consumed.”

Th insight above from McKinsey & Company's supply chain study illustrates the changing nature of supply chain in today's landscape. Supply chains are becoming more global and international not only with the parties involved in fulfilling and delivering an order but also in the flattening of the potential market for our goods and services. Companies that are pursuing growth will need to think about how to deal with this global environment and all the supply chain complexity that comes with it including quicker lead times, increased options and expanded product portfolios.

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