By Alan Witthuhn

The Impact of Forecast Variability on Supply Chain Performance

  It is generally accepted that supply chains will be vastly different in the years to come. Many emerging technologies and advanced analytics have failed to address the issues of demand variability resulting in the bullwhip effect within the supply chain. The traditional approach of safety stock or inventory buffers are being challenged with an ever-increasing focus on supply chain … Read More

By Alan Witthuhn

Minimizing Forecast Variation, a Key to Supply Chain Success

  A critical question that Supply Chain Professionals should be asking is, how accurate is my forecast? The follow-up question should be, how do I measure it, and to what degree do my suppliers trust it? Your forecast signal to your supply chain is the critical piece of transparency that enables a trusted partnership, allows your suppliers to execute consistently, … Read More

By Alan Witthuhn

Drive Collaborative Supply Chain Performance with Technology

  Global manufacturing enterprises handle a vastly complex production process and supply chain operations. They face an increasingly complex climate of risk through global sourcing, sustainability regulations, geopolitical uncertainties, natural disasters, and IP security concerns. The lack of visibility in the end-to-end supply chain, including Tier II & Tier III suppliers, amplifies these risks. A different approach to manage the … Read More

By Alan Witthuhn

Raising supply chain performance levels to stand the test of time

  The goal of a sustainable supply chain is to minimize risks, reduce variability, and establish robust supplier partnerships. Creating opportunities to develop deeper connections with suppliers, increasing cross-organizational collaboration, and increasing alignment of priorities are aimed at lifting the performance of the complete supply chain network. Businesses expect their tier-I suppliers to comply with established performance standards and assume … Read More

By Alan Witthuhn

Drive Collaborative Supply Chain Performance with Technology

Global manufacturing enterprises handle vastly complex production processes and supply chain operations. They face an increasingly complex climate of risk through global sourcing, sustainability regulations, geopolitical uncertainties, natural disasters, and IP security concerns. The lack of visibility in the end-to-end supply chain, including Tier II & Tier III suppliers, amplifies these risks. A different approach to manage the supply chain … Read More

By Alan Witthuhn

Supplier Relationships: The Foundational Ingredient of Supply Chain Resilience

  Unanticipated events continue to make one thing clear for businesses – only a strong understanding of risks ensures that the right business continuity plans are in place for times of uncertainties and change. Supply chains are the essential veins of the global economy. The human chain or skilled supply chain labor is responsible for continuously delivering goods and services … Read More

By Alan Witthuhn

The True Impact of Digital Supply Chain on Supplier Collaboration

    Historically, supply chain professionals have focused on the four ‘Vs’ – volume, volatility, visibility, and velocity – to optimize results across the value chain and support innovation. While these traditional priorities remain unchanged, supply chain decision-makers have increasingly faced the need to achieve higher levels of performance through the adoption of digital solutions. Then the pandemic hit. COVID-19’s … Read More