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What does it take to build a best-in-class supply chain?

Avaya: A supply chain management case study

Trust in the transformation. That’s what high-tech giant Avaya had to do when the company decided to radically change up how it manages its supply chain. Going from a self-proclaimed worst-in-class supply chain to one of the best in the business was no easy feat, but the rewards were well worth the effort.

“In the beginning, it was tough,” admits Benji Green, Avaya’s Senior Director, Integrated Supply Chain Planning & Operations, in a recent article published by Supply Chain Digital. “12-hour days, hair on fire supply constraints, excess inventory, completely manual processes, imbalanced supplier terms and conditions, poor cash to cash. You name it, it was bad. It was hard to imagine becoming best-in-class at the time.”

 

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08 May 2019
Transportation management: focus on last-mile or global systems?
 

Should you standardize your many business units on a new, globally-implemented transportation management system (TMS), or do you let each business unit or region control its own TMS technology decisions? The best answer for software cost control as well as performance improvement could be to do b

 
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07 May 2019
The Impact of Machine Learning on Shipping and Freight Forwarding
 

Let’s talk about Sherlock Holmes for a second. When you think of this famous English detective, a few things probably come to mind: his iconic deerstalker cap, maybe his pipe or his violin, and his magnifying glass—that critical tool for finding clues that Scotland Yard might have missed

 
Brian Hoey
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07 May 2019
How Logistics 4.0 is Changing the Last Mile
 

A few years ago, three days was considered a reasonably quick shipping turnaround. Today, for many consumers three days is considered glacial, two days is considered standard, and only shipping times shorter than one day really count as fast. These changing expectations have put numerous businesses,

 
Brian Hoey
flexis

26 Apr 2019
Are You Ready for Your Digital Transformation?
 

How many of you reading this remember the skepticism that came with the release of Apple’s first iPad? It may seem strange now, given how ubiquitous these pieces of technology have proven to be, but there were plenty of detractors of this early tablet: was it just a large iPhone that couldn&rs

 
Brian Hoey
Flexis

25 Apr 2019
How a Decentralized Supply Chain Can Add Value
 

One of the explicit goals of Industry 4.0 in the long run is to empower autonomous machine decision making within production processes. This is a lofty goal—requiring highly visible and highly legible data streams combined with AI or machine learning integration—but it does have the pote

 
Brian Hoey
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