3 Reasons why Retailers need an Operational Intelligence Platform

The supply chain is a complicated beast. From warehouse fulfillment through to the point of sale, there are a number of processes that can break down at any time and impact your business. Supply chain management monitors the flow of goods and services so you save time, reduce costs and provide better customer service. Here … Read More »

When Opportunity Knocks, Do You Hear?

“… You find out that life is just a game of inches. So is football. Because, in either game – life or football – the margin for error is so small. …The inches we need are everywhere around us. They are in every break of the game every minute, every second. On this team, we … Read More »

Deep Learning for a Deep Supply Chain

It was early 2004 and I was catching up with a friend from my college days.  He was the regional head for a Consumer Goods major in India, and told me about changes they were making to streamline operations. That included consolidating the number of stockists and wholesalers. I was puzzled because the company was known … Read More »

The Detailed Half Page Document!

Recently I overheard a conversation between two of my colleagues. One was requesting inputs for a task assigned, while the other was protesting that he didn’t have the time to prepare detailed documentation. The term “detailed documentation” appeared to send a shudder down the requestor’s spine. He promptly replied, “Please don’t give me anything lengthy… … Read More »

Gartner on Visibility for Supply Chain Planning and Collaboration

Since the advent of BI, organizations of all sizes have pushed to broaden their spectrum of analytical insights.  Of course, a key motivator for this effort was to improve operational efficiency. In many organizations, these efforts did not deliver to the management’s expectation. The root causes for the failure in most cases are information latency … Read More »

Stale Data – Is the tale getting stale?

  Manager: That shipment is still here? We had agreed to expedite! Team member: It went out at 5:00 AM today. The warehouse confirmed over the phone. It won’t be there in your report but should show up when you download tomorrow. Sounds familiar? It will be to anyone who monitors business on an hourly … Read More »

IoT with Real-time Intelligence – Mid-Market’s Colt for Operational Execution?

For most of us words like big data, Internet-of-Things (IoT) and real-time analytics conjure up images of innovative companies and new business models.  Whether it is Uber matching taxis to riders, eBay helping sellers set optimal initial bids, NYPD determining gunshot locations, NEST reducing energy use, or airlines applying dynamic pricing, the common denominator is … Read More »

When Supply Chain Managers turn Hansel & Gretel…

As kids many of us read the fairytale of Hansel & Gretel being abandoned in the forest by their step-mother, and how they dropped stones and breadcrumbs to leave a trail to get back home. With increasing incidents of product recall, and regulations like FSMA and DSCSA, many supply chain managers frequently find themselves in … Read More »