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Posted Friday, April 1, 2016

Safety Stock, Safety Time, Buffer Inventory

If we had the ability to accurately predict future demand and supply, we would have no need for any safety inventory, or buffer stock.  In reality our customers do not read our forecast.  They order the quantity they need for each item, and dictate when they require delivery. Here I discuss the concepts of safety […]

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Posted Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Request for Proposal: A Frustrating Assignment

One of the occupational hazards of my job is responding to RFPs—Request for Proposals.  So often I am not convinced that prospects understand what they are getting themselves into by upgrading their systems and performing the necessary implementation tasks successfully.  To provide a professional service it is essential for me to learn and understand the […]

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Posted Monday, February 1, 2016

Data Processing 101 and Toxic Data

I have decades of experience in computer systems and get surprised when client companies I work with do not understand fundamental data processing basics.  Worse yet, is when software solutions they employ are designed to accommodate this lack of understanding and knowledge.   If a client company requires to build a database consisting of item, […]

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Posted Friday, January 1, 2016

You can’t forecast fashion merchandise!

I was recently informed that you cannot forecast fashion.  If that were a true statement, I would not be writing this blog, or selling and supporting a superior Demand Planning software solution.  Lighthouse. This perception was created because each selling season requires merchandise that is fresh and new.  We have no way of knowing how […]

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Posted Monday, June 1, 2015

Small Business

My career has mostly been working for, and consulting with, companies employing an internal Information Systems team. This historical experience became a stark reality recently when I began supporting a small, under 100 person manufacturing company. They are very successful tier 2 and 3 component supplier to automotive, have grown 7 to 10 percent compounded […]

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Posted Friday, May 1, 2015

Driving the Tesla 70D, an Analogy

What has driving the Tesla got to do with software? Everything. As you will soon learn. As luck would have it, I was in West Palm Beach, Florida on April 8, 2015 the day that Tesla announced the release of their new entry level electric vehicle, the Tesla S 70D. I was the third person […]

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Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MAP Manufacturing

I have been fortunate to support companies over several decades with the implementation of enterprise systems and best-of-breed, value-added, bolt-on specialty applications. My current focus is on Demand Planning (forecasting, replenishment, and distribution planning) and APS (Advanced Planning and Scheduling) or factory planning systems. The Demand Planning solution supports retail, wholesale, distribution, and/or manufacturing companies. […]

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Posted Sunday, March 1, 2015

SKU Rationalization

I have been involved with projects to help reduce the proliferation of SKUs clogging up the database at client companies. It is much like the need to rid your home of clutter where you sell the excess through eBay or donate to Goodwill Industries International, Purple Heart Foundation, or the Salvation Army. In my case […]

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Posted Sunday, February 1, 2015

Forecasting Cores and Spares

Forecasting cores and spares present special software challenges, and may require creative thought to providing a workable approach. There is no single silver bullet process with a one size fits all methodology to address this issue. Solutions are as different as corporations, management, industries, and product.   Cores   Cores, or rebuilds require special planning […]

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Posted Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Creative Engineer-to-Order (ETO) Solution

When working with clients, every single one without fail explains why their operation is unique and challenging, unlike any other enterprise. I cannot argue with that perception because each operation has its own management team, operates in its own vertical industry, within its defined geography, and targets its own market to satisfy sales to its […]

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