5 Benefits of Improving Cross-Site Visibility in Supply Chain

Advances in analytics allow manufacturers to see and interact across sites like never before. There are many benefits to this multi-site visibility – increased inventory savings, happier customers, and less stress. Connecting your sites and standardizing their data using cross-site analytics is the future of manufacturing. Here are 5 benefits of cross-site visibility: Continue Reading “5 Benefits of Improving Cross-Site Visibility in Supply Chain”

Got Bad Supply Chain Data? Here’s What you Need to Know for Data Cleansing

“Data tools would be great– but for us it’s garbage in, garbage out.”
“We can’t start fixing this problem because it will unearth 100 others!”

Have you heard this before? With the amount of data manufacturers juggle, it’s no wonder so many face the same dilemma: missing and inaccurate data… on a massive scale!

Data can be an overwhelming issue, but it’s time to stop saying “our data isn’t great.” LeanDNA’s built-in data cleansing process helps manufacturers evaluate and fix their data. Over our time working with manufacturers, we’ve discovered 13 common data points where bad data runs rampant. Here’s what you should understand and check if undertaking data cleansing in your own system. Continue Reading “Got Bad Supply Chain Data? Here’s What you Need to Know for Data Cleansing”

PFEP (Plan For Every Part) Helps You Optimize Your Entire Supply Chain

ERP systems require expensive, complex, and routine maintenance to keep their systems running efficiently. They are central to your day-to-day activities, but can become absolute nightmares without a simple and structured process for routine data updates. That’s why Lean Manufacturers introduced Plan for Every Part (PFEP).

PFEP optimizes the policies that define how to procure each part. PFEP enables supply chain leaders to glean a 360-degree view of their inventory and procurement policies to make sure each inventory dollar is maximized. Unfortunately, this PFEP “tune-up” often uses very time-consuming and manual Excel analysis that limits the frequency of optimization. Weeks become months become years. New technology based on Lean Supply Chain best practices is revolutionizing the way PFEP can be used on a daily basis to drive game-changing results in factory performance.

This post will help you set the groundwork for how and why to start using the PFEP methodology. The real end goal of PFEP is to balance your entire supply chain by having as little inventory as possible with minimal shortages. Better yet, you’ll learn how to equip your team so they’re better skilled, automate and accelerate your processes, and avoid deploying expensive consultants. Continue Reading “PFEP (Plan For Every Part) Helps You Optimize Your Entire Supply Chain”

How Top Aerospace Manufacturing Execs Exceed Shareholder Demands

What are today’s shareholders in aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturing expecting from company leadership? Deloitte recently analyzed letters to shareholders from the top 20 A&D companies and discovered a few core management themes to drive sustained growth.

There are two standout themes worth exploring:

  1. Achieving long-term operational performance through better working capital management, process improvement, and program transformation
  2. Supporting continued business growth by investing in new technologies

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The Trouble With One-Way Analytics? Your Data is Useless Without Collaboration

Data analytics is entering a new frontier as teams disperse around the globe. New analytics technologies enable organizations to read deeper into the story behind their data. But more often than not, teams miss out on the benefits of new technology because they rely on tried-and-true methods to solve the problems of the future. One of those bad habits is turning to one-way analytics — inputting your data into spreadsheets to be emailed from user to user, one at a time to avoid multiple copies of the same document. The hope is that someone can glean useful information before relaying it back through the chain. Continue Reading “The Trouble With One-Way Analytics? Your Data is Useless Without Collaboration”

How to Deal With Material Shortage Using Analytics and Collaboration

Supply chain managers are constantly hampered by distractions. You get stuck monitoring on-time deliveries, vendor-managed inventory (VMI), and impending (or existing!) shortages. Ever feel frustrated by the challenge of how to deal with material shortages?

It seems there’s hardly any time to seek real solutions when you’re so busy applying bandaids. Believe it or not, there are initiatives supply chain managers can implement to reduce shortages, save costs, and smooth out the process. Continue Reading “How to Deal With Material Shortage Using Analytics and Collaboration”