Five Ways Digital Transformation Will Shake Up Inventory Management in 2021

We always knew digital transformation in inventory management would continue to grow in the manufacturing space, but the unpredicted challenges amid COVID-19 catalyzed that need. In 2021, manufacturers are tasked with ramping production back to the place it was in 2019—a level that took decades for some to establish. These companies are turning to technology to quickly re-establish and sustain best practices critical in today’s complex supply chain. Cloud-based software, AI-driven technology, and smart, standardized work have gone from a nice-to-have to a company-wide mandate.

As manufacturers ramp back up and make their operations “disruption-proof,” here’s how I predict manufacturing will transform in 2021. 

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Letter from the CEO: Top 5 Procurement Moments in 2020 for LeanDNA

2020 has brought a whirlwind of change, uncertainty, and ongoing disruption to normal business operations. But at the same time, the world has seen first-hand the importance that manufacturing and supply chain plays in the day-to-day life of every individual. While this year has been challenging, one thing remained constant: We continue to be honored and proud to work with such incredible partners in the manufacturing space. Continue Reading “Letter from the CEO: Top 5 Procurement Moments in 2020 for LeanDNA”

2020’s A-Listers Persevered Against the Odds: Read their success stories

This year brought massive challenges and unrelenting uncertainty for manufacturers. But with challenge comes opportunity. In a time when optimizing physical factory operations is more important than ever, our customers navigated new obstacles with grace and innovation. With 2021 nearing, we wanted to stop and take a moment to appreciate and recognize the tenacity of this year’s LeanDNA-Listers—whose work laid a foundation for efficiency and resiliency for whatever challenge came next. Continue Reading “2020’s A-Listers Persevered Against the Odds: Read their success stories”

The Inventory Management Hurdle: What’s Next for Medical Device Manufacturers?

The medical device manufacturing industry is undergoing a significant transformation. Driven by global economic growth, innovation, and an aging population, the U.S. medical device market was poised to reach $800B by 2030 before COVID-19 hit. During the pandemic, some medical device companies selling essential supplies and equipment faced demand surges. Others were impacted by a loss of revenue due to procedure postponement. Still, many expect the industry as a whole to recover by 2023

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The Age of Analytics and Beyond: What’s Next for Manufacturing?

As supply chains grow increasingly global and complex, having the right parts at the right time has become imperative to keep supply chains running smoothly. Yet, even as digital transformation initiatives rapidly expand across the factory and supply chain, operational procurement teams continue to be left behind. 

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Building Manufacturing Efficiency in Today’s Fast-Changing Environment

Manufacturers are feeling it: Stresses on procurement workflows have been growing for years due to the global and heavily customized nature of today’s supply chains. The pandemic further exposed cracks in oversight, priorities, and daily tasks, resulting from tighter budgets and increased constraints across factories. These shifts pose a significant challenge to procurement teams’ daily work: How can teams do more with less, while also making incremental progress toward organizational goals? 

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Craig Jarman: Seeking Truth in Data and Improving Safran’s Inventory Optimization Practices

The LeanDNA-List celebrates the hard work of our customers, who day-in and day-out work to optimize inventory, reduce shortages, and empower their companies to operate more efficiently. These winners represent the tenacious, knowledgeable, and hands-on users and champions of LeanDNA. 
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Susanne McCalla and Richard Knutz: How E-One’s Aligned Leadership Team Inspires Camaraderie and Drives Results

The LeanDNA-List celebrates the hard work of our customers, who day-in and day-out work to optimize inventory, reduce shortages, and empower their companies to operate more efficiently. These winners represent the tenacious, knowledgeable, and hands-on users and champions of LeanDNA. 
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PFEP (Plan For Every Part) Helps You Optimize Your Entire Supply Chain

As supply chains grow increasingly complex, it can feel impossible to understand how to assess and optimize inventory from end to end. Supply chain leaders, already tasked with the daily responsibilities of firefighting through shortages and ballooning inventory, also have compounded responsibilities to guarantee sustainable on-time delivery over time.

However, inventory data collection is often tedious and manual, and it can take weeks, if not months, to complete. And as soon as it’s analyzed, the inventory data may already be out of date. And while ERPs can hold all of that inventory data, they require expensive, manual, and time-intensive maintenance to keep up to date. Without a simple, structured process for routine inventory data updates, it’s even harder to see and act on opportunities for improvement in the factory.

That’s why lean manufacturers introduced the Plan for Every Part (PFEP). As your team develops inventory optimization goals to reduce shortages, improve working capital, and ultimately maximize production throughput, your PFEP can help you prioritize opportunities that can create the biggest impact in end-to-end inventory management. Instead of churning through noise to look for exceptions, your team can instead efficiently manage the outliers that most affect your supply chain.

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Manufacturers need a new approach to shortage management—So we built one

 “Tackling our critical shortages using LeanDNA’s automatic shortage prioritization helps us identify, standardize, and take action on the different aspects of our current supply across each factory. In the first six months of these initiatives, we’ve seen an average 30 percent shortage reduction across three of our sites. Ultimately, this is helping us deliver the right parts to our customers in a timely manner.”

– Tony Gonzalez, Global Lean Supply Chain Manager at Electrical Components International
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