Managing the Bullwhip Effect: The Importance of Signals and Priority

One of the reasons why the bullwhip effect has been a huge obstacle for manufacturers for decades—and why so much energy is devoted to solving it—is because it shows how rational decision makers can make things worse by trying to do their best. After all, planning and forecasting is supposed to be the way to solve production, supply, and storage issues.

But what we’re currently seeing with the prolonged impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on manufacturing and shipping capacity all over the globe is that variations in demand are being magnified more than ever before by forecasts that can’t react and adjust dynamically to changing conditions.


From ABC to XYZ: Understanding the XYZ Analysis

Buyers spend their days determining the optimal levels of inventory that should be bought at any given time, but it’s not always a straightforward process. Without the right tools at their disposal, it can be incredibly tedious and time-consuming, often leaving buyers to rely on guesswork to guide their inventory actions. Beyond the ABC analysis, which helps categorize items depending on their value and importance, there is another process that is critical in maintaining optimal inventory levels—the XYZ analysis. The XYZ analysis provides an additional layer of statistical analysis that is essential to optimizing inventory levels to prevent as many shortages as possible while also minimizing the amount of inventory being carried.


Spotlight on Astrid Hussonnois: 2021 Women in Supply Chain Award Winner

At LeanDNA, highlighting our Leaniacs’ successes is one of our great honors. It is with great pleasure that we announce that Astrid Hussonois, Senior Customer Success Manager, has been named a 2021 Women in Supply Chain Award Winner. Anyone who has worked with Astrid can speak to how deserving she is of this award and we are so proud that she has received this industry honor.


Cycle Counting and Inventory Shortages

Successfully managing inventory can be difficult. There are many moving parts, from determining the level of inventory that should be kept to maintaining the inventory levels necessary to avoid shortages and excess inventory. While there are many ways to count inventory, cycle counting is one of the most efficient methods to prevent inventory shortages and target discrepancies between reported versus actual inventory. 


In Our DNA: Summer Core Value Spotlight

At LeanDNA, we strive for collaboration and teamwork to create a safe space for innovation. We live and breathe our four core values, because our vision—to disrupt manufacturing by transforming every factory into a strategic force—wouldn’t be possible without our extraordinary Leaniacs. Beyond accomplishing business goals, LeanDNA continues to work towards being One Team and fostering collaborative and rewarding work environment.

Every month, we recognize the accomplishments of some of our teammates who embody LeanDNA’s core values every day in their work.  Below are this summer’s value winners who not only embody these traits, but take them to a whole new level. 


LeanDNA for Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Increased sustainability can be extremely beneficial for manufacturers. A focus on sustainability can not only reduce costs, but can also create a more positive brand reputation. Manufacturers are using advanced technology more and more to reduce wasteful activities, build new efficiencies in their operations, and track sustainability goals across their organization. When it comes to optimizing inventory and building sustainable procurement processes, LeanDNA is a valuable resource in a supply chain team’s toolkit. 


Vendor vs. Supplier vs. Distributor: Where do your materials come from?

In today’s manufacturing landscape, understanding where your materials are coming from, and improving collaboration with those sources, is crucial for preventing shortages and navigating supply chain disruptions. In this blog, we break down vendor vs. supplier vs. distributor—and even talk about wholesalers as well—how they compare, and how manufacturers can improve collaboration.


Recap: New Manifestations of Lean and the Next Normal of Manufacturing

2021 is the year of new for manufacturers. New challenges are bringing on new manifestations of lean, new ways to connect manufacturing operations, and a new focus on the factory as a strategic force for leaders. Last month, LeanDNA CEO Richard Lebovitz joined industry analyst Bob Ferrari’s latest installment of his podcast, “Supply Chain Matters” to discuss these themes and more. “Supply Chain Matters” is widely regarded as one of the top internet blogs in the field of supply chain management thought leadership. 

Find and listen to this installment of the podcast here, or read on for the main takeaways from Ferrari and Lebovitz’s discussion.