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How IT is Helping Manufacturers Respond to Tariffs: A View from The Trenches

Posted by Dave Kravitt

International trade conflict has brought about a global resurgence of tariffs and other trade restrictions. This trend has driven reams of high-level commentary on the macroeconomic effects of these disruptions to existing international commerce flows. 

In this blog, we set aside that high-level policy discussion to take a look at the practical business problems created for manufacturers by tariffs—and how technology can be used to respond.

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Tags: Enterprise Planning, Supply Chain Planning, erp trends

Supply Chain Optimization: 10 Rules to Boost Supply Chain Efficiency

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Effective supply chain management (SCM) in today’s technologically-advanced manufacturing environment can be a daunting task. However, according to Dr. Donald Radliff, executive director of Georgia Tech’s Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, efficient supply chain and logistics operations backed by a solid supply chain strategy can reduce costs by as much as 10-40 percent. The trick is following ten rules for successful supply chain management: 

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Tags: Supply Chain Optimization, Supply Chain Planning

Is Lack of Real-Time Global Data Threatening Your Ability to Service Your Customers?

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Guest blog by Jonathan Kall, CEO, Vecco International

So you’ve just learned that there’s good news… and there’s bad news. First, the good news: your sales for a specialty item manufactured in-house are through the roof. In fact, they’re way over forecast.  

Now, the bad news. You’re short on production orders. And raw materials. And coordinating your global supply chain in a timely manner to meet your customers’ needs feels like an even taller order. 

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Tags: Supply Chain Optimization, Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Management: Minimizing risk in today’s complex supply chain

Posted by Dave Kravitt

There is no question that today’s global manufacturing marketplace has brought increased complexity to the supply chain. Even the smallest manufacturers might establish supplier partnerships and source raw materials around the world as growing competition and market volatility cause growing concern for material availability and costs. 

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Tags: Supply Chain Optimization, Supply Chain Planning

Winter Newsletter - QS is Hot! plus PSGi's 10th and Managed Services

Posted by Dave Kravitt

In this Winter, 2013 edition of PSGI's Newsletter:

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Tags: Supply Chain Planning, PRISM Support, IBM i Platform, Managed Services, Enterprise Application Support, PRISM Best Practices, PRISM

2012 PRISM Meeting Agenda Released to the PRISM User Group

Posted by Dave Kravitt

As always the PRISM User Group Meeting agenda is full of user and vendor presentations.  We are very excited with the topics that been submitted thus far and know that they are bound to be interesting and relevant and valuable.  Please click to see the current agenda which is still a work-in-progress.  We are still discussing topics with group members and will have additional topics.  We are also finalizing the PRISM Education topics that PSGi delivers.  Please check back to the meeting website and agenda often for updates.

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Tags: Extending ERP System Life, Maximize ERP Investment, Supply Chain Optimization, Supply Chain Planning, Business Process Optimization, PRISM Best Practices, PRISM User Group, PRISM, PRISM Meeting, PRISM Enhancments

2012 PRISM User Group Meeting Planned Presentations

Posted by Dave Kravitt

Customer presentations make the Meeting!  Always ranked "excellent", customer presentations are the highlight of the PRISM User Group Meetings.  This year's presentations are bound to be just as interesting and just as valuable.  We are discussing the following preliminary topics with individuals planning to attend the meeting:

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Tags: Extending ERP System Life, Maximize ERP Investment, Enterprise Planning, Supply Chain Optimization, Supply Chain Planning, PRISM Best Practices, PRISM User Group, PRISM, PRISM Meeting, PRISM Enhancments

Roddy Martin to Deliver Keynote 2012 PRISM User Group Meeting

Posted by Dave Kravitt

We are extremely pleased to announce that Roddy Martin will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 PRISM User Group Meeting.  Currently the Senior Vice President in Supply Chain for Competitive Capabilities International (CCI), Roddy has had a distinguished career as an executive with South African Breweries (SABMiller) and Supply Chain Leadership with AMR Research and Gartner.  Roddy is a well known thought leader in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Transformation.  Roddy's keynote address entitled "Business Results-driven End-to-End Supply Chain Transformation" (click to see abstract) will highlight the importance of Supply Chain and IT alignment and change management in these Supply Chain transformations.  We look forward to hearing his thoughts on this important and current topic which is directly related to the objectives of the annual meeting: Supply Chain Optimization, Extending ERP System Life, Maximizing ERP Investment and PRISM Best Practices.

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Tags: Extending ERP System Life, Maximize ERP Investment, Enterprise Planning, Supply Chain Optimization, Supply Chain Planning, Business Process Optimization, PRISM Best Practices, PRISM User Group, PRISM, PRISM Meeting, PRISM Enhancments