Everyone can impact the supply chain Supply Chain Management For Dummies helps you connect the dots between things like purchasing, logistics, and operations to see how the big picture is affected by seemingly isolated inefficiencies. Your business is a system, made of many moving parts that must synchronize to most efficiently meet the needs of your customers—and your shareholders. Interruptions in one area ripple throughout the entire operation, disrupting the careful coordination that makes businesses successful; that's where supply chain management (SCM) comes in. SCM means different things to different people, and many different models exist to meet the needs of different industries. This book focuses on the broadly-applicable Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) Model: Plan, Source, Make, Deliver, Return, and Enable, to describe the basic techniques and key concepts that keep businesses running smoothly. Whether you're in sales, HR, or product development, the decisions you make every day can impact the supply chain. This book shows you how to factor broader impact into your decision making process based on your place in the system. Improve processes by determining your metrics Choose the right software and implement appropriate automation Evaluate and mitigate risks at all steps in the supply chain Help your business function as a system to more effectively meet customer needs We tend to think of the supply chain as suppliers, logistics, and warehousing—but it's so much more than that. Every single person in your organization, from the mailroom to the C-suite, can work to enhance or hinder the flow. Supply Chain Management For Dummies shows you what you need to know to make sure your impact leads to positive outcomes.
Release on 2013-07-29 | by Mary Ann Anderson,Edward Anderson,Geoffrey Parker
Author: Mary Ann Anderson,Edward Anderson,Geoffrey Parker
Pubpsher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
Examines operations management, covering such topics as evaluating and measuring existing systems' performance, using tools like Six Sigma and Lean production, designing new processes, and defining, planning, and controlling costs.
Unravel the mysteries of blockchains Blockchain technologies are disrupting some of the world’s biggest industries. Blockchain For Dummies provides a fast way to catch up with the essentials of this quickly evolving tech. Written by an author involved in founding and analyzing blockchain solutions, this book serves to help those who need to understand what a blockchain can do (and can't do). This revised edition walks you through how a blockchainsecurely records data across independent networks. It offers a tour of some of the world’s best-known blockchains, including those that power Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It also provides a glance at how blockchain solutions are affecting the worlds of finance, supply chain management, insurance, and governments. Get a clear picture of what a blockchain can do Learn how blockchains rule cryptocurrency and smart contracts Discover current blockchains and how each of them work Test blockchain apps Blockchain has become the critical buzzword in the world of financial technology and transaction security — and now you can make sense of it with the help of this essential guide.
Data Science for Supply Chain Forecast Data Science for Supply Chain Forecast is a book for practitioners focusing on data science and machine learning; it demonstrates how both are closely interlinked in order to create an advanced forecast for supply chain. As one will discover in this book, artificial intelligence (AI) & machine learning (ML) are not simply a question of coding skills. Using data science in order to solve a problem requires a scientific mindset more than coding skills. The story behind these models is one of experimentation, of observation and of constant questioning; a true scientific method must be applied to supply chain. In the data science field as well as that of the supply chain, simple questions do not come with simple answers. In order to resolve these questions, one needs to be both a scientist as well as to use the correct tools. In this book, we will discuss both. Is this Book for me? This book has been written for supply chain practitioners, forecasters and analysts who are looking to go the extra mile. You do not need technical IT skills to start using the models of this book. You do not need a dedicated server or expensive software licenses: you solely need your own computer. You do not need a PhD in mathematics: mathematics will only be utilized as a tool to tweak and understand the models. In the majority of the cases - especially when it comes to machine learning - a deep understanding of the mathematical inner workings of a model will not be necessary in order to optimize it and understand its limitations. Reviews "In an age where analytics and machine learning are taking on larger roles in the business forecasting, Nicolas' book is perfect solution for professionals who need to combine practical supply chain experience with the mathematical and technological tools that can help us predict the future more reliably." Daniel Stanton - Author, Supply Chain Management For Dummies "Open source statistical toolkits have progressed tremendously over the last decade. Nicolas demonstrates that these toolkits are more than enough to start addressing real-world forecasting challenges as found in supply chains. Moreover, through its hands-on approach, this book is accessible to a large audience of supply chain practitioners. The supply chain of the 21st century will be data-driven and Nicolas gets it perfectly." Joannes Vermorel - CEO Lokad "This book is unique in its kind. It explains the basics of Python using basic traditional forecasting techniques and shows how machine learning is revolutionizing the forecasting domain. Nicolas has done an outstanding job explaining a technical subject in an easily accessible way. A must-read for any supply chain professional." Professor Bram Desmet - CEO Solventure "This book is before anything a practical and business-oriented "DIY" user manual to help planners move into 21st-century demand planning. The breakthrough comes from several tools and techniques available to all, and which thanks to Nicolas' precise and concrete explanations can now be implemented in real business environments by any "normal" planner. I can confirm that Nicolas' learnings are based on real-life experience and can tremendously help on improving top and bottom lines." Henri-Xavier Benoist - VP Supply Chain Bridegstone EMEA
The easy way to get a grip on cost accounting Critical in supporting strategic business decisions andimproving profitability, cost accounting is arguably one of themost important functions in the accounting field. For businessstudents, cost accounting is a required course for those seeking anaccounting degree and is a popular elective among other businessmajors. Cost Accounting For Dummies tracks to a typical costaccounting course and provides in-depth explanations and reviews ofthe essential concepts you'll encounter in your studies: how todefine costs as direct materials, direct labor, fixed overhead,variable overhead, or period costs; how to use allocationmethodology to assign costs to products and services; how toevaluate the need for capital expenditures; how to design a budgetmodel that forecast changes in costs based on expected activitylevels; and much more. Tracks to a typical cost accounting course Includes practical, real-world examples Walks you though homework problems with detailed,easy-to-understand answers If you're currently enrolled in a cost accounting course, thishands-on, friendly guide gives you everything you need to masterthis critical aspect of accounting.
Many companies have asked suppliers to begin using RFID (radio frequency identification) tags by 2006 RFID allows pallets and products to be scanned at a greater distance and with less effort than barcode scanning, offering superior supply-chain management efficiencies This unique plain-English resource explains RFID and shows CIOs, warehouse managers, and supply-chain managers how to implement RFID tagging in products and deploy RFID scanning at a warehouse or distribution center Covers the business case for RFID, pilot programs, timelines and strategies for site assessments and deployments, testing guidelines, privacy and regulatory issues, and more
Run your business more efficiently, effectively, and at a lower cost How's your business's commerce health? Need some improving? Businesses must tap flexible solutions that enable them to access the resources they need as they need them to collaborate more efficiently and effectively with their trading partners. This little book helps you assess your business commerce health and then introduces a new approach to making things better. Sell your products or services more efficiently — increase leads, improve win rates, and lower customer support costs Buy goods and services more effectively — negotiate best-value agreements to get the most return from every penny at the lowest possible risk Manage cash more strategically — streamline and improve invoicing and payment, and optimize working capital Assess your business's current commerce state — check out the quizzes and checklists in this book Open the book and find: Ways to gauge your company's progress Answers to your questions about business commerce The benefits of collaborative commerce Helpful examples from Ariba Learn: How to assess your business's commerce health How to buy, manage cash, and sell more efficiently and effectively The ins and outs of cloud computing and how it drives better commerce
Release on 2017-04-24 | by Michael H. Seid,Joyce Mazero
Author: Michael H. Seid,Joyce Mazero
Pubpsher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
Success of a franchise rides a lot on the people who run it. It is therefore, extremely important to recruit and train the right people. Franchise Management For Dummies will guide franchisees in the right direction and help owners train and retain the right people, and allow their employees to advance their careers. Franchise Management For Dummies covers: How to find a franchise that is right for you Find an ideal location Raise the capital you need to launch your franchise Where to find quality franchisors What qualities franchisors look for How to gather information from franchisees How to make sure the franchise makes money A chapter on a growing sector of franchising = social franchising. Online material includes checklists, sample forms and agreements and a listing of available government resources
Release on 2014-07-30 | by Roger Burghall,Vince Grant,John Morgan
Author: Roger Burghall,Vince Grant,John Morgan
Pubpsher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
Use Lean Six Sigma to transform your business. Lean Six Sigma is a powerful method for improving both theefficiency and quality of projects and operations. In this newbook, the team that bought you Lean Six Sigma For Dummiesshows you how to take Lean Six Sigma to the next level and managecontinual change in your organization. You'll learn to design aroadmap for transformation that's tailored to your businessobjectives; develop and implement processes that eliminate wasteand variation across the company; synchronize your supply chain;and successfully deploy Lean Six Sigma over time. Lean Six Sigma Business Transformation For Dummies showsyou how to: Define your transformation objectives and create a bespoke'Transformation Charter' for your organization. Assess your company's readiness for transformation. Establish a 'Transformation Governance System' to help youmanage the transformation programme effectively. Bring your people with you! Plan and achieve the culturalchange needed to make the transformation process successful. Join up the dots between planning and effective execution withStrategy Deployment. Deploy a 'Continuous Improvement' toolkit to achieve everydayoperational excellence. Sustain the transformation programme and widen the scope acrossthe organization (including deploying to the supply chain). Adopt a 'Capability Maturity Approach' to drive businessimprovement – recognizing that change is a continuoustransformational journey, just as pioneers like Toyota havedone. Use a range of Lean Six Sigma Tools – using the righttools, at the right time (and in the right order!) enablescontinuous improvement by eliminating waste and processvariation.
Your must-have tool for perfect project management Want to take your career to the next level and be a master of planning, organising, motivating and controlling resources to meet your goals? This easy-to-use guide has you covered! Project Management Checklists For Dummies takes the intimidation out of project management, and shows you step by step how to use rigorous self-check questions to save significant time—and headaches—in managing your projects effectively. Project Management Checklists For Dummies gives you to-do lists, hands-on checklists and helpful guidance for managing every phase of a project from start to finish. Before you know it, you'll be a star project manager as you organise, estimate and schedule projects in today's time-crunched, cost-conscious global business environment. Includes useful to-do lists and checklists to ensure all the necessary steps are completed Offers simple exercises to help clarify needs and requirements along the way Provides templates to complete, which can also be downloaded from Dummies.com and customised to suit your unique requirements Supplies hints and tips to help you along the way If you're a project manager—or any professional charged with managing a project and wondering where to start—Project Management Checklists For Dummies is your ready-made tool for success.