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September 2017

Opex and Clearwater Paper Speaking at CSCMP on Building and Running a Supply Chain Analytics Center of Excellence

Opex and Clearwater Paper Speaking at CSCMP on Building and Running a Supply Chain Analytics Center of Excellence

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
We will be speaking with Clearwater Paper on Tues 9/26/17 in Atlanta at the CSCMP Annual Conference.
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AI, Sensor-Based Analytics, and a Generational Shift: Three Trends to be Aware of in 2017

AI, Sensor-Based Analytics, and a Generational Shift: Three Trends to be Aware of in 2017

Daniel Kimmel Technical Writer
Opex’s Mike Watson recently appeared on the Supply Chain Television Channel to discuss three defining trends that he has watched develop in the wor...
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August 2017

Performance Measurement Based on Inputs vs. Outputs

Performance Measurement Based on Inputs vs. Outputs

Ehsan Khodabandeh PhD Operations Research Scientist
I’ve never thought deeply about performance measurement based on inputs vs. outputs. But then I read a blog post by Laura Albert, Industrial & ...
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Practical Applications of Machine Learning to Supply Chain Planning: A Few Suggestions

Practical Applications of Machine Learning to Supply Chain Planning: A Few Suggestions

Kristen Daihes Partner
In an earlier blog, I talked about how Artificial Intelligence is already transforming supply chain planning. It is fundamentally changing the comp...
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AI is Already Transforming Supply Chain Planning – Are You on Board?

AI is Already Transforming Supply Chain Planning – Are You on Board?

Kristen Daihes
Partner
Ganesh Ramakrishna
Partner
The world’s foremost thought leader in Artificial Intelligence, Andrew Ng, said that AI is the new electricity (Andrew Ng Interview). Electricity c...
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July 2017

Shipping Cost: Interaction of Number of Shipments and Locations

Shipping Cost: Interaction of Number of Shipments and Locations

Ehsan Khodabandeh PhD Operations Research Scientist
A transportation specialist needs to determine the best plan for shipping the customers’ orders on a daily basis. One important aspect of the decis...
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What Can a Swedish Warship Teach Us About Root Cause Analysis?

What Can a Swedish Warship Teach Us About Root Cause Analysis?

Andy Fox Engagement Manager
We have had some big stretches in our blog posts applying current or historical events to analytics and supply chain concepts (4 Things Nick Saban ...
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Storytelling in Analytics, Part 2

Storytelling in Analytics, Part 2

Andy Fox Engagement Manager
In this 2-part blog series, we reflect on the Opex Analytics Academy Session, Best Practices in Storytelling and Visualization. Part 1 of the serie...
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Storytelling in Analytics, Part 1

Storytelling in Analytics, Part 1

Andy Fox Engagement Manager
Storytelling is in the forefront at Opex Analytics this summer! First, we held an Opex Analytics Academy session, where we discussed the importance...
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The Industrial Research Institute Report on Big Data and the Future of R&D Management

The Industrial Research Institute Report on Big Data and the Future of R&D Management

Diego Klabjan Partner
We had the chance to participate in a group at IRI analyzing the impact of Big Data on R&D. The group included people from Cargill, Kraft (pre...
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June 2017

The Digital World – Competing with Silicon Valley Startups

The Digital World – Competing with Silicon Valley Startups

Kristen Daihes Partner
There was a fantastic article in the Wall Street Journal recently – Wall Street to CEOs: Disrupt Your Industry, or Else. A key message from the art...
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What Toyota, Schneider National, PayPal, and Palantir Got Right

What Toyota, Schneider National, PayPal, and Palantir Got Right

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
As previously published in SC Digest. In my class on Operations Excellence, we briefly cover the rise of Toyota and all the innovative operational ...
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Four Supply Chain Lessons from the Amazon book The Everything Store

Four Supply Chain Lessons from the Amazon book The Everything Store

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
With Amazon’s recent announcement of buying Whole Foods, it is worth reviewing some of the supply chain lessons in the late 2013 book The Everythin...
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Is Simple Load Consolidation that Simple?

Is Simple Load Consolidation that Simple?

Ehsan Khodabandeh PhD Operations Research Scientist
Whether we know it or not, at some point we have all dealt with variants of transportation routing problems. Consider a time when you and a group o...
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The Key to Successful Data Science isn’t the Best Analytics

The Key to Successful Data Science isn’t the Best Analytics

Alex Banks Watson Supply Chain Consultant
As data scientists we love to geek out about the latest and greatest approaches to building complex machine learning models. And that’s great; tech...
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Book Review: Stretch

Book Review: Stretch

Alex Banks Watson Supply Chain Consultant
In Stretch Scott Sonenshein argues that a lack of resources is far less of a handicap than usually thought. Rather, it forces us to take action bas...
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Warehouses – What if I need more space?

Warehouses – What if I need more space?

Ehsan Khodabandeh PhD Operations Research Scientist
Are you an analyst who has never stepped foot in a warehouse? Are you a recent graduate interviewing for your first Supply Chain position? If so, t...
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May 2017

Review: Ten Simple Rules for Effective Statistical Practice

Review: Ten Simple Rules for Effective Statistical Practice

Alex Banks Watson Supply Chain Consultant
I recently read Ten Simple Rules for Effective Statistical Practice by Kass et al and was inspired to share the article as it elegantly captures a ...
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Supporting M&A with Operational Optimization – Part II

Supporting M&A with Operational Optimization – Part II

Kristen Daihes
Partner
Mohsen Moarefdoost Ph.D.
Operations Research Scientist
In our first series of this blog, we talked about the wave of M&A activity and shared 7 examples of how strategic optimization should be explored to support this activity.
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White Paper:  Service Level Measures in the Supply Chain

White Paper: Service Level Measures in the Supply Chain

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
(Click here for a pdf white paper on service level measures in the supply chain.  The following article is the full text.  This also appeared as a ...
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Supporting the M&A Wave with Supply Chain Optimization

Supporting the M&A Wave with Supply Chain Optimization

Kristen Daihes
Partner
Mohsen Moarefdoost Ph.D.
Operations Research Scientist
It is no surprise we are in another wave of mergers and acquisitions M&A activity with more on the horizon..
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Autonomous vehicles already improving supply chain operations

Autonomous vehicles already improving supply chain operations

Ehsan Khodabandeh PhD Operations Research Scientist
Mike Watson recently shared his insights on the impacts of driverless trucks on the network design and supply chain operations (here and here and h...
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March 2017

Blog Series: Demystifying Data Science

Blog Series: Demystifying Data Science

Austin Haygood Supply Chain Leader
Blog Series: Demystifying Data Science If you are like me, you hear terms like machine learning, data mining, algorithms, etc. talked about as need...
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February 2017

Peer Bank Recommender

Peer Bank Recommender

Hari Murakonda
Data Scientist
Sanjeevni Wanchoo
Data Scientist
Introduction If you’ve ever been part of stress testing at a bank, you have probably heard of term “peer banks” often. So who are these peer ...
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Self Driving Trucks May Create New Roles and New Types of Jobs

Self Driving Trucks May Create New Roles and New Types of Jobs

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
The above picture is one I took while on vacation in Costa Rica.  We were going to a remote beach at the end of a 3-mile pothole and rut-stricken d...
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January 2017

Why Driverless Trucks could Create the Need for more Drivers

Why Driverless Trucks could Create the Need for more Drivers

Michael Watson Ph.D Partner
There has been a lot of talk about how driverless trucks may reduce the need for drivers and how will our economy replace these 2 million good blue...
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Nine Best Practices and Three Pitfalls to avoid in Building Analytics Capabilities

Nine Best Practices and Three Pitfalls to avoid in Building Analytics Capabilities

Kristen Daihes Partner
I often get asked what organization design construct is most effective in building out analytics capabilities within an organization. In canvassing...
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Book Review:  My thoughts on “Shoe Dog”

Book Review: My thoughts on “Shoe Dog”

Hari Murakonda Data Scientist
Shoe Dog, a memoir from Phil Knight, the Founder of Nike, is one of the best books I have read in recent times. From the beginning, the book is fil...
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A Non Obvious Way Self Driving Trucks May Impact Your Network Design Strategy

A Non Obvious Way Self Driving Trucks May Impact Your Network Design Strategy

Michael Watson
  Driverless trucks could have a large impact on the design of your supply chain. Jeff Potts of LeanLogistics wrote a nice blog post that hit ...
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