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The Seven Most Expensive Words in Business

By Martin Rowan December 19, 2016 - Blog by Martin Rowan

In our line of business, we often hear, “We are successful despite ourselves” – words that imply the organization is making money, growing and ensuring is delivered to its customers in spite of the internal efforts, stress, anxiety, cost, frustration and manual intervention to achieve it. The result of realizing this folly is typically a…

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’tis the Season to Balance Demand, Supply and Fulfillment

By Philip Franz November 28, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

Amazon recently announced that it is hiring 120,000 seasonal workers to support its holiday season fulfillment orders. While this is a boon for people looking for seasonal employment across the United States, adding 120,000 new employees into a complex fulfillment process is a monumental undertaking for any organization. Amazon supply chain professionals are hiring seasonal…

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IQ vs. EQ: Which Is More Important in Hiring?

By Deena Ullom October 24, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

According to Drs. Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, “[e]motional intelligence [EQ] is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.” The term appeared on the scene in the mid-1990s and seemed to finally explain why people with average IQs…

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The Six P’s of the Extended Supply Chain — Part 1 of 3

October 11, 2016 - Blog by

by Kevin Wilson Keeping demand aligned with supply in the modern extended supply chain is growing more and more challenging. Globalization, increasing freight rates, capacity constraints, regulatory pressure and partner collaboration are just a few challenges that need to be constantly addressed to maximize the effectiveness of the supply chain. In this series, we’ll describe…

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Why Education Is Key to SAP Optimization

October 3, 2016 - Blog by Anna Watson

by Ed Elsbury Recently, I overheard my daughter’s soccer coach instructing the team on when to use certain tactical skills to move the ball upfield. He used two different scenarios to make his point. The first scenario entailed having the ball on the run in the open field and going up against one defender. The…

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Hear Reveal Present at CSCMP’s 2016 Annual Conference

September 22, 2016 - Blog by

Reveal will speak at CSCMP’s 2016 Annual Conference, taking place Sept. 25-28, 2016, in Kissimmee, Fla. Martin Rowan, senior partner at Reveal, and Steve Boebel, vice president of finance, Minuteman International, will present an educational session at the annual supply chain management event. On Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, the two executives will present “Transforming your supply chain? Start…

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Top Five Things to Consider Before Building an App

By Dara Soumgit September 20, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

by Dara Soumgit Small to medium businesses now are incorporating web apps into their business strategies to increase their sales and help boost employees’ productivity. However, lack of planning can lead to diminished profitability and decreased utility if the app is poorly conceived and does not work well. Before building an app, it is important for…

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A Strong Supply Chain is Integral to Effective Brand Management

September 12, 2016 - Blog by Anna Watson

by Lisa Roberts Too often supply chain-based organizations operate in siloed environments. At Reveal, we see it frequently — procurement does not communicate effectively with production; production does not communicate effectively with warehousing; warehousing does not communicate effectively with distribution; distribution does not communicate effectively with customer service; sales does not communicate effectively with any of…

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SAP Track and Trace Solution — Part 2: Inbound Logistics

By Reveal September 1, 2016 - Blog by Reveal

In the first part of this article series, I described what Track and Trace is and how it relates to outbound logistics; if you missed it, check it out here. In this article, I will discuss how we can provide full visibility into the inbound logistics process by leveraging SAP’s Event Management module and EDI carrier status…

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SAP Mobility: Get It Right

By Rutul Thakkar August 22, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

At Reveal, we focus on our Business Maturity® Continuum and oVo® methodology to align people, process, and technology and transform supply chains. SAP Mobility solutions are a good way to bring people, process, and technology together. There are a few different tools offered by SAP, SAP partners and third-party sources available for application development, but in…

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Giving Back: When It Matters Most …

By Martin Rowan August 8, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

by Martin Rowan At Reveal, we talk a lot about giving back and how it is core to our beliefs. Besides donating a portion of our profits, we also provide all employees with the opportunity to take “give back” time off. Using this give-back time, my family and I recently took a trip to the Philippines, where…

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Drive Value in Your Supply Chain Optimization with a Smart Use of KPIs – Part 1

By Jim Cameron July 27, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

by Jim Cameron Most people will agree that using key performance indicators (KPIs) in their organization will drive behavior, as well as promote a positive change in the teams that utilize them. Advances in technology and trends in using “Big Data” analytics allow for even more accurate and advanced measures of supply chain processes. This multi-part…

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Are You Watching Your Company’s MRP Game Within the Game?

By Mike Hayes July 12, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

Humans, by nature, are focused on outcomes; especially in sports. Take baseball, for instance: the number of wins, loses, batting average, a pitcher’s ERA; the list goes on.  In America’s game, there is another dimension that most fans don’t pay attention to, “The game within the game.” There have been dozens of books published about…

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Data Analytics: Why Less Can Be More

By Pete Kovac June 13, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

by Pete Kovac Believe it or not, there can be too much of a good thing, especially when it comes to your supply chain analytics With the emergence of Big Data and everyone wanting to get as much data as humanly possible, we have to ask one question: Is this data helping or hurting the business?

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Leveraging Standard SAP and EDI to Achieve the Perfect PO

By Reveal June 2, 2016 - Blog by Reveal

In late June, I will be talking on this topic at the SAP Insider Supply Chain Management conference to be held in Vienna, Austria. I thought I would just share a few highlights before we get into the details at the conference. The topics I will cover in the talk include the following: Techniques to…

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Golf vs. SAP Extended Supply Chain Optimization

By Sean Elliffe May 31, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

Common traits in golf and SAP supply chain optimization: Why getting to golf perfection and the perfect extended supply chain are similar in nature! The Basic Hypothesis Our high-performance ERP system has taken a sizeable investment to implement. It is designed to take our business where it needs to go, has been / should be set…

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Do you know whether you are keeping your OTIF customer promise?

By Reveal May 23, 2016 - Blog by Reveal

A customer, placing an order for a product to a manufacturer or distributor, expects a certain service level for that order. In short, the customer typically expects the order to be fulfilled with the correct product, to the correct location, on the promised date and for the correct quantity. These four attributes of an order serve…

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Transforming What Matters: Living the Reveal Brand

By Martin Rowan April 25, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

“Transforming What Matters” is more than Reveal’s tagline — not merely a clever sequence of words, but a notion that took a lot of thought and described our inner belief. It describes what we love doing — helping companies change for the better; it describes how we do it — we assess, we transform and we…

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Skin in the Game: Gainshare on Inventory Optimization

By Sean Elliffe April 7, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

Reveal has had significant success, particularly over the past two years, in continuing to help organizations optimize their inventory and address their process performance issues. Production schedule attainment; fill rate to customers (100% on-time and in-full delivery for the first time in 20 years for one customer); overall service-level improvements across the extended supply chain;…

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Meet Reveal at SCM 2016: Plan Your Schedule

March 15, 2016 - Blog by

If you are heading to Las Vegas to participate in the Logistics & SCM, PLM, Manufacturing, and Procurement 2016 Conference, taking place March 21-23, 2016, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, be certain to interact with Reveal. Take advantage of the array of educational sessions, both pre-conference workshops and conference sessions,…

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Meet Reveal at SCM 2016, March 21-23, in Las Vegas

February 24, 2016 - Blog by

Get the most out of your time in Vegas: Meet Reveal at SCM 2016 Join Reveal at Logistics & SCM, PLM, Manufacturing, and Procurement 2016 Conference, taking place March 21-23, 2016, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Take advantage of the array of educational sessions led by Reveal’s supply chain experts…

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What If Your SAP Supply Chain Was Truly Optimized?

By Jim Cameron February 15, 2016 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

by Jim Cameron What if your SAP supply chain was truly optimized — what would it mean for your company? What if your initial SAP implementation focused on how you use SAP to improve your business — not on how you install SAP to run your business? What if your go-live acceptance test on inventory…

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Join Reveal in Texas: Best Practices for Chemicals 2016

February 8, 2016 - Blog by

Reveal will be exhibiting and presenting at this industry-leading event Best Practices for Chemicals, taking place March 14-16, 2016, in The Woodlands, Texas, is the only chemicals conference where business, functional and technology professionals unite to embrace innovative solutions, fresh ideas and best-in-class strategies to improve on overall business performance. The event showcases three days…

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Why Not Prioritize Supply Chain Challenges with SAP?

By Patrice Matthias January 25, 2016 - Blog by Reveal

Have you ever felt overwhelmed attempting to determine what needs to be done to improve business results? In our working with organizations across the world, it is apparent that no matter the industry, the country or the company, supply chain challenges are universal. If you are reading this article, you probably run your company with…

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