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The Ultimate Inside Look at By-Product/Co-Product

By Eacliffe Stuart January 18, 2019 - Blog, SAP Education, SAP User Experience, Supply Chain Management by Eacliffe Stuart

There are times when using By-Product/Co-Product functionality is mandatory, or else be ready to pay significant consequences in managing your manufacturing operations using related SAP ECC functionality. What is By-Product/Co-Product? By-Product/Co-Product is manufacturing functionality where a single PP-PI/PP (Incl.PP-REM) order reflects that fact, and when attempting to produce inventory for a single material, the manufacturing…

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My First Reveal Give-Back

By Debby Flora January 2, 2019 - Blog, Culture, Giving Back, Reveal by Debby Flora

Something that sets Reveal apart from most other companies I know is not only how folks here promote volunteering time for charitable causes, but the fact that so many people here actually do so and on a regular basis.  Maybe it’s because I spend more time this time of the year than any other feeling…

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Changing Lives, One Supply Chain at a Time

By Steven Crooke December 19, 2018 - Blog, Business Maturity, Change Management, Giving Back, Reveal, Supply Chain Management by Steven Crooke

Reveal promotes the phrase “Changing lives, One Supply Chain At a time.”  We turned these words into a core belief just less than 5 years ago in recognition that true change is really about the people, not about the technology. Truthfully, that might be over-simplifying the matter. We all understand that in today’s world, anything…

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#1 Reason Why Companies Struggle to Become World-Class

By Martin Rowan November 15, 2018 - Blog, Business Maturity, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management by Martin Rowan

The Lack of Alignment Between Strategy and Execution Recently Gartner commented at a conference that, if organizations want to be or remain world-class, they need to consider spending 8 times more on execution than they spend on innovation. What?! Just yesterday everyone was saying ~ “innovate or die”. The context to the statement was not…

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Artificial Intelligence (AI), Logic and The Expert System

By Sammy Ngum November 7, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, Supply Chain Management by Sammy Ngum

This article introduces the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and knowledge-based systems in a world where AI is now the buzzword. In doing so, this first part of the article looks at AI’s historical origin. In a subsequent article, the generic architecture that embraces such systems and a reasoning strategy based on fuzzy logic concepts…

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How Reveal Defines Core Values for Shaping Their Team’s Culture

By Gerald Cassioppi October 31, 2018 - Blog, Brand, Consulting, oVo® Methodology, Reveal by Gerald Cassioppi

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson Since joining Reveal, I have worked to embrace and support its 10 Principles and three core Values – Attitude, Belief, and Commitment. I have also seen how they relate as part of Reveal’s, core “team”…

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The Intelligent Enterprise and Change

By Sean Elliffe October 24, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, Events, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization by Sean Elliffe

Value from Transformational Change Being business and people focused ensures sustainable change that drives organizational transformation As we enter the age of intelligent enterprises the requirement for effective change that drives organizational transformation becomes a strategic imperative. So, in this sense, what then is change management? It is a process of creating an enabling environment…

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The Value of Accurate Data

By Stephen Smith October 17, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, SAP Education, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization, Value Solutions by Steven Smith

SAP is an incredibly powerful tool with organizations investing significant time and money to implement SAP. So why then do so many companies that run SAP do so much outside of SAP? Inevitably they think SAP functionality is wrong or under-delivering so they start using spreadsheets without realizing that SAP is a wonderfully designed system…

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Creating Innovation in Supply Chain Management

By Philip Franz September 19, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, Value Solutions by Phil Franz

Current State Perspective Supply Chain Management is alive and well in 2018.  Large and small enterprises that only a few years ago that did not have a formal Supply Chain Management organization have one today.  Why?  Effectively managing your supply chain has become increasingly important as customers expect better and faster service at a lower…

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Good Habits Can Be Applied to Your Supply Chain, Too!

By Ed Elsbury September 5, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, Supply Chain Management by Ed Elsbury

Tom Corley is an internationally recognized authority on habits and wealth creation. Tom conducted a five-year study of the rich and poor and identified over 300 daily habits that separate the “haves” from the “have not’s. Tom’s studies found that 40% or more of all of our daily activities are habits. Habits are unconscious behaviors,…

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Demand, Integration, and Education

By Udo Bunger August 22, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, SAP Education, Supply Chain Management by Udo Bunger

ERP systems are primarily software components used to optimize business process management. Modern ERP systems comprise real-time data integration between the various modular components which are connected to complete a specific business process. SAP©’s integration between different modules is not new to us, but we do not communicate the benefits of what we understand about…

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Training vs. Education – What’s the Difference, Anyways?

By Jay Freeman August 15, 2018 - Blog, oVo® Methodology, SAP Education, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization, Value Solutions by Jay Freeman

Many people use the words “training” and “education” interchangeably.  While in some cases this may be appropriate, the reality is there are nuanced differences.  As defined by Wikipedia: Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. Training is teaching or developing in oneself or others, any skills and knowledge that relate to specific useful competencies. The differences become more pronounced…

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Global Process Aligned Team Organization

By Sandra Rubin August 2, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization, Value Solutions by Sandra

How many times has it been announced that your company is going to partake in a new “global” project during the fiscal year – after the budget has already been set, after personal and department goals have been established and communicated, and resource plans have been completed and approved? I can assure you, the answer…

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A Macro Trend for How We Manage the Supply Chain

By Steven Crooke July 25, 2018 - Blog, oVo® Methodology, Value Optimization, Value Solutions by Steven Crooke

What Does Globalization Entail for the Modern Supply Chain? Before we had the luxury of exchanging information at the pace we do today, we relied on discussions by telephones, letters or memos. International transportation was limited to ships and local transportation moved at a snail’s pace. Business was localized and large companies were siloed. This…

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Sales Forecasting Deja Vu

By Eacliffe Stuart July 11, 2018 - Blog, Reveal, SAP Global Batch Traceability, Supply Chain Management by Eacliffe Stuart

Have You Experienced Forecasting Déjà Vu? My client is describing the challenges experienced when Sales Forecasting inaccuracy is being blamed for inventory issues and availability date (ATP). After so many years in the field, why do I still feel this is a commonly experienced issue within the industry? Seasoned professionals will agree that in order to…

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Justification for Inventory

By Sammy Ngum May 17, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, Supply Chain Management, Value Solutions by Sammy Ngum

Inventory management continues to be a contentious issue in organizations due to the costs (storage and holding) often tied to excess or shortages in inventory. Excess inventory is often symptomatic of inherent problems in the manufacturing and/or procurement processes. Shortages, on the other hand, result in missed sales, reduced customer loyalty and the inability to…

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Are We Stepping Over $100 Bills?

By Ed Elsbury April 4, 2018 - Blog, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Value Optimization, Value Solutions by Ed Elsbury

“70% of profitability can be tied to the performance of an organization’s supply chain”. The statement made by an academic keynote speaker at a recent supply chain conference. A Deloitte survey noted, “79% of companies with high-performing supply chains achieve revenue growth greater than the average within their industries. Conversely, just 8% of businesses with…

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The Evolution of the Material Planner/Buyer

By Philip Franz March 28, 2018 - Blog, Supply Chain Management by Phil Franz

A 40 Year Perspective A lot has changed in manufacturing in the past 40 years.  The globalization of manufacturing has moved manufacturing all over the globe.  Supply chains have become extended and complex.  Planning and executing in manufacturing facilities across multiple global locations has been greatly influenced by the implementation of ERP solutions.  ERP systems…

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Coffee, Helicopters, and Inventory Management

By Sean Elliffe March 7, 2018 - Blog, Change Management, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization, Value Solutions by Sean Elliffe

A day in the life of an off-shore Materials Coordinator Todd Jenkins arrived at the Pearcy Shore Base outside Aberdeen at around 5:30 am. Fifty minutes earlier, having downed the last of his Java deep roast coffee, he said goodbye to his wife of 22 years, Janet. Both were now accustomed to the 28-day rotation…

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Learning from The Best

By Finus Rascoe February 28, 2018 - Blog, Consulting, oVo® Methodology, Reveal by Reveal

Working with Reveal the past 6 months has been a favorable opportunity, not only do I gain new knowledge related to my skillset, but the overall experience, culture, and the values they live by are remarkable. One of the many reasons why I joined this organization was I heard that Reveal had an oVo® Methodology,…

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Play Your Position

By Sandi Rubin February 21, 2018 - Blog, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management by Sandra

This is an old adage that I have believed in when dealing with complex situations. I leverage this as part of a team when we are working with a client, optimizing their Supply Chain. Optimizing is about leveraging existing People, Process and Technology to their fullest capability/ability and to be successful everyone must “play their…

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Marketing in the Recruiting World!

By Doreen Needham & Mark Sheetz February 7, 2018 - Blog, Brand, Consulting, Reveal by Doreen Needham

Recruiting today has become more of a marketing job for us at Reveal because we hire such a unique skill set that old recruiting techniques are just not relevant anymore. We are constantly seeking ways to reach the passive candidates with the perfect technical skills, business background, consulting experience, and most importantly finding someone who…

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Buried Treasure in Logistics Information System (LIS)

By Eacliffe Stuart January 31, 2018 - Blog, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization, Value Solutions by Eacliffe Stuart

As a long time, SAP practitioner (20+ years) with lots of experience in the Logistics Information System (LIS) space, I am astonished and shocked at the optimization opportunities that has been revealed to me by Reveal using Logistics Information System (LIS) data. I am calling this epiphany “Buried Treasure” given that very few companies are aware…

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Stocking Strategy is the Door to Supply Chain Optimization

By Tam Perepa January 24, 2018 - Analytics, Blog, Change Management, Supply Chain Management by Tam Perepa

Many organizations underestimate the significant value of analyzing their inventory stocking strategy on overall supply chain operations. It is difficult to zero in on stocking strategy because much of the attention is drawn to the critical items that are in immediate demand and inevitably not available on shelf thus impacting critical production or maintenance operations….

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A Motto To Live By

By Martin Rowan January 16, 2018 - Blog, Giving Back, Reveal by Martin Rowan

I had the pleasure of having dinner with Chris Bertish this year. Chris successfully completed a solo, unassisted and unaided crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard. A custom-built 20 ft stand-up paddle craft helped him cross the Atlantic Ocean on a journey of 4,600 miles starting in Morocco, Africa and ending in Antigua, Caribbean. The story…

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Giving Back to the Communities Around Us

By Doreen Needham December 28, 2017 - Blog, Giving Back by Doreen Needham

Sitting around a table with some of my co-workers in October, we were discussing the devastation in Houston, Texas from Hurricane Harvey. One of my colleagues, who is constantly visiting Houston due to large client projects, was mentioning the slow recovery and how much help is still needed in a couple of the Wards that…

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Critical Thinking to Prepare for What’s Ahead

By Ed Elsbury December 20, 2017 - Blog, oVo® Methodology by Ed Elsbury

Our team was recently conducting a Wellness Assessment for a client that is looking to double their revenue over next 5 years. A key component of realizing this objective is pursuing new markets which will require their supply chain to be more agile and responsive to market changes. Part of the assessment highlighted the need…

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How Can Your Company Benefit from Giving Back

By Kelly Kuhlman December 13, 2017 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

It might be common for companies to make charitable donations. There are those few companies that go above and beyond those charitable efforts, with initiatives like donating time, talent, money or goods. Giving back to your favorite charity feels good, there’s no denying that. But your charitable initiatives can have a greater impact on your company…

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SAP Continues Accelerated Innovation of SAP IBP with Their Q4 Version 1711 Release

By Jim Cameron December 6, 2017 - Blog by Reveal

SAP’s Integrated Business Planning (SAP IBP) solution is a cloud-based real-time supply chain planning solution powered by SAP Hana in-memory technology.  SAP IBP is one of SAP’s best examples of continuous innovation delivery of cloud-based solutions with quarterly releases that cover: Supply Chain Control Tower for end to end visualization of your entire supply chain;…

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Delivering Value on the Road

By Steven Crooke November 22, 2017 - Blog by Steven Crooke

I have always found it interesting to look at the statistics that are kept on the major league sports teams.  I find it jaw-dropping that we are able to generate and store as much data as we do.  This new world of big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning is our new reality. …

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Lighthouse™: Not Just A KPI Collector

By Rutul Thakkar November 1, 2017 - Analytics, Blog, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management by Rutul Thakkar

It is an old saying, “What gets measured, gets done.” Lighthouse™ is a critical analytical solution specifically developed to complement the oVo® Methodology Reveal uses as part of their approach toward Business Maturity®. This solution works runs on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. There are a lot of analytical tools that organizations use, but many of…

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Lost in a sea of spreadsheets?

By Sean Elliffe October 24, 2017 - Blog by Sean Elliffe

Steps to ensure decisions and SC Optimization activities are based upon timely, accurate, and complete data I have worked with multinational organizations on SCM Optimization initiatives for many years and am still amazed how often senior management makes allowances to keep and manage critical data outside of the ERP system in … you guessed it, spreadsheets!…

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If Forecasts are Wrong – Why do we Need Them?

By Patrice Matthias November 29, 2017 - Blog by Patrice Matthias

The one thing we know for sure is a forecast can be wrong, so then why are they so important?  Supply chains thrive on data, in this case, demand.  Rules in SAP (or any ERP system) are designed to align supply to demand.  The tricky part of the supply chain is having the right product…

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Risky Business: Using Spreadsheets for Key Supply Chain Activities

By Ed Elsbury October 8, 2017 - Blog by Ed Elsbury

Are you aware of one of the Biggest Risks to Your Business? Spreadsheets are 100% Risky Business when it comes to supply chain demand planning, S&OP, materials replenishment and value chain collaboration. “We pull the information from our SAP system and put it into a spreadsheet. After we are done working with the information and putting…

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It’s All About the Numbers … Or is it?

By Philip Franz October 8, 2017 - Blog by Phil Franz

Using Strategic and Operational Metrics to Effectively Obtain Business Results If you can’t measure it, you cannot improve it An old adage, right?  Who can argue with a quantitative approach to identifying and solving business problems?  After all, numbers don’t lie, but they also don’t tell the whole truth about business performance.  Before you stop…

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How Social is your Extended Supply Chain?

By Jim Cameron October 8, 2017 - Blog by Reveal

Today’s supply chain runs at the speed of now and generates massive amounts of data and events that need to be processed, routed, and shared near real-time across all stakeholders within your company, partners, and customers. In this day and age Supply chain participants are always online, always connected and using mobile devices to stay connected while…

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In Search of the Illusive Supply Chain Strategy Part II

By Philip Franz October 8, 2017 - Blog, Change Management by Phil Franz

What the Illusive Supply Chain Strategy looks like Start simple, keep it simple.  Too many organizations hire high price consultancies to help them develop a strategy.  These consultants create a complex, multi-volume strategy that company executives and managers do not know how to apply to everyday supply chain business issues.  If line supply chain management…

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Change Management … Why is it so hard to change?

By Philip Franz July 19, 2017 - Blog, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization by Phil Franz

Change Management studies and practices began in the 1960’s, gaining business momentum in the 1980’s and is commonplace in 2017.  Change Management incorporates communication, education, training, and deployment as part of the change management process.  Although consultants, corporate change management practitioners, and advisory organizations have developed multiple change management implementation methodologies and best practice recommendations, organizational…

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What’s in an oVo®, a Look From the Inside Out ?

By Patrice Matthias May 18, 2017 - Analytics, Blog, Change Management, Consulting, oVo® Methodology, Reveal, SAP User Experience, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Value Optimization by Patrice Matthias

I have been working for Reveal for almost seven years.  I joined the team because I loved the Reveal message.  Reveal was a home with a methodology, ongoing Value optimization® (oVo®), around principles I had been living by for years. So, the other day when a colleague asked what I go through when I embark…

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You Did What!? Best Practices to Align Human Behavior with Business Rules

By Sean Elliffe April 25, 2017 - Blog, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization by Sean Elliffe

MRP, Master Data, and Exception Management Last week I presented the Reveal April 2017 online seminar with the same title as this blog. It followed the theme from my previous blog “Surviving Supply Chain Optimization – Intelligent Demand Segmentation is a key dynamic”. I say that because both subjects aim to drive home the point…

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Implementation Consultants vs. Trusted Advisors

By Martin Rowan April 12, 2017 - Analytics, Blog, Change Management, oVo® Methodology, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization by Martin Rowan

Being a father whose daughter is a freshman in college, I understand the importance of a good education.  More importantly, I also understand it goes beyond textbook smarts.  To bring true value to herself, her future family and the organization she may work for, she will need to apply the education she has received in…

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Surviving Supply Chain Optimization: Intelligent Demand Segmentation Is Key

By Sean Elliffe October 17, 2016 - Blog, Supply Chain Management, Value Optimization by Kelly Kuhlman

Whether your organization is facing rapid growth or another round of belt-tightening, the need for supply chain optimization remains a business imperative. Maybe there already is an initiative planned or started within the company, or it is possible that you have run out of steam or are not achieving expected results. The reality is that…

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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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SAP Track and Trace Solution – Part 1: Outbound Logistics

By Kevin Wilson November 30, 2015 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

Most organizations deal with the shipment of goods into and out of their premises — in other words, inbound and outbound logistics. With the increasing demand for a better customer experience, it is a challenge to provide a high level of customer service when parts of your supply chain fall somewhat outside of your “sphere of influence.” Sure, through…

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Why Forecasting Isn’t Enough?

By Martin Rowan November 13, 2015 - Blog, Supply Chain Management by Kelly Kuhlman

A recent white paper, “Seven Methods That Improve Forecast Accuracy,” suggests that a range of forecasting methods helps companies achieve better results. It cites Gartner, arguing, “companies that excel at demand forecasting average 15% less inventory, 17% stronger perfect order fulfillment, 35% shorter cash-to-cash cycle times, and one-tenth as many stock-outs as their peers.” While forecast…

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SAP Event Management Use Cases – Part 1

By Kevin Wilson October 29, 2015 - Blog, SAP Event Management by Kelly Kuhlman

How can we leverage SAP Event Management (EM) functionality? This is a great question because, after all, SAP EM is a tool that is designed to provide end-to-end business process visibility and exception management. Much like you would leverage a workflow solution to enforce certain activities to take place at the right time by the right…

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Benefits of Capacity Planning in the system

April 7, 2014 - Blog by Kelly Kuhlman

The second session in Reveal’s April Webinar series, Production Execution Optimization, will be focusing on the benefits of capacity planning in the system. All too often manufacturing capacity planning is performed in a spreadsheet by someone working on the production floor. This, however, could be impacting a company’s profitability and limiting its ability to respond…

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Does Your Supply Chain Give You the Competitive Edge?

By Reveal September 11, 2013 - Blog, Customer News by Reveal

“Through our recent transformation of the ERP (SAP) technology that we already owned, we’ve taken Rust-Oleum’s Supply Chain operations to a more effective and sustainable level that uses SAP for Materials Management, Production/Capacity Planning and S&OP.” -Lisa Stach, Vice President Logistics and Purchasing at Rust-Oleum Come learn strategies from Senior Executives, Lisa Stach from Rust-Oleum and Matt…

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What is Your Planning and Purchasing Team Focused On?

By Patrice Matthias August 29, 2013 - Blog, Reveal, Supply Chain Management by Patrice Matthias

Is it putting data into, or getting information out of your system? Information systems have become an integral part of the business management landscape.  It does not replace the years of business knowledge or experienced decisions to situations, but it does enhance the information available to make informed decisions.  Is your planning team focused on…

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Find out why your ERP solution is letting your customers down!

By Reveal August 22, 2013 - Blog, Customer News by Reveal

  Learn strategies used by Senior Executives that we have worked with from Rust-Oleum and Hu-Friedy that will uncover how to scale your business, and reduce operating costs; while improving service levels to your customers! Most large organizations today have made significant investments putting in world-class systems to manage their business; however, they still struggle to leverage this investment…

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Reveal’s oVo® Methodology is Chosen by Rust-Oleum to Improve Supply Chain Management

By Reveal July 5, 2012 - Blog, Customer News by Reveal

Reveal engaged with the world leader in paint and coating supplies on the oVo® Optimization Phase   Reveal has been selected to engage with Rust-Oleum, a worldwide leader for home and industry paints and coating products, in a comprehensive supply chain optimization project that will drive greater value out of their existing SAP® system and make…

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The oVo® Methodology Inspires Culture Change at Blount International

By Reveal September 23, 2011 - Blog, Customer News by Reveal

Blount’s successful application of Reveal’s ongoing Value optimization® (oVo®) Methodology has inspired a culture change in the way SAP is used for their supply chain operations. Improvements have been made across the entire supply chain in sales forecast planning, production planning, and raw material inventory planning. A new culture of management by exception will continue…

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