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Defeating Ogres, Debunking AI Myths and Finding the Right Path There is a riddle I asked my kids when they were little. Although there are multiple variations of this riddle such as two paths, two doors, two houses, two guards,…

I am studying 10th grade in high school and I am already confused about choosing my future job. I’m not sure about which engineering discipline to study at university. Luckily, I received an invitation from Solvoyo, a software company offering…

What is Digital Transformation? Digital transformation is transforming your decision-making processes with technology — utilizing new sources of innovation and creativity such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things, virtual reality, to enhance customer experience and employee productivity and…

I do not believe in horoscopes but people are telling me that my sign has everything to do with many of my quirks such as ordering, organizing and following routines. Putting things in order is my natural tendency. Organizing or…

Organizational Agility along with Digital Transformation, Machine Learning, Big Data and Blockchain technologies was one of main trending topics for 2018 and will continue to be in the hit list for 2019 as well. Each of the above topics deserves a…

Imagine you are the owner of a modest grocery store in your neighborhood. You know most of your customers in person and you do a pretty good job of fulfilling their demands. After a while, your hardwork pays off and…

“It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives, it is not the strongest that survives, but the species that survives is the one that is able to adapt to and to adjust best to the changing environment…

‘Yes’ is one of the most powerful words of communication. Everyone enjoys receiving the answer ‘yes’ to all their requests, especially in business. But is it actually possible to hear it all the time, lets say from your boss? You wish,…

Growing up, I was a huge fan of comedian Steve Martin. For many a Halloweens I simply wore an arrow through my head. I would have worn the white suit if I had one, but the arrow prop was my…

Magdalena Yesil is a force to reckon with! She has done many firsts in her life, including at Salesforce, where she was the first investor and founding board member. A technology pioneer, she founded three of the first companies dedicated…

This is the best of times and worst times for retail. On one hand, online sales taking retail to new frontiers by offering endless choices from the comfort of home and taking away from the sales of brick and mortar…

The study from the ARC Advisory Group (2016) and the most recent one from The Hackett Group (2018) are remarkably similar in their basic observations: “supply chain visibility & analytics” remains at the top-of-mind for the executives. Many large corporations want “supply chain control…

I love a good pizza. I am not a big fan of deep dish Chicago style, or California style with weird ingredients. My favorite pizza is the father of all pizzas, properly baked, Pizza Margherita with thin crust, fresh basil,…

I have a very good internal navigation system in my head. I hardly ever get lost, even in a city I visit the very first time. Sometimes my friends are surprised to see that I can still remember and navigate to a…

“ENTJ?”; I was in my 20s when I did my first Myers Briggs personality test working in Corporate America. It was quite revealing to understand that most of our differences emanate from the way we extract our energy or we…

Over the last decade, apparel retail has gone through a significant shift and has turned into a game of fast, faster and fastest. So many of the previously well-known retail brands are now struggling to sustain growth while a few…

As the world’s leading consumer products company, P&G has a well-deserved reputation for innovation – from reinventing the oral care market in the 2000’s with its Crest White strips to recently launching an Uber for laundry with Tide Spin. P&G Signal for…

As I was growing up, one of my most recurrent dreams (other than being invisible), was to plant a chip in my brain to load every piece of information I found interesting. In fact, when the first Matrix** movie came…

In today’s dynamic and competitive retail landscape, value offering is becoming more relevant to apparel brands competing for the last dollar in a consumer’s wallets. Value offering, however, is not just about price. It is about the perception of a…

I have two millennial sons. They (and their girlfriends 🙂 ) represent the radically changed customer base faced by specialty retailers. They buy with vastly more info available to them from their mobile phones, tablets or smart watches than perhaps even…

As supply chain planners, much of what we do is to anticipate future outcomes and plan our activities around those expectations so as to optimize business results. What do you do though in the aftermath of a year like 2016…

Spreadsheet software is holding your supply chain performance hostage. True – spreadsheets are low cost, easy to use, extremely versatile and universally known and loved. It has and seems to continue to get the job done so what’s all the…

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is an amazing concept when you first hear its promises. Imagine all of the key business functions working together with common purpose with an optimized business and supply chain plan. The reality is perfect S&OP…

That acquisitions often fail is a well-known fact. We all remember the horror stories that were the coupling of SprintNextel or AOL Time Warner. So the last few weeks when news of two major software acquisitions (Oracle’s $9.3B bid for NetSuiteand Honeywell’s…

Recently several partners have reached out to us putting Solvoyo in front of wholesalers and distributors and starting the conversation of what the next generation supply chain planning means for the wholesale and distribution business.  After a series of these…

For the supply chain manager today, there are no dearth of online resources and expertise to guide them. From advisories by corporate biggies like Gartner or ARC, to research from leading supply chain academic programs, industry veterans and thought leaders,…

On Feb 17, 2016 Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazine named 28 supply chain leaders as the 2016 practitioner “Pro to know” featuring executives from companies as diverse as food and commodities giant – Cargill, industrial manufacturer Dow Corning, and…

That Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is a critical business process is no longer in doubt. Today, surveys after surveys indicate the rising adoption of S&OP across all industries, with almost 80% of companies reporting to have some version of an S&OP process[i].…

Forewarned is forearmed, they say. It’s an adage that supply chain managers seem to have taken a little bit too close to heart. Despite record investments in forecasting software over the last decade, supply chain leaders still tout improving forecast…

This post is an extract from a letter sent by Koray Dogan, our CEO, to all of Solvoyo’s customers and supporters in late 2015. As we all reflect on the year that has been and think about the year that…

With the recent COP21 agreement, the focus is back once more on climate change and global efforts to reducing CO2emissions. As the full implication of this deal gets transcribed – the fundamental impact is clear – immediately and significantly reduce…

With climate scientists and negotiators from 190 countries recently announcing a landmark deal to cap the rise in global temperatures to well below 2◦C from pre-industrial levels – now is a good time for everyone to start thinking about what…

There are leading and lagging economic indicators.  Experts have debated the role and importance of various data points for years.  Supply chain indicators can be both insightful and misleading.  For example, do increased retail inventory levels foreshadow anticipated sales growth or reflect…

Just imagine, Budweiser-Coors Banquet Beer-Molson Canadian-Corona-Beck’s-Bud Light-Coors Light (The Silver Bullet)-Miller Lite (Less Filling, Tastes Great)-Michelob Ultra-Miller High Life (The Champagne of Beers)-Stella Artois-Leinenkugel and so on and so on, all a part of the same global supply chain.  Admittedly…

Simple and simplistic are words often misused interchangeably, but Albert Einstein understood the difference when he observed “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Einstein valued simple solutions. Yet, he also knew that over-simplifying complexity leads…

Crazy enough the ongoing conversations and debates surrounding omnichannel for retail (including retail consumers, suppliers & service providers) hasn’t lost momentum or for that matter interest level.  With that in mind, Dr. Jim Tompkins presented some exceptionally thought provoking ideas at…

I apologize to the faithful followers I have (assuming you haven’t given up on me and are not actually reading this apology) but it seems my blog writing dried up much like the relentless Texas summer heat scorched the once…

Legendary jazz pianist, Thelonius Monk was asked by a fan how jazz seemed to come so easily to him. His response: Hey, man, simple ain’t easy! With that statement, Monk first acknowledged that his goal was to make his music…

Supply chain planning used to be a lot easier, but in today’s world of global sourcing and an almost infinite array of paths from the source to the customer, the complexity is daunting. That’s why today’s supply chain planning systems…

When it comes to supply chain management (SCM) software, having the ability to do what-if analysis is a critical requirement for making good business decisions. What-if analysis allows users to explore multiple scenario options, compare outcomes of different alternatives and…

Mid-sized companies face a unique set of competing pressures: the need to keep pace with ever-changing consumer demands, build a scalable foundation for profitable growth, and deploy limited resources – both people and capital – efficiently.  While there are technology…

Every professional responsible for his or her company’s supply chain planning and execution probably realizes that there are a number of inefficiencies in his or her system; they just might not be able to pinpoint where the biggest and/or most…

Recently as I crossed over the surging muddy red water of the Red River into the great state of Texas, I wasFlooding-in-Wells-008 reminded of how quickly things in life can change. Not three months ago Texas was in a critical…

As a mid-size retailer, you can likely identify – to the penny – how much it costs to order, store, and deliver your products. But if you were told tomorrow that your company was planning to add a number of stores in the next 36 months would…

Who is Solvoyo? Our boilerplate says that we’re an enterprise software company providing strategic, tactical, and operational planning in a single platform that gives customers the most comprehensive capability to maximize profits while minimizing costs. But that’s just what we do.…

Howdy y’all!  It seems I’ve taken another long break from putting thoughts into words in this space. Unfortunately I don’t have a litany of events and whimsical anecdotes to account for my absence like I did last summer. This time…

The choice of supply chain software is an important one, primarily because of its ability to significantly improve a company’s processes, reduce waste and improve profitability. Supply chain leaders may not be fully aware of how much the right software…

As a part of the Customer Success Team at Solvoyo, I recently unexpectedly found myself in Orlando FL for the annual Retail Industry Leaders’ Association (RILA) conference. For a recently employed graduate in Turkey, it was quite a dream come true…

The RILA team did it again! Bringing together the greatest minds and strongest leaders in a complex and diverse discipline such as Supply Chain is a grand feat indeed.  I’m most impressed with the comprehensive coverage from retailers of every variety,…

2015 was my first adventure to the NRF big show in the Big Apple.  It was impressive to say the least.  The expo floor “booths” in many cases were more suitable as actual “brick and mortar” establishments except I don’t think masonry…

A title made up of a double entendre (not sure if I used that right or if its appropriate but it sounds smart if not multi-national).  Not only are we planning a super impressive presence at the show we will…

In my quest to get to the bottom of the omni-channel conundrum without “boiling the ocean,” I have stumbled over some fundamental claims that challenge the pure logic of a solution designed to achieve the best of all worlds (including…

The hottest topic in supply chain circles (at least the circles I hang out in) continues to be omni-channel fulfillment. From big box retailers to department stores to fashion boutiques; supply chain professionals are weighing the potential of a wide…

Lora Cecere and the Supply Chain Insights team hosted their annual Global Summit at the beautiful Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. I want to use this space to touch on some of the compelling and leading edge research and topics…

In addition to this super intriguing Blog and a host of other marketing efforts we work hard to keep up with the latest industry trends and knowledge share at wonderful events such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals…

I had the opportunity in late August to spend some time with Tompkins International and their consortium members at a leadership forum in Nashville. The event coincided with my birthday so I was super motivated to learn and share with…

Hi! Egemen speaking. I am the new Business Analyst at Solvoyo. Yaay! September 1st was the first working day for me and on the very first day I have decided to share my observations with y’all. So many things happening and it’s…

So here we are a solid 4 months since my last post. I guess I have no excuses and attribute my absence to a high quality of life! Between the activities of an amazing international technology start-up company and full-time…

The complex world of omni-channel retailing has introduced a new realm of analytical challenges. I touched on this topic briefly after the San Diego RILA Conference and have had a few months to work on a variety of conceptual designs…

I have used this space primarily to talk about the innovative application of advanced mathematical techniques and Operations Research methods to solve difficult business problems. Of course I have mixed in some home brewing and tasty beer rhetoric but that’s…

OK, a pre-warning, y’all have to work with me a little this time around. This idea has been swimming around in my brain so I thought it would be fun to share even at the risk of being deemed an…

Good day from the ever-changing world of supply chain optimization. This was a big week with a quick update on the action at Modex and some excellent business news. Here’s a little context for the Modex show as it might…

Not to take too much liberty with my grunge theme wrapped around state-of-the-art Operations Research analytical techniques, but when you think back about all the planning and scheming you have done (whatever the purpose…road trips, parties, beer recipes, supplier purchase…

I had a few people ask me at Modex why Wayne’s wORld ignored proper use of capitalization and the “O” and “R” are bold. At first I was wondering if my passion wasn’t coming through in my words but then…

I remember when growing up my parents and teachers would tell me to get my head out of the clouds. I always thought it was because I’m pretty tall (6’3”, 1.9m for non-US readers or Jimmy Carter fans J). Turns…

I know the early followers of this totally cool blog are anxiously waiting to read about all things Cloud at Solvoyo, but we are taking a brief intermission to get my take on the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Conference…

While I was a member of the Dell Worldwide Operational Strategy organization I met Dr. Koray Dogan who introduced me to i2’s Supply Chain Strategist. SCS is a traditional mixed integer program (MIP) used primarily for supply chain network optimization.…

For those of us who catch the Operations Research (OR) bug the passion runs pretty deep. After you get through Hillier and Lieberman or Winston (another Wayne BTW, coincidence? I don’t think so) in Intro to OR you just can’t…

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