Seven Supply Chain Processes To Stop Doing In The Pandemic

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I remember standing in the temperature screening queue in Doha. As the line wound around multiple stations, my backpack cut into my shoulders. I was tired and cranky as I read the overview of MERS. As an United States resident, I was blissfully unaware of this virus and worried about catching my flight to Singapore. My ignorance of a potential pandemic was low. Changing My Mental Model The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome…

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The Global Supply Chain Needs A Shot In The Arm

By | analytics, Demand | 2 Comments

My left arm hurts. I have been on a waiting list to get the shot for three years. This week, I rolled up my sleeve and got the Shingrix vaccine. Glaxo SmithKline introduced Shingrix in 2017, but shortages prevailed. I paused when the pharmacist asked, “Do you mind which arm gets the shot?” I replied, “Isn’t it all the same?” However, two hours after getting the shot, my arm throbbed…

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Strong Supply Chains Required For an Economic Rebound: Six Steps To Take

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Today, I am reflective. My last post on the Supply Chain Shaman blog was forty-five days ago. I spent the month of March trying to help business leaders mitigate the impact of the pandemic. My first focus was on China sourcing. Then it was the redefinition of the supply chain for the global shutdowns  Sick with the virus; I spent my energies writing and moderating podcasts. My goal was to…

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Help Supply Chain Planners Be More Successful In These Uncertain Times

By | Risk management, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

As I flew to Dallas, I worked on this post. Before boarding the plane, I watched a traveler pull a diet Coke from the bin and thought about the struggle to source sweetener with the rise of COV-19. As I poured the dog food into the bowl for my pups, I wondered if I was going to have to switch kibble due to the looming issues of sourcing taurine—a health…

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Welcome Puff, The Magic Dragon, to Your Team

By | analytics, Supply Chain Excellence | No Comments

Remember the Peter, Paul and Mary song, Puff the Magic Dragon? It was a song from my youth. While there is a raging debate on song intent—Was the goal of the song to celebrate a children’s story from Oliver Wilde about the loss of innocence or is it a statement about the use of drugs?—in this blog, I am going to rely on the account of the songwriter, that the…

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Get Your COV On….

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…the weekend is just around the corner. Happy Valentine’s Day to all my blog readers. This is my 440th blog post and the tenth anniversary Supply Chain Shaman. It seems hard to believe that I have been typing away over all these years building an audience of over 20,000 global readers. My friends would tell me to relax and get my Groove on ;but, today, I find myself deep into…

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Is S&OP Excellence Slip Slidin’ Away?

By | Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | 3 Comments

At what point does erosion cause the side of a mountain to give way? It is usually the small shifts….over time, there is degradation. And, then suddenly, the mountain gives way collapsing to the land below. S&OP Slip Slidin’ Away …the same is happening in supply chain processes. This week, as I worked on my Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) report, I found myself tapping my foot to the same music…

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Supply Chain: Learning How to Dance

By | Change Management, Demand | No Comments

My aged hand drapes the barre on the celebration of Global Ballet day. Dutifully, no matter how bad I performed in the last class, I return to the barre, extend my right hand and start a new class. There is a soothing familiarity to refine the moves that defy my capabilities. On these days, like most, my teacher sighs and reminds me to listen harder to the music. I frustrate…

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An Empty Chair….

By | Network of Networks, New technologies | One Comment

Across from me, sits an empty chair. In fact, sadly, there are many empty chairs in the room. Five people canceled at the last minute due to travel restrictions. Today, I am facilitating the Network of Networks share group in Antwerp. The reason the seats are empty? While all supply chain leaders are interested in the topic of building value networks, only a few companies are actively investing in building…

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2020 Planning Requires Big Wings and Feet

By | Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Leadership | No Comments

It has been awhile. After the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, I took the time to recharge and took a month off from writing. The presentations from the Summit are posted now on the Supply Chain Insights You Tube Channel. Next year’s conference will be on September 8th-11th in Franklin, TN, south of Nashville, TN. The design of the conference includes tours of several modern warehouses and centers of excellence….

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