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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To Move Forward, We Need to be Clear on What We Are Automating

By | Supply Chain Excellence | No Comments

For the past six years, I have spent my labor day weekend preparing for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. Next week, I will welcome over 100 participants to the annual event. The event is designed to Imagine Supply Chain 2030. The format of the conference is different than most. There are no vendor booths or paid speaking engagements. I handpick each of the speakers and work with industry leaders…

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Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire for 2019

By | Supply Chain Leadership, Supply Chains to Admire | No Comments

I watch news channels on mute. The reason? I hate political pundit debates. When the nonsensical banter reaches a crescendo, I shake my head and ask myself the question of “Why?” I wonder why people are listening. Fondly I remember the days of Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather with eye-witness accounts and on-the-ground reporting. Phenomenal photography brought the stories to life. In my lifetime, the 24-hour news cycle eroded the…

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What Is The Mission?

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Daily I see one. You probably also have them in your mail. What is it? A cute press release ginned-up by an aggressive marketing group at a software company. They are noise hiding the issue that business leaders are struggling in the delivery of business results. Useless dribble. No technology or consulting company holds themselves accountable for the delivery of supply chain excellence. Here are some recent examples. Hostess Brands:…

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S&OP: Can You Make Decisions at the Speed of Business?

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Yawn. I spent time this week completing reference calls on the use of S&OP technologies. Seeking the next sequel in technology adoption, I want to write how the confluence of new technologies changed companies’ abilities to improve decisions. Based on the reference calls, I am not sure that this will be possible. What am I hearing? Eerily the case studies sound the same as the ones heard when I completed…

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