Building Outside-in Processes: Answering A Question From the Audience

By | Demand, Demand driven, demand driven | No Comments

Last week, I spoke at the CPHA supply chain conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (This was the inaugural supply chain event for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. Checkout the presentation posted on slideshare.) During the presentation, I spoke about the future of supply chain management, and the building of outside-in processes. In my discussion, I used the chart in Figure 1. Figure 1. Shifts in Traditional Supply Chain Processes in the…

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Should We Celebrate this Marriage?

By | Digital Supply Chain, Global Supply Chains, Network of Networks, New technologies | No Comments

E2open is acquiring INTTRA pending federal approval. Is this a knot to be tied? Does this deserve congratulations or concern? Here I share some thoughts. Reflections Three decades ago, I was sitting on a hotel bed with my friend Ellen Chen. Ellen currently works as a consultant at Cap Gemini. I consider her the best in the biz for transportation management consulting. At the time, we were both deployed as…

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Reflections: Building the Network of Networks

By | Demand sensing, Digital Supply Chain, Market-Driven, Network of Networks, Supply sensing | 2 Comments

I remember the call like it was yesterday. Four years have passed. On this cold day, I would like to walk on the beach with my friend Maddy. She is there. I am not. Let me tell you the story. In 2014, while sipping on an early morning coffee, Maddy called to ask me a question. It sounded simple, but she was frantic. Working for a large manufacturer, she was trying…

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L’Oréal: A Case Study in Supply Chain Excellence

By | customer-centric supply chains, Market-Driven, Supply chain excellence | No Comments

  François-Régis Le Tourneau leads the efforts at L’Oreal for Standards & Prospective Process Improvement.  At the Supply Chain Global Summit 2018, Francois discussed the impact of digitalization, Industry 4.0, and L’Oréal’s approach to business that has allowed the company to continuously rank as a Supply Chains to Admire winner for four consecutive years. The award, based on beating the industry peer group on rate of improvement on the key metrics of…

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Five Reasons Why Are We Not Making Progress on Inventory Management

By | Demand, innovation, Inventory Management, Market-Driven | 2 Comments

90, then 80, followed by 76. The highway rolls ahead of me. There are endless mile markers. It is a long day. Today, I am cruising major freeways traveling from Chicago to my new home in Pennsylvania. Against my friends’ advice, I decided to drive to speak to 120 business leaders at the GAINSystems event. The rain delays through the summer soured me on air travel. The sun is shining….

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Yowza! A Nine-Step Decision Process to Help Guide Supply Chain Planning Selection

By | Demand, demand driven, Digital Supply Chain, Global Supply Chains, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | No Comments

Yowza: Excitement or approval Get a cup of coffee. This is a long post. <Bear with me….> Here I share a nine-step process in an attempt to help companies unravel the process for buying supply chain planning software. The genesis for this post stems from frustration. I get the same questions over-and-over again, and see companies making the same mistakes. Let’s face a hard fact: the supply chain planning market…

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Driving Transformational Change

By | Change Management | No Comments

There are over 10,000 change management books on Amazon. The return of search on the site gives a list of endless titles. You might ask, “Why are so many people writing about change management?” Followed by, “Does anyone read the books? Why then is Lora writing about it?” These are all good questions. Background Three weeks ago, I attempted to put my life back together from a recent move. Each…

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Florence Et Al.

By | Procurement, Risk management, Uncategorized | No Comments

This morning the Washington Post rang. The reporter wanted to discuss the implications of Hurricane Florence. The question was simple, “What will be the impact of Hurricane Florence on the supply chain?” The answer is not so easy. The implications are far-reaching. Quite simply no one knows. North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia sit squarely in the storm’s path. Each state has a rich manufacturing economy. The supply chain…

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Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

By | customer-centric supply chains, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Leadership, Supply Chain Talent | No Comments

It was not my goal; but by accident, it became my mission. At Supply Chain Insights, as we combed through over 9000 quantitative responses on supply chain management from business leaders to understand what drives supply chain excellence in preparation for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. In the process, we proved Hau Lee’s theorem in the Famous Harvard Business Review Article, “Triple A Supply Chains.” Here is an excerpt…

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Software Planning: Satisfaction is Like a Flip of a Coin

By | Supply chain planning | No Comments

This week, after ten years, I am test-driving cars. I have not owned a car for a decade. City living has come to an end and it is time for me to get some wheels. Buying a car is overwhelming. I just want one that works. I find the process of negotiation, and comparison shopping tiring. My goal is safety and comfortability. It is hard to sort through the options. As…

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