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Lora Cecere

Our Walk In The Fog

By | Global Supply Chains, Supply chain excellence, Uncategorized | No Comments

Woolly descriptions. Fuzzy definitions. Over-arching superlatives. Last week as I spoke at an European event, I struggled to gain clarity in a world of increased confusion. If I struggled, I am sure that others face the same challenges. Together, we walk in a fog. Let’s reflect. Supply chain innovation is slowly simmering in the face of radical disruption. The supply chain visionary wants novel and new. I find technology providers…

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Rockwell Automation: Supply Chains to Admire Winner

By | Supply chain excellence | No Comments

For the past five years, the team at Supply Chain Insights identified Supply Chains to Admire Award Winners by analyzing performance by peer group on the key metrics of growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC). In 2018, Rockwell Automation won the Supply Chains to Admire Award. To understand the journey, we interviewed Ernest Nicolas, head of the global supply chain at Rockwell to gain insights. In…

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What Value Are You Getting From Planning?

By | supply chain analytics, Supply Chain Excellence | 6 Comments

Feasibility (noun): The state or degree of being easily or conveniently done. (Oxford Dictionary) In the 1990s supply chain planning was over-hyped. Then it was a new and promising technology category. The ride was wild and wooly. Hype ruled. A decade later, as companies added planners expecting dramatic improvements, the market entered the trough of disillusionment.  The promise was not equal to reality. As a result, software sales slowed. The…

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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 | One Comment

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 | 3 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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