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I Believe We Have Reached The Supply Chain Plateau

By | Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies | 2 Comments

A plateau: a period of stability with no change Last weekend, I wrote two reports. They published this past week. In the first report, I rolled up my sleeves and analyzed balance sheets of process companies over the past decade with Abby Mayer (@indexgirl). In the process, I discovered that the average process manufacturing company has reached a plateau in supply chain performance. Growth has stalled. To compensate and stimulate revenue, the companies…

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Pretty Is as Pretty Does?

By | Market-Driven, Supply Chain | 2 Comments

It is pretty on the shelf, but it can be a problem for the sustainable supply chain.  In fact, unsuspecting consumers would never guess at the issues that the package on the shelf represents for the sustainable supply chain. The package in consumer products is designed to market the product. The package is designed, redesigned and tweaked over and over again throughout the launch process. So much so, that you would think companies…

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Three Lies and a Truth

By | Market-Driven, Supply Chain, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

When new groups come together, the forming process is often awkward.  Teams want to know each other, but introductions are strained. So, how can they do it quickly and move on to solving business problems?  Ice breakers help. One of my favorite is the game, “Three Truths and a Lie.” In this team activity, people who do not know each other list four statements and ask the group to guess which statement is false. It…

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Like a Green Lump of Clay

By | Market-Driven, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply sensing | No Comments

My iPhone buzzed on my nightstand.  I groaned. I had gotten to bed late. It was 6:00 AM. This was before my wake-up call. I am not a morning person. As I picked it up , I saw a twitter alert welcoming people to the APICS webinar with @lcecere on Agility that afternoon. Much to my chagrin, I rubbed my eyes and checked my calendar. The APICS event was not there.  My schedule had me on a plane…

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Reflections

By | Big data supply chains, Market-Driven, Supply Chain | No Comments

It is midnight in Melbourne, and I cannot sleep. I hate jet lag. Tomorrow, at 10:30 AM, I will buckle my seat belt for a 22-hour journey back to the United States. I need to sleep, but sadly I cannot. I love Australia, but I hate the trip. So, tonight I went for a midnight walk, and have called room service for some coffee.  I think that I will pass the…

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IBM: You Can Do Better

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Downstream data, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supplier development, Supply Chain | No Comments

An open letter to IBM. Dear IBM: This week, I attended your Smarter Commerce Conference in Orlando (#IBMCSGS). I am sorry that I had to leave early due to personal reasons (life goes on), but I wanted to send you a quick note with some feedback. I love the Smarter Commerce message. It is brilliant. It makes me hopeful that a technology provider can make a difference. However, on the main stage in Orlando, I…

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Another Concorde?

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven | 2 Comments

In high school, my favorite teacher was Wanda Hughes. She taught history. Her class was both loved and feared. This was one class where there was no messing around. It was strictly business.  She made us read the Wall Street Journal and New York Times daily. We debated the potential outcome of headlines: the Vietnam War, the rise of the Beatles, and the fall of the Nixon administration. We learned that current…

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Musings from a Shaman

By | Market-Driven, Supply Chain | No Comments

There is lots of country and western music blaring from my speakers at my apartment this week in Baltimore. I love to write with my toe tapping. I do LOVE music. <Much to the chagrin of the folks that share my little office, country and western music is my preference to get the creative juices flowing.> As it blares, I become the Supply Chain Shaman. This is my 130th post on…

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Which Boat Do You Sail to Cross the Blue Ocean?

By | Big data supply chains, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supplier development | 2 Comments

In a recent post, Time to Paint Outside the Lines , I advocated that we needed to expand our current concepts of supply chain management.  I challenged readers to rethink conventional processes and to think outside the lines; to redefine them using the new capabilities of mobile, social, cloud-based computing and more advanced analytics.  The post was about the “what.” In a discussion with a client, I was challenged to write about a third…

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I Do Believe Bricks Matter. Do You?

By | Demand, Market-Driven, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | 2 Comments

Yesterday, I met a friend for coffee. She started the discussion with a question, “How are you doing?  So, what is it like to write a book? What have you learned?”  I smiled. The question brought back so many flashbacks. My mind filled with emotion. It quickly short-circuited between the shear frustration of reading the seventh, and what I hope are the final round of edits on Chapter 5, and my rising excitement to…

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