Category Archives: Risk management

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A Tipping Point?

By | Demand, Risk management, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence | No Comments

Yesterday morning, I woke to learn the news. H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group were merging. The press release, sprayed with superlatives of goodness, promises great things; but as I read it, I smiled. This, I believe, is a sign of a new wave of merger mania. Let’s start with the facts. The merged company will be the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the…

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Do No Harm…

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies, Risk management, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | No Comments

  “…I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice…. …If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of…

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Throwback Thursday

By | Demand, Market-Driven, Risk management | 2 Comments

This week, as the east coast of the United States was deluged with rain, I basked in beautiful San Diego sun while attending the Logimed USA event. This was WBR’s first event in the United States targeted for the Medical Device Supply Chain Leader. I had not been to a medical device event and I wanted to listen. When I finished my presentation on “past practices,” that I cannot call “best…

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What About the Supply Chain Index?

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I have traveled 12,000 miles this week. When I get off the plane, I am accosted by the signs at airports around the world. SAP touts “best-run companies” while the Accenture ads claim “high-performance supply chains.” As I shuffle along, I am not sure. I shake my head. I am a nomad, searching for a good definition of supply chain excellence. It is a quest and the subject of my next book, Metrics That Matter,…

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