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Integrated Planning: Is It Rubbish? Be Careful What You Ask For.

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Inventory Management, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | 4 Comments

On Sunday I spent the day at the Barnes Foundation with an old friend Karen. I love art museums, and connections with old friends are great for the soul. The Barnes Foundation is an incredible exposition of some of my favorite artists–Matisse, Modigliani, and Picasso. It was a good day. As Karen and I set out on foot, my legs, tired from ballet classes, and my body weary from a…

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Household Products Industry Stuck in Neutral and Going Backwards

By | metrics that matter, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Performance Index | No Comments

I was on my way to Peru. I scooted into an aisle seat and sat beside a stranger. He begrudgingly let me slide my bag under the center seat. I put in my earphones and zoned out letting the plane take off. It was a hot day, and I was not in the mood to talk. He introduced himself as Steve. Over the course of trip to Atlanta to connect…

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Evolution of B2B Networks

By | Risk management, Supply Chain | No Comments

Today Thoma Bravo, a private equity investment firm, announced a definitive agreement to purchase Elemica, a provider of Supply Chain Operating Networks for the chemical industry. In 2014 Thoma Bravo acquired GHX, a Supply Chain Operating Network for healthcare. The Elemica announcement contained the obligatory positive quotes and promises to customers. Is the announcement good for the industry? My view? I think that it is too early to tell. Normally…

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Groundhog Day

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Performance Index | No Comments

Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a Groundhog emerges from the burrow, then the forecast of an early spring is predicted. If it is sunny, and the groundhog sees his shadow, then the groundhog retreats back into the hole and the prediction is for winter weather to persist for six more weeks. It is a ritual. The largest Groundhog Day in the…

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Building Outside-In Processes

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, market-driven value chains, Market-driven value networks, Supply Chain visibility | 3 Comments

This past weekend I decompressed and turned off my cell phone. The concept of being on and available all the time– 24/7– wears on me. I spent a beautiful, brisk, Saturday afternoon building monsters with my grandson, Jake, at the local children’s museum. (I find that even building blocks hold more possibilities today than when I was a child 55 years ago.) As I sat on the cold floor holding the…

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Measuring Up?

By | metrics that matter, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Performance Index, Supply Chains to Admire | No Comments

The average manufacturing company’s supply chain organization is 15 years old. Historically, the traditional supply chain focused on improving costs. Today more mature supply chain teams focus on delivering value. While companies want to improve supply chain performance and drive value, it is easier said than done. The first question to answer is, “What defines value?” The journey for value requires a clear definition and analysis of what is possible….

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2016: Building a Balanced Scorecard for Discrete Industries

By | Bricks Matter, metrics that matter, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Excellence | No Comments

2016 is around the corner. For the supply chain leader it is time to reflect and build budget targets. To  help, in this blog post I share industry trends. For the discrete industries we contrast the industry averages for growth, operating margins, inventory turns, cash-to-cash cycle, revenue per employee, and SG&A ratio for the periods of 2006-2014 and 2011-2014. For each metric we show the averages and the percent change from…

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Supply Chains to Admire 2015 Winners

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire Analysis

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chains to Admire | No Comments

Today I’ll present the Supply Chains To Admire 2015 Analysis at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit  in Scottsdale, AZ. The theme is “Imagine the Supply Chain of 2025.” It is our third year of hosting the conference. We will also announce the winners of the Supply Chains to Admire methodology for 2015. Today, supply chain excellence is easier to say than define. To drive success in the  journey leaders need to know…

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Chinese yuan

Will the Downturn Signal an Upturn?

By | Demand, Demand sensing, Market-Driven, Market-driven forecasting, Supply chain economic recovery, Supply Chain Excellence | 3 Comments

Volatility. Demand redefined. Economic markets plummeting. Daily we see the financial charts roll across the news. “It’s partly about growth, partly about trade, and partly about psychology.” CNN Money – August 12, 2015 On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Chinese restated and devalued the Yuan.  The new valuation and its impact is swinging the global stock markets. The water cooler is buzzing. The discussions on 401K losses of 10-13% permeate the…

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Eight Myths of S&OP Technology Selection

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

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is in a renaissance. The reason? With growth slowing and complexity rising, S&OP is more important than ever. It is not sexy, and it requires hard work; but the greatest value of S&OP is profitable growth. The technology market is rife with unsubstantiated claims and myths.  Like a hammer looking for a nail, it seems like every vendor I meet now has an S&OP solution. It is…

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