Category Archives: Supply chain economic recovery

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Treading Water

By | Supply Chain, Supply chain economic recovery, Supply chain excellence | No Comments

I spent my summers as a lifeguard. To certify, I had to tread water for what seemed like an incessant period of time. In reality it was only two minutes, but as a teenager it seemed like a very looooooong time. To tread water a swimmer uses their arms and legs to keep their body in a vertical position and maintain the status quo. While there are many ways to…

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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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Lora’s Top Five of the TOP TEN

By | Supply chain economic recovery | One Comment

I hate long flights, but here I am somewhere over Kansas wishing that I could click my heels  and be home.  I am on my way back from California–without a first class upgrade–flying to Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) sitting elbow to elbow with new “friends” thinking about my week. So many people wrote me questions on the presentation that I presented at the S&OP IE event and posted…

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Birds of a Feather: Should they Only Flock Together?

By | New technologies, Supply chain economic recovery, Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | 2 Comments

“I am sorry, we do not  have that item on our menu tonight.  The  truck did not show up….” I heard this statement twice this week while on vacation. Are you also hearing it? I believe logistics matters.  In my opinion, it matters now more than ever.  The logistics community is insular, the ecosystem is fragile, and I believe that the health of the system is at a tipping point that requires a…

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