Category Archives: Supply chain economic recovery

Good Forecasting Matters

By | Supply chain economic recovery, Supply chain excellence | One Comment

The shift happened.  Haiti crumbled.  Chile did far better.  The difference was substantial. The contrast offers lessons on how to shelter cities from future devastating earthquakes. In a similar vein, the Great Recession shook the core of value chains.  Some supply chains crumbled and some weathered the storm. What made the difference? It is this story that I want to tell.  The Great Recession In my lifetime, there has never been one quite like it.  October 2008 shook the foundations…

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Avoid Speed Bumps

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As we climb out of the recession, expect speed bumps.  You know, those brightly painted yellow concrete bumps that rock your bones, but make you slow down?  As the wheels of the extended supply chain start to turn at a higher gear, expect to navigate over a lot of these speed bumps <ouch> and navigate many troubled waters. To help readers, I will publish a monthly post on this blog to…

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The Supply Chain Black Hole

By | Demand driven, New technologies, Supply chain economic recovery, Uncategorized | No Comments

We have a black hole in the center of supply chain applications.  A black hole you say?  Yes, a black hole has developed between transactional systems focused on order-to-cash and procure-to-pay processes and supply chain optimization technologies.  It is not there by design. It has evolved because the design of supply chain technologies were insufficient to meet today’s requirements. Understanding the Black Hole What is a black hole?  In quantum…

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Be the Bridge over Troubled Waters

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It was late November 2008. Factories were idle, demand was uncertain, and supply chain leaders were navigating new waters in uncertain times.  I met with economists, strategists and operating officers to discuss which letter of the alphabet (L, U, V, or W) best described the recession.  However, the burning question, and the one that they REALLY wanted answered to know was “how do I best manage my supply chain through the…

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