Category Archives: Supply chain economic recovery

The Supply Chain Black Hole

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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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Seven Words to Know in 2010

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 This week, I am off on vacation.  On some beautiful Caribbean island, I will raise my glass to toast Barbie.  Barbie, you might say?  Yes, this year, my early childhood friend is 50.  I am DEFINATELY telling my age when I share that she consumed the first 10 years of my life.  I am also telling my age when I share that Supply Chain Management (SCM) has consumed the last 20 years of my…

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Get Nervous, but place a FIRM Hand on the Rudder

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It is time to get nervous, but guide the supply chain with a steady hand. Hold tight. It will be a jerky rudder. Expect turbulent times.  Why? The most money is made through the successful navigation of the supply chain in a market recovery.  However, it will be a rough recovery.   Today, demand is rising, commodity speculation is increasing, and markets are responding at VERY different rates (stronger demand in emerging economies and growing hopes in modern trade…

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