Category Archives: Supply chain excellence

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Supply Chain: Anything But Timeless

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning, Supply Chain visibility | One Comment

Timeless: not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion. Last week I was on vacation in the Caribbean. I moved on island time. It is a slower, more relaxed pace. In the process, I thought a lot about the concept of time and how it affects our daily lives. Supply chains are anything but timeless. At a company, individuals define supply chain excellence based upon their own purview…

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BASF: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

By | Global Supply Chains, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Leadership, Supply Chain Performance Index | No Comments

BASF creates chemistry. Over the last two decades the company successfully leveraged global scale to define supply chain leadership. With 12,000 supply chain employees operating in 80 countries with 2400 storage facilities, supply chain excellence and innovation are the foundation of corporate performance. The work of the BASF leadership team is a success story in managing global complexity. For this case study we interviewed Ralf Busche, Senior Vice President of…

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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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S&OP: Five Steps to Get Started

By | Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Performance Index, Supply chain planning | One Comment

It is Sunday. Today I assume a familiar position. Now a ritual, with coffee in one hand and country music blaring, I sit in my faded green chair to write a blog post. I have done this for seven years. This afternoon I am writing my 334th blog post. I will also pen my 95th report for this week’s Supply Chain Insights newsletter. We now reach 23,000 supply chain leaders…

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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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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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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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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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Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

By | Demand, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply chain planning | No Comments

Benchmarking is a measurement of the quality of an organization’s policies, products, programs or strategies against standard measurements.  Business Dictionary.com Writing a Shaman blog post is now a Sunday night ritual. For me, it is a good time to reflect, think and share what I am learning. In my work with Supply Chain Insights, I immerse myself in learning. I continually question my long-held beliefs on supply chain excellence.  I…

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Driving Organizational Alignment

By | Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Leadership, Supply Chain Talent | No Comments

 How can we move forward if we cannot align? In supply chain strategy documents, terms like alignment, agility, responsiveness, and flexibility dot the page. At a principle level everyone agrees with the concepts. In meetings, groups nod their heads that the strategy is correct. However, at a practical level companies struggle with the implementation of strategy due to a lack of definition. It is not easy. In my work with organizations I ask companies…

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