Category Archives: Supply chain excellence

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Supply Chain Talent: The Missing Link in Your Future?

By | Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence | No Comments

Today, I finished up a report on  supply chain talent. After doing the analysis of the results, I even more firmly believe that supply chain talent is the missing link in the supply chain.  In figure 1, I outline the company’s biggest gaps. It is the sourcing and development of mid-management talent. YOWZA! It is large. Figure 1.   Isn’t this ironic? Most of the current company’s efforts are focused…

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Why?

By | Market-Driven, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence | One Comment

Supply chain management, as a practice in commercial operations, is now thirty years old. Early 2012 marked the end of the third decade and 2013 finds us into the fourth. When we look backwards and use the results on corporate financials as a litmus test on supply chain excellence, we find that: We have made Improvements in Productivity. Due to improvements in connectivity, 90% of industries have made improvements in…

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What Is Old Is New Again. Maybe, Just Maybe, the Emperor Is Getting Some Clothes.

By | Demand driven, Market-Driven, Market-driven value networks, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain visibility, Uncategorized | No Comments

Over the Memorial Day weekend, I stumbled on an old article that I wrote in 2001. At the time,  I was a junior Gartner analyst. The piece, “CPG/Retail E-Marketplaces: The Emperor’s New Clothes?” was controversial. At a time that marketplace offerings were super-hyped, I forecasted the doom of ten e-marketplace providers. I was dubbed by my boss as the ultimate-contrarian. This was to such a degree that one of the…

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Does Your Warehouse Need Voice?

By | Bricks Matter, New technologies, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence | No Comments

A warehouse is not a warehouse and a supply chain is not a supply chain. They come in various sizes, varieties and specifications.  They vary by industry and product requirements. So, in short, it is hard to generalize. They need to be designed and fit for purpose, but there is no question that they are growing more complex. As complexity increases, manufacturers and distributors are seeking new ways to optimize customer…

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