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Supply chain excellence

Sales and Operations Alignment: Often the Missing Link

By | Demand, Market-Driven, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights Community, Supply Chain Leadership, Supply Chain Talent | No Comments

I pushed aside Shane’s motorbike helmet and jacket to take a seat in his crowded office. It was a beautiful spring day in March in Basel, Switzerland. Shane is a stocky man of medium build who I love talking to. He is an engaging personality: definitely a people person. He had recently returned from his stint as the commercial leader for Syngenta in Vietnam, and was excited to tell me about his…

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The Journey for Excellence

By | Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Talent | No Comments

It is finally spring in Philadelphia. Yesterday, as I walked the streets on the way to ballet, I saw flowers for the first time in a year. I love spring. It is a time for awakening. My body is decompressing from travel, but my mind is full of ideas. I have been on the road for the past three weeks speaking at seven events. Travel is both enriching and exhausting….

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A Tipping Point?

By | Demand, Risk management, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence | No Comments

Yesterday morning, I woke to learn the news. H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group were merging. The press release, sprayed with superlatives of goodness, promises great things; but as I read it, I smiled. This, I believe, is a sign of a new wave of merger mania. Let’s start with the facts. The merged company will be the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the…

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L’Oréal: A Beautiful Supply Chain

By | Market-driven value networks, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Leadership | No Comments

In the process of compiling the Supply Chains to Admire report for last year’s Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, the research team at Supply Chain Insights calculated the rate of supply chain improvement of companies by industry for the periods of 2006-2013 and 2009-2013. We wanted to see which companies were driving the fastest rate of improvement on the supply chain metrics that matter. We studied this pre- and post-recession….

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Stories of Supply Chain Leadership: An Interview with Joan Motsinger of Seagate

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Many companies talk about Supply Chain Excellence, but most leaders struggle to define it. As a goal, it is easier to say than to define. One supply chain leader, in a discussion last week, likened supply chain excellence to fitness. His reasoning? He saw fitness as a goal to work for, and he acknowledged that you can get fitter; but he believed that the state of fitness is elusive. His belief…

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Supply Chains By the Numbers

By | Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Performance Index | No Comments

Tomorrow starts a new year. It will take me a while to adjust. Intellectually, while I will know the year has changed, I will screw up, time and time again, by writing 2014 on documents for many, many months. For me tonight, sitting facing the city skyline in the dark,  2015 sounds so far in the future; but, I know that it is on the horizon. I take the years that…

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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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