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Supply Chain Excellence

2020 Planning Requires Big Wings and Feet

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

It has been awhile. After the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, I took the time to recharge and took a month off from writing. The presentations from the Summit are posted now on the Supply Chain Insights You Tube Channel. Next year’s conference will be on September 8th-11th in Franklin, TN, south of Nashville, TN. The design of the conference includes tours of several modern warehouses and centers of excellence….

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To Move Forward, We Need to be Clear on What We Are Automating

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For the past six years, I have spent my labor day weekend preparing for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. Next week, I will welcome over 100 participants to the annual event. The event is designed to Imagine Supply Chain 2030. The format of the conference is different than most. There are no vendor booths or paid speaking engagements. I handpick each of the speakers and work with industry leaders…

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What Value Are You Getting From Planning?

By | supply chain analytics, Supply Chain Excellence | 7 Comments

Feasibility (noun): The state or degree of being easily or conveniently done. (Oxford Dictionary) In the 1990s supply chain planning was over-hyped. Then it was a new and promising technology category. The ride was wild and wooly. Hype ruled. A decade later, as companies added planners expecting dramatic improvements, the market entered the trough of disillusionment.  The promise was not equal to reality. As a result, software sales slowed. The…

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Congratulating the Supply Chains to Admire Winners

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This afternoon, I poured myself a cup of tea to sit down and begin to pen congratulation emails to the Supply Chains to Admire award winners. This is the fun part of my job. It is now our fifth year of analyzing balance sheets to understand which companies are outperforming their peer groups on the metrics of growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) while driving…

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Building the Network of Networks: Some Insights

By | Demand, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights Community, Supply Chain Leadership, Supply Chain visibility | 3 Comments

Let me start this blog post with a story. I believe that supply chains build economies and save the planet. It is about value creation. I also believe that finance is the art of money changing hands until there is nothing left. Supply chain processes and financial flows often run in counter currents. Two years ago I completed a research study on supply chain visibility.  When the report published it…

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Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire 2017 Award Winners

By | Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Leadership, Supply Chain Performance Index, Supply chain planning, Supply Chain visibility, Supply Chains to Admire | No Comments

Supply chain excellence. It is easier to say than define. Getting it clear is important. Why? The answer makes or breaks a supply chain leader’s career and defines corporate value. Let’s take an example. When we look at the relative progress of industries within the Technology Value Networks in Table 1, you see a lot of red.  The first number in a cell represents the average value for a specific…

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The Job Is Not Done

By | Supply Chain, Supply Chain Excellence | One Comment

Imagine driving down a dusty road for years. One without any towns, road signs, billboards, or rest stops. Sounds boring, right? I agree. This is the world of the supply chain leader driving process improvement. The road to supply chain excellence takes time and patience. There are no clear landmarks or directional signage. Today, in organizations, there is a large gap between technology and process effectiveness. Here we examine some…

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A New Mission for a Female Supply Chain Pioneer

By | Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Talent | No Comments

This week I worked with the Supply Chain Insights team to analyze and write our annual supply chain talent report. With over 400 respondents in the study, cross-tabbing and data analysis was fun. We had many options. High-Level Findings In general there is high job satisfaction in supply chain careers: 70% are either very satisfied or satisfied with their current job. The most satisfied are Baby Boomers working for technology…

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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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