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Supply Chain Excellence

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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Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

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To drive global scale, companies need to design the supply chain to buy globally and execute locally. Not many companies have cracked this code. The design of the supply chain is fundamental to making this happen. Managing complexity is key. In our interview of the Supply Chains to Admire Winners, we found a unique approach at Carter’s. Here we share the story. About Carter’s Carter’s, Inc., also known as the…

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Direct Material Woes: Seven Steps to Take to Improve Value

By | innovation, Procurement, Risk management, Supply Chain Excellence | No Comments

It is fall. The hot and humid days are giving way to cool and crisp weather. Today, as I type this blog post, the rain is softly falling on my windowsill. The wet streets below signal a shift in seasons. The seasonal rhythms link the threads of our life. As fall becomes winter, supply chain leaders are planning their budgets and building strategies for 2017.  With this in mind, in this blog…

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Happy Labor Day! Insights on Building Supply Chain Talent

By | Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Talent | 2 Comments

In the United States, families are packing for Labor Day. The exodus from the cities leads to jammed roads and packed parks. Now a ritual, Labor Day is the first Monday in September. Dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, it is a welcome three-day weekend. So, with labor day approaching, I am penning a blog on supply chain talent. Labor day also signals the end of…

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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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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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Transforming Consumer Value Chains: Navigating the Power Shift to the Shopper

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Insights Community, Supply Chain Leadership | 2 Comments

Last week Walmart announced the closing of 269 stores and the layoffs of 10,000 employees. In addition, Macy’s announced the closure of 36 stores and K-Mart followed suit with announcements of 27 store closings. For December 2015 retail sales were the lowest since 2009. What does this mean? I think three things: Decline in Customer Sentiment. The turbulence in the January stock market has an impact on customer sentiment. Customers are…

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2016: Building a Balanced Scorecard for Discrete Industries

By | Bricks Matter, metrics that matter, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Excellence | No Comments

2016 is around the corner. For the supply chain leader it is time to reflect and build budget targets. To  help, in this blog post I share industry trends. For the discrete industries we contrast the industry averages for growth, operating margins, inventory turns, cash-to-cash cycle, revenue per employee, and SG&A ratio for the periods of 2006-2014 and 2011-2014. For each metric we show the averages and the percent change from…

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Supply Chains to Admire 2015 Winners

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire Analysis

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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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Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

By | Inventory Management, Market-Driven, Supply Chain Excellence | No Comments

I am sitting in seat 4E on an evening flight to San Francisco thinking about my day. It is Labor Day weekend in the United States, and the plane is full. While many have a three-day holiday this weekend, I will celebrate this Labor Day by working. Next week is the annual Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, and summit preparation is on my agenda for the weekend. At the summit it…

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