Supply sensing

Reflections: Building the Network of Networks

By | Demand sensing, Digital Supply Chain, Market-Driven, Network of Networks, Supply sensing | 3 Comments

I remember the call like it was yesterday. Four years have passed. On this cold day, I would like to walk on the beach with my friend Maddy. She is there. I am not. Let me tell you the story. In 2014, while sipping on an early morning coffee, Maddy called to ask me a question. It sounded simple, but she was frantic. Working for a large manufacturer, she was trying…

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Seeing Beyond the Firewall

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Downstream data, Market-Driven, Supply sensing | No Comments

Supply Chain Operating Networks: The building of supply chain applications using many-to-many architectures to connect multiple parties to multiple trading partners to improve multi-tier supply chain visibility, planning and execution to improve relationships in extended value chains.   The winds of a recession are whipping. Trade winds are changing. Globalization and localization are happening simultaneously. Growth has slowed and customers are more fickle. Yet, the supply chain organization cannot see. The…

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Power B2B Networks

By | Big data supply chains, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights Community, Supply sensing | 2 Comments

If you ask companies if they would like better inventory  and global supply chain visibility, you will get an overwhelming answer of, “Yes!” However, if you ask companies how they define and deliver global business visibility, you will get stares like, “Doesn’t everyone know what global visibility means?” The answer is simple. They don’t. The term supply chain visibility varies by role. In our recent report on defining supply chain…

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EDI: Workhorse of the Extended Supply Chain

By | Supply Chain, Supply sensing | 4 Comments

work·horse   noun\ˈwərk-ˌhȯrs\ : a dependable person who does a lot of work : a dependable machine or vehicle that is used to do a lot of work EDI is the workhorse of B2B connectivity. It is not new. It is not sexy. Four decades after its creation, supply chain executives see it as slow and expensive. They are frustrated. They question the value. But it does matter and slowly, we are making progress. In…

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How Do You Define a Mature Supply Chain Planning Organization? (Part 1)

By | Demand, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply sensing | No Comments

It was a sultry day in Philadelphia. Last week, it felt like August not May. I found myself counting the street signs to be sure that I was on track for my 8:00 a.m. client meeting.  Not being a morning person, my feet mechanically moved my body forward. I was not sure what the discussion was going to be, but I was hoping to be wide-awake by the time that I got…

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Corporate Sustainability: Are Companies Vulnerable?

By | Demand, Risk management, Supplier development, Supply Chain, Supply sensing | One Comment

“Supply chain sustainability” is the management of environmental, social and economic impacts and the encouragement of good governance practices, throughout the life cycles of goods and services. Supply Chain Sustainability (definition) United Nations Global Compact The first corporate social responsibility statement was published by Dow Chemical in 1996. Since then, how have supply chain leaders and corporate sustainability leaders defined supply chain initiatives? What are the priorities? Where are the…

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By | Demand, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply sensing | No Comments

epitaph n.  An inscription on a tombstone in memory of the one buried there.  A brief literary piece commemorating the deceased. A final judgment on a person or thing.   Here lies EIEIO, EIO, MEIO, DIO, Powerchain and all of their descendants. At the beginning of the third decade of supply chain management, a new class of applications was born. They were born from well-intentioned, bright professors from great schools —Boston College, Carnegie Mellon, and Massachusetts Institute of…

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Like a Green Lump of Clay

By | Market-Driven, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply sensing | No Comments

My iPhone buzzed on my nightstand.  I groaned. I had gotten to bed late. It was 6:00 AM. This was before my wake-up call. I am not a morning person. As I picked it up , I saw a twitter alert welcoming people to the APICS webinar with @lcecere on Agility that afternoon. Much to my chagrin, I rubbed my eyes and checked my calendar. The APICS event was not there.  My schedule had me on a plane…

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A Day of Firsts

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply sensing | One Comment

Today was a day of firsts. My first book is edited. Today, the book Bricks Matter went to the printers. We have completed the editing of the first press run of Bricks Matter. Oh my, what a job! With the help of my assistant, Jill, we have now read 411 pages and checked 72 graphics over 25 times. The book is scheduled to publish the beginning of December. <Let me know if…

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By | New technologies, Supply Chain, Supply sensing | No Comments

Six months ago, I founded a new firm with a promise to redefine the industry analyst market.  Today, with the launch of the SCI Community, we have taken an important step in realizing our vision. The SCI Community is open and global. It is free and available for supply chain leaders and teams everywhere. We have tried to make it fun! It is designed specifically for the supply chain professional. We…

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