Why I No Longer Believe in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

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This week, Gartner is hosting their annual supply chain conference. A major item on the agenda is the announcement of what used to be named the AMR Top 25. It is now the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25. While the name has changed, the methodology has remained fairly constant, with a only a few changes, since 2004. The research tries to establish “who did supply chain best” by looking at…

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Changing Mental Models

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Over the course of the last week, I have been working on healthcare research. We finished our report on the maturation of hospital supply chains, and I have put the finishing touches on the Healthcare Supply Chain Index for this Thursday’s webinar. I also had the opportunity to speak at the GHX conference and facilitate a leadership workshop on the required changes for implantable devices.  As I worked with healthcare leaders,…

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Colgate: A Closer Look at Supply Chain Excellence

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Recently, I wrote a blog post that contrasted Colgate and Unilever. As a follow-up to this article, I wanted to talk one-on-one with the leadership teams of the two companies and get their insights on the ten-year comparison.  In this blog post, I share insights from Michael Corbo, the head of supply chain at Colgate. Tell me about your job as a leader at Colgate.  I am very impressed with…

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Public Markets Reward Supply Chain Alignment

By | Demand, Market-Driven, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Insights Community | No Comments

Today, I am proud to launch the Supply Chain Index. It is my hope that the readers of this blog will take time to either join us today to listen to the launch of the Supply Chain Index on our webinar or listen to the replay. (We will make the replay available on our website and in our community within 24 hours.) The Supply Chain Index has been two years…

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Model N

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Model N, a revenue management enterprise software provider, went public on March 20, 2013.  The company raised over $100 million in its initial public offering (IPO).  I first met the founder Zack Rinat thirteen years ago. When he rang the bell on the New York Stock Exchange, I raised a glass for a toast. He did it. There have been too few public offerings in the world of enterprise applications. I…

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Training for the Next Triathlon. Insights for You?

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I have never been an athlete. At the age of 58, I buried my mother in November 2012. She died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. It was a long hard eight-year struggle that was tough on my family. One of the sad outcomes of the disease is that you don’t know how to grieve.  The victim of Alzheimer’s slowly slips away. The person that you bury has very few resemblances to…

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Unilever and Colgate: Two Bookends?

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Bookend: be positioned at the end or on either side of (something) Oxford Dictionary Today, I published a new report on supply chain excellence. To prepare the report, I worked with Abby Mayer ( @indexgirl ) to analyze ten years of supply chain financial ratios. We waded through spreadsheet after spreadsheet of data for the last three weeks and contrasted the progress of the high-tech, consumer products, food, pharmaceutical and industrial industries.  The…

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A Toast to the Shaman

By | Bricks Matter, Demand, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights | 2 Comments

Tonight, I pour a toast. This is the third birthday of the Supply Chain Shaman. I created this blog three years ago. At the time, I had just left AMR Research. I was scared. I had a broken foot, and I was hobbling around on crutches, and thinking about starting a new chapter of my career. My best friends thought that I was daft. I was happy at AMR and I…

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Raise a Glass to the Smell of INK!

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My soul craves a holiday. Like many of you, I’ve sat in one too many airline seats, hustled for one too many cabs and slept in too many hotel beds. I need to unwind. I want dust to gather on my suitcase as I bake my special holiday treats. I crave time to step off the treadmill of life to think. It is time for reflection and celebration. The book Bricks Matter is currently…

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How Did We Get It All Wrong?

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Last week, my mother died. It was not unexpected. She was 88; and she had been in and out of consciousness for the last year. In between tears, picking out a casket and talking about the funeral service with the preacher, I got a random call. At first, I was not going to pick it up; but I thought, “I need a diversion.” It was Steve. I do not know him,…

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