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Three Lies and a Truth

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When new groups come together, the forming process is often awkward.  Teams want to know each other, but introductions are strained. So, how can they do it quickly and move on to solving business problems?  Ice breakers help. One of my favorite is the game, “Three Truths and a Lie.” In this team activity, people who do not know each other list four statements and ask the group to guess which statement is false. It…

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Convergence Is REAL. It Is NOW.

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This morning I am sitting at my kitchen table, sipping coffee, writing a report. The coffee is good, the sunflowers are blooming on the deck and the words are flowing from my fingers.  The results of the Supply Chain Insights retail mobility study are compiled, and I am excited to report on the data.  I think that it is compelling. Tomorrow, I will roll my suitcase onto yet another airplane to…

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Big Data: A Revolution, Not an Evolution?

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Supply chain management is now 30 years old.  As companies plan for the next decade, we believe that supply chain leaders should expect that the new technologies they deploy will represent a revolution, not an evolution.  They will be powered by big data analytics and focused outside-in on market sensing.  (This will be a redesign of buy and sell-side sensing with new systems to sense the health of channel and supplier…

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Uncorked!

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As it rolls across the ground, you know that you are in trouble.  A soda can that falls from the machine on a hot day is going to explode as you open it.  You just know it.  This is how I feel this Friday afternoon.  I have rolled around the industry, traveled across the globe, listened and talked a lot.  I am hot. It is sweltering.  I feel that I need to explode.  This…

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Yes, I Am a Contrarian.

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Rising commodity prices.  Tight margins.  Flat growth. To me, this sounds like it could be a stimulus plan for supply chain excellence.  However, I am not sure.  Will it be enough for supply chain leaders in consumer products to change their ways and improve their processes? The jury is still out.  Many are struggling. Some are getting wrong signals that they are doing well.  I feel that unless they change their ways, they…

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Unplugged, Uncensored and Unabashed

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The title says it all.  The book is done.  Yes, I am busy writing reports.  This morning, we published our second report from Supply Chain Insights .  Check it out at SlideShare.  Two more reports are planned for this week and one is in the queue for next.  It is great to be able to write reports in front of the firewall based on quantitative data. I love it! Real data from real supply chain…

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Scream

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scream (skrm) v. screamed, scream·ing, screams v.intr. 1. To utter a long loud piercing cry, as from pain or  fear. This week, I found myself wanting to scream. Not once, but several times. Imagine me in the picture to the left going from client to client. Not a pretty sight. Don’t you just love Edvard Munch’s work The Scream?  I think the fact that on 2 May 2012 it broke…

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Etc.

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etc. abbreviation for et cetera et·cet·er·a (tst-)  A number of unspecified persons or things. I am beat.  This morning I am sitting in a Heathrow hotel listening to the steady rhythm of planes taking off.  It is a consistent drumbeat calming my nerves. I know that tomorrow I will be cramped in an economy seat anxiously watching the screen. It will show a plane inching across the Atlantic. My body will hate me…

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Preparing to Run the Race: Supply Chain 2020

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In 2012, three decades of supply chain management have passed.  It is time to learn from history and look forward.  I feel that organizations need to train for supply chain 2020. As we head into the race, the headwinds are strong.  Commodity volatility is the highest in one hundred years.  Materials are scarce and the standards for social responsibility programs are rising.  Product life cycles are shorter and customers have higher expectations.  Global…

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Tired of Wash, Rinse and Repeat?

By | Big data supply chains, Supply Chain, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Do it again….  I think we are spinning. As I watch the twitter streams and read the blogs, I feel strongly that we have a problem.  Vendors are attempting to build content without research and there is a growing number of “supply chain experts.”  I think what we really have is a growing gang of pundits. The real-world Supply Chain professional has a short fuse for vendor-centered…

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