Category Archives: Supply Chain Insights

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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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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: The Start of the Third Act?

By | Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Insights Community, Supply Chain Leadership | 3 Comments

Six years ago, on a snowy January afternoon, I wrote my first post for the Supply Chain Shaman. It seems so long ago, but I still remember the fear I felt hitting the publish button for the first time. The blog was uglier then and less polished, and I have learned a lot about blogging over the years; however, my focus is the same. My goal is to write insights for the supply chain…

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Open Letter to the Chief Financial Officer

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

For most, it is the end of the quarter. While for others, the end of the fiscal year is looming. The end of any fiscal period is a good time to take stock, and reflect. So, I thought, what would be a better time to write an open letter to the CFO?  My goal is to help companies perform better in future quarters by improving alignment. Let me share some background. Four…

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Driving Organizational Alignment

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

 How can we move forward if we cannot align? In supply chain strategy documents, terms like alignment, agility, responsiveness, and flexibility dot the page. At a principle level everyone agrees with the concepts. In meetings, groups nod their heads that the strategy is correct. However, at a practical level companies struggle with the implementation of strategy due to a lack of definition. It is not easy. In my work with organizations I ask companies…

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Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights, Supply chain planning | 24 Comments

I am writing this blog post in the air, sitting in seat 4c, somewhere over the Midwest en route to Philadelphia. As I look below, I see field after field of United States farmland. The land looks like a giant puzzle. After a busy week with high-tech and electronics clients, my fingers are itching to help others solve a different type of puzzle. The goal of this blog is to…

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The Journey for Excellence

By | Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Talent | No Comments

It is finally spring in Philadelphia. Yesterday, as I walked the streets on the way to ballet, I saw flowers for the first time in a year. I love spring. It is a time for awakening. My body is decompressing from travel, but my mind is full of ideas. I have been on the road for the past three weeks speaking at seven events. Travel is both enriching and exhausting….

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Three Tough Headlines: What Can We Learn?

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

Today is a rainy day in Philadelphia. I am recovering from bronchitis. I am reflective as the rain sheets down my window. My travels this week took me to California and Boston. I worked with consultants defining a business case for cloud-based supply chain solutions and new vendors looking to use artificial intelligence to solve the problems of master data management. On the road,  I scanned the newspapers… read newsfeeds. It was…

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Misnomer

By | Demand, Supply Chain Insights | 2 Comments

Misnomer (n): A wrong name. The misuse of a term or name. Merriam-Webster Dictionary I am a supply chain gal. I work with many organizations on their supply chain strategies. One of the important lessons I have learned in my lifetime of doing this work is to never be afraid to ask what a term means … especially when everyone in the room is comfortable. The more content people are,…

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