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Supply Chain Insights

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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Happy Holidays!

By | Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights | No Comments

The snow is falling outside my window. It is the quiet, steady kind that mounds on the window sill… a strong signal for me to relax and enjoy winter.  I want to light a fire and curl up on the couch with a good book. I am a voracious reader. I think that this is one of the reasons why I love to write. Three months ago, one of my clients asked me…

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A Walk on the Beach? A Run for Supply Chain 2020?

By | Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights, Uncategorized | No Comments

I like art, and love unusual sculpture. Some days when I need a pick-me-up, I watch the videos of Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests. These self-propelling plastic pipe structures use wind power to walk. I am amazed as one of these ungainly creatures catch the wind and walk easily across the sand. It is carefully designed alignment. Over time, these modern sculptures have become more resilient. The artist, over two decades, refined the sculptures to withstand the rigors of the environment. In an interview…

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

By | Market-Driven, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights | 4 Comments

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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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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Unilever and Colgate: Two Bookends?

By | Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights | 2 Comments

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!

By | Bricks Matter, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Insights Community | No Comments

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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