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My Take: Supply Chain Metrics That Matter

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Last week, I held my new book in my hand. It is exciting to have two years of research, nine months of writing, and four months of editing become crisp, fresh pages. The smell of ink is intoxicating. I am now an author of my third book. I also love getting feedback. Over the course of the last week, I had a Linkedin comment from Dubai, questions from a team from…

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Supply Chains By the Numbers

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Tomorrow starts a new year. It will take me a while to adjust. Intellectually, while I will know the year has changed, I will screw up, time and time again, by writing 2014 on documents for many, many months. For me tonight, sitting facing the city skyline in the dark,  2015 sounds so far in the future; but, I know that it is on the horizon. I take the years that…

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Is the Package Under Your Tree?

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Details matter. Execution is essential… it might make a difference on what is under your tree. In 2014, e-commerce strategies grew in importance. In the last decade, e-commerce was a permissible and desirable channel only for retailers. At that time, manufacturers talked about customer-centric supply chains but were afraid to aggressively adopt e-commerce strategies. They were afraid of retail retaliation. This has changed. Manufacturers are aggressively pursuing e-commerce strategies today…

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Give New Answers to Bridget

By | Demand, Demand driven, Demand sensing, Demand shaping, Downstream data, Social supply chains, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights Community | No Comments

It was a stuffy, hot day, and I found myself sitting by Bridget. The supply chain team was attempting to explain their demand-driven project. They were asking for funding; and Bridget, the treasurer, was not buying the message. On my way back to the train, I struggled with what had just happened. I had worked hard to teach the team—presenting how to talk the language of demand —but it was not…

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