Where Would We Be Without All of the BullS&%T?

By | Big data supply chains, New technologies | 2 Comments

It is 1:00 AM in Antwerp. I cannot sleep. As I stare at the keyboard sitting on my desk, my view is the train station draped in darkness. The quiet streets await the coming of the soft snow. It seldom snows in Belgium: the city sits in anticipation. I hate jet lag. There is nothing worse than trying to sleep when you cannot, and you know that you should. So…

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Demand-Driven Transformation at Shell

By | Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence | One Comment

  Nick Lynch is the Global Excellence Manager at Shell Lubricants, a division of Shell Global. Located in the United Kingdom (UK), he has more than twelve years of experience in progressive roles driving demand-drive projects for their global supply chain. Nick is a master of influence skills and building cross-functional, horizontal processes.  At the Supply Chain insights Global Summit, Nick shared his story on driving demand-based improvements. In this…

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Our Walk In The Fog

By | Global Supply Chains, Supply chain excellence, Uncategorized | One Comment

Woolly descriptions. Fuzzy definitions. Over-arching superlatives. Last week as I spoke at an European event, I struggled to gain clarity in a world of increased confusion. If I struggled, I am sure that others face the same challenges. Together, we walk in a fog. Let’s reflect. Supply chain innovation is slowly simmering in the face of radical disruption. The supply chain visionary wants novel and new. I find technology providers…

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Rockwell Automation: Supply Chains to Admire Winner

By | Supply chain excellence | No Comments

For the past five years, the team at Supply Chain Insights identified Supply Chains to Admire Award Winners by analyzing performance by peer group on the key metrics of growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC). In 2018, Rockwell Automation won the Supply Chains to Admire Award. To understand the journey, we interviewed Ernest Nicolas, head of the global supply chain at Rockwell to gain insights. In…

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What Value Are You Getting From Planning?

By | supply chain analytics, Supply Chain Excellence | 7 Comments

Feasibility (noun): The state or degree of being easily or conveniently done. (Oxford Dictionary) In the 1990s supply chain planning was over-hyped. Then it was a new and promising technology category. The ride was wild and wooly. Hype ruled. A decade later, as companies added planners expecting dramatic improvements, the market entered the trough of disillusionment.  The promise was not equal to reality. As a result, software sales slowed. The…

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Building Outside-in Processes: Answering A Question From the Audience

By | Demand, Demand driven, demand driven | No Comments

Last week, I spoke at the CPHA supply chain conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (This was the inaugural supply chain event for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. Checkout the presentation posted on slideshare.) During the presentation, I spoke about the future of supply chain management, and the building of outside-in processes. In my discussion, I used the chart in Figure 1. Figure 1. Shifts in Traditional Supply Chain Processes in the…

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Should We Celebrate this Marriage?

By | Digital Supply Chain, Global Supply Chains, Network of Networks, New technologies | One Comment

E2open is acquiring INTTRA pending federal approval. Is this a knot to be tied? Does this deserve congratulations or concern? Here I share some thoughts. Reflections Three decades ago, I was sitting on a hotel bed with my friend Ellen Chen. Ellen currently works as a consultant at Cap Gemini. I consider her the best in the biz for transportation management consulting. At the time, we were both deployed as…

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