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Supply Chain: Anything But Timeless

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning, Supply Chain visibility | One Comment

Timeless: not affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion. Last week I was on vacation in the Caribbean. I moved on island time. It is a slower, more relaxed pace. In the process, I thought a lot about the concept of time and how it affects our daily lives. Supply chains are anything but timeless. At a company, individuals define supply chain excellence based upon their own purview…

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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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Are You Active in the Digital Transformation Drinking Game?

By | Big data supply chains | One Comment

Today I attended the SAPinsider Conference. The theme? Digital transformation. The storyline of the event goes like this: Do you have the business problem of complexity, personalization, and globalization requiring faster time to market? (Complete with nice videos and Shutterstock pictures.) The answer? Digital transformation. How? SAP S4/HANA delivers on the goal of digital transformation. On stage there is inordinate hand-waving, but few details. The storyline bothers me. Here I…

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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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E2open Acquires Steelwedge. Impact on Market?

By | Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | 2 Comments

This morning E2open announced the acquisition of Steelwedge for an undisclosed sum of money. Founded in 2000, Steelwedge was an innovator in Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) and was an early provider of cloud solutions for supply chain. I estimate that the company had annual sales of 30M$. Clients include Canon, Pfizer, HP Inc, Jaguar Land Rover, Lenovo, Nissan and Monsanto. When E2open called to tell me of the acquisition, they…

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Different Strokes for Different Folks (to Yield Better Results?)?

By | Demand, Uncategorized | No Comments

This week I spent time in Silicon Valley talking to technology innovators. Disruption in supply chain planning is happening. My angst is that it is not happening faster. We are on a path to reinvent decision-support technologies like supply chain planning. The third act is starting. This will make traditional approaches obsolete. The rate of adoption will be fast for early adopters (next five years), but much slower for conservative…

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Treading Water

By | Supply Chain, Supply chain economic recovery, Supply chain excellence | No Comments

I spent my summers as a lifeguard. To certify, I had to tread water for what seemed like an incessant period of time. In reality it was only two minutes, but as a teenager it seemed like a very looooooong time. To tread water a swimmer uses their arms and legs to keep their body in a vertical position and maintain the status quo. While there are many ways to…

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Late-Night Thoughts on Productivity, Efficiency and Global Supply Chain Effectiveness

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

It is late. I cannot sleep. Darkness surrounds me as I write this post. So many thoughts in my mind. Yesterday I signed a contract for Robert Gordon, author of the book Rise and Fall of American Growth, to speak at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit on September 5-8, 2017 at Reynolds Lake Oconee, Georgia (east of Atlanta). We also confirmed the return of Tom Bonkenburg of St Onges, a leading…

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WOAH? Are You Guilty?

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, digital supply chains | No Comments

New technologies abound. In supply chain, right now, the rate of change is exciting. On the horizon, innovation opportunities are limitless through the confluence of technologies like cognitive learning, blockchain, streaming data architectures/sensors (Internet of Things), and mobility. Yet, I see companies make the same mistake over and over. What is it? Using new technologies to automate yesterday’s processes. Most companies I work with try to make their current processes…

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Seven Use Cases for Hyperledger in Supply Chain

By | Big data supply chains, Digital Supply Chain, Risk management, Safe and Secure Supply Chain, Supply Chain visibility | 2 Comments

Hyperledger. Blockchain. New concepts? Yes. Get used to it. They are here to stay. I think defining the future of Supply Chain technology means that we, as supply chain leaders, need to take a hard left. We are moving at a steady pace down a road that is well-known and safe, but is not sufficient. What do I mean? Let me explain. Today’s supply chains use closed and proprietary technologies. I…

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