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Clouds: A Beautiful Thing for Sure!

By | Big data supply chains, New technologies, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights Community | No Comments

I have been an analyst for over a decade. Two years at Gartner, six years at AMR Research (now Gartner), two years at Altimeter Group, and three years as the founder of Supply Chain Insights. During this period I have watched the acceptance of cloud-based supply chain solutions evolve. In 2002 there was no interest. In studies from the period of 2006-2008, there was slow adoption of 15-20%; and today, the…

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A Tipping Point?

By | Demand, Risk management, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence | No Comments

Yesterday morning, I woke to learn the news. H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group were merging. The press release, sprayed with superlatives of goodness, promises great things; but as I read it, I smiled. This, I believe, is a sign of a new wave of merger mania. Let’s start with the facts. The merged company will be the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the…

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L’Oreal: A Beautiful Supply Chain

By | Market-driven value networks, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Leadership | No Comments

In the process of compiling the Supply Chains to Admire report for last year’s Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, the research team at Supply Chain Insights calculated the rate of supply chain improvement of companies by industry for the periods of 2006-2013 and 2009-2013. We wanted to see which companies were driving the fastest rate of improvement on the supply chain metrics that matter. We studied this pre- and post-recession….

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Let’s Fail Forward….

By | Supply Chain, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Leadership, Supply Chain Talent | No Comments

One in three companies have a supply chain center of excellence, but only one in two is successful. These are grim statistics. This is especially true when the word “excellence” drips off of the lips of the supply chain leaders that I meet. At Supply Chain Insights, we are busy working on a report on Centers of Excellence to understand the drivers and barriers. While I will know more when I…

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