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Time for Value Chain 4.0?

By | Big data supply chains, Digital Supply Chain | No Comments

“We can see the computer age everywhere, but in the productivity statistics.” Robert Solow, Economist, 1987 It’s a lazy day for me in Singapore. I spent a jet-lagged day reading by the pool. I dragged The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon to the Far East and digested  700 pages of economic analysis while enjoying the sun. I know. Admittedly, I am a geek. Reading the old fashioned way is…

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Embracing the Digital Supply Chain

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Demand driven, digital supply chains, Market-driven value networks | No Comments

This week I am busy packing. It is the same feeling that I had as a child getting ready for camp. For the next 18 weeks I will be in the air. I will be speaking and working with clients in wonderful locations in Brussels, China, Germany, London, Mexico, Peru, and South Africa. In the process I needed a visa for China, and I wandered into an old-fashioned photo shop to have my picture taken…

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Become Data Driven: Embrace the Iconoclast in Your Organization

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, Demand | One Comment

i·con·o·clast īˈkänəˌklast noun  A person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions Writing–the process of words flowing from the mind to the fingers–is fascinating to experience. I write at least 3,000 words a day for some publication. Sometimes the words flow fast and furiously, and my arthritic fingers struggle to keep pace; while at other times, like last week, the thoughts don’t flow at all. There is a block that I don’t…

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Transforming Consumer Value Chains: Navigating the Power Shift to the Shopper

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Insights Community, Supply Chain Leadership | 2 Comments

Last week Walmart announced the closing of 269 stores and the layoffs of 10,000 employees. In addition, Macy’s announced the closure of 36 stores and K-Mart followed suit with announcements of 27 store closings. For December 2015 retail sales were the lowest since 2009. What does this mean? I think three things: Decline in Customer Sentiment. The turbulence in the January stock market has an impact on customer sentiment. Customers are…

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