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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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Power B2B Networks

By | Big data supply chains, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights Community, Supply sensing | 2 Comments

If you ask companies if they would like better inventory  and global supply chain visibility, you will get an overwhelming answer of, “Yes!” However, if you ask companies how they define and deliver global business visibility, you will get stares like, “Doesn’t everyone know what global visibility means?” The answer is simple. They don’t. The term supply chain visibility varies by role. In our recent report on defining supply chain…

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Raise a Toast to Digital Business!

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven, Supply Chain | 2 Comments

It is the week before Thanksgiving in the United States, and as a good Yank, I am reflective. I am giving thanks. This blog was started in 2010. Today, 270 posts and five years later, I am thankful for the opportunity to sit at my kitchen table and communicate to almost 20,000 supply chain professionals globally (directly through this blog and through connections on Linkedin). I am in awe of…

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