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Household Products Industry Stuck in Neutral and Going Backwards

By | metrics that matter, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Performance Index | No Comments

I was on my way to Peru. I scooted into an aisle seat and sat beside a stranger. He begrudgingly let me slide my bag under the center seat. I put in my earphones and zoned out letting the plane take off. It was a hot day, and I was not in the mood to talk. He introduced himself as Steve. Over the course of trip to Atlanta to connect…

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Network Consolidation: A Step Forward for Market-Driven Value Networks?

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven, Supply Chains to Admire | One Comment

Market-Driven Value Networks: An adaptive network focused on a value-based outcomes. The network senses, translates, and orchestrates market changes (buy- and sell-side markets) bidirectionally with near real-time data to align sell, deliver, make and sourcing organizations outside-in. Today’s supply chain processes are inside-out with a focus on orders and shipments. We have automated transactional data; but there are no systems available to take independent demand data (channel data) and move…

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How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

By | Demand, Global Supply Chains, Supply Chains to Admire | One Comment

Today I unpacked my bags. In the last six months, in my travels, I have presented to supply chain teams in China, Belgium, France, Germany, Peru, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom. To streamline my efforts, I just kept a packed bag in the closet. I strongly feel that if I am going to cover the global supply chain that I need to experience it. Connectivity enabled…

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Go Horizontal!

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Demand driven, Digital Supply Chain, digital supply chains, Market-Driven | No Comments

Functional silos define today’s supply chain organization.  The silos compete. They lack alignment, and a result, cannot effectively collaborate. This lack of alignment is an impediment to improving balance sheet results. I am a product of traditional, silo-based thinking. My first job was in manufacturing in the 1980’s. I did not understand warehousing and transportation until reassignment to a logistics role in 1985. I needed to experience it to understand…

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Evolution of B2B Networks

By | Risk management, Supply Chain | No Comments

Today Thoma Bravo, a private equity investment firm, announced a definitive agreement to purchase Elemica, a provider of Supply Chain Operating Networks for the chemical industry. In 2014 Thoma Bravo acquired GHX, a Supply Chain Operating Network for healthcare. The Elemica announcement contained the obligatory positive quotes and promises to customers. Is the announcement good for the industry? My view? I think that it is too early to tell. Normally…

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Groundhog Day

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Performance Index | No Comments

Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a Groundhog emerges from the burrow, then the forecast of an early spring is predicted. If it is sunny, and the groundhog sees his shadow, then the groundhog retreats back into the hole and the prediction is for winter weather to persist for six more weeks. It is a ritual. The largest Groundhog Day in the…

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Are You Putting Lipstick on a Pig? Or Creating New Value?

By | New technologies | No Comments

During the spring I get to spend a lot of time in airplanes attending and speaking at technology conferences. I have done this for a decade. However, this year is different. I feel more disruption in the air. There is a confluence of factors. The technology market for new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is drying up. Excess ERP consultants line the bench. With the evolution of cognitive learning, cloud-based analytics,…

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Sparking a New Conversation: Let’s Build a Network of Networks

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Market-driven value networks, Supply Chain Insights Community | One Comment

Today’s supply chain is inside-out. Companies wait and process orders. They cannot sense and respond to demand. It is a struggle. The processes are largely batch and out of cadence with the markets they serve. Increasingly, business requirements are outside-in. The channels are multi-tier and companies are more dependent on outsourcing. Systems are growing more complex. Yet, the primary means to manage trade with network partners is through spreadsheets and email….

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Building Outside-In Processes

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, market-driven value chains, Market-driven value networks, Supply Chain visibility | 3 Comments

This past weekend I decompressed and turned off my cell phone. The concept of being on and available all the time– 24/7– wears on me. I spent a beautiful, brisk, Saturday afternoon building monsters with my grandson, Jake, at the local children’s museum. (I find that even building blocks hold more possibilities today than when I was a child 55 years ago.) As I sat on the cold floor holding the…

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Measuring Up?

By | metrics that matter, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Performance Index, Supply Chains to Admire | No Comments

The average manufacturing company’s supply chain organization is 15 years old. Historically, the traditional supply chain focused on improving costs. Today more mature supply chain teams focus on delivering value. While companies want to improve supply chain performance and drive value, it is easier said than done. The first question to answer is, “What defines value?” The journey for value requires a clear definition and analysis of what is possible….

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