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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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2016: The Start of the Third Act?

By | Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Insights Community, Supply Chain Leadership | 2 Comments

Six years ago, on a snowy January afternoon, I wrote my first post for the Supply Chain Shaman. It seems so long ago, but I still remember the fear I felt hitting the publish button for the first time. The blog was uglier then and less polished, and I have learned a lot about blogging over the years; however, my focus is the same. My goal is to write insights for the supply chain…

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2016: Building a Balanced Scorecard for Discrete Industries

By | Bricks Matter, metrics that matter, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Excellence | No Comments

2016 is around the corner. For the supply chain leader it is time to reflect and build budget targets. To  help, in this blog post I share industry trends. For the discrete industries we contrast the industry averages for growth, operating margins, inventory turns, cash-to-cash cycle, revenue per employee, and SG&A ratio for the periods of 2006-2014 and 2011-2014. For each metric we show the averages and the percent change from…

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I Am MAD!

By | Big data supply chains | 2 Comments

At the 2013 Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, Rick Sather, now VP of Supply Chain for Jack Link’s (Link Snacks, Inc.), stated “There should be an app for that,” and then quickly retorted, holding up his phone and saying, “but, we all know that there isn’t.” In enterprise architectures portals proliferate, but they are not the answer. When it comes to inter-enterprise visibility a portal is like a sticky note in a…

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