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Judging Supply Chain Improvement: Campbell Soup Case Study

By | Demand, Supply Chain | 2 Comments

Over the course of the last two years, we at Supply Chain Insights have worked on a methodology to gauge supply chain improvement. We named it the Supply Chain Index. We have found that supply chain metrics are gnarly and complicated. During the last two months, we have been interviewing supply chain leaders to get their views on the methodology. We believe that a supply chain leader is defined by both…

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Supply Chain Talent: A Broken Link

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These are the grim facts. Only 9% of companies feel that they manage supply chain talent better than their peers. The issues are growing. Job turnover is 15% and new positions remain open for 4 months before they are filled. I think that supply chain talent is a broken link in the supply chain. I also believe that the adoption of new mental models is a barrier to progress. On…

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Joining Forces for the Third Act

By | New technologies | 2 Comments

“I read your blog, and was struck by some of your comments on Forbes,” stated the email. “Could we arrange a call?” “Sure,” I said, and the call was quickly arranged. As I answered the phone, I heard the voice of an aggressive investor in supply chain technology software. He seemed very certain in an uncertain market. I scratched my head because I question how anyone can be this “sure.”…

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Preparing for the Third Act

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The curtain is rising on the third act of supply chain planning. Over the course of the last two decades, we have seen two evolutions of Supply Chain Planning (SCP) software. The first was the rise of Best-of-Breed providers. These first solutions were on the mainframe and with migration to client-server architectures. The market then shifted to include the extended Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) providers. These solutions bundled Customer Relationship Management…

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