Time to Broaden the Knot on Your Bow Tie?

By | Demand driven, Downstream data, Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | 6 Comments

With the current economic uncertainty, is it time to step out and to make lasting and meaningful supply chain relationships and unleash the opportunities in the end to end supply chain? However, before you take that step, do you need to broaden the knot in your bow tie? I have been writing about supply chain collaboration for the last fifteen years.  The term is bandied about. Supply chain strategy documents drip with…

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Have we forgotten the promise?

By | Supply chain excellence | 4 Comments

For about eight months, on Monday morning,he would push the well-worn newspaper clippings under the door frame of my closed office door.  They were folded and stained, but the newspaper clippings were marked with telling, cryptic comments.  I miss them. I loved his insights.  When I was an analyst at AMR Research, they were gifts from my friend Bruce Richardson.  He was helping me lighten up my writing and enjoy blogging.  I…

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It will take more than a Band-Aid…..

By | Supply chain excellence | No Comments

It was one of the calls that we all hate to get.  My 86 year old mom had broken her hip.  The voice on the phone asked, “Could I rush to the hospital?” I did just that, but as I entered her room, the nurse informed me that she was unsure of the time of the surgery.  The hip implant was not available.  I smiled.  It was a consignment inventory…

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Make Money. Turn your Supply Chain on its Ear. Go HORIZONTAL!

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“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”, Benjamin Franklin  It was a cold winter day in Minneapolis.  The security guard at the gate warned me of frost bite walking from the parking lot to the corporate offices of a client.  So, I scurried along with snow crunching under my boots.  I was also expecting a frosty introduction.  Manufacturing, distribution and sourcing were at an impasse. I was walking into…

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