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Five Things I Have Learned About Global Supply Chain Planning

By | Global Supply Chains, Supply chain planning, Uncategorized | No Comments

Another plane, another client; and yet another discussion. They are sounding a bit the same. I am trying to not sound like a broken record. Regional supply chain companies are attempting to define global requirements. They are well versed in requirements for regional supply chain planning, but they are attempting to redefine their processes and be more global. It is very similar to the man in the picture: a company attempting…

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The End of a Fairy Tale. Part 2.

By | Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supply Chain | 5 Comments

Usually in a fairy tale there is a big, bad wolf… or a hairy monster.  One that is going to eat you up! In part one of this blog series, I started the saga of the supply chain fairy tale.  It was a story where people believed that functional excellence leads to supply chain superiority. Year after year, well intentioned people toiled against improving metrics that reduced, not improved, the effectiveness…

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Like a Green Lump of Clay

By | Market-Driven, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply sensing | No Comments

My iPhone buzzed on my nightstand.  I groaned. I had gotten to bed late. It was 6:00 AM. This was before my wake-up call. I am not a morning person. As I picked it up , I saw a twitter alert welcoming people to the APICS webinar with @lcecere on Agility that afternoon. Much to my chagrin, I rubbed my eyes and checked my calendar. The APICS event was not there.  My schedule had me on a plane…

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Which Boat Do You Sail to Cross the Blue Ocean?

By | Big data supply chains, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supplier development | 2 Comments

In a recent post, Time to Paint Outside the Lines , I advocated that we needed to expand our current concepts of supply chain management.  I challenged readers to rethink conventional processes and to think outside the lines; to redefine them using the new capabilities of mobile, social, cloud-based computing and more advanced analytics.  The post was about the “what.” In a discussion with a client, I was challenged to write about a third…

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Supply Chain Software Circle Jerk

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies, Sales and Operations Planning | No Comments

Circle Jerk:  A group discussion or activity between like-minded individuals that validates mutual biases or goals in a non-confrontational environment.  Source:  Urban Dictionary   (Now that I have your attention, let’s get our mind’s out of the gutter and talk about a problem in the software industry.) In the software technology world, there are two launch periods for new products:   the spring and the fall conference sessions.  In both, technology providers…

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What if: Focus on “&” with the “End in Mind”

By | Demand driven, Supply chain economic recovery, Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | No Comments

It is the longest recession of the last four decades; and economists are gathering to discuss the possibility of a double-dip recession. It will not go away anytime too soon. All that is known is the unknown.  As 2010 winds to a close, three things are certain for supply chain professionals: The links of the supply chain are weaker Demand is more uncertain Supply is more volatile These three factors make horizontal processes like S&OP more…

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Good-bye to the Breakfast Club

By | Supply chain planning, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

We met for five years at the Wyndham Hotel on Broad Street in Boston.  It was usually for breakfast. My calendar was so full that it allowed very little face-to-face meeting time with a struggling start-up like Optiant; but since I have a passion to help start-ups, I rolled out of bed early for the breakfast club. The group, due to turnover, was never the same.  The names changed—Jonathan, Sean, Matt,…

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