bricks matter

Please Tell Me HOW

By | Bricks Matter, Demand, Market-Driven | No Comments

I love hearing from blog readers. This morning, I woke to receive this email in my inbox: Good morning Lora, I have read with pleasure the insightful report related to SC 2020 (race for Supply Chain – April 2013). If it is possible, I would like to use some of the info for a presentation I will deliver in a couple of weeks to the General Management.  I have a…

Read More

A Pot of Coffee: A Morning of Reflection

By | Demand, Downstream data, Market-Driven | One Comment

This morning was an intense morning of back-to-back calls.  I love talking to clients, and relish mornings like this. Yet, today, I was frustrated. As the morning progressed, my discomfort heightened. The discussions were all with very bright people trying to figure out the basics of becoming demand driven. The gaps were many. It resulted in deep reflection on how I communicate these concepts more effectively. As I talked to clients, I drank a…

Read More

Raise a Glass to the Smell of INK!

By | Bricks Matter, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Insights Community | No Comments

My soul craves a holiday. Like many of you, I’ve sat in one too many airline seats, hustled for one too many cabs and slept in too many hotel beds. I need to unwind. I want dust to gather on my suitcase as I bake my special holiday treats. I crave time to step off the treadmill of life to think. It is time for reflection and celebration. The book Bricks Matter is currently…

Read More

Where Has the TIME Gone?

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Supply Chain | No Comments

Greetings from Melbourne, Australia. Tonight, I have dined on Tasmanian salmon, enjoyed a snack of Tim Tam fingers, and dipped Wattle cookies into my coffee. I traveled over 10,000 miles. It has been a very long day. I will be speaking on Monday at “Mastering Supply Chain Management with SAP” by the Eventful Group. I am excited to talk to an Australian audience and welcome them to the SCI Community. I will share more on…

Read More

IBM: You Can Do Better

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Downstream data, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supplier development, Supply Chain | No Comments

An open letter to IBM. Dear IBM: This week, I attended your Smarter Commerce Conference in Orlando (#IBMCSGS). I am sorry that I had to leave early due to personal reasons (life goes on), but I wanted to send you a quick note with some feedback. I love the Smarter Commerce message. It is brilliant. It makes me hopeful that a technology provider can make a difference. However, on the main stage in Orlando, I…

Read More

I Do Believe Bricks Matter. Do You?

By | Demand, Market-Driven, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | 2 Comments

Yesterday, I met a friend for coffee. She started the discussion with a question, “How are you doing?  So, what is it like to write a book? What have you learned?”  I smiled. The question brought back so many flashbacks. My mind filled with emotion. It quickly short-circuited between the shear frustration of reading the seventh, and what I hope are the final round of edits on Chapter 5, and my rising excitement to…

Read More

Does Supply Chain Matter?

By | Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence | One Comment

Does supply chain matter?  I think so. In this blog, I want to convince you that it does. In preparation for writing the book Bricks Matter, my co-author, Charlie Chase, and I interviewed 75 supply chain leaders.  When asked, Who does supply chain best?  Procter & Gamble got the most mentions.  P&G was mentioned 38% of the time, Apple was mentioned 21% of the time, and Dell was mentioned in 17%…

Read More

Trivial Pursuit and a Hole in my Bookshelf

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | 2 Comments

“Why am I focused on the supply chain? The answer is simple. It is a barometer of my business. All the problems show up first in the supply chain….” Michael Dell, CEO of Dell  This week as I did briefings, gathered data for the book, and talked to experts, my mind was cranking.  So, when you play supply chain trivia this weekend with your friends <OK, so you might say,…

Read More