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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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I Believe We Have Reached The Supply Chain Plateau

By | Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies | 2 Comments

A plateau: a period of stability with no change Last weekend, I wrote two reports. They published this past week. In the first report, I rolled up my sleeves and analyzed balance sheets of process companies over the past decade with Abby Mayer (@indexgirl). In the process, I discovered that the average process manufacturing company has reached a plateau in supply chain performance. Growth has stalled. To compensate and stimulate revenue, the companies…

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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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Minding our P’s and Q’s: It is more than R’s and P’s

By | New technologies, Supply chain excellence | 2 Comments

It is coming. The evidence is piling up like a giant snow drift from a blizzard on out doorsteps.  It comes in many forms. Close your eyes and think about the changing nature of data  in your supply chain over the last two years. Data volumes are exploding, data velocity is increasing and data types are proliferating.  Most companies that I am working with are struggling.  The question is how to develop…

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