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Reflections, Thank Yous, and Rethinking the Future

By | Big data supply chains, customer-centric supply chains, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Leadership | No Comments

Last week I spoke at the CLX Logistics Conference in Philadelphia on the future of Supply Chain Management. As I presented on Supply Chain 2030, I shared research on balance sheet performance, and provided insights on why I believe 90% of organizations failed in the delivery of supply chain excellence at the balance sheet level. My speech also focused on how current technologies are rapidly becoming obsolete due to market…

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The Job Is Not Done

By | Supply Chain, Supply Chain Excellence | One Comment

Imagine driving down a dusty road for years. One without any towns, road signs, billboards, or rest stops. Sounds boring, right? I agree. This is the world of the supply chain leader driving process improvement. The road to supply chain excellence takes time and patience. There are no clear landmarks or directional signage. Today, in organizations, there is a large gap between technology and process effectiveness. Here we examine some…

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Are You Feeding the Beast? Or Driving Progress in Your Business?

By | Demand, Demand driven, Market-Driven, New technologies, Sales and Operations Planning | No Comments

As a mom, I loved to read to my daughter. One of our favorites was the book Where the Wild Things Are. I loved the imagery in this short story of 338 words. You have probably also read it many times; but, just in case you are not familiar, let me briefly summarize the plot. The story is about a young boy, Max, who after dressing himself in his wolf costume, wreaks havoc…

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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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Rethinking the “How” and “What” of DRP

By | Demand driven, Downstream data | No Comments

Want to save millions? Maybe even billions?  According to my panelists on Monday morning, September 27th, at The Council of Supply Chain Management (CSCMP), it comes down to rethinking the “How” and “What” of Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP).  DRP, MRP and ERP are push-based applications. They work from the inside of the enterprise out. Demand-driven value networks, a more effective design, require a pull-based signal from the outside-in. They also require flexibiity.  These traditional systems are…

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Reflections: The End of a Decade in Supply Chain Management

By | New technologies, Supply chain excellence | 3 Comments

  As we watched the ball drop on Times Square on New Year’s eve 2000, we witnessed the dawn of a new decade.  Those were go-go years for supply chain management.  Spending was brisk. Year 2000 compliance and e-commerce budgets were growing.  Investments in Advanced Planning Systems (APS) were high and optimism reigned. Three years later, when the e-commerce bubble burst, a new vision was launched.  It was the vision of an integrated end-to-end supply…

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall….

By | Supply chain economic recovery, Supply chain excellence, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

 In the movie Snow White, the Queen possesses a magical mirror that answers any question, to which she often asks: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who in the land is fairest of all?” …to which the mirror always replies “You, my queen, are fairest of all.” _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Companies want to know “who has the best supply chain?”  Unfortunately, there is no supply chain magic mirror;  however, each June we can…

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