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The Story Continues…. Let’s Don’t Sugar-Coat the Real Issue

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This morning my mailbox was bombarded with the news of a tentative agreement/settlement of the nine-month labor conflict between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). The people on the ground–my contacts in the 3PL, freight forwarding, and transportation industry–know that the labor strife is only a part of the larger story. The issues of chassis management, land-locked ports (currently gridlocked with little space), and…

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Renegade Riposte

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In the supply chain, the questions do not change; but the answers do. Quote from a Supply Chain Leader at a Conference in Europe Yesterday, Peter Bolstorff,  Executive Director, APICS Supply Chain Council, called to discuss the use of the Supply Chain Index by APICS to measure supply chain improvement. Peter is one of the nicest guys that I know, and I am glad to see him at the council. After…

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Why?

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Supply chain management, as a practice in commercial operations, is now thirty years old. Early 2012 marked the end of the third decade and 2013 finds us into the fourth. When we look backwards and use the results on corporate financials as a litmus test on supply chain excellence, we find that: We have made Improvements in Productivity. Due to improvements in connectivity, 90% of industries have made improvements in…

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Three Lies and a Truth

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When new groups come together, the forming process is often awkward.  Teams want to know each other, but introductions are strained. So, how can they do it quickly and move on to solving business problems?  Ice breakers help. One of my favorite is the game, “Three Truths and a Lie.” In this team activity, people who do not know each other list four statements and ask the group to guess which statement is false. It…

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