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Looking Beyond Red Arrows

By | Demand, Inventory Management, market-driven value chains, Market-driven value networks | No Comments

When I engage with supply chain leaders , I ask, “Are you making progress?” Most will nod their heads ‘yes’, but upon a closer look at the data they admit they are stuck. Acknowledging this truth is a freeing moment. Why? It is hard work to maintain the status quo in metrics performance. Most leaders are treading water. When asked to do more, they try to deliver. They often fail. A downward-facing…

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Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

By | Inventory Management, Market-Driven, Supply Chain Excellence | No Comments

I am sitting in seat 4E on an evening flight to San Francisco thinking about my day. It is Labor Day weekend in the United States, and the plane is full. While many have a three-day holiday this weekend, I will celebrate this Labor Day by working. Next week is the annual Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, and summit preparation is on my agenda for the weekend. At the summit it…

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Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

By | Demand, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply chain planning | No Comments

Benchmarking is a measurement of the quality of an organization’s policies, products, programs or strategies against standard measurements.  Business Dictionary.com Writing a Shaman blog post is now a Sunday night ritual. For me, it is a good time to reflect, think and share what I am learning. In my work with Supply Chain Insights, I immerse myself in learning. I continually question my long-held beliefs on supply chain excellence.  I…

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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

By | Market-Driven, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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?

By | Market-Driven, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence | One Comment

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

By | Market-Driven, Supply Chain, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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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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…

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Let’s put Working Capital to Work

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply chain planning | No Comments

I am taking a break from my Big Data Supply Chain Series to post a few articles that have been in the works for a couple of weeks.  I just wanted to put some diversity into the blog.  I hope that you enjoy this post on working capital and redefining the value chain. Software optimization improved it. Investments in global markets accelerated the need. The recession was a shock. Supply chains withstood…

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