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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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Good Forecasting Matters

By | Supply chain economic recovery, Supply chain excellence | One Comment

The shift happened.  Haiti crumbled.  Chile did far better.  The difference was substantial. The contrast offers lessons on how to shelter cities from future devastating earthquakes. In a similar vein, the Great Recession shook the core of value chains.  Some supply chains crumbled and some weathered the storm. What made the difference? It is this story that I want to tell.  The Great Recession In my lifetime, there has never been one quite like it.  October 2008 shook the foundations…

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Be the Bridge over Troubled Waters

By | New technologies, Supply chain economic recovery | No Comments

It was late November 2008. Factories were idle, demand was uncertain, and supply chain leaders were navigating new waters in uncertain times.  I met with economists, strategists and operating officers to discuss which letter of the alphabet (L, U, V, or W) best described the recession.  However, the burning question, and the one that they REALLY wanted answered to know was “how do I best manage my supply chain through the…

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Get Nervous, but place a FIRM Hand on the Rudder

By | Supply chain economic recovery, Supply chain excellence, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

It is time to get nervous, but guide the supply chain with a steady hand. Hold tight. It will be a jerky rudder. Expect turbulent times.  Why? The most money is made through the successful navigation of the supply chain in a market recovery.  However, it will be a rough recovery.   Today, demand is rising, commodity speculation is increasing, and markets are responding at VERY different rates (stronger demand in emerging economies and growing hopes in modern trade…

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