supply chain agility

A Walk on the Beach? A Run for Supply Chain 2020?

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I like art, and love unusual sculpture. Some days when I need a pick-me-up, I watch the videos of Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests. These self-propelling plastic pipe structures use wind power to walk. I am amazed as one of these ungainly creatures catch the wind and walk easily across the sand. It is carefully designed alignment. Over time, these modern sculptures have become more resilient. The artist, over two decades, refined the sculptures to withstand the rigors of the environment. In an interview…

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Preparing to Run the Race: Supply Chain 2020

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In 2012, three decades of supply chain management have passed.  It is time to learn from history and look forward.  I feel that organizations need to train for supply chain 2020. As we head into the race, the headwinds are strong.  Commodity volatility is the highest in one hundred years.  Materials are scarce and the standards for social responsibility programs are rising.  Product life cycles are shorter and customers have higher expectations.  Global…

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