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L’Oreal: A Beautiful Supply Chain

By | Market-driven value networks, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Leadership | No Comments

In the process of compiling the Supply Chains to Admire report for last year’s Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, the research team at Supply Chain Insights calculated the rate of supply chain improvement of companies by industry for the periods of 2006-2013 and 2009-2013. We wanted to see which companies were driving the fastest rate of improvement on the supply chain metrics that matter. We studied this pre- and post-recession….

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Stories of Supply Chain Leadership: An Interview with Joan Motsinger of Seagate

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Many companies talk about Supply Chain Excellence, but most leaders struggle to define it. As a goal, it is easier to say than to define. One supply chain leader, in a discussion last week, likened supply chain excellence to fitness. His reasoning? He saw fitness as a goal to work for, and he acknowledged that you can get fitter; but he believed that the state of fitness is elusive. His belief…

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Cradle to Grave?

By | Demand, Demand driven, Demand sensing, Demand shaping | One Comment

Last week, I interviewed Robert Byrne, founder of Terra Technology on his demand planning benchmarking study. I enjoy creating the Straight Talk podcast series, and Rob’s findings in his benchmark study are always thought-provoking. This is his fifth year of studying demand processes. In this blog, I share the findings and why I think they should matter to supply chain professionals in consumer-facing industries. Based on Rob’s study, the number…

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Power B2B Networks

By | Big data supply chains, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights Community, Supply sensing | 2 Comments

If you ask companies if they would like better inventory  and global supply chain visibility, you will get an overwhelming answer of, “Yes!” However, if you ask companies how they define and deliver global business visibility, you will get stares like, “Doesn’t everyone know what global visibility means?” The answer is simple. They don’t. The term supply chain visibility varies by role. In our recent report on defining supply chain…

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