Supply Chain Index

Supply Chains to Admire 2015 Winners

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire Analysis

By | Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chains to Admire | No Comments

Today I’ll present the Supply Chains To Admire 2015 Analysis at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit  in Scottsdale, AZ. The theme is “Imagine the Supply Chain of 2025.” It is our third year of hosting the conference. We will also announce the winners of the Supply Chains to Admire methodology for 2015. Today, supply chain excellence is easier to say than define. To drive success in the  journey leaders need to know…

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New Bookends: The Tale of Supply Chain Global Leaders in Consumer Products

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Definition Bookends: To be positioned at the end or on either side of (something). Colgate. Procter & Gamble. Kimberly-Clark. Unilever. These consumer products global leaders paved the road for supply chain excellence by defining new supply chain practices. Over the last decade each company took a different path to power global growth. With different cultures and competitive natures, tension exists between these leaders. Today, each leader wants to take their empowered team…

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L’Oréal: 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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Judging Supply Chain Improvement: Campbell Soup Case Study

By | Demand, Supply Chain | 4 Comments

Over the course of the last two years, we at Supply Chain Insights have worked on a methodology to gauge supply chain improvement. We named it the Supply Chain Index. We have found that supply chain metrics are gnarly and complicated. During the last two months, we have been interviewing supply chain leaders to get their views on the methodology. We believe that a supply chain leader is defined by both…

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Mush

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Mush is a thick cornmeal pudding boiled in water or milk. It sits until the gel forms a semisolid state. In the United States, we lick it up with maple syrup or molasses, while in Eastern Europe it is served cold. It is a tasteless, innocuous food with little form or satisfaction. Mush in the Real World Last week, the Gartner Top 25 was announced with great fanfare. The announcement marks…

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Defining Supply Chain Excellence: One Column at a Time

By | Supply Chain | 3 Comments

“Lora in your own way, you are helping. You tell it straight. You are pissy and opinionated in this world of supply chain blandness. I find it refreshing.” Quote from a reporter this morning The term supply chain excellence is easier to say than define. It permeates corporate strategy, but it lacks definition. I have been trying to define it as a supply chain analyst for over fifteen years. For…

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What About the Supply Chain Index?

By | Risk management, Supply Chain | No Comments

I have traveled 12,000 miles this week. When I get off the plane, I am accosted by the signs at airports around the world. SAP touts “best-run companies” while the Accenture ads claim “high-performance supply chains.” As I shuffle along, I am not sure. I shake my head. I am a nomad, searching for a good definition of supply chain excellence. It is a quest and the subject of my next book, Metrics That Matter,…

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What I have Learned Working on the Supply Chain Index

By | Big data supply chains, Downstream data, Supply Chain | No Comments

It started at my kitchen table. I was writing the book, Bricks Matter and I wanted a better definition of Supply Chain Excellence. As a member of the team at AMR Research that defined the AMR Top 25 Methodology, I was frustrated in the execution of what I thought could have been a good thing. (For the reasons why, please read my recent blog post) I believed that there was a strong tie between…

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Why I No Longer Believe in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

By | Market-Driven, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights | 4 Comments

This week, Gartner is hosting their annual supply chain conference. A major item on the agenda is the announcement of what used to be named the AMR Top 25. It is now the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25. While the name has changed, the methodology has remained fairly constant, with a only a few changes, since 2004. The research tries to establish “who did supply chain best” by looking at…

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