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Supply Chain Insights Global Summit

Late-Night Thoughts on Productivity, Efficiency and Global Supply Chain Effectiveness

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It is late. I cannot sleep. Darkness surrounds me as I write this post. So many thoughts in my mind. Yesterday I signed a contract for Robert Gordon, author of the book Rise and Fall of American Growth, to speak at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit on September 5-8, 2017 at Reynolds Lake Oconee, Georgia (east of Atlanta). We also confirmed the return of Tom Bonkenburg of St Onges, a leading…

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Time for Value Chain 4.0?

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“We can see the computer age everywhere, but in the productivity statistics.” Robert Solow, Economist, 1987 It’s a lazy day for me in Singapore. I spent a jet-lagged day reading by the pool. I dragged The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon to the Far East and digested  700 pages of economic analysis while enjoying the sun. I know. Admittedly, I am a geek. Reading the old fashioned way is…

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Embracing the Digital Supply Chain

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This week I am busy packing. It is the same feeling that I had as a child getting ready for camp. For the next 18 weeks I will be in the air. I will be speaking and working with clients in wonderful locations in Brussels, China, Germany, London, Mexico, Peru, and South Africa. In the process I needed a visa for China, and I wandered into an old-fashioned photo shop to have my picture taken…

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SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

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Platitude: a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound. Source: Dictionary.com During the year I go to a lot of conferences. In the process I get to hear the views of many thought leaders. As I sit on the back row I hear platitudes (a number of concepts positioned at a high level without clarity on how to execute). As supply chain…

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Using the Bits: Building Digital Outside-In Processes

By | Big data supply chains, Demand driven, demand driven, Demand sensing, Demand shaping, Digital Supply Chain, Market-Driven | No Comments

Social. Mobile. Sensors. 3D printing. The Internet of Things. The list goes on and on. The atoms and electrons of the supply chain are changing. My mind is spinning with the possibilities. Transmitted perfectly, replicated indefinitely; and with a one-time investment in network infrastructure, a digital task performs well with zero marginal cost.  As a result, new data types move quicker and more accurately, with lower levels of investment. I…

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Eight Myths of S&OP Technology Selection

By | Demand, Market-Driven, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | 2 Comments

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is in a renaissance. The reason? With growth slowing and complexity rising, S&OP is more important than ever. It is not sexy, and it requires hard work; but the greatest value of S&OP is profitable growth. The technology market is rife with unsubstantiated claims and myths.  Like a hammer looking for a nail, it seems like every vendor I meet now has an S&OP solution. It is…

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Seven Misconceptions on Managing Inventory in a Market-Driven World

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When it comes to the management of inventory in value chains, frustration abounds. Executive after executive laments they have purchased many technologies, and sponsored many projects to reduce inventories, but they are not seeing results.  I have been studying the evolution of inventory technologies as an industry analyst since 2002. This week, I published an in-depth analysis on the topic. In this post, I share my reflections along with seven…

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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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Have You Given Your Supply Chain Planner Some Love Today?

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The Supply Chain Insights Global Summit is a week away. We are currently tabulating the results to publish the report, “Top 15 Supply Chains to Admire.” In this report, we track the progress on balance sheet performance of companies by peer group and chart the relative improvement for the period of 2006-2013. This work has taken us two years to finish. As I look at the results—and reflect back on my…

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Redesign to Improve Value: A Case Study of a Supply Chain Leader

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This week, I will speak at Llamasoft’s conference on improving supply chain network design. I am also busy this Saturday writing reports for our Tuesday newsletter. One of the reports that I am writing is on the state of Supply Chain Planning (SCP). While other analysts may put the vendors into a four-square evaluation model and declare it magic, I think that this approach does a disservice to the industry. Why do…

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