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A New Mission for a Female Supply Chain Pioneer

By | Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Talent | No Comments

This week I worked with the Supply Chain Insights team to analyze and write our annual supply chain talent report. With over 400 respondents in the study, cross-tabbing and data analysis was fun. We had many options. High-Level Findings In general there is high job satisfaction in supply chain careers: 70% are either very satisfied or satisfied with their current job. The most satisfied are Baby Boomers working for technology…

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E2open Acquires Steelwedge. Impact on Market?

By | Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain | 2 Comments

This morning E2open announced the acquisition of Steelwedge for an undisclosed sum of money. Founded in 2000, Steelwedge was an innovator in Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) and was an early provider of cloud solutions for supply chain. I estimate that the company had annual sales of 30M$. Clients include Canon, Pfizer, HP Inc, Jaguar Land Rover, Lenovo, Nissan and Monsanto. When E2open called to tell me of the acquisition, they…

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Different Strokes for Different Folks (to Yield Better Results?)?

By | Demand, Uncategorized | No Comments

This week I spent time in Silicon Valley talking to technology innovators. Disruption in supply chain planning is happening. My angst is that it is not happening faster. We are on a path to reinvent decision-support technologies like supply chain planning. The third act is starting. This will make traditional approaches obsolete. The rate of adoption will be fast for early adopters (next five years), but much slower for conservative…

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

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

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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VTech: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

By | Demand, demand driven, Digital Supply Chain, Market-Driven, Supply Chain Leadership | No Comments

Slowly, more and more companies are waking up to the cold and hard facts. Financial balance sheet improvements cannot be driven by traditional supply chain processes. In the words of a supply chain leader yesterday, “Lora, please give me stories of success. I have personally experienced the failure.  Lift my soul by sharing some success stories.”  This is my new mission. Through the next two months I am focusing on…

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Five Things I Have Learned About Global Supply Chain Planning

By | Global Supply Chains, Supply chain planning, Uncategorized | No Comments

Another plane, another client; and yet another discussion. They are sounding a bit the same. I am trying to not sound like a broken record. Regional supply chain companies are attempting to define global requirements. They are well versed in requirements for regional supply chain planning, but they are attempting to redefine their processes and be more global. It is very similar to the man in the picture: a company attempting…

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Supply Chains to Admire: 2016 Results

By | Supply Chains to Admire | One Comment

Five months of analysis. Lots of heated debates. It is now over. This morning we announced the Supply Chains to Admire Winners and Finalists for 2016. The research starts in April and stretches over many weeks as we analyze the different elements and understand the patterns of each industry. Why do we do it? Selfishly, we need a standard for our research, but we also want to help supply chain…

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Network Consolidation: A Step Forward for Market-Driven Value Networks?

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven, Supply Chains to Admire | One Comment

Market-Driven Value Networks: An adaptive network focused on a value-based outcomes. The network senses, translates, and orchestrates market changes (buy- and sell-side markets) bidirectionally with near real-time data to align sell, deliver, make and sourcing organizations outside-in. Today’s supply chain processes are inside-out with a focus on orders and shipments. We have automated transactional data; but there are no systems available to take independent demand data (channel data) and move…

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How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

By | Demand, Global Supply Chains, Supply Chains to Admire | One Comment

Today I unpacked my bags. In the last six months, in my travels, I have presented to supply chain teams in China, Belgium, France, Germany, Peru, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom. To streamline my efforts, I just kept a packed bag in the closet. I strongly feel that if I am going to cover the global supply chain that I need to experience it. Connectivity enabled…

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Embracing the Digital Supply Chain

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Demand driven, digital supply chains, Market-driven value networks | 2 Comments

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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