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Dissecting the Headwinds and Tailwinds of Digital Transformation

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Headwinds: A force of resistance Tailwinds: A favorable force blowing in the same direction When I travel from company to company and discuss the future of business processes, the term “digital” is ubiquitous. A digital fever abounds. I liken it to the e-commerce frenzy of 2001 (when an “e” proceeded  every strategy). Fear abounds. Growth is slowing. Amazon is expanding. Unlikely players are driving change. For example, Google and Tesla…

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Cognitive Computing: Getting Clear on Definitions

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No doubt about it. The decision-support technologies that we use today–price management, trade promotion management, network design, supply chain planning, transportation planning, supplier risk management–are on the cusp of redefinition through new forms of analytics. We are on a hype cycle. There is no common definition of cognitive computing and there are many variants. A blue ocean lies ahead. We can only imagine what this means.   Navigating the Hype…

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Good People Can Make a Difference in Outcomes

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I closed the door of my hotel room and grimaced at the overflowing trash can. Heaped high with plastic, it violated my principles as an environmentalist. Ironically in the city of San Francisco, which alleges allegiance to Corporate Social Responsibility, I had no option. As a frequent traveler, sometimes the road stories are ones we’d like to forget. This was a bad week. The flight into San Francisco on American was…

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A River Runs Through It

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Demand driven, demand driven, Demand sensing, Demand shaping | 2 Comments

A River Runs Through It is one of my favorite films. The scenes directed by Robert Redford are beautiful. As the story unfolds, a family with many dramatic ups and downs always return to the Blackfoot River to fish. The river becomes the thread that connects their lives. The last scene shows an old man sitting on the Montana river where he used to fish with his family many years ago. He…

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Let’s Embrace New Ways of Working

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Tomorrow, I am off to Europe. On Thursday I speak on the future of supply chain technologies at an EyeOn conference in Rotterdam. It is the end of the fall conference speaking circuit and I am looking forward to spending time at home over the holidays. While I love talking to supply chain professionals at conferences, and challenging them to think more holistically about supply chain excellence, as the leaves fall…

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S&OP: A Tough Nut to Crack

By | Market-Driven, Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain Excellence | 3 Comments

Idiom – A Tough Nut to Crack: A problem that is very difficult to solve. Cambridge Dictionary Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is over 30 years old. I have been studying it as a researcher for 15 years. With the rise of the global multinational, S&OP increased in importance as a way to align and drive organizational balance. In parallel, as shown in the attached infographic, challenges to do it well increased. Companies…

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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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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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Agility Does Not Grow on Trees: Start Building Today

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Companies want to be agile. As demand and supply volatility increases, the goal is to build a flexible supply chain system. The definition is one that can deliver the same cost, quality and level of customer service with the increase in demand and supply volatility. The gap is large. Today, based on recent research, less than 30% of supply chain leaders have a supply chain that they consider to be…

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Three Tough Headlines: What Can We Learn?

By | Demand, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights | 2 Comments

Today is a rainy day in Philadelphia. I am recovering from bronchitis. I am reflective as the rain sheets down my window. My travels this week took me to California and Boston. I worked with consultants defining a business case for cloud-based supply chain solutions and new vendors looking to use artificial intelligence to solve the problems of master data management. On the road,  I scanned the newspapers… read newsfeeds. It was…

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