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Raise a Toast to Digital Business!

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven, Supply Chain | 2 Comments

It is the week before Thanksgiving in the United States, and as a good Yank, I am reflective. I am giving thanks. This blog was started in 2010. Today, 270 posts and five years later, I am thankful for the opportunity to sit at my kitchen table and communicate to almost 20,000 supply chain professionals globally (directly through this blog and through connections on Linkedin). I am in awe of…

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Misnomer

By | Demand, Supply Chain Insights | 2 Comments

Misnomer (n): A wrong name. The misuse of a term or name. Merriam-Webster Dictionary I am a supply chain gal. I work with many organizations on their supply chain strategies. One of the important lessons I have learned in my lifetime of doing this work is to never be afraid to ask what a term means … especially when everyone in the room is comfortable. The more content people are,…

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Is Your Success with an IT Project the Same as a Flip of the Coin?

By | Big data supply chains, New technologies | No Comments

  Throw a coin in the air. There is a 50% chance of heads and a 50% probability of tails. Today, based on a recent study with 113 process companies, an organization’s probability of success with an IT project is almost the same as the toss of a coin. Based on a recent study of 113 process manufacturers, only 58% of companies report that their projects meet their business objectives. So,…

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XX and XY: A Different World in Supply Chain

By | Demand, Supply Chain | One Comment

The deserts of the southwest sprawl below me as the plane ascends from San Diego. It is such a very different landscape than the green mountains of my farm in West Virginia or my city streets in Philadelphia. It appears SO barren from my window in seat 4D. It has been a good week. I now have a working manuscript for the entire book of Metrics That Matter. Writing this…

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Can You Take the Risk?

By | Demand, Market-Driven | 2 Comments

“This is not a supply chain process. It is a new way of doing business.” Financial Leader in Discussions on Demand Sensing In 2013, 80% of supply chain leaders had a material supply chain disruption. It was not just one. The average company had  three. Yet, in a study that we just completed, when asked about business pain, supply chain risk rates low. How come? It is new.  It lacks…

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Happy Holidays!

By | Supply Chain, Supply Chain Insights | No Comments

The snow is falling outside my window. It is the quiet, steady kind that mounds on the window sill… a strong signal for me to relax and enjoy winter.  I want to light a fire and curl up on the couch with a good book. I am a voracious reader. I think that this is one of the reasons why I love to write. Three months ago, one of my clients asked me…

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What Do We Do Now?

By | Supply Chain | No Comments

Supply chain talent is a growing gap for leaders. The impact is great. The biggest issues are in mid-management roles. Let’s examine some of the facts from recent research. Today, 60% of companies have open positions. Fifteen percent of the planning positions are open for an average time of five months. An IBM surveys report that 51% of companies are seeing an increase in turnover of supply chain leaders. Have I convinced you yet to be…

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What Is Old Is New Again. Maybe, Just Maybe, the Emperor Is Getting Some Clothes.

By | Demand driven, Market-Driven, Market-driven value networks, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain visibility, Uncategorized | No Comments

Over the Memorial Day weekend, I stumbled on an old article that I wrote in 2001. At the time,  I was a junior Gartner analyst. The piece, “CPG/Retail E-Marketplaces: The Emperor’s New Clothes?” was controversial. At a time that marketplace offerings were super-hyped, I forecasted the doom of ten e-marketplace providers. I was dubbed by my boss as the ultimate-contrarian. This was to such a degree that one of the…

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SXX?

By | Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supply Chain | No Comments

Last week, I attended the SAS Analyst Day at Steamboat Springs and the Logistics and SCM 2013 event in Las Vegas. (This event is owned and run by WIS Publications and features insights on SAP product developments and software.) I am currently doing research in the area of analytics (reference Supply Chain Insights Report, The Art of the Possible). I strongly believe that the future of supply chain management lies…

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Corporate Sustainability: Are Companies Vulnerable?

By | Demand, Risk management, Supplier development, Supply Chain, Supply sensing | One Comment

“Supply chain sustainability” is the management of environmental, social and economic impacts and the encouragement of good governance practices, throughout the life cycles of goods and services. Supply Chain Sustainability (definition) United Nations Global Compact The first corporate social responsibility statement was published by Dow Chemical in 1996. Since then, how have supply chain leaders and corporate sustainability leaders defined supply chain initiatives? What are the priorities? Where are the…

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