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supply chain

Step it UP!

By | Downstream data, Supply chain excellence | No Comments

My mother used to tell me, “If you cannot say anything positive, don’t say anything at all.”  And, while I should  probably heed her advice on this beautiful morning in Baltimore, I am not going to. This week, I attended the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) supply chain event.  When it comes to content, it was one of the worst events that I have attended in the past two years.  It…

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Insights from the First Day of NRF

By | Demand driven, New technologies | No Comments

It is cold in New York.  My feet are tired, but I have enjoyed the first day of the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show.  (Twitter hashtag #NRF12). I had the luxury to stay in the same room and hear some great presentations. Here are my insights.  1) Shopper Insights are the Way to Drive True Collaboration.  I got up early.  I moderated a panel for Coca-Cola for a session at…

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More than just an F-WORD

By | Downstream data, New technologies | One Comment

I think that we are in a new bubble. It will grow and pop like the ones before.  However, for a short minute, it will be dazzling.  Like bubbles rising from a child softly blowing on their new toy,  I think that we are seeing multiple bubbles beginning to rise.  It will be a new horizon filled with color, uncertainty and rising expectations. It is more than a F-Word.  Here I explain…. Managing the Bubble I like…

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User in the Era: Big Data Supply Chains

By | Demand driven, Downstream data, New technologies, Supply chain planning | 6 Comments

The time is near.  The time has come. As I return from my trip last week, I give thanks, that it is not the end of the world that we need to prepare for….  Yes, thankfully, as the Rapture witching hour approached last week, I was holding my grandson in my arms with a glass of wine and having a great discussion with my daughter.  (This is something that I…

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Revenue Management: Beyond Smoke and Mirrors

By | Demand driven, New technologies | No Comments

Improving revenue management –which includes the management of multi-party trade settlement (sometimes dubbed bifurcated trade management) — is an equal opportunity for all supply chains.  No matter whether you are in a consumer, high tech, life sciences, or chemical supply chain it is a major source of cost, waste and frustration.  Executives often will ask, “Why can’t we get this right?”  I laugh and empathize.  What seems so simple is…

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Ring in the New Year….

By | Demand driven | One Comment

Each year, as I prepare to ring in the New Year, I survey as many companies as I can on supply chain.  This year was no different.   It was great to talk to 53 companies that took my call.  Of the 53 suveyed, 49 mentioned that supply chain is growing in importance.  When asked “Why?”, the answer was all about “reducing costs.”  As I hung up the phone from the last call, I…

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Rise of Social Commerce

By | Demand driven, Downstream data, New technologies, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

“We have the most powerful distribution mechanism that has been created in a generation,” Mark Zuckerberg, Founder Facebook at the launch of the 2006 Connect Platform It is called the socialgraph: the complex interconnection of social relationships. It is a new type of network.  One that has the power to redefine the shopping experience allowing companies to anticipate, personalize and energize the shopping experience in new ways.  Tapping the potential of this technology shift will make the vision…

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Start a New Conversation. Free the Data to Answer the Questions that you Don’t know to Ask

By | Demand driven, Downstream data | No Comments

It happens all the time.  IT says to line of business leaders, “Tell me what you need for Business Intelligence (BI), and I will go find the right technologies.”  The issue is that we don’t know, and we will not know soon.  We only know that applications are changing and that the data is growing exponentially.  The answer to the question of: “What is the right data architecture for demand-driven…

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall….

By | Supply chain economic recovery, Supply chain excellence, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

 In the movie Snow White, the Queen possesses a magical mirror that answers any question, to which she often asks: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who in the land is fairest of all?” …to which the mirror always replies “You, my queen, are fairest of all.” _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Companies want to know “who has the best supply chain?”  Unfortunately, there is no supply chain magic mirror;  however, each June we can…

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