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Avoid Speed Bumps

By | Supply chain economic recovery, Supply chain excellence | No Comments

As we climb out of the recession, expect speed bumps.  You know, those brightly painted yellow concrete bumps that rock your bones, but make you slow down?  As the wheels of the extended supply chain start to turn at a higher gear, expect to navigate over a lot of these speed bumps <ouch> and navigate many troubled waters. To help readers, I will publish a monthly post on this blog to…

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Be the Bridge over Troubled Waters

By | New technologies, Supply chain economic recovery | No Comments

It was late November 2008. Factories were idle, demand was uncertain, and supply chain leaders were navigating new waters in uncertain times.  I met with economists, strategists and operating officers to discuss which letter of the alphabet (L, U, V, or W) best described the recession.  However, the burning question, and the one that they REALLY wanted answered to know was “how do I best manage my supply chain through the…

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Get Nervous, but place a FIRM Hand on the Rudder

By | Supply chain economic recovery, Supply chain excellence, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

It is time to get nervous, but guide the supply chain with a steady hand. Hold tight. It will be a jerky rudder. Expect turbulent times.  Why? The most money is made through the successful navigation of the supply chain in a market recovery.  However, it will be a rough recovery.   Today, demand is rising, commodity speculation is increasing, and markets are responding at VERY different rates (stronger demand in emerging economies and growing hopes in modern trade…

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