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Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

By | Demand, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights Community | One Comment

Forty years ago, as a chemical engineering student, I learned the tedious craft of chemical plant design. It was a world of heat exchangers, distillation columns, reactors, tanks, pumps, valves, and dryers. I liked the classes, and would spend hours talking to my professors about the design of the factory. Getting good at factory design is a merit badge of sorts for the chemical engineer. When I moved into industry,…

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importance versus performance and visibility

Piece Parts

By | Big data supply chains, Market-Driven, New technologies | No Comments

You have brains in your head, and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own and know what you know. And, you are the only one that will decide where to go. Dr. Seuss In this blog we are going to focus on the word part. By definition it is one of the pieces, sections, qualities, etc., that make or form something. Merriam-Webster Dictionary I…

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Improving Relationships within the Healthcare Value Chain

By | Demand, Supply Chain | No Comments

The healthcare provider network is fragmented. As the power shifted from the supplier to the healthcare provider, over the last decade, the healthcare provider responded. The hospital built a supply chain organization that is now viewed as stronger than that of its suppliers. Today, providers of healthcare self-assess that they are more successful meeting their goals than the supplier. The supplier, or healthcare manufacturer (pharmaceutical or medical device) in the healthcare value chain is three times…

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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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