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Network Consolidation: A Step Forward for Market-Driven Value Networks?

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Market-Driven, Supply Chains to Admire | One Comment

Market-Driven Value Networks: An adaptive network focused on a value-based outcomes. The network senses, translates, and orchestrates market changes (buy- and sell-side markets) bidirectionally with near real-time data to align sell, deliver, make and sourcing organizations outside-in. Today’s supply chain processes are inside-out with a focus on orders and shipments. We have automated transactional data; but there are no systems available to take independent demand data (channel data) and move…

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Sparking a New Conversation: Let’s Build a Network of Networks

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Market-driven value networks, Supply Chain Insights Community | One Comment

Today’s supply chain is inside-out. Companies wait and process orders. They cannot sense and respond to demand. It is a struggle. The processes are largely batch and out of cadence with the markets they serve. Increasingly, business requirements are outside-in. The channels are multi-tier and companies are more dependent on outsourcing. Systems are growing more complex. Yet, the primary means to manage trade with network partners is through spreadsheets and email….

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Seeing Beyond the Firewall

By | customer-centric supply chains, Demand, Downstream data, Market-Driven, Supply sensing | No Comments

Supply Chain Operating Networks: The building of supply chain applications using many-to-many architectures to connect multiple parties to multiple trading partners to improve multi-tier supply chain visibility, planning and execution to improve relationships in extended value chains.   The winds of a recession are whipping. Trade winds are changing. Globalization and localization are happening simultaneously. Growth has slowed and customers are more fickle. Yet, the supply chain organization cannot see. The…

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Time for Value Chain 4.0?

By | Big data supply chains, Digital Supply Chain | No Comments

“We can see the computer age everywhere, but in the productivity statistics.” Robert Solow, Economist, 1987 It’s a lazy day for me in Singapore. I spent a jet-lagged day reading by the pool. I dragged The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon to the Far East and digested  700 pages of economic analysis while enjoying the sun. I know. Admittedly, I am a geek. Reading the old fashioned way is…

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The Digital Supply Chain: Making the Leap with a Ball and Chain

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Last week I spoke on the evolution of the digital supply chains and my vision for Supply Chain 2020 at the World Trade Group Event in Miami. I was the last speaker at the event. There were many cancellations in the program, and as a result, I questioned why I had come. However, it turned out OK. The audience stayed for the presentation, and following the event there were many spirited debates…

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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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Piece Parts

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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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Revenue Management: Beyond Smoke and Mirrors

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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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