Three Lies and a Truth

Supply Chain Shaman

Here is the list: Supply chain technology implementations have reduced inventory. Companies should implement supply chain best practices. Companies that have focused on collaboration in the supply chain have built competitive advantage.

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Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire for 2019

Supply Chain Shaman

I feel that topic of supply chain management is analogous to the downward cycle of the news channels. What Drives Supply Chain Excellence? I analyze supply chain management. They lack of a standard definition for supply chain excellence adds to the confusion.

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Why Have We Not Reduced Inventory?

Supply Chain Shaman

“If only I had the money that the company was supposed to save from the multiple ERP and supply chain projects. When I started Supply Chain Insights I wanted to put “research” at the core of the company. Are these supply chain leaders telling a lie?

The End of a Fairy Tale

Supply Chain Shaman

” Or, a casual comment of, “We cannot run our supply chains like we used to.” In fact, I am surprised how few companies are knowledgeable on their own performance on supply chain ratios. This supply chain is designed to NOT have the lowest ROA.

Like A Green Lump of Clay….

Supply Chain Shaman

Your supply chain needs to be agile too. The best supply chains are also designed for purpose. For the purpose of this discussion, I define agility as the design of the supply chain to deliver the same cost, quality and customer service given a level of both market volatility and process variability. For mature supply chain organizations, it is a natural extension of six sigma. Achieving supply chain agility requires a much deeper design.

How Did We Get it All Wrong?

Supply Chain Shaman

The wonderful thing about the work I do at Supply Chain Insights is that I can now connect to people I do not know through my blog, and they are able to reach out to me directly to have a discussion. Based on the work I was doing on financial metrics, and studying the Supply Chain Effective Frontier, I was convinced that companies cannot effectively model the required trade-offs of good supply chain decision-making in S&OP using spreadsheets.

Public Markets Reward Supply Chain Alignment

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, I am proud to launch the Supply Chain Index. It is my hope that the readers of this blog will take time to either join us today to listen to the launch of the Supply Chain Index on our webinar or listen to the replay. (We Supply Chain Performance Matters.

Managing a Third Party Logistics Partnership

The Logistics of Logistics

Chuck specializes in Supply Chain Optimization, Third Party Logistics (3PL) and International Purchasing and Importing Consulting. He also writes for THE GOOD WORD, LinkedIn and other Supply Chain Blogs. When you have chosen a 3PL partner, insure that you have an effective Service Level Agreement (SLA) with accompanying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage the Service Level of the 3PL.

Refresh Your Supply Chain – Have a Coke and a Smile

Supply Chain Network

Clearly, this company knows a thing or two about supply chain management. The purpose was to streamline the supply chain by providing the latest technology to managers, delivery drivers and merchandisers. Water is an essential resource in Coca-Cola’s supply chain.

Gartner: The Supply Chain is Getting Harder


That was the question Michael Uskert, managing vice president, Gartner, asked at the end of the day 1 keynote at Gartner’s 2012 Supply Chain Executive Conference. The opening keynote, which included presentations from Jane Barrett, group vice president, Gartner, and Dana Stiffler, managing vice president, Gartner, connected the United States’ goal of going to the moon with today’s supply chain challenges. What is your moon?

Serving the Industry

Supply Chain Insights

I am convinced that we know supply chain management matters, but that we do not have hardcore data to support it. I also believe that the supply chain is a complex system with complex processes with increasing complexity. We define this as the supply chain index.

Novo Nordisk: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Each year at Supply Chain Insights we study performance and improvement of companies in each industry. Understanding What Drives Supply Chain Excellence. Esra leads international supply chain operations in over 140 countries. She joined Novo Nordisk in 2012.

When Evaluating a 3PL, Check for These 8 Must Have Cultural Traits

The Logistics of Logistics

From my experience as both a supply chain consultant and a 3PL manager, the right type of culture means everything in the logistics business. The best logistics companies use measurements (metrics, KPIs, etc.) When evaluating a 3PL, the culture should definitely be considered. Every company has a culture, sometimes called organizational culture or corporate culture. The culture refers to the values and attitudes of employees in the business or organization.

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What About the Supply Chain Index?

Supply Chain Shaman

SAP touts “best-run companies” while the Accenture ads claim “ high-performance supply chains.” I am a nomad, searching for a good definition of supply chain excellence. It is for this reason that we started the work on the Supply Chain Index.

The Challenges of Global S&OP


A research survey from Supply Chain Insights revealed the average company has five S&OP processes and 63% of companies have more than one.** Each department is concerned with its area and metrics, not necessarily the corporate goals until they are translated to the language of each area of the business. The following is an excerpt from European Business Review. To read Karin's entire article, please visit [link]. What do you want to achieve?

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New Bookends: The Tale of Supply Chain Global Leaders in Consumer Products

Supply Chain Shaman

These consumer products global leaders paved the road for supply chain excellence by defining new supply chain practices. Today, each leader wants to take their empowered team to new supply chain heights. Life is busy at Supply Chain Insights.

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5 Quality Metrics Predicting The Future Of Manufacturing


Bottom Line: Manufacturers are reaching a new level of results in 2018 because they have clearer, more actionable insights based on real-time manufacturing and quality metrics than ever before. Quality Metrics Enable Customer-Driven Manufacturing Networks. 2012).

Metrics and Issues to Consider in SQM (Supplier Quality Management) By 5 Big Industries


In the first post our long tme guest blogger, Chuck Intrieri of The Lean Supply Chai n, gave us 5 core metrics to evaluate supplier performance using supplier quality management and a 4 step process to execute. Review of SQM Metrics and Issues Across 5 Core Industries. #1:

Why Segmentation and Profitability Go Hand in Hand

Supply Chain Nation

The Aberdeen Supply Chain Summit in Chicago earlier this month was a productive event for supply chain executives and practitioners. It was the general consensus of the group that there is value to be delivered from supply chain segmentation.

How Many Slaves Are in Your Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

The collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh last week , which killed at least 705 workers and injured thousands of others, has put a spotlight on a problem that plagues many supply chains: the use of slave labor. How many slaves are in your supply chain?

Lean and Agile Performance Measurement Governance (Part 1)

Supply Chain Nation

At a recent industry conference, I asked my 80-plus audience to raise their hands if they were “OK” with the current status of their performance measurement governance practices – including Metrics Identification, Measuring, Tracking, and Controlling. Systemized metrics tracking.

Next-generation supply chains: Efficient, fast and tailored

Global Trade Management

Friday, 7 December 2012. Next-generation supply chains: Efficient, fast and tailored. PwC recently published a new survey about the "Next-generation supply chains: Efficient, fast and tailored". Following are some key statements: Companies that beat the competition on supply chain performance also. Supply chain Leaders. metrics that really impact the bottom line; the Leaders in our survey. Supply chain.

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Supply Chain Management:Supply Chain Visibility: The need.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

TradeEdge – Demand Chain Management. Supply Chain Management. The Infosys global supply chain management blog enables leaner supply chains through process and IT related interventions. Discuss the latest trends and solutions across the supply chain management landscape. In todays world, supply chains are no longer localized to an organizations four walls. Supply Chain Management. Supply Chain Matters.

Supply Chain Management:Rapid Innovation will Differentiate the.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

TradeEdge – Demand Chain Management. Supply Chain Management. The Infosys global supply chain management blog enables leaner supply chains through process and IT related interventions. Discuss the latest trends and solutions across the supply chain management landscape. Bob Ferrari is the Executive Editor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog, and a periodic guest blogger on the Infosys Supply Chain Management blog.

Part 2: How the Cloud Impacts the Software Lifecycle

Supply Chain Nation

Retailers, for example, would look to a supply chain solution provider to help them establish KPIs for measuring forecast accuracy, demand satisfaction, and channel or store performance. KPIs also enable you to demonstrate the value of IT to business users and management through metrics that are meaningful to the business community.

Introducing Supply Chain Power Influencers on Twitter

Supply Chain Opz

Social media has been adopted by supply chain management professionals as a mechanism to express opinions and disseminate knowledge. Then, this article will show how the influencers in supply chain management can be identified.

And I thought last year’s Top 25 Supply Chain was a surprise


by CJ Wehlage On the bus ride back to the McDowell Marriott after the 2016 Gartner Top 25 Supply Chain event, I plugged my ear phones into my cell and listened to some Pearl Jam. So, the supply chain version of Last Kiss would go something like this…. “Oh

The Trends Shaping Supply Chain and Logistics: Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2017

Talking Logistics

Drones and its future in supply chain and logistics processes. million in FY 2012 to $203.8 getting buy-in from drivers and other stakeholders) and implementing appropriate metrics to measure and drive performance.).

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Supply Chain Management:Growing interest in sustainability from.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

TradeEdge – Demand Chain Management. Supply Chain Management. The Infosys global supply chain management blog enables leaner supply chains through process and IT related interventions. Discuss the latest trends and solutions across the supply chain management landscape. A further benefit of integration of these many systems is to allow organizations to effectively report on their sustainability metrics. Supply Excellence.

Make Your Supply Chains Less Complex – and Less Wasteful!

Talking Logistics

Author’s Note: Below is an excerpt from Moving Up the Supply Chain Maturity Curve: The Process Industry Executive Agenda for 2016 and Beyond , a white paper published earlier this year by Elemica with research conducted by Adelante SCM. Although the research focused on the process industry, the content and recommendations we make apply to companies across all industries that want to make their supply chains more flexible and responsive.

Guest Post: Ignoring this Performance Metric is Risky


There are many ways to measure supply chain performance in terms of resilience, but there is one that’s easily overlooked even though it is gaining in importance: Detection time.

The Evolution of a Supply Chain Planning Support Team


When I joined “DynaSys SA”, 16 years ago, the company was an independent French provider of Supply Chain software. The number of support requests increased, and with the growing experience of DynaSys in the Supply Chain domain, more complex projects were started.

Nine Myths of S&OP Technology Selection

Supply Chain Shaman

Squeezing in this much time to write this deep report between working on the Supply Chain Insights Global Summi t and finishing customer deliverables is tough. I have done this report twice before–once in 2012 and again in 2013. SAP supplied none of the references.

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Demand-Driven Transformation at Shell

Supply Chain Shaman

Located in the United Kingdom (UK), he has more than twelve years of experience in progressive roles driving demand-drive projects for their global supply chain. At the Supply Chain insights Global Summit , Nick shared his story on driving demand-based improvements.

Clouds: A Beautiful Thing for Sure!

Supply Chain Shaman

Two years at Gartner Group , six years at AMR Research (now Gartner), two years at Altimeter Group and three years as the founder of Supply Chain Insights. Over this period, I have watched the acceptance of cloud-based supply chain solutions evolve.

New Books for Your Bookshelf

Supply Chain Insights

This year, we will publish two new books: Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and The Shaman’s Journal. We are adding these two new books for your bookshelf to stand beside Bricks Matter which published in December, 2012. Lessons in Supply Chain Leadership.

Training for the Next Triathlon. Insights for You?

Supply Chain Shaman

At the age of 58, I buried my mother in November 2012. I see a lot of parallels in the training that I did for the triathlon, and the work that I am doing on financial ratios with Abby Mayer on my team at Supply Chain Insights. We call this the Supply Chain Index.