Supply Chain 2030: Forge a New Path

Supply Chain Shaman

The Supply Chain Insights Global Summit is over, but we hope the energy to define Supply Chain 2030 is just beginning. Today only 12% of supply chain teams are driving improvement, performing better than their competitors and driving value (as determined by Price to Tangible Book Value).

The Internet of Things is over 30 Years Old and still in Its Infancy

Enterra Insights

According to Jonathan Sallet, a former visiting fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, that’s exactly the situation in which the Internet of Things (IoT) finds itself. “The term ‘internet of things’ is said to have been first used in 1985,” he explains. ”[1] Although the term “Internet of Things” sounds like it refers to a singular entity, that’s a false impression.

If Only There Were More Choices

Supply Chain Shaman

Many of the clients I work with are nervous about SAP APO’s transition and the evolution of SAP’s supply chain planning solutions. As I work with these teams, one thing is clear. We are at the beginning of the hype cycle.

Imagining the Supply Chain of the Future!

Supply Chain Game Changer

There are articles which describe what the future of Supply Chain will be like in 2020, 0r 2025, or even 2030. But is that enough of a far-reaching vision to offer much more than an incremental view of what we see today based on existing technology? Subscribe Here!

Supply Chain Complexity and the Need for Disruptive Technology


The keynote address at the always enlightening Supply Chain Insights Global Summit was given by Lora Cecere, and she used it to focus on the problem of growing supply chain planning complexity and how to fix it.

Evolution of B2B Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

Today Thoma Bravo, a private equity investment firm, announced a definitive agreement to purchase Elemica, a provider of Supply Chain Operating Networks for the chemical industry. It is seldom positive for the line-of-business user. The Promise of Innovation. Supply Chain 2030.

Lassoing S&OP

Supply Chain Shaman

The proliferation of S&OP might sound like a good thing; and it could be, but only if the processes are built with the goal in mind. I frequently see groups of supply chain leaders arguing about the right for individual businesses to define their own systems/process.

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Lassoing S&OP

Supply Chain Shaman

The processes are out of control. The proliferation of S&OP is not a trivial topic. In my work, I have not found a company that can easily roll up a global material balance or gain a common view of demand. Here I start the discussion of commonalities and differences.

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Tackling the Unknown: Trying to Figure Out New Forms of Analytics

Supply Chain Shaman

The new world of supply chain analytics is my current research project. The possibilities of data variety and velocity to improve supply chain management excite me. The pace of solution evolution is moving quickly, and it is hard for supply chain leaders to keep up.

Go Horizontal!

Supply Chain Shaman

This lack of alignment is an impediment to improving balance sheet results. I am a product of traditional, silo-based thinking. I cut my teeth on early forms of supply chain planning. This is also true of many of the organizations within supply chain.

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S&OP: Five Steps to Get Started

Supply Chain Shaman

When I was in high school, I never thought that I would be a writer, but writing is now a large part of my life. In the course of the cycle of building content–research, writing and speaking–I get many questions. Economic Vision of Supply Chain 2030.

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Is A Customer-Centric Strategy the Same as Demand-Driven? Outside-In?

Supply Chain Shaman

I cradled my cup of tea in my hand. Most of the concepts were new to the team; and while the group had discussed many of the ideas at a high level, they had not been able to take the conceptual ideas into implementation. The most value is at the center of this diagram.

Cognitive Computing: Getting Clear on Definitions

Supply Chain Shaman

The decision support technologies that we use today–price management, trade promotion management, network design, supply chain planning, transportation planning, supplier risk management–are on the cusp of redefinition through new forms of analytics. No doubt about it.

Measuring Up?

Supply Chain Shaman

” The journey for value requires a clear definition and analysis of what is possible. To help, in this post, we provide you with some insights for the period of 2006-2015. The analysis needs to be measured through an evaluation of year-over-year improvements.

No Easter Bunny?

Supply Chain Shaman

Yes, our parents perpetuated the image of that elderly white-haired gentleman, a symbol of Christmas love. Today I also want to report that, based on over a decade of scientific discovery, traditional supply chain practices are not best practices. The cost of the event is $1750.

A River Runs Through It…

Supply Chain Shaman

A River Runs Through It is one of my favorite films. It is the river of “demand.” In times of revenue shortfalls, sales-driven initiatives are short-term. It starts with the needs of the customer’s customer and flows through the extended supply network.

Integrated Planning: Is It Rubbish? Be Careful What You Ask For….

Supply Chain Shaman

The Barnes Foundation is an incredible exposition of some of my favorite artists–Matisse, Modigliani, and Picasso. The combination of weather and the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia delayed all my flights for at least two hours on multiple days. Supply Chain 2030.

Seeing Beyond the Firewall

Supply Chain Shaman

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. .

IoT Order Buttons Are Set to Revolutionize Your Supply Chain: Here’s What You Should Know


We’ve all been there—running out of shampoo while in the shower, or realizing that you forgot one item on your grocery list. With the Internet of Things (IoT) order buttons, that might be a thing of the past.

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

Supply Chain Shaman

These concepts, radically different from the traditional planning systems in the market, fly in the face of tradition. The concepts of market-driven value networks are evolving, but only for the early adopter. The history of the solutions drives different market behaviors.

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7 Supply Chain Technology Trends Set to Disrupt Supply Chains in 2017 and Beyond


In the supply chain, manufacturers have been increasingly focused on customers, with demands for customer centricity spawning the release of individualized products, as well as, creating an entire supply chain process that is customer focused. of the market in 2013.

10 Ideas for More Efficient & Productive Warehouse Operations


Bureau of Labor Statistics, tripping, falling, and slipping account for the majority of “general industry accidents.” In fact, statistics show slip and fall accidents make up 15% of all accidental deaths, 25% of all injury claims and – shockingly – 95 million lost work days each year. It goes without saying that warehouses need to find ways to prioritize workplace safety for the health and productivity of the workforce. Take Advantage of Technology Options.

How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Shaman

Connectivity enabled the growth of the global supply chain opening up markets driving opportunity. The combination of technology along with the advancements in transportation made it possible. The greatest gaps are at the intersection of business process and analytics.

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Supply Chain Planning & Optimization Projections for 2018 - Back to the Future


Therefore, it is with a bit of trepidation that I toss my hat in the arena and make my 2018 supply chain planning and optimization predictions. The Rise of Cloud Deployment and Heightened Security. The large number of major data breaches in 2017 has been the focus of many C-level meetings. The concept of continuous planning where planners address opportunities and disruptions as they happen will continue to gain ground in 2018.

Household Products Industry Stuck in Neutral and Going Backwards

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the course of trip to Atlanta to connect to Peru, we began a discussion. The market shift was dramatic, and if we had made a series of small cuts in staff or direction, we would have had the same fate as i2 Technologies or Manugistics. Another Story of Death by a Thousand Cuts?

Digitization in the Automotive Supply Chain: A Potential, Game-Changing Transition


As the use of technology in cars continues to grow at a rapid pace, tech companies are moving to expand products and services to the automotive supply chain. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), or Industrie 4.0

Reflections, Thank-you(s) and Rethinking the Future

Supply Chain Shaman

Last week I spoke at the CLX Logistics Conference in Philadelphia on the future of Supply Chain Management. The redefinition of supply chain practices is happening through the coalescence of multiple technologies, not one. Shipment and manufacturing of the unit of one.

Trends 2019: Let the Prediction Season Begin

Enterra Insights

Humans long to have a glimpse of the future. Consider the continued popularity of Nostradamus and his befuddling prophesies. William Shakespeare captured this human longing when he wrote, “If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.” To begin this year’s prediction season, I’ll discuss a number of those megatrends. One last area deserving of mention is food security.

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Building Outside-In Processes

Supply Chain Shaman

The concept of being on and available all the time– 24/7– wears on me. As I sat on the cold floor holding the pieces together to enable small hands to slowly position the legs of the monster into the imaginary pelvis, Jake would caution me to let him do the work.

Technologies Reshaping the Global Digital Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Namely Blockchain technology, IoT, ( The Internet of Things ), supply chain digitization and 3-D printing. These technologies are the breakthrough software applications which are fueling supporting technologies, some of which we’re going to explore today.

Late Night Thoughts on Productivity, Efficiency and Global Supply Chain Effectivness

Supply Chain Shaman

So many thoughts in my mind… Yesterday, I signed a contract for Robert Gordon, author of the book, Rise and Fall of American Growth to speak at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit on September 5th-8th in Lake Oconee, Georgia (north of Atlanta). It is late.

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Why Workforce Productivity for Third Party Logistics and Wholesale Distribution Can’t Just be an Operational Issue Any Longer – Part 1 of 3

Supply Chain Nation

This 3-part blog series will take a deeper dive into the importance of warehouse workforce management for wholesale distribution and third party logistics (3PLs) and how to create and sustain a high-performance workforce culture. In part 1 of the series, we’re going to take a deeper dive into how having a flexible technology platform can help optimize workforce productivity. The Importance of Warehouse Workforce Management for 3PLs and Wholesale Distribution.

Smart Mobility Projects: Shaping the Future of Logistics


There are multiple factors at play that are driving the latest technology innovations, including increased demand, supply chain complexity, longer and shorter supply chains, multi-leg shipments, rapid fire replenishment, final mile, and the overall trend of urbanization.

3 Forward-Thinking Ways to Increase Warehouse Safety for the Future


In fact, there are a multitude of exciting changes on the horizon, including lean operations, improved automation, reshoring, technology and innovation, and more. Aside from the financial costs, the human costs of an unsafe operation are staggering.

Human/Machine Collaboration in the Workplace

Enterra Insights

Many of today’s headlines scream similar warnings about artificial intelligence (AI) and robots coming to take jobs. Microsoft analysts assert, “Anyone who works in the technology field is likely to say that with today’s lightning-fast pace of change, no-one really knows how technology will change business over the next 10 years.”[1] promises a new level of collaboration between man and machine.”

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Top 25 Supply Chains of 2018

Material Handling & Logistics

Our look at the Top 25 (plus 4) Supply Chains of 2018 examines how the best companies in the world excel at managing their global supply chains. One of the most popular articles we’ve ever done is our look at analyst group Gartner’s annual ranking of the Top 25 Supply Chains. So the CSR score too is more of a popularity contest than a consistent metric. At the end of the slideshow, you’ll also find links to our analyses of previous years’ rankings.

A vision for a transparent global Rare Earth Element system using blockchain technology


Read the short version of this report on Medium. The central role that REEs play in the functioning of clean energy technologies makes these elements increasingly strategic resources for economies into the 21st Century. The lack of reporting and standardised data collection. .