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Supply Chains to Admire 2021

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Abstract. Supply chain is easier to say than define. The Supply Chains To Admire report analyzed improvement, performance, and value for the years 2011-2020. Twenty companies outperform their peer group. Powered By EmbedPress. REPORTS

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Pandemic Report

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Powered By EmbedPress. Objective. Quantitative research on lessons learned by supply chain leaders during the pandemic. Summary. We designed the research to answer four questions. Did innovative companies perform better during the pandemic? Yes, mid-way through the pandemic in September-October 2020, a more innovative manufacturing company rated themselves significantly better on agility and responsiveness at an 80% confidence level.

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How Lazy, Entitled, Coddled Millennials Strengthen Supply Chains

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Well I hate to admit it, but I am *technically* a millennial. (I I like to think since I’m on the older side of the generation I’m just a bit wiser.) I worked with millennials when I managed interns in the central planning group at my last company. I have also recruited, interviewed, and trained many younger employees. I don’t like to admit I’m a millennial because they have quite a few negative connotations associated with them.

2018: What Will It Look Like?

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I hate prediction articles. However, this morning over coffee, my fingers hunger to write this post. I am not sure why. It may be that I am growing tired of hubris and market hype. I writhe in my seat at most conferences and count the number of times the word “digital” is used in presentations. I am often uncomfortable. Consultants and technology leaders are rebranding under a “digital umbrella” without clear definition.

Is Digital Procurement Transformation Delivering on the Promise?

Is your digital transformation working, or is it still a work in progress? Download this report, from a GEP-sponsored survey from ISM, to check your performance and see how your peers are reaching their transformation goals.

Building the Network of Networks. Call for Action. Want to Help?

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In the 1980s commercial internet providers evolved. In 2001 Steve Jobs put 1000 songs in our pocket. And steadily, over the last three decades, mobile phones changed the pace of business. In the process, the banks got bigger and business networks grew more complex. In the last decade social networks and new business models evolved. eCommerce and electronic shopping carts drove new forms of commerce. It lifted all boats in our personal lives.

A New Career in Supply Chain

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There are lots of folks in the supply chain community that have years of experience. Then there are folks like me who are just cutting their teeth. Newbies such as myself realize how much opportunity is out there because supply chain is just SO BIG, and we start down a new career path bewildered and full of questions. What should I do? How does that work? What does this mean?”

Imagine the Supply Chain of the Future

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On September 9–11, 2014, 110 supply chain visionaries will gather in the desert at the Phoenician Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona to think differently and define the future of supply chain. It is needed. Today, 90% of publicly-traded companies are stuck at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns. While most companies have been able to make progress in one of these two critical metrics in the period of 2006-2013, they have not been able to make progress on both together.

Disrupting in the Midst of Disruption

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We are continuing to break the mold to help supply chain visionaries gain first-mover advantage. While other analyst firms put their research behind paywalls, we set it free. We want everyone around the globe to use our research freely and openly. Through our research panels—using Linkedin and Twitter—we now have a database of over 6500 respondents. Our philosophy is “ When companies give to us by participating in our surveys, we give to them through open, shared content.”

Supply Chains to Admire – Technology Computer Hardware Calculation Example

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After doing a deep dive into the Household Products (Nondurable) industry segment to show why Proctor & Gamble did not make the Supply Chains to Admire TM winner list, I wanted to show an example calculation for a company that made the winner list. Cisco Systems has actually made the Supply Chains to Admire list for 4 years in a row ! That’s amazing! They are the only company to do this.

Implementing Supply Chain Network Design

Companies want to maximize service levels, but they also want to cut costs. These goals are often at odds with one another. How do you find the optimum balance? This guide offers hands-on advice that will help you use network design to achieve successful results.

Building Talent: A New Approach

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You are running hard. As a supply chain leader you want your team to make progress and outpace the pack. One of the toughest challenges for the supply chain leader is building and retaining talent. Managing a global supply chain team today is not easy. We find that 59% of companies are experiencing issues in training and retaining mid-management talent. One in three companies have open jobs that are taking nine to twelve months to fill. Talent is scarce and a new constraint.

My Take: What Is the Difference between an Analyst and a Consultant?

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Gray and in his late fifties with a rumpled tan suit, the man wiped his chin vigorously. A bead of sweat sat precipitously on his forehead, as he turned to me while drinking a cup of coffee before the meeting started. He blurted with great energy, “How do you become an analyst?” I smiled. A little taken back, and trying to figure out how I knew this man, a myriad of images flashed in my mind as I tried to form a cogent answer to his question.

TPx: So Where ARE We Anyway?

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LoL. I have to laugh. Not to wax nostalgic here; but it has not been all that long ago that “trade promotion,” as a business process was looked upon as more of a necessary inconvenient evil rather than the mission critical sales and marketing asset it is today (and, frankly, ALWAYS has been!). What’s so funny? Well, for me personally, it is a validation of a life’s work.

Supply Chains to Admire Household Nondurables Calculation Example

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If you’re like me, you might see a long report online and skip past the details to get to the good stuff – the results. When the Supply Chains to Admire TM report came out last week, I scrolled right to the winners. To try to wrap my head around the way the winners were determined, I dug in to the data. I wanted to take one particular company and calculate their results myself to understand the methodology fully. As you can see from Figure 1, the Supply Chains to Admire methodology has 3 steps.

A Recruiter’s Guide To Hiring In 2021

With vaccination rates rising, consumers spending more money, and people returning to offices, the job market is going through a period of unprecedented adjustment. As the New York Times observed, “It’s a weird moment for the American economy.” And recruiting professionals are caught in the middle. To make the most of this disruption, you need to understand the economic drivers, develop a strong strategy for unearthing valuable talent, and use the latest tech tools to get the job done. Read this guide to get your recruiting practice ready to thrive in the new normal.

Supply Chains to Admire – 2016 Results

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Five months of analysis. Lots of heated debates. It is now over. This morning we announced the Supply Chains to Admire Winners and Finalists for 2016. The research starts in April and stretches over many weeks as we analyze the different elements and understand the patterns of each industry. Why do we do it? Selfishly, we need a standard for our research, but we also want to help supply chain leaders gain new insights from a deep data-driven analysis.

Three Years. Where Has It Gone?

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Three years. Six employees. One focus to create content for supply chain visionaries. And we’re celebrating our third birthday by giving all of you a present. Nine out of ten companies are stuck: unable to make progress on a portfolio of supply chain metrics. We want to help. To us, content takes many forms: podcasts, videos, books, events and active networking. We want to make content accessible in order to support line-of-business executives charged with improving their business.

Our Journey

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Over 110 supply chain leaders gathered in the desert to discuss the future of supply chain management. With nine out of ten companies stuck in their ability to improve corporate performance through advancements in supply chain, the discussion at the 2013 Supply Chain Insights Global Summit was not a rehash of the past. Instead, the group was challenged to think about supply chains differently.

Starting 2015 on the Right Foot

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Starting a company is not easy. It is even more challenging when it is a new business model. This is the story of Supply Chain Insights. We are committed to helping supply chain visionaries gain first-mover advantage through research insights. Forging a new direction and building a research model using open content is challenging. We don’t aspire to be consultants and the analyst model is not universally understood, but we will soon be three years old.

Reaching Unreachable Candidates

Speaker: Patrick Dempsey and Andrew Erpelding of ZoomInfo

What is ZoomInfo for Recruiters? Find and connect with the right talent to fill roles fast with more data, basic search, advanced search, candidate and company profiles, and export results. Watch this On-Demand Webinar today to see how ZoomInfo for Recruiters can work to get your talented candidates results.

Supply Chain Insights – The Research Difference

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This month, Supply Chain Insights is two years old. We are no longer a start-up. We are small, and growing, and remain committed to serving the supply chain leader with research. We have survived the first two years. It is time to renew our commitment. It is our goal to redefine the analyst model to be more actionable, available and hard-hitting. The way we do it is very different. So much so, that many times customers will ask us how we make money and how we can give the research away.

Seven Reasons to Attend the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit

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This week, we celebrate the sixth anniversary for Supply Chain Insights. I never wanted to start the company, but when Gartner bought AMR Research, I thought the market needed an alternative. We provide focused and independent research for the business leader. While other research companies write for Information Technology (IT) organizations, our focus is the business leader. We help companies seeking first mover advantage.

Redefining Supply Chain Research

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Last week, I attended Bridges, an event hosted by GT Nexus. While there, I was fortunate to attend a speech by Chis Bonner of Toms Shoes. He spoke about their GIVING supply chain. Essentially, Toms gives away a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair of shoes sold. It is a part of their brand promise. As Chris explained, it sounds easier than it is. The management of his GIVING supply chain is quite a task.

Big Data and Analytics: The New Underpinning for Supply Chain Success?

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Big Data and Analytics: The New Underpinning for Supply Chain Success? – 17 FEB 2015 from Lora Cecere. ###. SUMMARY CHARTS: Big data 2014 15-Summary Charts From Quantitative Study from Lora Cecere. … Infographic.

New Supply Chain Design Software Benefits Calculator

Curious how much can you potentially save by optimizing your supply chain network? Our benefits calculator helps you find out.

Basics of Software Deployment Options

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Supply Chain Insights has just started a six month Putting Together the Pieces study on demand planning solutions. This report series provides guidance to supply chain leaders in their technology selections. As we were preparing the questions to ask demand planning solutions providers, I realized I wasn’t quite clear on the differences between software deployment options.

Globalization? Or Globaloney?

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I studied strategy and international management during my MBA program because I like to look forward. Back then I wasn’t as interested in the numbers of business, and I still owe my friend Kevin at least a portion of my degree for helping me get through statistics. So, while I may have hated it, I made it through accounting, finance and statistics, and it prepared me to enter Corporate America. Back then I read books like The Tipping Point , The World Is Flat , and The Innovator’s Dilemma.

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The Empowered Consumer and Trade Promotion

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Trade promotion execution is but one component of the Consumer Chain, albeit a very critical one indeed. So, in a recent conversation about trade promotion execution with the head of a corporate revenue management organization I asked the question: “Where does the consumer fit in all that?” After a short delay, he answered, “Nowhere really – TPM is essentially a deal between us and the retailer.”. OK, then; a deal to do what? Fund promotions, right?

C’est FINI!

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Fini is the French word for finished. I love the sound as it rolls off my tongue; but yes, the Metrics that Matter book is finished. I finished the page proofs last week. The book is the end of a long journey. It has been a team effort and I will be glad to hold one in my hand and smell fresh ink. The book is a story of a supply chain leader named Joe. He does not want to be an average Joe. As a result, he is trying to figure out how to define supply chain excellence.

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Just in Time vs. Just in Case: What’s the Way Forward for Supply Chains?

Just-in-time supply chains worked just fine — until they didn’t. Is more inventory the answer? It’s not a binary solution. Read this latest GEP paper to learn how enterprises can ensure adequate supplies without running excess inventory.

Is The Creative Class Coming To A City Near You?

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There’s an old song lyric “ wherever I lay my hat that’s my home” (…attribution to Marvin Gaye). Aside from a short stint living in Europe, I’ve always lived in Boston, MA. First it was because my friends and family all lived here. As I got older, and progressed in my career, I stayed in Boston because of different reasons. There was excitement in the air: creative work in the city with smart people doing great things.

One Year!

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It has been one year. We founded Supply Chain Insights on February 9th, 2012. One year later, we are an eight person team. Supply Chain Insights is a true bootstrap startup. The team of Mikey, Jill, Constance, Heather, Abby, Naomi, Regina and I have all worked together to deliver a year of firsts. We have laughed, worked hard, celebrated each success and tried to fail forward. This would not have happened without a committed team.

Committed to the Supply Chain Index

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When you sit down to breakfast, and stare at the plate, you realize that the chicken contributed to the breakfast menu, but the pig committed. I, like the pig, am committed. Today, there is no good measure of supply chain excellence. This summer, during the countdown to our Global Summit, we will be releasing the work on the Supply Chain Index. It is new. We know that it is different. It is our hope that it helps to drive actionable, insightful, and meaningful dialogue.

Q&A on the Supply Chains to Admire

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Today we published a new report, Supply Chains to Admire. It is the end of a two-year research project, and identifies which publicly held companies outperformed their peer group on balance sheet results. Here we share the answers to the questions that we get the most often about this research: What is the source of data? The data analyzed to compile the Supply Chains to Admire 2014 report came from publicly-available information from balance sheets and income statements.

Going to Market Smarter in the New Economy

In 2021, as companies continue to move more functions online, employees will take a more virtual -- and flexible -- mindset and lifestyle in parallel to the digitization of businesses. To succeed, you must change the way you conceive and build new products as a digital business. Download the report today to discover more!