Supply Chain Shaman

Supply Chain Leaders, Chained to Tradition, Face the Whip

Supply Chain Shaman

As my arms stretch forward to pull for the next lap in the summer heat, three thoughts circulate in my head. (I I often write my blogs in my head as I swim. The rhythm of a lap swim helps me to think better.). During the swim, my mind races with many thoughts.

You Should Be Worried. Supply Chains Are Not OK. Let’s Lock Arms To Drive Change

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As I rolled holiday cookies in my hands, I watched TV. I seethed as the news stations celebrated supply chain success for the December holidays. As I watched, I shook my head. I am worried. Chinese Lunar New Year in the face of a new pandemic lays before us. I expect disruption.

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Uh-Oh! Insights On How P&G Failed And What This Means For You

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Supply chain excellence is easier to say than to explain. Business leaders are action-oriented and competitive. Executive teams strive to drive improvement in supply chain results; yet, sadly, only four percent of public companies succeed. The reason?

Overcoming The Barriers to Use Channel Data

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I remember the evening well. A requirement to apply as an analyst position for AMR Research was to write an opinion piece and defend the article in an interview.

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2022 Peak Season Shipping Checklist

Guarantee success with this free Peak Season Checklist—a guide for parcel shippers to navigate the chaos of Q4. This checklist will help you efficiently manage your supply chain to prepare for holiday spikes in volume and demand.

My Lessons in Interviewing Supply Chains to Admire Award Winners

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In business conversations, the term supply chain excellence rolls off the tongue frequently in meetings, but what does it mean? My insight? There is no standard answer. Excellence is actively sought but seldom defined for business teams. Most teams are on a journey without a clear compass.

Pushing the Supply Chain Reset Button

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The global supply chain that we know today is built on three assumptions: rational government policy, low variability, and availability of logistics. These core assumptions are no longer true. Over the last three years, these three fundamental assumptions unraveled: they are no longer valid.

Side-stepping the Pitfalls of a Digital Strategy for 2022

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It is that time of year. Yes, a time when well-meaning supply chain leaders share their strategy decks for the upcoming year and ask me for an opinion. I notice a trend of investment in digital for the sake of digital and then asking for help. The reason? Most because they are stuck.

Dealing With The Supply Chain Gloppy Mess

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During August, I moved and I spent the weekend painting my new shed with gloppy, wet deck paint. As I methodically pivoted the roller to apply the stain, I made quite a mess. Standing in the hot sun covered in paint was a good time for reflection.

Supply Visibility: More Important Than Ever. Yet Elusive.

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Semiconductors. Plastics. Coffee. Copper. Building Supplies. Motors. The list goes on and on. Supply chain shortages abound. Today, more than 1% of the world’s container ships are stuck off major ports. Unloading times are double and costs are triple.

Best Practices to Model Carbon Costs in Supply Chain Network Design

How to model carbon costs in your supply chain design? Make conscious choices by comparing scenarios indicating at which points in the supply chain carbon emissions occur and achieve the right balance between sustainability and cost.

When Variability Is Our Only Constant

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For the past three weeks, I attempted to move my fingers on the keyboard, but to no avail. With the mounting devastation in Ukraine, my heavy heart is a roadblock to writing. My brain struggles to communicate with my fingers. The images flash in my brain as I close my eyes.

When The Chickens Come Home To Roost

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Today, we are nearing the end of the fourth quarter of corporate reporting. Self-reported projections of the ocean carriers forecast that the industry is posting over $200B in profits. Let me repeat this, “$200 Billion in profits.”

Changing Winds in Supply Chain

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In the past two weeks, I completed many interviews. The question is the same. “When will the impact of the pandemic on the supply chain be over?” ” My answer? “ No one knows, but it will not be soon.”

Supply Chain Leaders Rearranging Deck Chairs? Yes, I Think So.

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Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change. Tom Peters. The idiom, rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, symbolizes working on something pointless or insignificant because it will soon be overtaken by events.

Easily Build an Optimization App and Empower Your Data

Speaker: Gertjan de Lange

Solving complex business problems requires optimization modeling techniques and data to compare scenarios and make the best decisions. With AIMMS you can rapidly build an optimization app on top of your data and deploy it to the end-user in just a few clicks.

We Are In Trouble. Raise the Red Flag. Be Proactive.

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Yesterday, I attended a wake for a friend and former colleague. For the first time in eighteen months, I hugged people outside my inner circle.

Asking the Right Questions Is The First Step To Drive Supply Chain Excellence

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Each year, we compile a list of top-performing Supply Chains, termed the Supply Chains to Admire.

Changing Winds in Supply Chain

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In the past two weeks, I completed many interviews. The question is the same. “When will the impact of the pandemic on the supply chain be over?” ” My answer? “ No one knows, but it will not be soon.”

Courage to Paint Outside the Lines

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As a child, I never painted within the lines. Always as a non-conformist, I pushed the edges and challenged boundaries. I discovered, as an adult, that I was a Myers-Briggs INFP personality type: I love to create. My imagination goes wild when I see new forms of analytics.

New Research: The State of Supply Chain Network Design in 2022

This report explores how the state of supply chain network design has changed – including how the tools, maturity models, and market demands are transforming the network design practice.

Supply Chain Performance Declined In the Last Decade. The Question is Why?

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When a person suddenly hits or jams their toe, it hurts. It is one of those howling, bent over, moments of pain. A stubbed toe is often accompanied by words that you hope your children don’t hear. Stubbed toes hurt a lot, even when the injury is not severe. The reason?

Seven Supply Chain Processes To Stop Doing In The Pandemic

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I remember standing in the temperature screening queue in Doha. As the line wound around multiple stations, my backpack cut into my shoulders. I was tired and cranky as I read the overview of MERS.

When We Don’t Have Answers, We Need to Work Quickly To Build Them

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My email box is full of the “ain’t it awful blogs. ” The storyline starts with a supply chain story of a shortage–semiconductors, rental cars, plastics–and ends with an easy answer. My take? Nothing about the current state of the supply chain is easy.

Holding Ourselves Accountable for Business Results

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To get where you are going, you have toe see where you are…. Daily, my inbox is flooded by email. As a guest writer for Forbes, public relations firms constantly pepper me with requests to speak to technologists boasting of having answers to improve supply chain resilience.

The Essential Supply Chain Network Design Tooling Checklist

Dedicated supply chain network design software is fuelled by intuitive scenario analysis capabilities and powerful mathematical optimization. Answer 10 relevant questions to see if advanced network design & scenario modeling technology can help you.

AI This. If Only.

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After a dramatic drop at the beginning of the pandemic, Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software public valuations are near twice the ten-year average. A consolidation wave continued with 299 Mergers and Acquisitions in 2020.

When It Comes to Planning, Please Vote with Ike!

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“In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” ” Dwight D. Eisenhower was a military officer and statesman. The 34th president of the United States (1953 to 1961.).

Pandemic Lessons For Supply Chain Leaders

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The Covid-19 pandemic tested the global supply chain. While prior risk management disruptions occurred and quickly established a new normal, in the COVID-19 pandemic, the only normal is constant change.

A New Decade: Give Science A Chance

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When I started my business in 2012, I frequently wrote about the future using the moniker of Supply Chain 2020. We had just recovered from a recession, and my goal was to help supply chain leaders create a better supply chain by the end of the decade.

Common Use Cases for Mathematical Optimization

What is mathematical optimization and what are some of the most common use cases for across industries? How can this type of prescriptive analytics be applied to lower costs, reduce carbon emissions, and build more resilient supply chains? Find out in this guide.

Mourning the Death of the Data-Driven Supply Chain Guy

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Joe died Wednesday. As a great supply chain leader and my client for ten years, his energetic spirit always lifted my soul. In 2018, after a severe operation for kidney cancer, Joe declared to me in a positive voice that he was going to beat his diagnosis of stage 4 liver, brain, and lung cancer.

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Strong Supply Chains Required For an Economic Rebound: Six Steps To Take

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Today, I am reflective. My last post on the Supply Chain Shaman blog was forty-five days ago. I spent the month of March trying to help business leaders mitigate the impact of the pandemic. My first focus was on China sourcing.

A Story of Throwing the Baby Out With The Bathwater in Supply Chain Planning

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” Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater “ is an idiomatic expression for an avoidable error where something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad, or in other words, rejecting the favorable along with the unfavorable.

Roar Baby Roar

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Lateral thinking is a manner of solving problems using an indirect and creative approach via reasoning that is not immediately obvious. It involves ideas that may not be obtainable using only traditional step-by-step logic. Wikipedia.

Multi-Tier Supply Chain Application Enables Fortune 100 Company to Gain Visibility

A Fortune 100 company wanted to have seamless visibility, collaboration and synchronized planning with its multiple levels of suppliers. How did they do it?

How Do We Stop Buying Planning Software the Wrong Way?

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As I sit at my desk answering client calls, spring beckons. I am a gardener, and my dirty plastic clogs sit patiently on the mat by the door, calling me during the workday. This winter—darkened by the cold, cruel hand of COVID-19—was harsh.

The Hill Supply Chain Leaders Climb

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When you misappropriate something, you steal it, or otherwise use it, in a way its owner didn’t intend. Dictionary.com. Words matter. As I sat and listened to Amanda Gorman’s poetry at Joe Biden’s inauguration, I gasped.

Building Value Networks. Stopping the Backward Slide.

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In the 1980s, I had a flip phone. (On On the left, I share a picture for those that never experienced the evolution of the cellular phone.) The device was limited to voice/calls–no music, no text, and no apps. This device was a portable phone.

Global Supply Chain Recovery Dependent On A Vaccine

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My left arm hurts. I have been on a waiting list to get the shot for three years. This week, I rolled up my sleeve and got the Shingrix vaccine. Glaxo SmithKline introduced Shingrix in 2017, but shortages prevailed. I paused when the pharmacist asked, “Do you mind which arm gets the shot?”

How a Fortune 500 Company Transformed its Supply Chain Using a Digital Twin-Enabled Control Tower

This Fortune 500 manufacturer needed a solution to help them understand their lack of material availability and which plants and production lines were at risk of shutting down production, so they could take corrective actions to mitigate that risk.