Supply Chain Shaman

The Fallacy of the Self-driving Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

Definition of Confirmation Bias. A Story. On Friday night, I had dinner with a LinkedIn contact. (As As I travel, I post where I am going, and if someone reaches out for dinner or lunch, I say, “Why not?”)

The Saga of Supply Chain Innovation

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This November is a layoff season. As pink slips ripple through Silicon Valley to over 120,000 workers following a time of overexuberant hiring, it is a time for both sadness and reflection. The end of this chapter in Big Tech occurs, it is time for a reality check.

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Avoiding Dead-end Streets As We Build the Future of Supply Chain Planning

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I am writing this post from a hotel room in Chicago. My feet are swollen, and my luggage overflows with dirty laundry. I have not been home since the end of August. This week, I spoke at a University of Wisconsin event on responsiveness and ASCM on the future of supply chain planning.

Supply Chain Leaders, Chained to Tradition, Face the Whip

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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.

Downloadable Training Guide: Quoting With CargoWise Modules

With this training tool for freight forwarders, learn how to use CargoWise Quotations and One Off Quotes to create rate cards and spot quotes in order to improve the efficiency and accuracy of your internal processes.

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

Supply Chain Shaman

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.

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

Supply Chain Shaman

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?

Save The Supply Chain Leader From Groupthink

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Thirty-one months of supply chain disruption. Currently, companies struggle with rolling electric outages in China. Water levels falling in the Rhine, the Loire, and the Colorado River. The winter offers no relief.

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.

The Courage to Jump

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Supply chain leaders are in the middle of implementing digital transformation programs. For many organizations, digital transformation is untethered hype. There is a veiled promise for improvement. Here I ask, “Whether we can change course to drive more value in supply chain management?”

The 2023 Supply Chain Crystal Ball: Challenges and Solutions

Speaker: Olivia Montgomery, Associate Principal Supply Chain Analyst

Curious to know how your peers are navigating ongoing disruption? In this webinar, you’ll gain actionable insights from Olivia Montgomery as she walks us through Capterra’s extensive research on how businesses - notably small and midsize businesses - are addressing supply chain challenges in 2023.

No Time Like the Present

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Another night staring out the window from a dark airport terminal. I squint to look at the terminal monitor hoping that the two-hour flight delay changes. I brace myself for a late flight for a 2:00 AM arrival as the clock ticks-an echo of time lost. Today, I ended a 45-day speaking tour.

Navigating The River of Demand

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At the end of a long day of a strategy session on supply chain excellence with a client, I needed to fill up some time in an agenda. To fill the gap, I needed to get creative to fill the time. The result? The genesis of the River of Demand learning activity.

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.

Making Time Real

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Today, data moves fast, but supply chain decisions move slowly. I know a bit of a generalization, but ironic, right?

5 Powerful Prescriptive Analytics Examples in Supply Chain

Prescriptive analytics is a type of advanced analytics that optimizes decision-making by providing a recommended action. Supply chain, with its complex planning questions, is typically an area where optimization technology is required. Read about 5 use cases.

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.

When the Rubber Hits the Road

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Definition: “Someone’s efforts, resolve, or viability are tested; things are meaningfully challenging. “ Wikipedia. The supply chain team’s past thirty-two months of disruption were a long, winding road full of surprises.

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.

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.

Increase Visibility and Productivity With Container Automation

This guide will help freight forwarders utilize CargoWise Container Automation for increased visibility and productivity. It covers how to use the module, the container events and automations available, and FAQs.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

A Deep Dive Into Supply Chain Strategy: Why Yours Isn't Working

Speaker: Michelle Meyer, Founder and CEO of MatterProviders

Michelle Meyer is here to walk you through the future of supply chain strategy, and why your current approach is probably not working. In this exclusive webinar, she will explore ways to develop and perfect your new supply chain design in this post-pandemic era of economic uncertainty.

Adapting in the Face of Change

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Supply chain resilience is “the capacity of a supply chain to persist, adapt, or transform in the face of change” Wikipedia. Revlon bankruptcy. McCormick stock falls on Q2 earnings miss. CEO of Bed Bath and Beyond out as sales tumble. Target earnings disappointment and restatement.

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 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?

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.

Getting Started With Scenario Modeling in Supply Chain Network Design

To build your supply chain’s agility and responsiveness, you need to look at scenarios more frequently instead of relying on a single plan. Let’s explore how you can apply scenario modeling in supply chain network design.

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 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.

Changing Winds in Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

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.”

How to Gain a Competitive Edge: A Deep Dive Into Supplier Diversity Programs

Speaker: Rod Robinson - SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice, Insight Sourcing Group

In this exclusive webinar, Rod Robinson, SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice Lead & Center of Excellence, dives into the key benefits corporations are seeing emerge from their supplier diversity programs and how you can gain invaluable competitive advantages with a supplier diversity program of your own.

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.

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.

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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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.

Automating Freight Forwarding Processes with CargoWise Workflow

This training guide helps freight forwarders utilize the productivity capabilities of CargoWise. It covers 5 key CargoWise Workflow features, the importance of auditing your operation’s processes, and using automation for maximum productivity.