Supply Chain Leaders, Chained to Tradition, Face the Whip

Supply Chain Shaman

Life for the supply chain leader is more complex. We are living in a world of rich supply chain case studies. Each day, the Wall Street Journal features a supply chain failure as front-page news. Why Is There No Economy of Scale in Supply Chain Acquisitions?

My Lessons in Interviewing Supply Chains to Admire Award Winners

Supply Chain Shaman

In business conversations, the term supply chain excellence rolls off the tongue frequently in meetings, but what does it mean? Supply chain excellence is harder to define than to say. We aim to move companies from a cost-based agenda to drive value in their supply chains.


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GXO to open, operate Arizona DC for Abercrombie & Fitch

The Supply Chain Journal

GXO Logistics will open a “ highly automated ” distribution center in Goodyear, Arizona, for customer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. The center, which will cover approximately 715,000 square feet, will include automation and goods-to-person robotics.

Smart Software and Arizona Public Service to Present at WERC 2022

The Smart Software

Smart Software CEO and APS Inventory & Logistics Manager to present WERC 2022 Studio Session on implementing Smart IP&O in 90 Days and saving $9,000,000 by optimizing reorder points and order quantities for over 250,000 spare parts.

Nikola licenses Bosch fuel cells for module assembly in Arizona

The Supply Chain Journal

is going all-in on hydrogen fuel cells with Bosch Group, licensing the German supplier’s technology to assemble modules for Class 7 and Class 8 heavy-duty electric trucks at its new plant in the Arizona desert. We will continue to monitor available technology for fuel cell components.”

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. In the research, I’m trying to understand the impact of choices—technology, process innovation, and leadership– on balance sheet performance. There is the story of aggressive sales teams over-hyping the promise of technology to drive balance sheet improvement.

Defining Supply Chain Excellence: One Column at a Time

Supply Chain Shaman

You are pissy and opinionated in this world of supply chain blandness. The term supply chain excellence is easier to say than define. I have been trying to define it as a supply chain analyst for over fifteen years. When I wrote the book Bricks Matter , I wanted to write a celebratory book on why the adoption of new technologies and practices in supply chain had improved corporate performance. The Supply Chain Index.

Guest Blog: Women of the Supply Chain: Responsibility, Collaboration and Bathroom Lines


Women of the Supply Chain: Responsibility, Collaboration and Bathroom Lines. Hanging out with Kinaxis, the relatively small and always interesting supply chain vendor from Ottawa, Canada, never fails to be an eye-opening experience. So why are there so many women in supply chain roles? What is certainly true is that supply chain planning and management don’t lend themselves to absolute truths and command and control hierarchical management.

Reports of Easing Global Supply Chain Volatility in July

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters highlights two additional indices of global and US supply chain volatility relative to July 2022 global supply chain activity levels. Global Supply Chain Pressure Index. Additional Supply Chain Matters Perspectives.

Will that be automatic or semi-automatic to manage your supply chain?


Now what does this have to do with managing a supply chain? There is so much supply chain related data that we have access to now and even better, we have automated solutions that recommend the best thing to do in a given situation on a given day. Perhaps an earlier low priority order can ship on time while a later high priority order will ship late due to constrained supply? Flip the switch back to Semi-Automatic to manage your supply chain?

100+ Supply Chain Crisis Statistics: Raw Materials, Covid-19, Labor Shortages, and More


Will the supply chain ever catch a break? With every link of the supply chain impacting businesses both large and small, keeping up with the globally disrupted supply chain evolution is a recipe for whiplash. Covid-19’s Impact on the Supply Chain Crisis.

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. Supply chain leaders are naturally competitive, and they want to know how well they are doing. They want to understand which practices and technologies make a difference. It is for this reason that we started the work on the Supply Chain Index.

Additional May 2022 Supply Chain Indices Point to Ongoing Concerns

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights two additional May 2022 indicators of supply chain volatility as well as logistics services trending. Now, added published indices that reflect on global supply chain volatility and U.S.

Judging Supply Chain Improvement: Campbell Soup Case Study

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the course of the last two years, we at Supply Chain Insight s have worked on a methodology to gauge supply chain improvement. We named it the Supply Chain Index. We have found that supply chain metrics are gnarly and complicated.During During the last two months, we have been interviewing supply chain leaders to get their views on the methodology. Background on the Supply Chain Index.

The Value of Logistics and Supply Chain Education!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. Supply Chain Education and Certification – What’s Missing? There are a lot of companies in the supply chain, and they all work together to make almost every product that comes into contact with a customer.

Two Indices of Supply Chain Activity Noting Supply Chain Volatility Trending

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog continues to highlight for readers specific global and regional supply chain indices that depict both trending production activity levels, as well as supply chain volatility. Global Supply Chain Pressure Index.

AB&R® named among “Top Companies to Work for in Arizona” for the 6th consecutive year


PHOENIX, AZ (June 15, 2020) – and Republic Media ( The Arizona Republic and announced today that AB&R® (American Barcode and RFID) has earned a spot on the list of 2020® Top Companies to Work for in Arizona for the sixth year in a row. “It

Notes from ProcureCon Indirect West at the Wigwam in Phoenix Arizona

Supply Chain View from the Field

For example, a discussion with Anu Gardiner at Docusign opened up my eyes to the technology involved in signing contracts. Chris Hahn from Coupa did a demo for me, showing me the ease with which Coupa software allows Accounts Payable and Sourcing groups to access all of their data online. Several companies are working on data readiness issues that are driving new technologies.

The Best Supply Chain Conferences of 2019


Supply chain conferences are an excellent way to connect with industry professionals, learn about new technologies, and refine your operation through the experience of others. Conferences exist for a variety of purposes and supply chain specialties, including cold chain storage, transportation management , omnichannel best practices , and much more. WHITE PAPER] The Top Supply Chain Trends that Will Impact Supply Chain Management in 2018.

Top 15 Supply Chains to Admire from the Supply Chain Insights Conference


by CJ Wehlage The Supply Chain Insights annual conference was held on September 10-11, 2014 at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. Great memories here, as so much has changed in the supply chain research world these past 5+ years. All ex-AMR analysts on the stage, talking about the ‘Top 15 Supply Chains we Admire’. There has been so much discussion on the “top” supply chain lists. Value of supply chain planning and analytics.

The Journey for Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

As I walked, I reflected on the many discussions that I have recently had with multiple supply chain leaders on Supply Chain Excellence. I am busy finalizing a report on the current state of the inventory optimization market, rewriting and updating a report on Sales and Operations technologies, and penning a new report on Supply Chain Centers of Excellence. (We Today, I am deep into the recent research on the Supply Chain Centers of Excellence.

South Korean company bringing delivery drones to Phoenix

The Supply Chain Journal

We plan to demonstrate Pablo Air’s unique technology in the global market by implementing practical commercialization along with demonstration of delivery in the United States, for the first time as a Korean drone startup,” said Kim Young-Joon, CEO of Pablo Air.

3 Logistics Technology Trends in 2016: Automation Leads the Way


Innovations in technology are changing how the world does business, and technology is dramatically changing how entities in the logistics industry function in nearly every aspect. From increased affordability and efficiency of the transportation management system (TMS) to the application of Bluetooth technology for superior tracking of product movements, 2016 will be the year in which technology becomes an integral, if not the exclusive, part of the shipping process.

FreightWaves Classics: Big plans for Interstate 11 coming down the road

The Supply Chain Journal

Route 93 (US 93) between the Arizona state line and Henderson. As first proposed in the 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, the highway was only authorized from Casa Grande, Arizona, to Las Vegas. An Arizona Department of Transportation crew place a sign.

Imagine the Supply Chain of the Future

Supply Chain Insights

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. Supply chain teams are being asked to do more with less. It is time to unstick the supply chain by redefining processes, adopting new technologies, and embracing disruption. Automation of Supply Chain Execution.

The Coffee Pot Conversation That Will Not Happen

Supply Chain Shaman

Driving Improvements in Supply Chain Excellence. He felt strongly that supply chain leaders knew how to drive supply chain excellence and needed a forum– or maybe two or three depending on the business model– to help them network and refine their approaches.

Who Should Be In The Winner’s Circle?

Supply Chain Shaman

When Gartner purchased AMR Research in December 2009, the methodology became the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25. Now in its seventh year, in the analysis, I learned a lot about the impact of supply chain choices on balance sheet performance: -Not Straightforward.

AB&R® Named as One of the “Top Companies to Work for in Arizona” for the Fifth Year in a Row


PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 17, 2019. and Republic Media (The Arizona Republic and announced that AB&R® (American Barcode and RFID) has earned a spot on the list of 2019® Top Companies to Work for in Arizona for the fifth consecutive year. “We We are honored to be recognized for the fifth year in a row as one of Arizona’s “Top Companies to Work for!”

Amazon News Cycle Accelerates With a Purpose

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters highlights a series of recent Amazon focused developments that likely have interweaving themes relative to changing business strategies. . Copyright 2022, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters® blog.

Aspire, challenge and transform: Insights from the Gartner Supply Chain Executive conference


One conference I recently attended is the Gartner Supply Chain Executive conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Digital disruption is here and now: John Phillips, SVP of Customer Supply Chain, PepsiCo, presented some fascinating examples of getting products into the hands of consumers in unique ways powered by robotics and artificial intelligence. Artificial Intelligence to automate higher cognitive skills. by Dr. Madhav Durbha I enjoy attending conferences.

Supply chain reshoring: where things stand now


By contrast, 29% chose digital customer access to services; 17% thought sustainability and climate change would dominate; and 14% reckoned automation of manual process would accelerate fastest. Firms can indeed reap major benefits by re/nearshoring parts of a supply chain.

Relatively Cautious Global Production and Supply Chain Indices for February 2022

Supply Chain Matters

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights February global manufacturing and supply chain indices and challenges relative to product demand and supply network imbalance levels in the first quarter of 2022. Global Supply Chain Pressures Index.

Takeaways from the 2018 Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference


by Dr. Madhav Durbha Supply chain insights from leading industry experts. Supply chain skills in high demand, digital twins, disruptive technologies, and other takeaways from the 2018 Gartner supply chain conference. I just returned from the highly engaging and inspiring Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Here are some key takeaways from the Gartner supply chain event: 1.

Sales and Operations Alignment: Often The Missing Link

Supply Chain Shaman

I first met Shane in 2007 at the beginning of his work with Syngenta’s value chain. Seldom do I see a commercial leader transition to supply chain, and I wanted to gain his insights. In 2007, Shane Emms was asked to take a Global Supply Chain leadership assignment at Syngenta. With a career in marketing, and very little understanding of supply chain, he was afraid that his new team would ask, “What does this guy know?” Digital Supply Chain.

Driver Shortage, Driverless Vehicles, and Other Supply Chain Curiosities

Logistics Viewpoints

Driver shortages have become even more of a reality in the supply chain industry for a number of reasons, chief among them being the sharp rise in demand. An impressive case study to be sure, but alas, the cost of the technology is still prohibitive for most companies.

On the road! 4 September supply chain conferences we love


Here’s the supply chain conferences we love and will be attending. Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference. Kinaxis is pleased to be a Premier Sponsor and participate in panel discussion of the 2014 EMEA Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference. Panel Details: “The Technological Advances that Will Catapult Supply Chains into the Next Decade”. Supply Chain Insights Global Summit.

Supply Chain Market Report – September 2022


Welcome to Elementum’s Supply Chain Market Report. This monthly newsletter observes one or two important macro trends through the lens of Supply Chain Management. We review how those trends are likely to impact Supply Chain and what leaders can do to adjust.

Seven Misconceptions on Managing Inventory in a Market-Driven World

Supply Chain Shaman

When it comes to the management of inventory in value chains, frustration abounds. Executive, after executive, lament, “They have purchased many technologies and sponsored many projects to reduce inventories, but they are not seeing results.” ” I have been studying the evolution of inventory technologies as an industry analyst since 2002. The supply chain is a complex system with increasing complexity. Race for Supply Chain 2020.

Kairos Research, NC State, and ASU wins IARPA contract to analyze hidden risks in complex supply chains.


During the recent COVID-19 crisis, we have all experienced firsthand the consequences of the wheels falling off global supply chains, resulting in shortages in items ranging from cleaning supplies to microchips. nodes”) comprising a manufacturer’s supply chain.

Autonomous Driving and Logistics: The Effects

20Cube Logistics

In recent times, these have received a lot of attention in the technology world as big players like Google and Apple have started taking a keen interest in making it a reality. This technology is set to change the dynamics of how goods are shipped over long distances.

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