Of course healthcare is a supply chain


Of course hospitals are complex, dynamic service chains. I fly Qantas around Australia quite frequently (don’t ask how many frequent flyer miles I’ve got banked, but my wife loves her new washing machine).

Talking Logistics YOUniversity: Our First Course

Talking Logistics

A year after launching, however, a supply chain executive said to me, “ Talking Logistics is like an online Executive MBA course, with live lectures and guest speakers every week discussing timely and important topics.” I encourage you to check out the course and let us know what you think.

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Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) – How to Stay the Course

The 21st Century Supply Chain

The article, S&OP and Culture Change: How to Stay the Course , written by Kathleen Winter, describes how corporate culture can derail an otherwise successful S&OP implementation.

Top 14 Logistics and Supply Chain Management Training Programs and Courses in 2016


Today, Kelly shares the top 14 Logistics and Supply Chain Management training programs and courses available in 2016. To protect yourself and your business I offer you to take a look at this list of top programs and courses that will take place in 2016, which will help you to understand main concepts of this powerful tool and learn how to successfully apply it on practice. University Courses. 1) Course in E Logistics and Supply Chain Management by National University.

FMCG: What does S&OP bring to the party? Sales success of course!

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

During my recent travels I met with two Sales (or Business Development Directors if you’re posh) from well known FMCG companies to discuss an assessment review of their Route To Market (RTM) networks. Surprisingly, neither was interested and gave a remarkably aligned reason for the rejection.

Can the MicroMasters Model Help Address the Supply Chain Skills Shortage Crisis?

Supply Chain @ MIT

Featured Talent Mgmt critical supply chain skills shortage MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management MIT Center Transportation & Logistics online education Supply chain analytics course

Flight crew rostering could be fun, unless, of course, you have to do it yourself


This story developed quite innocently during one slow weekend on the road. A late coffee at Starbucks ended up in a very interesting conversation and brought into focus a difficulty faced by flight and crew planning staff working for even the smallest airline operators.

What SCx is Teaching the Teachers About MOOCs

Supply Chain @ MIT

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) have been heralded as a major step forward in professional education, but how does this new generation of online programs perform in the real world? The initial course yielded some important lessons about the design and future role of MOOCs.

Of Course We’re Claiming NAFTA

Inbound Logistics

Many companies falsely claim preferential duty treatment under NAFTA. This article outlines the right way to do it

What I Have Learned Teaching Courses on Market-Driven Value Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

And, we try to be clear in the course that the starting point is in improving reliability. One of the favorite parts of my job is teaching classes on how to take supply chain concepts to the next level to improve corporate performance.

First Class Ready!

Supply Chain Insights

Today our first course, Supply Chain Metrics That Matter, is ready for sale. The other courses, designed as fast sprints, are currently in development. The full course catalog will be complete by the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit.

Why Do We Forget to Define Supply Chain Excellence?

Supply Chain Insights

This past month I attended our Supply Chain Insights Bootcamp training led by Lora Cecere in Philadelphia and facilitated the first course of a Cross-Company Academy training, End-to-End Supply Chain Orchestration.

The Evolution of Trust

SCM Research

If you have ever wondered how game theory could be taught in a supply chain management course, I can recommend Nick Case’s The Evolution of Trust – an interactive guide to the game theory of why and how we trust each other. I will definitely use The Evolution of Trust in my future supply chain management courses. Trust plays an important role in supplier–buyer relationships. One way to approach this important concept is game theory.

FMCG Planning: If you like chocolate, now is the time!

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Easter is not far away this year so why not save a little cash and stock up now - use by dates permitting, of course! Overeaten chocolate during the holidays but still want some more? Get yourself and a large blue IKEA bag down to your local supermarket as chocolate is heavily discounted.

Supply Chain Analytics: The birth of a new Dawn, or Daniel

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

This is of course untrue as in reality dramatically is too simple a word and in any event, that “change” is far, far different than granny suggests.

Getting the Question Right is at the Heart of Supply Chain Analytics


The problem, of course, is not the data, but the question we are seeking to answer using the data. “If someone asked me to come up with the answer to the world’s problems in an hour, I’d spend the first 55 minutes coming up with the right question.” – Albert Einstein.

Crossroads 2014: MOOCs Are Coming to an Online Theater Near You

Supply Chain @ MIT

A new model based on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) is transforming the way educational programs are designed and delivered. Also, the apparent pace of the class seems to slow down as “practice” sessions are added to the in-class portion of course.

New supply chain refreshment program at Arizona State University

Supply Chain Movement

Courses can be taken one at a time, and assignments can be turned in at any time throughout the week. Trends analytical decision modeling Arizona State University Bureau of Labor Statistics course Dawn Feldman John Fowler refresher supply chain W.

New Learning Program at Kinexions Supply Chain Conference 2016

The 21st Century Supply Chain

A new, modernized style for courses. Plus, all the courses are in the new, updated format. New Analytics Course. The course I’m most excited about offering is Understanding Analytics level 1.

FMCG – Hunkering down for Supply Chain Analytics

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

I remember being asked to hunker down during a supply chain training course many years ago and I had no idea what I was supposed to do. Have you ever “hunkered down”?

Brexit: What’s the Impact on U.S. Supply Chains?

The Network Effect

Although the majority of immediate concerns has been driven by questions related to financial markets, as well as, of course, the political chaos occurring […]. Among the issues surfacing related to the impacts of the British vote to exit the European Union are questions regarding changes in supply chains, particularly by those owned by U.S. companies.

The Dark Secret of the Chocolate Supply Chain

SCM Research

I have been using this example in my SCM courses for years. We cannot spare our students the dark secrets of supply chain management. As future decision makers, they need to understand the social and ecological consequences their decisions might have somewhere else on this planet. The chocolate supply chain is a perfect illustration of the complex relationships between consumerism, supply chain management, value creation, and ethical consequences.

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Healthcare Utilization Management: Solving the Mystery of the Missing Inventory


The problem, of course, is that most hospitals have no visibility into their clinical systems, and so never know if they used an item or not. I recently had a chance to interview a supply chain director from a mid-sized hospital in New York state, that was very insightful in helping me to think about the challenge around inventory management.

UK NHS Supply Chain: bed-busting benefits of patient SKUs

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Of course, this avoidable malaise is not restricted to that part of the world. Some time ago I looked at the often dreadful customer service offered by FMCG and Telecoms companies in CEE.

Blockchain has real potential to reduce ‘old school’ procure to pay transactions


The latter element of course refers to the complex system of business to business transactions that exists today in most organizational supply chains. Well, of course, most small companies and entrepreneurs are going to write checks, (I rationalized to myself).

Teaching Case – Zara: The World’s Largest Fashion Retailer

SCM Research

The Case Centre has recently selected the winners of their 2017 Awards and Competitions. This year’s winning case in the Production and Operations Management category is closely related to supply chain management: Zara: The World’s Largest Fashion Retailer , written by Kasra Ferdows, Jose A.D. Machuca & Michael Lewis. This case is an updated version of the 15th in the ranking of top 40 overall best selling Zara case.

Supply Chain Process Modeling

SCM Research

I am currently teaching a new course about supply chain process re-engineering at Copenhagen Business School. Then, I found a web-based process modeling platform that turns out to be ideal for my course. I use the BPMN teaching packages in my course and offer my students the possibility of practical training with Signavio’s Process Editor. Are you planning to integrate process modeling in your supply chain curricula?

Supply Chains – Managing internal & external 3/4PLP expectations

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

This is a personal thing of course but I do not like Raymond and I never got into Friends or what I consider its males deceased sequel, The Golden Girls. American sit-coms. With very few exceptions I personally do not find them at all funny.

Pokemon Go is coming to a warehouse near you!


Apple, of course, will develop AR for consumers but their investments in AR will help push the technology forward and enable warehouse applications to piggyback off these advancements.

How Lazy, Entitled, Coddled Millennials Strengthen Supply Chains

Supply Chain Insights

Of course it was great for my ego, but even then I would think to myself, “I didn’t even have to work for this!”. 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.)

Amazon supply chain management pushes retail to the limit

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Your supply chain needs to respond and course correct as fast as possible. by Alexa Cheater How to overcome the Amazon effect. When it comes to supply chain excellence, particularly in the retail sector, there is one behemoth dominating the landscape: Amazon.

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Transparency and Overcapacity: Where Freight is Going in 2017


The 90% percentile prices, of course, stayed the same. Transparency and Overcapacity. Where Freight is Going in 2017. By Zvi Schreiber, CEO of Freightos. What happened in 2016. For decades, international freight’s mantra was a simple bigger is better.

Why the Forecast for Supply Chain Planning has been Only Partly Cloudy


And there may be more flexibility to alter course by business requirements and improve the user and customer experience. Cloud-based supply chain planning is gaining traction. Each year more users opt for cloud-based systems and there is a lot of support in the analyst community.

Feedback within Your Course Website - TechTips@Anderson

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

Feedback within Your Course Website.   The most effective medium to reach all the students enrolled in your course is most likely the course website, CCLE.   Submissions are assessed using a multi-criteria assessment form defined by the course facilitator.  Course participants can then be asked to assess a selected set of their peers' submissions. TechTips@Anderson. Archives. Profile. Subscribe. « Clickers in the Classroom | Main.

Supply Chain Principles in 11 Words

Logistics Bureau

Of course this requires reliable supply, good demand forecasting, good inventory management, good customer communications and many other elements to be in sync. Of course you need to balance the number of stock holding locations, the level of inventory and the delivery costs.

Top Five Pieces of Career Advice for Supply Chain Students

The 21st Century Supply Chain

As the Wall Street Journal reports , educational powerhouse MIT has been giving free online supply chain courses for the past year. Now they plan to offer “micro-master’s” certificates for completing five courses and an exam.

What is A Day in the Life of Supply Chain Manager Like?

Supply Chain Opz

13:00: Review and approve of documents Of course, a supply chain manager has to perform some clerical tasks like approval of documents, contracts and so on. What is it like to be a supply chain manager?

Mining Supply Chain Data for Insights

Supply Chain Shaman

Over the course of the last quarter, with the help from Cloudera, we built a data lake of with data from 1449 public companies. Over the course of the last decade, I feel that we have gone backwards in the industry driving business results through supply chain planning.

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Career advice for supply chain professionals

The 21st Century Supply Chain

I would highly recommend Coursera’s Machine Learning course taught by Professor Andrew Ng of Stanford University, a great course offered for free. by Dr. Madhav Durbha It is a great time to be a supply chain professional.

The future belongs to those who can see ahead and plan for it


The findings are presented to Jerome for a final consensus on the best course of action. Of course, simply having chosen an optimal plan is no reason to rest on their laurels. S&OP Maturity Series, part 2 of 5.