7 Supply Chain Lessons from Steve Jobs - SupplyChainOpz

Supply Chain Opz

Apple Inc is regarded as the best company in the world for its cutting-edge supply chain management practices. What's the secret behind its success? This article will explain to you what we can learn from the co-founder of the company

Our Journey

Supply Chain Insights

Over 110 supply chain leaders gathered in the desert to discuss the future of supply chain management.

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Who wants to become a demand-forecasting expert? (Part 1)


By: Luke Hayfield. Let’s face it. Not all of us possess a DeLorean time machine stashed away in our garage that would enable us to travel to any time period in the future (or past).

5 Supply Chain Definitions Every Industry Professional Should Know

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Increasing Supply Chain Visibility and Security

Securing the supply chain starts with having visibility into the status of your assets, but this requires more than GPS coordinates on a map, because security isn’t just about preventing theft. Your assets don’t just need to arrive at their destination. They need to get there on time and untainted by heat, moisture, or physical shock.

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Supply Chain Management and Corporate Social Responsibility

SCM Research

Two recent disasters in the garment industry, the Tazreen Fashions fire (2012) and the Rana Plaza building collapse (2013), have caused outrage over the lack of social responsibility across global supply chains.

Synchro-Modality. The Future or a Flex too far for the Supply Chain?


While most of the supply chain is still getting to grips with meaningful collaboration with its trading partners, the next phase of future development is already being excitedly discussed by experts and academics alike.

Santa Claus: Master of Supply Chain Management

Supply Chains Rock

You may be facing stiff competition in your industry, but on your most stressful days take a moment to feel grateful that you aren’t competing against the ultimate all-time master of supply chain management. No question, the Santa Claus operation would easily crush the efforts of any small or large company — with nary more than twinkling wink and a cheerful swipe with a white-gloved fist

FMCG/Pharma: Top Ten Supply Chain New Year Resolutions for 2014

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

Is Apple Supply Chain Really the No. 1? A Case Study

Supply Chain Opz

Everything about Apple Inc is the talk of the town, for example, the new Ipad, Iphone, Apple Map or even the environmental and labor issues at its suppliers' facilities. Surprisingly, IT research firm Gartner ranks Apple Supply Chain as the best

Helping You Build Supply Chain Talent.

Supply Chain Insights

“It used to be easy to hire a supply chain planner. Today, the positions are open 9-10 months, and. they are tough to fill. I need to be able to build my own talent, but I just do not have the time. Would you consider helping me?” ” Supply Chain Vice President.

ModusLink takes EICC leadership role

ModusLink Corporation

I’ve written before on our company’s work with the EICC. Reminder, that’s the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition.) What I love about being so engaged with this group is that the work leads to valuable, measurable and visible results.

Talent and the 50 Shades of Gray of Supply Chain

The 21st Century Supply Chain

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

Inventory Management


Same Day Delivery: Eating the Elephant in the Room – One Bite at a Time. By: Derek Browning. Whether we like it or not, logisticians are staring two trends in the face: the increase of e-commerce and the desire to receive online orders in our hands right now.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective 3PLs

The Logistics of Logistics

Highly effective 3PLs have developed the right habits, culture and processes to deliver excellent service to their clients. Innovation and new technology are obviously important, but when evaluating a 3PL, go with the one that excels at blocking and tackling. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective 3PLs. Habit 1 – Excellent Communication. The best 3PLs do a great job of communicating with their clients and logistics partners.

Will 3D printing make same-day delivery irrelevant?


Nobody likes to wait – that’s how Jeff Bezos, the Amazon.com founder sees it. Amazon.com, eBay and Wal Mart are all heavily investing in the same-day delivery concept. The thing is, only large players can afford to play the same-day delivery game.

Supply Chain Talent: The Missing Link in Your Future?

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, I finished up a report on supply chain talent. After doing the analysis of the results, I even more firmly believe that supply chain talent is the missing link in the supply chain. In figure 1, I outline the company’s biggest gaps.

The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

Urban logistics. Urban myth, or sustainable supply chain strategy?


Urban logistics is a hot topic right now, but is it simply a concept that’s trending or a realistic new supply chain strategy?

Dump the Performance Review: A Better Way to Evaluate Supply Chain Talent

Talking Logistics

The transportation manager you hired last year — in large part because of his success at reducing transportation costs at previous employers — was able to reduce your transportation spend by 17 percent this year, way above the 10 percent target you had set. You highlight this accomplishment in his performance review, and you further recognize his success by giving him an end-of-year bonus. But does he deserve it?

Real-Time Big Data is the Next Big Thing for Supply Chains

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vast majority of supply chain managers are itching to adopt Big Data solutions. These managers believe that getting a handle on Big Data will make the supply chain more efficient, that it will reduce costs, and perhaps most. importantly – that it will enable real-time analytics for better. business decision-making, as opposed to relying on historical data. ROI of Big Data will. Big Data

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7 Elements of Seamless Supply Chain Integration

Supply Chain Opz

Seamless supply chain integration is a myth or reality? This articles will show you more about the theoretical background , related concepts and 7 elements you need to achieve this goal. Literature Review Supply chain integration has been around as early as 1989. Graham C.

Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

One Year!

Supply Chain Insights

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.

Apps and the future supply chain - Value Unchained - ModusLink

ModusLink Corporation

Five Supply Chain Definitions Every Industry Professional Should.

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Logistics Company


2 Key Inventory Metrics Your Logistics Company Should Be Measuring. Average Days on Hand (ADOH). ADOH represents how much inventory a process has stored expressed in terms of how many days that process could sustain activity by consuming the stored inventory.

The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

Hottest Growth Sectors in Supply Chain Management

The Logistics of Logistics

Hottest Growth Sectors in Supply Chain Management. Staying ahead of the game with critical information is a key to success. Over the last several months, I have had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of CEOs, vice presidents, directors of operations and various management personnel within the supply chain management (SCM) industry. Thousands of conversations later I wanted to share the collective wisdom and fears of some of the industry leaders. Automotive.

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Help Us Build a Global Classroom for Supply Chain Talent

Supply Chain @ MIT

Redefining education. A curriculum for online learning that MIT CTL plans to launch next year will provide new sources of supply chain talent across the globe. This article was written by Dr. Chris Caplice, Executive Director, MIT CTL, caplice@mit.edu.

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Resource Dependence Theory and Supply Chain Management

SCM Research

In their seminal publication, The External Control of Organizations , Pfeffer and Salancik (1978) have postulated resource dependence theory. Basically, it argues “that organizations are constrained and affected by their environments and that they act to attempt to manage resource dependencies” by setting up different forms of interorganizational arrangements.

Harnessing Big Data to Drive Supply Chain Improvements


Big Data is big news, and there are few sectors that generate such huge volumes of transactional data as the global supply chain. But can - and should - logistics services providers (LSPs) and freight forwarders get in on the big data trend?

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Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.