My Take: Metrics that Matter

Supply Chain Shaman

While Joe is trying to balance the feedback from Filipe and Frank, he is often asked to change his metric targets by his CFO named Lou. It is for this reason, that I believe that the traditional SCOR Model metrics are problematic. Achieving Balance in Metrics.

Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

Supply Chain Shaman

My journey to understand supply chain Metrics That Matter started three years ago. Balance: The ability to balance a portfolio of metrics to maximize market capitalization and free cash flow. Here I share his insights: Philippe, which supply chain metrics do you think matter?

On the road! 4 September supply chain conferences we love


As part of the panel, four ex-AMR analysts –Roddy Martin, Mickey North Rizza, Lora Cecere and CJ Wehlage– will share insights on the results and the trends.

How America's Clean Coal Dream Unravelled

Supply Chain Brain

Kemper, its managers claimed, would harness dirt-cheap lignite coal — the world’s least efficient and most abundant form of coal — to power homes and businesses in America’s lowest-income state while causing the least climate-changing pollution of any fossil fuel. Last summer the plant’s owner, Southern Company, America’s second-largest utility company, announced it was abandoning construction after years of blown-out budgets and missed construction deadlines. “It

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

Snow fell last night as I worked on my last Supply Chain Metrics That Matter report. Ironically, most companies are very entrapped in measuring and rewarding functional metrics which degrades overall improvement. Cash-to-cash is a compound metric.

Writing: Working on My Book

Supply Chain Shaman

Interview for Metrics That Matter. My kitchen table is piled high with interviews for the upcoming book, Metrics That Matter. Prior to joining Starbucks, he worked at the executive leadership level in Europe, Latin America and North America at ICI, a global chemical company.

How Supply Chain Planning Can Create Profit in a Declining Market


It bought its main rivals to become North America’s largest fine paper manufacturer. [1] Despite this more demanding metric, customer-service levels increased from 85 to 93 percent in just six months with significantly fewer costly rush orders.

Demand-Driven Transformation at Shell

Supply Chain Shaman

Shell’s current shift to the global supply chain is impacting North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Russia, and China. Completed in 2012, the ERP project forced the company to standardize organizational design, roles, and metrics.

Will the New Tax Bill Bring Overseas Profits Back Home?

Supply Chain Brain

Where in the past they might have focused primarily on days payable outstanding (DPO) as a financial metric, they’re now giving equal attention to days sales outstanding (DSO) and inventory levels. Sourcing/Procurement/SRM SC Planning & Optimization EDI Communication (XML/EDI) Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Editors' Blog All Technology North America

Supply Chain Power 50: Best Supply Chain Blogs of 2014

Supply Chain Opz

Some Observations Blogs included in Supply Chain Power 50 are from 3 regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia/Australia but they are mainly from the United States.

New Bookends: The Tale of Supply Chain Global Leaders in Consumer Products

Supply Chain Shaman

Overall Results on the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. The race for excellence will be won on other continents than North America and mainland Europe. …I hope that this exuberance spills over to North America to rethink the port systems. Definition.

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Has Driverless Supply Chain Planning Already Arrived?


Costa calls their transformation "revolutionary" with significant improvements in operational and logistics metrics and an approximately 10X increase in points of sale.

What Is The Mission?

Supply Chain Shaman

Overall results in business performance on the critical supply chain metrics of growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) are declining. Annette Clayton’s vision as a newly minted SVP of Supply Chain (now COO for North America) is coming to fruition. Company metrics are inter-related. Balance occurs when the metrics align with the business strategy. These balanced metrics overlay the functions of source, make and deliver.

Three Tough Headlines: What Can We Learn?

Supply Chain Shaman

Three weeks is substantial and may tip the hand to reshore more manufacturing into North America. Today is a rainy day in Philadelphia. I am recovering from bronchitis. I am reflective as the rain sheets down my window. My travels this week took me to California and Boston.

Friends with Fitbits: Fitness tracking and taking supply chain planning to the next level


As one of its many programs, it initiated the “2015 Going the Distance Challenge” here in North America. In supply chain planning, we are driven by metrics. It’s been a busy week and I forgot to charge my Fitbit.

L’Oreal: A Beautiful Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

We wanted to see which companies were driving the fastest rate of improvement on the supply chain metrics that matter. Lora has written the books Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and Bricks Matter , and is currently working on her third book, Leadership Matters.

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

The teams feel good because cash-to-cash metrics improve; but in many cases, in the joyous celebrations, companies do not realize that they have reduced capabilities with suppliers and not made improvements in inventory. I remember the plane ride well. My career was in transition.

Real-Time Monitoring Fuels IoT Growth In Manufacturing


Manufacturers in the high-performance cohort captured in our latest survey are using real-time monitoring to aggregate metrics and gain a 360-degree view of manufacturing operations accessible from any mobile or handheld device.

This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

Talking Logistics

XPO Logistics to Acquire 3PD, the Largest Provider of Heavy Goods, Last-Mile Logistics in North America. I passed on spending $1100 to fix my car A/C, so I’ve been driving around with the windows down this summer.

Industry 4.0’s Potential Needs To Be Proven On The Shop Floor


The BDO study found that manufacturers are divided on the metrics they rely on to evaluate their supply chains. Manufacturing Across America Manufacturing Trends & News Technology & Automation erp Industry 4.0

What’s New with MMOG/LE Version 5?


supplier selection and assessment, new product launch, use of metrics in the supplier assessment process). QAD provides training on behalf of AIAG and Odette in North America, Eastern Europe and Asia/Pacific. What is MMOG/LE?

Arriving Just in Time – Advanced Transportation Logistics Scheduling

Supply Chain Collaborator

These three headlines from Transport Topics and Food Shippers of America magazine tell the story of one of the most important challenges facing shippers in North America leading into 2018. The bellwether metric – spot rates – are pegging the meter.

Tactical Trade Promotion: The Fourth Dimension

Supply Chain Insights

1% of the entire population of North America uses Facebook. YouTube on mobile alone reaches more 18 – 39-year-olds than any cable network in America ; and, 80% of the time spent on social media platforms is done on mobile phones.

How to Capture Full Divestiture Value with a 3PL

Talking Logistics

So it is important to have several mechanisms in place to track performance, including: key performance metrics, regular reviews and processes for making adjustments. Mike Challman is Vice President of North American Operations at CLX Logistics, LLC , where he leads ChemLogix’ Managed Services throughout North America, including freight management operations, benchmarks, bids and carrier procurement, rail fleet operations and brokerage services.

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Big Tech and Auto Battle for the World’s Cobalt Resources


million metric tons (or 60% of the world’s supply). million metric tons. The famously idealistic Silicon Valley company has pledged to source all of its cobalt in North America. In 2006, lithium-ion batteries consumed only 20% of the global cobalt supply. Ten years later, that number has more than doubled. It’s expected that market demand for the metal will increase to more than 120,000 tonnes per year by 2020 — 60% of which will account for battery production alone.

Big Tech and Auto Battle for the World’s Cobalt Resources


million metric tons (or 60% of the world’s supply). million metric tons. The famously idealistic Silicon Valley company has pledged to source all of its cobalt in North America. In 2006, lithium-ion batteries consumed only 20% of the global cobalt supply.

Takeaways from Roadnet perform 2014 User Conference

Talking Logistics

Meanwhile, Omitracs has been a leading telematics solution provider for more than 25 years, serving over 2,500 private and for-hire fleet customers and more than 270,000 vehicles throughout North America and Latin America.

Friends with Fitbits: Fitness Tracking and Taking Supply Chain Planning to the Next Level

Talking Logistics

As one of its many programs, it initiated the “2015 Going the Distance Challenge” here in North America. In supply chain planning, we are driven by metrics. It’s been a busy week and I forgot to charge my Fitbit.

How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Shaman

The winners drive improvement while posting financial results in the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter ahead of the peer group. A Supply Chain Leader will make progress on both of these key metrics with a very tight and controlled pattern. Today, I unpacked my bags.

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RELEX Solutions Receives 2018 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Green Supply Chain Award

RELEX Solutions

Entries provide examples of innovative approaches and impressive metrics of sustainability programs. We believe that companies have a social responsibility to reduce food waste wherever possible,” said Michael Falck, RELEX President of North America, “but the food retail supply chain is, unfortunately, among the largest contributors to the problem. Read PDF.

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Lean Transportation: Are you Using Lean Thinking for Transportation Management? If not, Why?


Metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) measure how well the shipper-transportation provider does in daily continuous improvement. Create daily route designs, complete real time track and trace, generate real-time metrics , and complete daily problem solving. According to Brian Daniels, the powertrain products manager for Daimler Trucks of North America, drivers are directly responsible for 30 percent of the factors that affect fuel economy.

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Good Safety is Good Business at the LogiChem 2015 Conference

CH Robinson Transportfolio

At LogiChem, attendees interacted through roundtables and panel discussions on topics that identified best practices around inventory and supply chain metrics, third party logistics provider (3PL) management, rail logistics strategy to combat the driver shortage dilemma, and a host of other topics.

This Week in Logistics News (February 18-22, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Con-way Truckload and Con-way Multimodal Join Forces to Launch New Intermodal Service for North America. CombineNet and Transplace Extend Partnership in Delivering Advanced Transportation Procurement Solution to North America.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 7-11, 2015)

Talking Logistics

They also lack process controls and metrics. Today is September 11. I never forget. Here’s what I wrote back on this date in 2009, as I recalled the events of that tragic day eight years earlier: I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, near Red Hook and the docks.

Companies Collect Faster, Pay Slower and Hold a lot Less Inventory

Material Handling & Logistics

By reducing the key working capital metric of cash conversion cycle (CCC) by 7 days, companies can add 1% to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) margin, increasing profitability by about 20% (for a company with an EBITDA margin of 5%), the research found.