Provoking the Industry to Move Past Incrementalism

Supply Chain Shaman

An orbit chart is a plotting of data at the intersection of two metrics. In this case, the metrics are operating margin and inventory turns. Also, the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit is on September 4 th -7 th in Philadelphia, PA. Definitions: Provocateur.

Don’t Perpetuate the Hoax of the Gartner Top 25

Supply Chain Shaman

Supply chain leaders manage a complex system of non-linear, but very inter-connected metrics. Leaders need to balance a portfolio of metrics. Year-over-year Improvement at the Intersections of the Metrics. It is a study of performance patterns at the intersection of the metrics.

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Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

I then pack my bags and scoot out the door to sign books and discuss the research completed for the S upply Chain Metrics That Matter book at the ISM event on Thursday, May 14th in Atlanta. Forty years ago as a chemical engineering student, I learned the tedious craft of chemical plant design.

Congratulating the Supply Chains to Admire Winners

Supply Chain Shaman

It is now our fifth year of analyzing balance sheets to understand which companies are outperforming their peer groups on the metrics of growth, operating margin, inventory turns and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) while driving improvement.

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.

How Can You Seize Opportunity If You Cannot Manage Risk?

Supply Chain Shaman

Companies with the lower score on the Index are driving faster rates of metrics improvement. Average Performance Metrics for Consumer Nondurable Industry for the Period of 2010-2017. Global growth is slowing to levels of GDP.

Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

Supply Chain Shaman

Debra built the Gartner Hierarchy of supply chain metrics. In this work, there were over 85 companies and Debra looked at correlations between the metrics to determine the relationships.

How Supply Chain Lost Its Mojo

Supply Chain Shaman

Improvement on the key metrics of growth, inventory turns, operating margin and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) is elusive. I hope that you can join us at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in Philadelphia on September 4th-7th, 2018. mo·jo: noun.

Reduce Costs: Invest In Talent

Supply Chain Shaman

We analyzed the impact of 150 factors on 493 financial metrics for the period of 2004-2016. By graphing the financial metrics through orbit charts, we find that 90% of companies are stuck at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns.

S&OP Effectiveness: Recommendations to Make the Leap

Supply Chain Shaman

It is a beautiful fall day in Philadelphia. Lora wrote the books Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and Bricks Matter , and is working on her third book, Leadership Matters.

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The Fight of the Titans

Supply Chain Shaman

Figure 1: Supply Chain Metrics Are a Balancing Act. The metrics shown in Figure 1 are difficult to improve together. Most companies improve singular metrics but are not able to drive portfolio. An orbit chart is the linking of data across years at the intersection of two metrics.

Supply Chain: The True Game of Risk

Supply Chain Shaman

for the public training in Philadelphia on August 13th and developing the content for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in September. Lora has written the books Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and Bricks Matter , and is currently working on her third book, Leadership Matters.

Good People Can Make A Difference In Outcomes

Supply Chain Shaman

The flight into San Francisco on American was six hours late arriving at 7:00 AM EST. (I had scheduled the last flight out of Philadelphia on a Sunday night to spend the afternoon with my grandchildren.) I closed the door of my hotel room, and grimaced at the over-flowing trash can.

Offering Prayers While Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun

Supply Chain Shaman

The city of Philadelphia is eerily quiet this morning. I live in city-center Philadelphia. Like the barrel of the gun that I see across the street protecting Pope Francis in City Center Philadelphia, I think it is time for all manufacturing companies to rethink safe and secure.

How Do You Define a Mature Supply Chain Planning Organization? (Part 1)

Supply Chain Shaman

It was a sultry day in Philadelphia. Integration of corporate social responsibility metrics in planning. There is a lack of clarity on what drives value and metrics are functional. Inventory is often focused on as a singular metric, not as part of a complex supply chain system. Metrics. Functional metric orientation. Little insight on cross-functional metrics alignment. Cross-functional metrics alignment. It is named Metrics That Matter.

Driving Organizational Alignment

Supply Chain Shaman

When there is a common reporting strategy, progress in metrics performance at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns is faster. for the public training in Philadelphia i n August and the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in September.

Embracing the Digital Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

I love photography, and mused as I walked into the shop on that rainy day in Philadelphia. ” I hate buzzwords and try to sidestep hype, but as I held my mug tight in my hand on a cold Philadelphia day, I thought more about the photo shop experience. This week I am busy packing.

Planning Software: Insights on User Satisfaction

Supply Chain Shaman

for the public training in Philadelphia i n August and the content for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in September. Lora has written the books Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and Bricks Matter , and is currently working on her third book, Leadership Matters.

Are You Feeding the Beast? Or Driving Progress in Your Business?

Supply Chain Shaman

Then it is off to Dallas to speak on Supply Chain Metrics That Matter at the Dallas CSCMP roundtable and complete some more client work. The supply chain is a complex system and these metrics are tightly linked in non-linear relationships. As a mom, I loved to read to my daughter.

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Three Tough Headlines: What Can We Learn?

Supply Chain Shaman

Today is a rainy day in Philadelphia. Supply Chain Metrics That Matter has been selling briskly on Amazon, and we are actively working on the program for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit on September 9th and 10th, 2015.The program is shaping up.

The Journey for Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

It is finally spring in Philadelphia. Lora has written the books Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and Bricks Matter , and is currently working on her third book, Leadership Matters. Yesterday, as I walked the streets on the way to ballet, I saw flowers for the first time in a year.

What Is Old Is New Again. Maybe, Just Maybe, the Emperor Is Getting Some Clothes.

Supply Chain Shaman

I will be speaking at the Elemica customer conference Insights and will share my reviews with the Shaman’s readership from Philadelphia on June 11 th. Over the Memorial Day weekend, I stumbled on an old article that I wrote in 2001. At the time, I was a junior Gartner analyst.

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

Supply Chain Shaman

Overall Results on the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. for the public training in Philadelphia in August and developing the content for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in September. Definition. Bookends: To be positioned at the end or on either side of (something). Colgate.

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Seven Mistakes to Avoid in Sales and Operations Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

for the public training in Philadelphia i n August and the content for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in September. Lora has written the books Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and Bricks Matter , and is currently working on her third book, Leadership Matters.

How Do I Know If I Am Ready?

Supply Chain Shaman

I also continued to work on the manuscript for the book Metrics That Matter to publish in the fall of 2014. I will be landing soon in Philadelphia. “How can I move the ball down the field, if I don’t have the ball?” ” A Question from my Training Class this Week. “How do I know if I am ready for cool technologies? Especially demand sensing and shaping?” ” A Demand Planner for a Large Multinational Pharmaceutical Company. Last week was a blur.

Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

Supply Chain Shaman

I am writing this blog post in the air, sitting in seat 4c, somewhere over the Midwest en route to Philadelphia. for the public training in Philadelphia i n August and the content for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in September.

Trying to Throw A Light On Supply Chain Excellence

Supply Chain Shaman

Feeling very green, I stumbled through the airport and found my way to my seat on the plane from Brussels to Philadelphia. <The Lora wrote the books Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and Bricks Matter , and is currently working on her third book, Leadership Matters.

XX and XY: A Different World in Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

It is such a very different landscape than the green mountains of my farm in West Virginia or my city streets in Philadelphia. I now have a working manuscript for the entire book of Metrics That Matter. The deserts of the southwest sprawl below me as the plane ascends from San Diego.

S&OP: A Tough Nut to Crack

Supply Chain Shaman

Too few companies understand that the supply chain as a complex system with finite and non-linear relationships between the metrics. for the public training in Philadelphia i n August and the content for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in September. Definition.

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The Lenovo Way

Supply Chain Shaman

for the public training in Philadelphia in August and the content for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in September. Lora has written the books Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and Bricks Matter , and is currently working on her third book, Leadership Matters.

Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

Supply Chain Shaman

I am writing this blog post in the air, sitting in seat 4c, somewhere over the Midwest en route to Philadelphia. for the public training in Philadelphia i n August and the content for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in September.

Rethinking the How….

Supply Chain Shaman

We are working on the completion of our new game– SCI Impact – for the public training in Philadelphia in June and August and the content for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in September.

Good Safety is Good Business at the LogiChem 2015 Conference

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Last week’s 2015 LogiChem conference was held in Philadelphia, PA, the birthplace of the signing of our Declaration of Independence. I always come back from these conferences inspired and fascinated at how diligent chemical supply chain managers must be to mitigate risk and adverse events.

AGCO: Driving a Digital Manufacturing Transformation

Supply Chain Shaman

AGCO envisioned employing a 3×3 training metrics: every operation would have 3 people able to execute it, and every person would be able to do 3 operations. Next year, the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit will be in Philadelphia on September 4th-7th.

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update

Transplace

Some LTL carriers are embargoing certain shipments to Philadelphia as the city of Philadelphia is only accepting goods for 11 “essential business” types that will remain open. Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update. By: Frank McGuigan, Chief Executive Officer, Transplace.