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Adeel Najmi

Supply Chain Lessons from Camelback Mountain

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It was a hot afternoon in Scottsdale on the day after Labor Day with temperatures over 100o F when about a dozen of us assembled for a hike up on Camelback Mountain. The hike was intended to be a networking activity for attendees at this year’s Supply Chain Insights Summit.  We had arrived from near and far – some from as far away as Europe.   Before starting on the hike, our guides gave us three lessons:  First, the journey is itself the goal.  Reaching the summit will be nice but it is not our objective.  Our goal is to enjoy…

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Three Paradigm Shifts That Will Shape Future Supply Chains

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As we approach this year’s Supply Chain Insights Summit, once again, Lora Cecere has asked me to share my thoughts about what supply chains of the future might look like. I believe that three fundamental paradigm shifts are already underway that will shape future supply chains: a shift to personalization, the rise of intelligent processes, and an emerging adaptable approach to managing uncertainty. The pivot from “demand driven” to the customer To-date, the entire supply chain has been orchestrated to service “demand” while keeping inventory and logistics costs down.  In another blog post, I have discussed how the digital consumer…

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Supply Chain Insights Global Summit 2014

Trip Report: The Art of the Possible with Supply Chain
by Adeel Najmi, Chief Science Officer at JDA

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Recently, I attended the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. I had been impressed with the content from some of the sessions from last year’s event so I was honored to attend this year’s event as a guest blogger. The summit was a small but quality gathering of supply chain practitioners, solution providers, consultants and academics. This year’s theme was a topic that I spend much of my time thinking about: “Imagine the Supply Chain of the Future.” Thinking End-to-End Lora Cecere kicked off the conference with a warning that we don’t get to supply chain excellence with tight integrated silos;…

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