Supply Chains to Admire - 2017 Winners Summary

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire 2017

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Not all analyst groups are created equal. Research is at the heart of what we do. We publish four types of reports and provide it as Open Content for the industry. Our goal is to help supply chain leaders globally. The report types are: Supply Chains to Admire: A deep study by industry of performance and improvement levels for the past seven years. The goal is to provide industry benchmarks. Metrics That Matter: A close look at key industries to help supply chain leaders better understand the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. The focus is to align financial and operational…

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Impact of New Generation Robots

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I was stunned when I first met the collaborative Robot Sawyer at the Imagine 2030 Supply Chain Insights Summit in September this year.  All I could think was how many jobs will these guys take.  The list of features is awesome but for me the three pivotal features were: Sawyer doesn’t need to be programmed to do a task, you show it. Sawyer can safely operate alongside human workers, without light curtains or guard rails I was expecting Sawyer to cost $300K.  I was shocked to find that he starts at $29K Together with Sawyer’s big brother Baxter, these bad…

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How the Autonomous Supply Chain Will Disrupt All of Us

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Some notes from the ‘Imagine2030’ conference of supply chain insights Jeremiah Owyang of Crowd Companies was 1 of the keynotes on the #imagine2030 conference of supply chain insights. CC is a Silicon Valley startup bringing change in large companies. It centers on the “collaborative economy” (AirBnB), “crowd business models” (Uber) and “autonomous world” (autonomous driving & robotics) disruptions. Much of Jeremiah’s keynote at the Imagine2030 conference was centered on the example of how the car industry is currently disrupted and massively moving towards a fully autonomous fleet of cars. The figure below shows data from Morgan Stanley which promises we…

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Incubate Your Own Talents, a Critical Part for Successful SCM

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In September 2016 I was lucky enough to attend Lora Cecere’s (founder of Supply Chain Insights) Imagine the Supply Chain of 2030 Global Summit. I found the conference extremely insightful and wanted to share with you some of my key takeaways from the event. This is the first article in a four part series to be published in the coming weeks, “Incubate your own talents”. Talent shortage in the supply chain industry is a known issue, especially with the demand for middle management positions. The rapid expansion and increasing complexity of the industry, the qualifications needed for supply chain professionals…

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Let’s Claim Inventory Ownership, the Strategy Process Next, and Become CEO by 2030!

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Over the last 2 weeks two good things in my life came together My Phd in Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization, which I started 10 years ago and finished in 2009 My more recent work on balancing Service, Cost and Cash using the concept of the ‘Supply Chain Triangle’ Together they define the (role of) Supply Chain in 2030. The Supply Chain Triangle, shown in Figure 1, captures the struggle in companies to balance service to customers, supply chain costs, and cash. Figure 1: The Supply Chain Triangle First, the company needs to deliver service to customers, the quality of which is…

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Supply Chain Leads the Way to Value in Healthcare

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There’s no question that the healthcare industry is going through unprecedented change, driven most notably by new reimbursement models that are turning the business model for hospitals and healthcare systems upside down. Rather than making money by keeping their beds full, U.S. hospital executives must prepare for a not too distant future when a full house is a losing proposition.  An ad campaign by Mt. Sinai Health says it all: “If our beds are full, we’re not doing our job.” The change may be most dramatic in the U.S., as a result of the Affordable Care Act, but this quest…

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Only Limited by Your Imagination

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My first introduction to MRP was in 1983 at a small company where we had stamping, molding, machining, and assembly to make products for the aerospace industry.  I was a journeyman machinist and progressed into a manager’s position there. There was only about 75 people in fabrication, and we controlled our area with a daily list of items that needed to be worked on in a prioritized sequence.  We had shelves lined with bags of inserts and other kits of parts to either mold into sub-assemblies, modify, stamp out, or otherwise “add value” as it were. One Monday morning I came in…

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Imagine a Supply Chain Conference to Admire – Then Attend It

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By Pierre Mitchell from Spend Matters I’m packing up my bags again this year for Supply Chain Insights’ (SCI) annual supply conference.  This year, Imagine is an appropriate name for the conference as attendees will help contribute to a vision of supply chain in 2030.  Back in 2007, I led a similar effort for “Procurement 2020” when I was back at Hackett and it’s been fun looking back at those predictions.  Some things barely have changed (cost modeling) while others like AI (e.g., machine learning in particular) have made big strides.  And who could have predicted Blockchain (even though it’s…

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2016 Supply Chain Insights Global Summit

Disrupting in the Midst of Disruption

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We are continuing to break the mold to help supply chain visionaries gain first-mover advantage. While other analyst firms put their research behind paywalls, we set it free. We want everyone around the globe to use our research freely and openly. Through our research panels—using Linkedin and Twitter—we now have a database of over 6500 respondents. Our philosophy is “When companies give to us by participating in our surveys, we give to them through open, shared content.” We do this through our monthly newsletters, webinars and podcasts. It is working. Our goal is to build a guiding coalition of supply…

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Supply Chains to Admire: 2016 Results

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Five months of analysis. Lots of heated debates. It is now over. This morning we announced the Supply Chains to Admire Winners and Finalists for 2016. The research starts in April and stretches over many weeks as we analyze the different elements and understand the patterns of each industry. Why do we do it? Selfishly, we need a standard for our research, but we also want to help supply chain leaders gain new insights from a deep data-driven analysis. There is no agreed-upon standard for supply chain excellence. Leaders agree that it is easier to say than define. A clear…

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