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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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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A Buy-Side Blogger’s View (Part 1): What I Learned at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit

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Lora was kind enough to invite me to attend the global summit a few weeks ago and while I meant to do some live blogging, I was too busy taking it all in and writing it all down, and now I’m staring at 12 pages of ‘knowledge inventory’. The value of flow and moving smaller lot sizes is not lost on me here. Anyway, needless to say, it was great to be back at the Phoenician with Lora (an homage of sorts to the good old AMR days), and with a broader supply chain community. Procurement and inbound SCM is…

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Supply Chain Insights Conference Key Takeaways: Creative Class Driving Creative Economy & Courageous Leadership Matters

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I rarely get excited by keynote speakers at industry conferences, but last week was an exception to the rule. Dr. Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. His bestselling book “The Rise of the Creative Class” is an insightful analysis of the values and lifestyles that will drive the 21st century economy, its technologies and social structures. Dr. Florida believes success in the future is not about technology, government, management or even power; it is all about people and their dynamic and emergent patterns of relationships. In his keynote…

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Imagine the Supply Chain of 2025

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Last week, I attended the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. The theme of the event was to imagine the Supply Chain of 2025. The size of the group allowed for some good networking and very passionate conversations among colleagues who care about the supply chain industry. I learned a bit during the Global Summit and intend to document some of that in this blog. As the reader will note, some of the insights were more general in nature than the topic of the blog will suggest. One central theme that seemed popular was the acceptance that any and all projections…

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Imagine (Sometimes it takes a Supply Chain Brain)

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Imagine.   Later today, Lora Cecere’s Global Summit kicks off in Phoenix.   This is the flag ship program for Supply Chain Insights (the analyst firm run by Lora Cecere) and it is absolutely a team effort, with lots of work by those who work for and with Lora.  But I purposefully called it Lora Cecere’s Global Summit, because it is Lora’s unending energy and passion around supply chain that makes this event unique among the growing number of supply chain events being held around the globe.  More importantly, it is her ability to challenge us to stop, even if for a…

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Supply Chain of 2025: Global with Strong Regional Characteristics

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Recently, I participated in a podcast with Lora Cecere where we discussed the following question: What would the supply chain of 2025 look like? Questions like this are always fun to consider. Of course, they would be easier to answer if one had a crystal ball. Below is where my mind went as we discussed this topic. One of the things I have found quite remarkable in the last couple of years is how quickly cutting edge products are becoming available through big parts of the developing world. It seems the information revolution and the internet age have ensured people…

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Steps 4 & 5 to Regain Manufacturing Prowess

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4. Construct and deploy sensible metrics The current manufacturing metrics of efficiency, keeping all machines busy all the time (utilization), and overhead absorption were developed after the stock market crash of 1929. Any manufacturing manager can tell you what products are really the most profitable. Rarely does the formal accounting system come up with the same answer. Sensible metrics must be deployed that encourage better integration of various components within the company. These metrics align resources, working capital, and activities to the company goal of being sustainably profitable. Sustainable profitability is far more important than short-term operational efficiency. 5. Learn…

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