Kimberly-Clark’s Epic Demand-Driven Journey
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain | October 07, 2013
“Frankly, we thought we were a lot better than we were.” Could those be the scariest words in business? They come from Rick Sather, vice president of customer supply chain with consumer-products giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. And they suggest why some companies might not want to know the ugly truth about how they’re really serving – or not serving – the customer.
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My good friend, Lora Cecere, recently posted an article on her Supply Chain Shaman blog titled, Conquering the Effective Frontier. It was one of the subjects at her Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, and I couldn’t be more excited to hear more! Lora’s research finds that when the economy goes into a downturn, organizations will look at all kinds of ways to make their supply chains more efficient. But as the economy improves, these same organizations will take their foot off the gas and let the inefficiencies return. Indeed, her study shows most companies could only hold on to their gains for about two years. After that, the numbers fall off dramatically.
Bridging the Talent Gap in Supply-Chain Management
By: Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain | September 30, 2013
Despite gradual improvement since the summer of 2009 – the official end of the Great Recession – the U.S. unemployment rate remains unacceptably high. But don’t tell that to companies in search of supply-chain talent.
Re-imagining Your Supply Chain Outside-in
September 19, 2013 by Richard Cushing at RKL esolutions
At the first annual Supply Chain Insights Global Summit (SCISummit) held in Phoenix, Arizona, earlier this month, Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights opened the event. In her opening comments she said, “[A]s we think about embracing the supply chain as a complex system, we need to imagine new processes outside-in.”
Back to the Future:
The Executive Supply Chain Conference Reborn
Published September 17, 2013 by Trevor Miles at Kinaxis
I chose this picture because I was lucky enough to attend the first Supply Chain Insights (SCI) Summit held this past week in Phoenix, which was an eye-opener and inspiring, but also just a little scary. It was a little scary because it shows how much more we all could be doing to improve the effectiveness of supply chain management as a practice.