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Supply Chain Global Summit

Imagine 2030: Supply Chain Talent

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This year’s Supply Chain Insights’ annual global conference moves to our hometown of Atlanta, a town deep in supply chain history from the crossroads of the early train routes to the hub of many of today’s leading brands, and supply chain services and technology providers. As we welcome the industry thought leaders, practitioners, educators and more, I started to think about the conference’s theme, Imagine 2030, and a topic on the minds of many supply chain executives: talent. While 2030 may seem like a long way off, it will be here before we know it. In that time, the supply…

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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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My Vision for Supply Chain 2020? Deep integration!

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I recently got interviewed as a blogger for the Global Summit. The question was how I imagine the Supply Chain in 2020. My first thought went to ‘deep integration’. What strikes me the most when I’m consulting or teaching companies is the lack of integration in today’s supply chains. If I look at retailers it is still common to have private label suppliers stuffed with inventory, central or regional DC’s stuffed with inventory and shops stuffed with inventories. We all demand high service levels from one step to the next. There seems to be a lack of trust, a lack…

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The Interconnected Supply Chain

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The moment I wake every morning, data is being generated about me. By the time I stretch and take a few paces around my room, the fitness bracelet on my wrist has already documented that my sleep cycle broke at 7:23 a.m. I check my phone for the weather, and it opportunely alerts me that it will take approximately 13 minutes to drive to work at this time of day. Sure, I use applications that access my current location, such as apps for mapping directions or for finding the closest Mexican restaurant, so I know that my phone has the…

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How Do We Get to Outside-in?

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While supply chain leaders will stand up at conference after conference and brag about how they saved money, improved inventory and driven improvements in customer service, we find that nine out of ten supply chains are stuck—not making progress—at the intersection of inventory turns and operating margin. So, did these supply chain leaders deliberately lie in their presentations? No, we don’t think so. Why the gap? I think that three things have happened: Project Focus within Vertical Silos. Most of the stories told at the conferences are vertically-focused projects within an organization. These projects are approved based on a defined…

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