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Suppliers in the Chain

bigarm-littlearmI’ve been looking at an old topic recently - EDI testing. For you who have followed ec-bp.com since its humble beginnings, no doubt you recall our opinions regarding testing and charges associated with them. The issue hasn’t changed much. It seems retailers still need to test the documents they are asking their suppliers to submit, and suppliers keep trying to lower their expenses by trying to avoid testing. At what point do these opposing interests amount to mutual abuse? Read more...

Successful SCM On-Going Disruption Recovery

disruption3Successful supply chain management requires a company to recover from disruptions, which are a normal part of any business. We have recently talked about unexpected and unusual disruptions / mistakes. But normal disruptions can and should be solved by the “operations people”.

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Where's Your Supply Chain's Weakest Link?

weak-linkHow do supply chain technology vendors/VARs go about seeking and finding the weakest link in their clients' supply chain? Some depend on their Ouija board. Others have combed lots of research documents and can tell you to the letter what other companies found to be their weakest links. Others show up at the client's site with heavy-duty partners, meet with top management, view lots of slide shows and go away agreeing with the client where the weakest link is. Some 'radicals' actually take their time and interview with the company employees doing the work. Do you HAVE to use one of these vendors? What's wrong with self-assessment?

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Constructive Disruptiveness In The Supply Chain

malcolm-gladwellMalcolm Gladwell: One Character Trait That Will Make You Disruptive The best-selling author says it's not tech, money, or brainpower. What are the preconditions that make that kind of change possible?" Successful disrupters all tend to have one huge precondition that's far more important: the kinds of attitudes that lie behind provocateurs. He used a powerful story of shipping magnate Malcolm McLean, Gladwell revealed how having the right attitude is critical to effecting great change.

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What do SCM Leaders do in a Crisis?

SUPPLY-CHAIN-FTIt all boils down to: (1) Being familiar with emergency procedures; (2) Having VISIBILITY of the supply chain; and (3) finding the right people, provide continuous training and allow them to learn and develop by rotating their roles in the supply chain. Read more...

Slave Labor Plays Prominent Role In Worldwide Supply Chain

Human RightsAccording to Verite, a think tank whose mission is promoting the ethical treatment of laborers worldwide, at least one in three foreign workers who responded to their recently released survey on slave labor in the Malaysian electronics market toils in conditions of forced labor.

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Rebalancing Your Sourcing Strategy

shorelineOutsourcing and offshoring have been the rage for quite a while, but there are now more onshoring initiatives in both the manufacturing and service industries that possibly a major trend reversal is occurring. At the beginning of last year, we predicted that companies might start looking at the best way of sourcing instead of just saying “let's outsource”. Then we pointed to a place it was happening successfully: General Electric's Appliance Park (now Electrolux) Read more...

Innovation in the Supply Chain

DNA-StrandI've been reading "The Innovator's DNA," an interesting book about how companies can set themselves up to be better through what they call 'disruptive innovation.' I don't think this is an entirely new concept because there have certainly been plenty of innovations created my many companies, and those companies have thrived and grown. What's different in this book is that it provides specific traits and actions that companies can take to find and develop people who can make a difference. Read more...

Opportunities In Your Supply Chain

multitoolRecently Scott Koegler published an article on “Fixing Your Supply Chain” in which he quoted the “Top Five Opportunities In Your Supply Chain” per OPS Rules Management Consultants. He then “threw down the gauntlet” for others to list their own Top 5, and see if these match. I am accepting the challenge! Read more...

Fixing Your Supply Chain

thumb 5 opportunities Supply chains are inherently complex. They are also every-day systems that require full time attention. OPSrules had put together a highly simplified recap of the top 5 things you can (should?) look at in your supply chain. These represent places to start when thinking about putting fixes in place. 

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