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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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Courier Performance

Speed-and-PerformanceCourier Services refers to postal and courier activities, such as pickup, transport and delivery of letters and parcels under various arrangements. Local delivery and messenger services are also included. Key Performance Indicator (KPIs) in postal and courier services measure the efficiency in operations and customer satisfaction with delivery. Read more...

Product Safety in Your Supply Chain

CPSCYour supply chain is in great shape. You have visibility with your suppliers and with your customers, and understand where orders are, and when issues arise you can spot the source and track it down. But when your products arrive, are you certain they meet all the safety and regulatory constraints that make them safe to sell? In 2013 alone there were 28 million product recalls. If you were involved with any of them you have a good idea what information you didn't have at your fingertips. Is there a better way to track and manage this sensitive information? Read more...

Disruption in the Supply Chain

disruption 1For most of us involved in managing the supply chain, disruption is the last thing we want to consider. But many organizations are actually fostering disruptions of their own enterprise with goals to innovate and change the way things are done and the results that are achieved. Disruption caused by innovation can be seen as a progressive way to bring positive if dramatic changes to processes that have been functional for a long time. Read more...

Supply Chain Intelligence: Utilizing The Services Hub

intelIt is a given that to manage our supply chain, we have to have as much visibility as possible. Our SCM Control Tower is hooked up with logistics providers, parts suppliers, customers, manufacturing, procurement...did I forget anybody? Yup. The electronic commerce people who move this data all around for us: the Services Hub. Read more...

Visibility Rising to the Top

realtimeSupply chain visibility is an interesting topic. At least it's interesting to those who want to talk about it, but possibly not so interesting to those that actually need to do something about implementing and making it a reality within their own enterprise operations. The disconnect however, does seem to be narrowing if KPMG's recent report is to be believed. Read more...

Apple as an Automotive Supplier

carplayApple's business plans always call for grand scale market penetration, but they quietly got into the car “infotainment” (buzz word for broadcast material which is intended both to entertain and to inform) sector. Now they are attracting the of attention of the automotive world -- especially from Tier-1 suppliers that would directly compete against Apple.

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Supply Chain Expertise is Expanding

ExpertiseA recent article in the Wall Street Journal  says that “Supply chain management as a proving ground for senior leadership roles, including CEO, is increasingly evident, with high profile examples that include Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook and Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich. One reason for this phenomenon is that supply chain leaders typically have integrated experience across very different and key functions in purchasing, manufacturing, engineering, strategy and logistics and often oversee new product launches and customer service. This unique set of functional skills is increasingly important to corporate competitiveness.” Read more...

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