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What Constitutes a Supply Chain Disaster

Supply-Chain-StressOur supply chain is a complex and fast moving environment that is rife for disaster. There are so many moving parts and details that it’s easy to imagine that the smallest mismatch in a single data field, or delayed shipment would cause a ripple effect that could grow to the proportions of a tidal wave, taking with it multiple trading partners in a single afternoon. And yet that doesn’t seem to happen. Read more...

The Approaching Supply Chain Apocalypse

apocalypseLast week I spoke with GXS VP Steve Scala about some of the company’s reasons for discontinuing the practice of daisychaining. Putting aside the rest of the arguments about why the company is taking this route, I agree with Steve that delivering visibility to the supply chain is one of the most important things an EDI transport provider can deliver. And he’s right that moving transactions across multiple connections without tracking individual items is a recipe for disaster. Read more...

UN on Supply Chain Corruption

ungcThe supply chain is a global entity... but you already know that. Being global it is a noticable entity among other global (or nearly global) entities, such as the United Nations. In February 2013 the UN Global Compact established an advisory group on Supply Chain Sustainability. A nice thing to do for sure. At the same time, the organization also created the "Anti-Corruption Task Force of the Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability" - a long title for something that desperately needs to be taken under advisement. Read more...

SCM Control Tower Functions

a3-52 control towerOur Supply Chain Control Tower is up and running. Yes, the idea makes a lot of sense, but what are the benefits? How do we make full use of our resources? What else do we need to add to it? Read more...

The Supply Chain is Just a Cost of Doing Business

SupplyChainEfficiency Illustration"Just part of the cost of doing business." That's how the supply chain is perceived in the least progressive of businesses. Gartner's observations on the importance of the supply chain among different businesses is a sobering reminder of how supply chain participants can be observed. Being a 'cost of doing business' means being an expense that should be reduced... definitely not a position in which any participant in the supply chain wants to find itself. Read more...

What's Wrong with Vendors

problemThe supply chain is pretty simple. There are two parties; the buyer and the seller. In that way it's like any business transaction. Both parties have something they need and agree on the terms under which they will transact business. Why then does the relationship between vendors and purchasers go wrong so frequently? Read more...

Getting Started With Supplier Risk Management

Quality-Risk-ManagementBusinesses must put more effort into pre-planning for business interruption according to a survey by Zurich Insurance and the Business Continuity Institute (BCI). They are concerned about supply chain disruption and term it a "blind spot". We are concerned too. Zurich recommends mapping out your supply chain and quantifying each supplier by financial stability, geopolitical issues, et al. If you have a lot of global suppliers, this could be a tall order. I think Zurich is sitting in an "ivory tower" and not a "SCM Control Tower". Read more...

Biggest Supply Chain Management Problems

big problemI like to listen to people, read group discussions, read expert opinions and make lists. So, from numerous sources, I made an unranked list of what LOTS of people regard as their biggest SCM problems. Then I searched out an expert opinion on what are the biggest SCM problems. The one I liked best was "Top Supply Chain Challenges" from the Supply Chain Council (the SCOR people). Next, I slotted the opinions of the workers in the trenches into the five categories from the Supply Chain Council. I could be wrong, see if you agree!!!

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Insourcing and the Supply Chain

insource-outsourceWe all know what Outsourcing is, but now a new trend is popping up: Insourcing. The definition of insourcing is simple but the ramifications are complex. Read more...

Supply Chain To Supply Circle

miraclesAs a Supply Chain Manager, everybody is expecting you to perform miracles and save your company. You are expected to come up with some great programs. Would one of the Top Ten SCM Innovations make your CEO happy? Let's try instead and give you some simpler ideas. Read more...

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