A new name reflecting a broader agenda

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You may have noticed that I have changed the name of the blog.  Why?  I want to evolve the blog to a broader agenda.  One thing that’s become pretty obvious is that today’s supply chain is not your father’s supply chain.  The pressures and complexities are at unprecedented levels.  And, this is causing companies to […]

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Are your customers increasingly demanding?

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Do your customers sound like these demanding customers?  OK, so that may be a bit over the top, but directionally correct with many of the companies I’ve talked to.  Customers are a lot more demanding today than ever before.  This is true whether you’re in a high volume or low volume high mix business.  In […]

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Free sales and operations planning (S&OP) research report

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Aberdeen recently published a new report entitled Sales and Operations Planning: Aligning Business Goals with Supply Chain Tactics. Because Kinaxis was a sponsor of this report, we’re able to offer a complimentary copy of the report through the end of August.  You can access the report here. The report had over 300 respondents across a […]

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Legacy supply chain planning systems are failing today’s supply chains

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I just came across this article at Supply Chain Digest featuring comments from Patrick Connaughton, an analyst at Forrester Research.  Connaughton says that “Saddled with inflexible and heavily customized legacy systems, countless supply chain operations are urgently in need of a large-scale IT modernization and transformation effort. Some have flat out reached a point where […]

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Scenarios are key to managing volatility

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I read a very interesting paper by The Economist Intelligence Unit entitled “In search of clarity: Unraveling the complexities of executive decision-making.” The article included a discussion on the virtues-and limitations-of scenario-building in the context of executive decision-making.  A couple of comments that I found very interesting: “Another benefit of using scenarios is that they […]

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The traditional view on supply chain management is changing

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I’ve suggested several times (see here as one example) that there’s a change underway in how supply chain management is viewed.  The traditional view is that supply chain management is all about cost reductions – impacting the bottom line.  I’ve suggested in the past that I’m seeing a shift, where more and more companies are seeing […]

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Is your inventory an asset or liability?

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Charlie Barnhart has written a very thought provoking post here stating that inventory is not an asset.  This is a great topic given today’s market forces and something I’ve written about several times (see here, here and here).  Charlie has actually written a paper on this topic that you can access here. While accounting is […]

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