Posts by Teresa Chiykowski

Looking at the sustainable supply chains behind some classic Valentine’s Day favorites

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Sustainable supply chainChocolates, wine, flowers, jewelry? What will you buy for the special person in your life this Valentine’s Day? Not planning to buy anything at all? You might want to seriously rethink that decision before you show up empty-handed.

Over the years, Valentine’s Day has become big business.

As you know, Valentine’s Day is an annual holiday, celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus. Today, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world.

Commercial celebration is right.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are poised to spend more than $18 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts in 2017. That comes to about $137.57 per person. I’d really love a $137.57 box of chocolates. Heck, let’s round it up to $140 and skip the sentimental greeting card.

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Improving Supply Chain Collaboration: Connecting People

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This is the final blog post in our three-part series discussing ways to improve supply chain collaboration.

Supply chain collaborationIf you’ve read the first blog posts in this series, you should have a pretty good idea of two main reasons why supply chain collaboration is failing – fundamental . You should also have a better understanding how to fix what’s “broke” when it comes to data and processes.

Today, I’m going to tackle a third fundamental reason collaboration is failing: the disconnect between the people overseeing the supply chain.

The challenge: Disconnected people

Supply chains don’t run themselves – not yet anyway.

From demand and supply planners, to inventory managers and capacity planners, humans play a pivotal role in keeping the supply chain moving and customers happy and loyal.

But there’s a problem. Not everyone in the supply chain talks to each other.

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The Future of Supply Chain Management

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Closed Today. Fresh out of Supply Chain Talent.

Future of supply chain management

There’s no time like the present to talk about the future of supply chain management. That was the perfect lead-in for a great Supply Chain Insights webinar I attended recently – Journey to Supply Chain 2030.

Admittedly, 2030 is a few years out. Sometimes it’s difficult to predict what’s going to happen next week let alone 14 or 15 years down the road. But here’s the thing about supply chains: Today’s supply chains are the result of what we’ve done in the past; tomorrow’s supply chain will be the result of what we’re doing today. So it’s time to get planning.

Technology, digitization and automation are dramatically changing the supply chain. The cloud and massive streams and lakes of data are making for a vastly different way of managing operations. The manufacturing firms that continue (successfully) into the future must possess the “talent” with the right competencies, and the “strategic thinking and problem solving” abilities to deal with the new and increasingly more complex supply chain.

But, how confident are firms that they’ll have this workforce at the ready? Not very. In Deloitte’s 2015 Supply Chain survey of 400 executives, only 38% of respondents say they have the competencies they need today. And that doesn’t even consider the future.

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Improving Supply Chain Collaboration: Connecting Processes

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This is the second blog post in our three-part series discussing ways to improve supply chain collaboration.

S&OP processIn my first blog post in this series, I touched upon one of the biggest challenges companies operating global supply chains face today. I’m talking about the disconnect between the data, processes and people in the supply chain and how it inhibits collaboration and the ability to make the best decisions quickly.

My last post focused on connecting data. So today, I’m going to do a deeper dive into connecting S&OP processes.

The challenge: Disconnected sales and operations planning processes

Today’s supply chain processes and functions operate in silos.

What I mean by “silos” is that, across organizations, managers are responsible for one specific department, each with different priorities, responsibilities and objectives. As a result, managers aren’t aware of what other departments are doing in terms of their goals and priorities.

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Ooh, Scary Stuff, Kids. Tales from the Supply Chain Crypt.

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Halloween Supply Chain ManagementWarning: This blog post isn’t for the faint of heart. In fact, I should include a PG-13 rating on it. Just kidding, although, for those involved, the scare factor must’ve been pretty high at times.

Halloween is big business. In fact, National Retail Federation’s annual survey estimates that enthusiastic celebrators will spend an estimated 8.4 billion on Halloween – an all-time high in the survey’s 11-year history. You could say the pressure’s on for retailers to deliver the costumes, treats and decorations demanded by the estimated 171 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities.

But the scary truth is that sometimes retailers can’t deliver. Often, unexpected events such as suppliers failing to deliver, software glitches and even Mother Nature can wreak havoc with even the best supply chains.

On that note, I’d like to share some tales that undoubtedly still “haunt” the parties involved.

The great pumpkin shortage scare

What are Halloween and Thanksgiving without pumpkins?  In October 2015, it was a frightening thought for fans of falls’ favorite flavor. Predictions warned that only those who got to the store weeks before Thanksgiving would find canned pumpkin. A pie-making crisis was inevitable.

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Improving Supply Chain Collaboration: Connecting Data

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Supply chain collaborationWelcome to the first blog post in our three-part series discussing three ways to improve supply chain collaboration.

Maybe I’m stating the obvious but… a lot has changed in the world of manufacturing since Keith Oliver of Booz, Allen and Hamilton Inc. coined the term “supply chain management” in early 1982.

Move over, 1982, it’s 2016.

It’s no surprise that today’s supply chains are more complex than those of three decades ago. They face ever-growing volatility, uncertainty and risk. Lack of visibility and collaboration in supply chain management is dramatically impacting the time it takes to make critical decisions. And, in the end, sometimes those decisions end up being wrong ones.

Making informed decisions fast comes down to collaboration – how effectively the data, processes and people who oversee the supply chain can connect, communicate and interact with one another. But, for many organizations, there’s a distinct disconnect between data, processes and people that is preventing collaboration.

What’s inhibiting collaboration and, more importantly, what can be done to fix what ails? You’ll find the answers in the new eBook, 3 Ways to Improve Supply Chain Collaboration. The book looks at how companies can foster ongoing supply chain collaboration by eliminating the disconnects between data, processes and people.

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Kinexions Supply Chain Conference 2016 Keynote Speakers Promise to Rock the House

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Supply chain conferences 2016What do an SCM thought leader and a legendary lead guitarist have in common?

Easy. They’re going to jazz up our annual supply chain conference Kinexions with keynote sessions that inform, inspire and entertain.

This year, the Kinexions ’16 team is thrilled to welcome Kevin O’Marah, Chief Content Officer, SCM World and Don Felder, Lead Guitarist, The Eagles, as our day 1 and day 2 keynote presenters.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store from these world-class speakers at one of the best supply chain conferences of 2016:

Day 1: Future of Supply Chain: Be Prepared to Work Hard to Rock On!

Presenter: Kevin O’Marah

Megatrends conspiring to reshape the supply chain future include:

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5 Reasons to Attend Kinexions Supply Chain Conference

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Yeehaw! Top 5 Reasons to Attend Kinexions ‘16

You’ve got this piece of wood and some wires, pickups and some strings. How somebody uses that
configuration to make something memorable.

Don Felder, Lead Guitarist, The Eagles

don-felderWhy am I quoting Don Felder of the iconic band The Eagles? Good question.

Felder’s description of a guitar isn’t unlike what we do at our supply chain conference, Kinexions every year. We pull together some essential components to make something memorable for customers and employees. It’s what keeps folks coming back year after year.

Kinexions ‘16 promises to be no exception.

Offering a star-studded lineup of speakers, customer presentations, breakout sessions, training and foot stompin’ good fun, Kinexions ’16 is sure to be a number one hit again. If you’ve never attended Kinexions, and wondering why you should, here are the top five reasons to join us in Music City U.S.A. for the hit supply chain conference of 2016

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