Posts by Alison Crawford

Golf and the art of supply chain improvement

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Golf and the art of supply chain improvement

I’ll admit it, I am a not a great golfer. Even though I can now drive the ball well, two years ago I could barely make contact. Like every golfer, my short game needs work and more often than not I’m happy to just get the ball on the green, never mind close to the pin.

If I actually manage to sink a putt there may or may not be some enthusiastic dancing on the green much to the embarrassment of the rest of my foursome. But the general trajectory of my game is one of improvement. The lesson I’ve learned is to study my performance and make adjustments to be a better golfer every time I go out.

There are some clear parallels between golf and supply chain improvement if you stop and think about them.

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What the women’s World Cup taught me about building a supply chain planning team

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I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a soccer fan. But, watching the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup was both exciting and eye opening.

These athletes are at the top of their game and embody excellence in their sport. It’s clear the team invested a lot of time, money, heart and soul to integrate so well, anticipate each other’s actions and achieve that level of performance.

This got me thinking about supply chain excellence and raised the question, “How do you achieve excellence when you’re not always working as one team, on one plan?”

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There will be no Valentine’s Day Sweethearts this year

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There will be no Valentine's Day Sweethearts this yearValentine’s Day will be less romantic this year. Due to financial troubles, corporate acquisitions, time constraints, and a lack of supply chain planning we won’t be able to tell the ones we love things like “Be Mine”, “Kiss Me”, “Call Me”, “Let’s Get Busy”, or “Miss You” in sweet, chalky letters.

That’s because, for the first time since their creation in 1901, Sweethearts candies, an iconic staple of our Valentine’s Day celebrations won’t be manufactured.

Consumer packaged goods is a tough and evolving market

Faltering consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are a very common phenomenon in this new consumer world, so it’s no surprise that Necco shuttered its doors. There were company specific issues with cleanliness in their factory, and larger trends of slowing sales of sugary foods as well as distribution limitations. Like many other consumer product companies, Necco was heavily reliant on retailers to sell all items in their portfolio. Necco didn’t evolve, and for that reason, they went the way of Clearly Canadian and Dunkaroos.

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