Posts by David Oppenheim

Blind men and an elephant

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Image via Wikipedia I used to help facilitate six sigma training classes, and one of the more fundamental courses taught was process mapping. This was to ensure the students knew how to document existing and future processes and process interactions, and how to communicate with project teams about the whole process. Often participants in an […]

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Cash for Clunkers moved 700,000 cars, now what??

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In a recent story on MSNBC titled: Clunkers’ moved almost 700,000 new cars  it points out that the “biggest industry beneficiaries  of this US program were Japanese automakers Toyota, Honda and Nissan, which accounted for 41 percent of the new vehicle sales. That outpaced Detroit automakers General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, which had a share […]

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Who owns the implementation project?

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I was reading Monique Rupert’s blog discussing her six critical success factors for implementing supply chain software solutions.  Having spent most of my career procuring, implementing and maintaining supply chain systems, I have to concur with her points.  I would like to expand on item 3, “Ownership” as I feel is the essential element that […]

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Is your supply chain creating value or stealing margin?

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This on-demand radio broadcast hosted by John Hanson interviewing ADR CEO Bill Michels on the subject:  “Why GM’s supply-chain is in a state of ruin”  and in it he discusses several potential root causes behind this failure. One of his key points is that GM’s hard line approach with suppliers sacrificed long term sustainability for […]

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The five pillars of supply chain excellence

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I came across a very interesting IndustryWeek article entitled: “Building A Better Supply Chain”  where experts shared their thoughts about what criteria manufacturers should focus on to improve their supply chain capabilities.  The University of Tennessee’s J. Paul Dittmann says successful supply chains demonstrate proficiency in these five pillars of excellence: Talent Technology Internal collaboration […]

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Even Toyota is not immune

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Forbes magazine recently published an article titled  “What’s wrong with Toyota?” where the author describes that critics are wringing their hands that capacity was built too fast to capture the truck market in the US. The article describes how even Toyota is not immune to the troubles facing the automotive industry and that, in spite […]

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