Golf and the art of supply chain improvement

AlisonCrawford

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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Drone delivery coming soon to a supply chain near you

IlyasKucukcay

Drone delivery coming soon to a supply chain near youThe concept of a drone was not something we gave much thought to just a few years ago—except for the applications of the military-related operations, much less drones in supply chains as product delivery mechanisms. But now, the day-to-day use of drones is a reality as they are being used for many purposes, from consumer recreational use to media, and from industrial to institutional applications.

For example, streaming companies are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), aka drones, to capture live events for sports, political rallies and concerts. Some governments use them to keep an eye on the wildlife in geographically remote areas, while some others utilize different variations of those devices for border patrol and other domains of law enforcement.

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Big Ideas in Supply Chain | Keysight Technologies: Risk recovery after a natural disaster

SarahHarkins

Watch our newest Big Ideas in Supply Chain Imagine that three natural disasters hit your global supply chain within three years. For Keysight Technologies, this isn’t a hypothetical scenario. Between 2015 and 2016, earthquakes in Japan and explosions at a container storage station in China affected parts of the company’s supply chain. Then in 2017, the Tubbs wildfire burned down two structures at the company’s headquarters and damaged others.

What could have been a series of business fiascos was not. The company had continuity and disaster recovery plans in place, and supply chain employees routinely ran drills to prepare for potential issues.

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[On-demand webinar] From siloed to synchronized: The rise of the network planner

MerandaPowers

The rise of the network plannerTwo years ago we wondered whether supply chain planners might one day be called network planners:

“Much like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), there is still a lot of hype about the network planner. Will it be something that we evolve to as part of supply chain transformations, or will it be out of necessity and a need to manage the new supply chain planning landscape?”

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Introducing our new video series, Big Ideas in Supply Chain

SarahHarkins

We’re launching a new video series today called Big Ideas in Supply Chain. It’s our way of sharing the best solutions we’ve encountered in our work with thought leaders, customers and partners.

Each video in this series focuses on a weighty issue in supply chain, like change management or risk recovery. But these videos aren’t just an overview of common challenges — they have the potential to transform your work.

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[On-Demand Webinar] Architecting Intelligent Supply Chains

MerandaPowers

On-Demand Webinar | Architecting Intelligent Supply ChainsIf you’re reading this, it’s highly likely you’re living the supply chain life. And if you’re living the supply chain life, it’s likely that you have come to the same realization we have – that operating a supply chain ‘as usual’ isn’t cutting it anymore.

That’s because business as usual simply isn’t as usual as it used to be. With constant global volatility impacting the sourcing and delivery of product to your customers, something has got to give. Supply chains have to evolve to something better, to something different – into more intelligent supply chains. Find out how in this on-demand webinar.

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

AlisonCrawford

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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Supply chain hangover: how to avoid software deployment mishaps

SarahHarkins

Supply chain hangover: how to avoid software deployment mishapsSome Canadians aren’t cheering this patio season – because their cups are empty. Ontario residents, brewers and unions shared their complaints on social media after a June update to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s (LCBO) warehouse management software left alcohol in warehouses instead of on store shelves. The LCBO won’t be hurt by the interruption since it’s the only liquor retailer in Ontario. But few companies have such an advantage in the market.

Here are three lessons to keep in mind before updating your supply chain planning software…

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