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Anne Kalinowski

Supply Chains to Admire – Technology Computer Hardware Calculation Example

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After doing a deep dive into the Household Products (Nondurable) industry segment to show why Proctor & Gamble did not make the Supply Chains to AdmireTM winner list, I wanted to show an example calculation for a company that made the winner list. Cisco Systems has actually made the Supply Chains to Admire list for 4 years in a row! That’s amazing! They are the only company to do this. (Three companies – Apple, Cummins, and TSMC – were winners 2 years in a row and two companies – Dollar Tree and L’Oréal – were winners 3 years in a row.) I thought…

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Supply Chains to Admire Household Nondurables Calculation Example

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If you’re like me, you might see a long report online and skip past the details to get to the good stuff – the results. When the Supply Chains to AdmireTM  report came out last week, I scrolled right to the winners. To try to wrap my head around the way the winners were determined, I dug in to the data. I wanted to take one particular company and calculate their results myself to understand the methodology fully. As you can see from Figure 1, the Supply Chains to Admire methodology has 3 steps. The winners are those companies that show…

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Basics of Software Deployment Options

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Supply Chain Insights has just started a six month Putting Together the Pieces study on demand planning solutions. This report series provides guidance to supply chain leaders in their technology selections. As we were preparing the questions to ask demand planning solutions providers, I realized I wasn’t quite clear on the differences between software deployment options. I thought I was pretty familiar with Software as a Service (SaaS), as this was the type I implemented in my previous role, but I was a bit unclear about the differences between hosting the software versus accessing the software on the cloud versus SaaS. During my research of the deployment options, I remembered back to when I was…

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Why Do We Forget to Define Supply Chain Excellence?

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This past month I attended our Supply Chain Insights Bootcamp training led by Lora Cecere in Philadelphia and facilitated the first course of a Cross-Company Academy training, End-to-End Supply Chain Orchestration. Throughout the great discussions within these courses, I couldn’t help but notice a general theme – people are forgetting to define (or ask) what supply chain excellence looks like for their companies! In both trainings, supply chain leaders from various companies all over the world learn about next generation supply chain topics. (Cross-Company Academy is a 7 month online training course, Bootcamp is a 2 day in-person training course.) Both training sessions involve these leaders…

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How Lazy, Entitled, Coddled Millennials Strengthen Supply Chains

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Well I hate to admit it, but I am *technically* a millennial. (I like to think since I’m on the older side of the generation I’m just a bit wiser.) I worked with millennials when I managed interns in the central planning group at my last company. I have also recruited, interviewed, and trained many younger employees. I don’t like to admit I’m a millennial because they have quite a few negative connotations associated with them. In my experience, however, these negative qualities are superficial. I have taken a few common negative descriptors – lazy, entitled, and coddled – and reframed them in a way that makes them assets in supply chain. Lazy = Technologically…

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