SCI IMPACT! vs. the Beer Game

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Recently I had the opportunity to go to LLamasoft headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan to play the game they have programmed for Supply Chain Insights around supply chain strategies and inside-out versus outside-in processes, SCI IMPACT! The game is a simple simulation of a supply chain where each month decisions are made by players and results are calculated in the game. This was one of the first tests of the game, and as Lora mentioned in a post the other day, there were a few bugs that still needed to be worked out. Even though we only were able to test 2 rounds of the game,…

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Think Differently. Drive New Outcomes. Let Us Help You Build A Guiding Coalition.

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Summer is ending. 2018 is right around the corner. Is it time to start to plan the new year? Forge a strategy?  Engage employees? At this time of year, we find many companies planning workshops to stimulate thinking on building a digital supply chain and igniting next-generation supply chain thinking. If this is you, we would like to offer to help. We have four opportunities for engagement. Here we share some insights. Benchmarking. How do you stack up to your peer group? To leaders that you admire? The first step to building a guiding a coalition is benchmarking.  Understanding where…

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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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Supply Chains to Admire - 2017 Winners Summary

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire 2017

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Not all analyst groups are created equal. Research is at the heart of what we do. We publish four types of reports and provide it as Open Content for the industry. Our goal is to help supply chain leaders globally. The report types are: Supply Chains to Admire: A deep study by industry of performance and improvement levels for the past seven years. The goal is to provide industry benchmarks. Metrics That Matter: A close look at key industries to help supply chain leaders better understand the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. The focus is to align financial and operational…

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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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I Left My Job

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Recently I left a company after 14 years of service. That’s a long time to be at the same place, and it’s uncommon. I experienced multiple changes in leadership, structure, focus, and strategy. During times of change, I soaked up every scrap of a lesson that I could scrounge. During stable times, I knocked out some of the ideas I had accumulated, those “wish I had the time for this” projects. I hired several “generations” of entry- and near entry-level employees and watched them grow in and eventually out of my purview. They took on new and different roles both…

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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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Building the Network of Networks. Call for Action. Want to Help?

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In the 1980s commercial internet providers evolved. In 2001 Steve Jobs put 1000 songs in our pocket.  And steadily, over the last three decades, mobile phones changed the pace of business. In the process, the banks got bigger and business networks grew more complex. In the last decade social networks and new business models evolved. eCommerce and electronic shopping carts drove new forms of commerce. It lifted all boats in our personal lives. However, this is not the case for B2B business processes. Data sits–examples include images, map and location data, sentiment, telematics, warranty, and weather– on the doorsteps of…

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