A Personal Invitation

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Today, I am excited to announce the launch of a community to help the supply chain professional. The community is open, available for all to share content, and engage in two-way dialogue in a meaningful way. Over the last six months we have pre-populated content—videos, podcasts, infographics, maturity models, and research studies—to spark impactful conversations. The community is currently in Open Beta. What does this mean? We are refining the workflows and functionality of this community, and we need your help to kick the tires and take it to the next level. We believe it is time to open the…

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Driving Research Excellence

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Pumpkin lattes. Colored leaves lining the streets. Frost on the car windows in the morning. No doubt about it, fall is here. I love the crisp air and blue skies of fall. For me, the fall season is a good time to reflect and start new things.  The rhythm of starting new things in September started for me in my school days. I was always excited when it was time to go back to school. I am stimulated by learning. I love the smell of new books, writing with a new sharp pencil, and beginning to learn something new. As…

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Three Years. Where Have They Gone?

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Three years. Six employees. One focus: to create content for supply chain visionaries.   And we’re celebrating our third birthday by giving all of you a present. It is the gift of content. Nine out of ten companies are stuck: unable to make progress on a portfolio of supply chain metrics. We want to help. To us, content takes many forms: podcasts, videos, books, events and active networking. We want to make content accessible in order to support line-of-business executives charged with improving their business. In the past three years we have evolved our processes. We are now ready to tackle…

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The Book Is Out!

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After nine months of writing, four months of editing and three years of research, the book Supply Chain Metrics That Matter sits on my shelf. It is designed to be used by a team looking to define supply chain excellence. The book is a story. The main character in the book is a well-intending supply chain leader named Joe. He does not want to be an ‘average Joe’; instead, he is driven to create excellence in his newly formed supply chain team. However, he works as part of a dysfunctional organization that lacks an understanding of supply chain management. To…

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Starting 2015 on the Right Foot

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Starting a company is not easy. It is even more challenging when it is a new business model. This is the story of Supply Chain Insights. We are committed to helping supply chain visionaries gain first-mover advantage through research insights. Forging a new direction and building a research model using open content is challenging. We don’t aspire to be consultants and the analyst model is not universally understood, but we will soon be three years old. We have survived our bumps and bruises, and remain committed to serving you, the supply chain leader. It is our goal to be recognized…

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C’est FINI!

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Fini is the French word for finished. As Ms. Rector taught me in my high school french class,”C’est fini!”  It is finished. I love the sound as it rolls off my tongue; but yes, the Metrics that Matter book is finished. I finished the page proofs last week. The book is the end of a long journey. It has been a team effort and I will be glad to hold one in my hand and smell fresh ink. The book is a story of a supply chain leader named Joe. He does not want to be an average Joe. As…

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My Take: What Is the Difference between an Analyst and a Consultant?

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Gray and in his late fifties with a rumpled tan suit, the man wiped his chin vigorously. A bead of sweat sat precipitously on his forehead, as he turned to me while drinking a cup of coffee before the meeting started. He blurted with great energy, “How do you become an analyst?” I smiled. A little taken back, and trying to figure out how I knew this man, a myriad of images flashed in my mind as I tried to form a cogent answer to his question. It took me a minute to frame an answer, and then I said,…

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Q&A on the Supply Chains to Admire

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Today we published a new report, Supply Chains to Admire. It is the end of a two-year research project, and identifies which publicly held companies outperformed their peer group on balance sheet results. Here we share the answers to the questions that we get the most often about this research: What is the source of data? The data analyzed to compile the Supply Chains to Admire 2014 report came from publicly-available information from balance sheets and income statements. Which companies were considered in the study? We built peer groups based on like industries. Companies were selected based on three criteria….

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Imagine the Supply Chain of the Future

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On September 9–11, 2014, 110 supply chain visionaries will gather in the desert at the Phoenician Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona to think differently and define the future of supply chain. It is needed. Today, 90% of publicly-traded companies are stuck at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns. While most companies have been able to make progress in one of these two critical metrics in the period of 2006-2013, they have not been able to make progress on both together. With slowing growth, and the need to become more competitive, the pressure is on. Supply chain teams are being…

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New Books for Your Bookshelf

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This year, we will publish two new books: Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and The Shaman’s Journal. We are adding these two new books for your bookshelf to stand beside Bricks Matter which published in December, 2012. In 2015, it is our goal to publish another new book, Lessons in Supply Chain Leadership. Each book takes a new twist on the old topic of supply chain excellence. It is our goal to publish meaningful books for the supply chain leadership team. Here is an overview of the different books: Bricks Matter published in December, 2012 and is a chronology of 30 years…

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