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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Redefining Supply Chain Research

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Last week, I attended Bridges, an event hosted by GT Nexus. While there, I was fortunate to attend a speech by Chis Bonner of Toms Shoes. He spoke about their GIVING supply chain. Essentially, Toms gives away a pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair of shoes sold. It is a part of their brand promise. As Chris explained, it sounds easier than it is. The management of his GIVING supply chain is quite a task. To deliver on the brand promise, his team must manage product delivery with the highest ethical standards while optimizing towards the greatest…

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Committed to the Supply Chain Index

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When you sit down to breakfast, and stare at the plate, you realize that the chicken contributed to the breakfast menu, but the pig committed. I, like the pig, am committed. Today, there is no good measure of supply chain excellence. This summer, during the countdown to our Global Summit, we will be releasing the work on the Supply Chain Index. It is new. We know that it is different. It is our hope that it helps to drive actionable, insightful, and meaningful dialogue. Nine out of ten companies are stuck. Progress was faster in the early years of the…

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Supply Chain Insights – The Research Difference

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This month, Supply Chain Insights is two years old. We are no longer a start-up. We are small, and growing, and remain committed to serving the supply chain leader with research. We have survived the first two years. It is time to renew our commitment. It is our goal to redefine the analyst model to be more actionable, available and hard-hitting. The way we do it is very different. So much so, that many times customers will ask us how we make money and how we can give the research away. It is simple, we are redefining the analyst model…

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Ring in 2014

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We close 2013 giving thanks. We give thanks for our customers and their support over the past two years. This support allows us the freedom to do what we do. In 2014, Supply Chain Insights will be two years old. We continue to have fun. Our focus is to unveil supply chain insights through research that allows leaders to drive new discussions. Over the course of the last two years, we have focused on bringing a new type of content to the supply chain leader. We have published  112 blog posts, 42 reports, 65 podcasts, and 37 webcasts. We have…

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Straight Talk. Lots of It.

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February marks two years. Supply Chain Insights, as a company, is maturing.  In 2013 we have almost doubled revenue and tripled reach. Today we will publish our 17th newsletter to over 7000 supply chain professionals. We love content. This year we have published 25 reports, completed more than 55 podcasts, archived more than 20 webcasts, conducted our fifth public training session and hosted our first, and what will become, our annual event. Leading a bootstrap startup effort is not easy. Blazing a new trail with a new business model is tough. My family thinks that I am crazy; but, the new model…

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Our Journey

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Over 110 supply chain leaders gathered in the desert to discuss the future of supply chain management. With nine out of ten companies stuck in their ability to improve corporate performance through advancements in supply chain, the discussion at the 2013 Supply Chain Insights Global Summit was not a rehash of the past. Instead, the group was challenged to think about supply chains differently. During the Summit, as companies presented their ideas and panels debated issues, a graphic artist captured the spirit of the conference. This graphic is shown in figure 1. Figure 1. Graphic Artist’s Representation of the Supply Chain…

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Conquering the Effective Frontier

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On Wednesday, Supply Chain Insights will host our first conference. It is designed as an annual event for supply chain leaders. We are proud of the line-up of speakers. The event will open with the sharing of research of how supply chain leaders have made trade-offs on Conquering the Supply Chain Effective Frontier. (We have been analyzing balance sheets and studying the financial performance of companies for the last sixteen months. We wanted to understand how companies have made the trade-offs of growth, profitability, cycles and complexity.) In the morning session, leaders from P&G, Intel and Merck will be sharing…

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Why You Should Attend the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit

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On Thursday this week, we are launching the agenda for our upcoming Global Supply Chain Summit. It will be at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ on September 11th and 12th. In this blog, I would like to bring readers up to date on the event and why they should attend. Five reasons why you as a supply chain leader should attend: Launch of the Supply Chain Index. Confused on which metrics matter and which industries have made the most progress over the course of the last decade?  Gain these insights at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. Five supply chain leaders…

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