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Supply chain excellence

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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Price Optimization: It IS what it IS!

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The old saying, “The best price is the right price” ranks in my book right up there with another old saying, “Thanks for sharing!” Or my daughter’s favorite response to an obvious answer…”Duh.”  And that one drives me crazy enough; but don’t you hate it when someone tells you “It is what it is?” What a profound statement.  Who came up with that one…Forrest Gump? Well at least making sure your product is priced right IS a profound requirement. To get to what IS the best price has taken on an even higher level of importance in the arena of…

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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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Promotion Optimization: Artificially Speaking

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“Danger, Will Robinson!”  For those of my non-millennial colleagues who have seen reruns or even us Baby-Boomers who actually saw the show, the 1965-68 TV series Lost in Space produced some rather kooky, if not downright weird images. The now famous “B9” robot character would sound out this monotoned warning when it sensed a potential threat to his small companion, played by Billy Mumy. The late 1960’s version of an intended application of futuristic artificial intelligence (AI) certainly played its role well, running the entire ship and providing immediate real-time intelligence about the surrounding environment. We know from the already rapidly…

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What do I get outa this anyway?

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The late, great ex-Beatle, George Harrison, once write a song entitled, “If You Don’t Know Where You’re Goin’, Any Road Will Take You There.”  Really, George? In the often-maddening world of trade promotion, the road to real ROI is not so easily marked; and when you do get there, you may not know where you are.  It’s more like Buckaroo Bonzai’s profound uttering, “No matter where you go, there you are.”  Either way, what DO you get out of it? There are research reports, white papers and even YouTube videos galore on the topic of ROI for trade promotion.  Many…

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Innovation

Clientelling and Trade Promotion

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Over the past several years I have been involved with some rather sophisticated technologies around consumer goods and retail. One of the more exciting solution areas I have worked with is Clientelling – a software application that is typically deployed by a retailer, but can also serve the supplier’s objectives as well. If you have ever walked into a store, car dealer, or service company and been approached by a sales associate holding an iPad®, you have interfaced with a Clientelling Application. This is a software application that typically contains information such as inventory, promotions, pricing, service and other critical…

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What’s Going On? Let’s Find Out.

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I have never been a survey taker. Not really. But I do like to see what other people say about things, so naturally, I am a fan of intelligence and knowledge. The problem is that the information we seek must originate somewhere; and that is generally going to come from someone asking questions and other people answering them.   Right? For longer than I care to state, I have been involved in trade promotion management and execution (what I am calling “TPx,” because it involves far more these days than planning, audit and settlement). And for at least that long, I…

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