Wrangling Data for Insights

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To understand the correlation between choices companies make in supply chain and the impact on business results, Supply Chain Insights embarked on a big data project to place structured and unstructured data into a data lake to understand what had the greatest impact on cost, value and growth. The data included public data from balance sheet and income statements for the years of 2010-2016 for over 1400 companies and five years of quantitative data. In this interview, Kathi Gagliano, Enterprise Data Architect, shares insights on the project. The greatest learning was that investment in talent gives companies a competitive edge…

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Business Continuity-Lessons from Hurricane Recovery with Dale McClung of CLX Logistics

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In this episode, Lora Cecere interviews Dale McClung, Director of Design Solutions at CLX, on lessons for supply chain leaders from recent hurricane disaster recovery.  Dale shares insights on freight rates and capacity impacts post recovery. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #228

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Collaborative Robotics with Jim Lawton of Rethink Robotics

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An interview with Jim Lawton on Collaborative Robotics. In this episode, Jim defines collaborative robotics and explains how this form of robotics has improved in capabilities while having a better and more advantageous price point. Sawyer, a collaborative robot from Rethink Robotics, will be at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #227

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Lassoing Sales & Operations Planning Excellence

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As supply chains become global, the management of supply chains become more intricate. Today, the average company has nine S&OP processes with some having over 50 S&OP processes. Since S&OP excellence is 60% organizational, 30% process and 10% technology, the definition of governance is key. In this podcast episode, we discuss the need to define the role of the business groups, the regional teams and the global teams. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #226

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Borderless Trade -The Role of China and India with Harvard Economist Gita Gopinath

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An interview with Gita Gopinath, a Harvard Economist, on the future of China and India and the balance between nationalism and globalization. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #225

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Driving Digital Transformation – Wearables and the Internet of Things with Peggy Gulick of Agco Corporation

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In this podcast episode, Peggy Gulick, Director of Process Improvement for Agco Corporation, shares her story of how the company solved a problem and transformed Lean processes through a digital transformation that includes wearables, paperless processes and the Internet of Things. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #224

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Building the Network of Networks

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In this episode of Straight Talk with Supply Chain Insights, Lora Cecere, Founder of Supply Chain Insights, and Helen King, Marketing Manager at Supply Chain Insights, discuss the purpose of the Network of Networks, the recent meeting in Dallas of the Network of Networks, what was learned, and what the next steps will be for this special group. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #223

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An Interview with Robert J Gordon on American Productivity

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At the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit (September 5-8, 2017), Robert J. Gordon, author of the book The Rise and Fall of American Growth, will be speaking on the impact of technology on American productivity. In this interview Dr. Gordon explains how to measure American productivity and the impact of technology on the third industrial revolution. At the conference Dr. Gordon will share what we can learn from the Third Industrial Revolution to apply to the fourth advancement of technology that is coming with the Supply Chain Digital Age. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #221

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The 2017 Supply Chains to Admire

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Defining supply chain excellence is easier to say than to do. The Supply Chains to AdmireTM Methodology is an attempt by Supply Chain Insights to identify companies within peer groups that outperform. In this episode of Straight Talk with Supply Chain Insights, Helen and Lora talk with special guest Samuel Borthwick, Research Associate at Supply Chain Insights, about the methodology and lessons learned behind the 2017 Supply Chains to Admire™. A test of a true leader is the ability to not only drive higher levels of performance, but to sustain competitive advantage over time. Using the Supply Chains to Admire analysis, three companies—Apple,…

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The Future of Robotics with Tom Bonkenburg of St. Onge Company

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In this episode Lora Cecere, Founder of Supply Chain Insights, interviews Tom Bonkenburg, Director of European Operations for St. Onge Company, on the future of robotics and what this means for supply chain leaders as they think through their plans for Supply Chain 2030. In the interview Tom outlines what to expect in manufacturing, transportation and warehousing and how supply chain leaders should prepare. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #219

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