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Listen to Lora Cecere, CEO & Founder of Supply Chain Insights, as she discusses the Reshoring Initiative with Harry Moser as they look at manufacturing returning to the US, Mexico and Canada. Some of the key trends are foreign investment as well as having savings closer to the consumer. The biggest driver for bringing jobs back to the United States is the rising Chinese wages (15% per year for 10 years). See the Total Cost of Ownership Estimator™ at www.reshorenow.org

Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast #125

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Lora Cecere, CEO & Founder of Supply Chain Insights, interviews Dave Shuman, Senior Executive – Consumer Products & Retail SME, at Cloudera. Businesses need to first look at the core of their data and then how do they want to link the data. People need to stop thinking of structured versus unstructured data and start asking what is the question I am trying to answer.

Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast #124

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Lora Cecere, CEO & Founder of Supply Chain Insights, interviews Rob Byrne, CEO & Founder of Terra Technology, on the complexity of items and the long tail of the supply chain. Everyone wants to do SKU rationalization but appear to be surprised by what they find out. (Like 50% of products only represent 1% of sales, and the top 10% of products equals 50% of sales. There is a truly amazing inference based on these two data points. Can you see what it is?)

Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast #123

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Lora Cecere, CEO & Founder of Supply Chain Insights, asks Joan Motsinger, VP of Operations Strategy of Seagate, on her vision for 2015.  Joan discusses how they have a vertical integrated supply chain and how they scale.  She discusses how they are looking to model total landed cost.  Risk management and security is a priority for 2015.  As well as looking at having a sustainable and holistic supply chain.

Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast #122

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Lora Cecere, CEO & Founder of Supply Chain Insights, interviews Dan Carlson, Manufacturing Director of 3M Minerals Division, and Nancy Seleski,  Director of Supply Chain & Quality of 3M’s Industrial & Transportation Business,  on their new year resolutions.  “In looking at 2014, weather was a factor and you also need to look at the balance sheet to fund insights and growth. When looking at our ERP deployment we need to look at the importance of accuracy of data and integrity for global visibility.”  Tailoring training to supply competencies needs is discussed.

Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast #121