The World of Gray. The World of Black. Bridging the Two to Drive Growth.

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No two supply chains are exactly alike and supply chain management is certainly not just black and white. Yet many companies have not perfected how to operate in “The World of Gray.” In this podcast episode, inspired by her Shaman’s Blog post, Lora explains the importance of supply chain leaders’ ability to bridge the gap between efficiently executing black and white supply chain processes, and performing in the gray areas such as new product launch by rethinking forecasting techniques, supply chain design, and much more. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #202

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Launch of the Next-Generation Supply Chain Training Programs.

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Launch of Next-Generation Supply Chain Training Programs by Supply Chain Insights. In this podcast the Founder of Supply Chain Insights shares information on the three options for companies to take advantage of a new form of collaborative learning designed for supply chain leaders. In October Supply Chain Insights finalized seven classes on the CorpU platform to help in building end-to-end supply chain leadership. The materials can be deployed in three ways: The first is the Next Generation Supply Chain. Individuals will join the online learning in a cross-company cohort. In this cohort individuals will learn and share Next-Generation Supply Chain…

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A Call To Action: Testing the Future of Supply Chain

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Sometimes being an individual is great. Other times it’s better to belong to something bigger. At Supply Chain Insights we see the potential of a future that connects all of us. To make this potential become a reality we launched the Network of Networks, a cross-facilitated group of business leaders and technology innovators to try to make the sharing of B2B data easier and less costly. The group is working on a series of pilots to test new concepts and interoperability. The first will focus on community onboarding and interoperability between networks. The storyboards for the pilots will be shared…

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How Did We Screw Up Procurement? with Jim Barnes of ISM

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In this world where money moves faster electronically, and transactions are automated, why does it take so long for supplier onboarding? And why is the focus on terms versus removing the friction from procurement relationships? In this webcast we interview Jim Barnes, Director of Professional Development at the Institute of Supply Management (ISM), to understand why. In this podcast Jim gives advice for leaders of procurement. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #199

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Is IT Standardization Killing Your Growth Agenda?

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IT standardization has been a popular strategy to manage investment and operations, but is it really the best thing for your business? In this podcast Lora and Alison discuss the possibility that departing from the IT norm could be the best thing for your business and your team. Listen in to hear about the implications to technology and people a new IT vision can have on your organization. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #198

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VTech-A Supply Chains to Admire Finalist with Nick Delany

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VTech Holdings, founded in 1976, has its roots in learning products. The company acquired the cordless phone division from Lucent technology in 2000. Initially this led to operating losses and write-offs and was turned around in 2002. Today the Company’s core businesses are cordless phones, contract manufacturing services and children learning products.  The North American operation is one of the top three manufacturers in the US cordless market. The Company currently has $1.88 billion in revenues and employ 30,000 people in 10 regions of the world. In this podcast, Nick Delany, Chairman of VTech USA Holdings LLC, chronicles the journey of…

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Analytics in Politics and Supply Chain. How Pollsters and Corporations Are Getting It Wrong.

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The pollsters taking the pulse of the country on their political leanings before the election got it wrong, which makes us think about how companies are often getting the data in their supply chains wrong, and predict the wrong outcomes. In this podcast episode Alison and Lora discuss how to incorporate social media, unstructured data, and customer sentiment into supply chain operations. Listen in for a perspective on why these important cues get overlooked and how to fix it. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #196  

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Customer Centricity – What Is It and How Do You Get There?

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Customer centricity is a an old concept with new life. Organizations around the world have committed to a customer centric strategy, but few have defined it and fewer know how to analyze their results.  In this podcast, Lora and Alison discuss the different ways to structure a customer centric supply chain and how to interpret metrics to continue to align to that strategy. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #195

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Trends in Corporate Sustainability with John Davies of GreenBiz

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In this podcast, Lora Cecere, founder of Supply Chain Insights, interviews John Davies, a Vice President and Senior Analyst for Greenbiz. The focus is on the changing nature of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in supply chain organizations. Here John shares his insights on assessment and risk, and the redefinition of value. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #194

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Robotics and the Autonomous Supply Chain with Jim Lawton of Rethink Robotics

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As we think about digital manufacturing and Supply Chain 2030, we need to rethink the robot’s role in manufacturing based on new capabilities. While traditional robots were used to replace labor, the robots of the future are able to improve the agility of the supply chain through sensing and enabling new capabilities. In this session Lora Cecere, Founder of Supply Chain Insights, interviews James Lawton, Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Rethink Robotics, to understand the latest trends in robotics and the future of robotics in Supply Chain 2030. Jim will be presenting his vision at the Supply Chain Insights…

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