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Think Differently. Drive New Outcomes. Let Us Help You Build A Guiding Coalition.

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Summer is ending. 2018 is right around the corner. Is it time to start to plan the new year? Forge a strategy?  Engage employees? At this time of year, we find many companies planning workshops to stimulate thinking on building a digital supply chain and igniting next-generation supply chain thinking. If this is you, we would like to offer to help. We have four opportunities for engagement. Here we share some insights. Benchmarking. How do you stack up to your peer group? To leaders that you admire? The first step to building a guiding a coalition is benchmarking.  Understanding where…

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Probabilistic Forecasting with Antony Nardozza

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An interview with Antony Nardozza, Material Manager of Spairliners (Lufthansa / Air France JV). He oversees the investment and divestment of a $200 million inventory. In this interview Antony shares his rationale for the selection and implementation of probabilistic forecasting as an inventory and customer satisfaction technique. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #216  

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New Ways of Working

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The old ways of demand planning are becoming increasingly less effective. It is time for companies to push the limits and redefine the “art of the possible.”  In this podcast Lora and Helen discuss the opportunity many supply chain leaders are faced with today by leaving old ways behind and adopting new ways of working into the supply chain. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #208

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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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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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Forecast and Demand Planning Benchmarking with Robert Byrne of Terra Technology

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Rob Byrne, CEO and Co-Founder of Terra Technology, discusses forecasting, demand sensing, and the planning benchmarking work he’s done showing how complexity is growing with industries.  He found that the bottom 50% of items were only 1% of sales. He also looked at Europe versus the United States and found 2.5 times the complexity.  He would recommend reviewing your new product introductions and determining the cost of doing this versus a 0% chance of success.  You have about a one-in-a-thousand chance of a new product becoming an “A item.” Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #159

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Inventory Management

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Over the past decade, optimization capabilities in supply chain systems have evolved to improve outcomes; however, very few companies have been able to drive in both inventory and supply chain costs. As a result, we find in our research that nine out of ten companies are stuck at the intersection of inventory turns and operating margin.   In this podcast Lora Cecere, founder of Supply Chain  Insights, tells us about the future of inventory management and how to prepare your organization to implement it. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast #127

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