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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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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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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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Is Honeywell Really Going to Acquire JDA?

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There are rumors swirling about a potential acquisition of JDA by Honeywell.  In a recent LinkedIn blog post, Why I Believe Honeywell’s Proposed Acquisition of JDA Is a BAD Idea, Lora addresses those rumors, and what it could mean for the market.  In this episode we delve into more granular details about what this could mean for JDA’s customers and prospects. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #191

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The 2016 Supply Chains to Admire – Methodology & Meaning

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There are different ways to measure the performance of a supply chain with differing degrees of insight and validity. In this podcast, Supply Chain Insights Founder Lora Cecere talks with marketing Director Alison Crawford about the new methodology used to evaluate supply chain performance in 2016, and what those results means for the market. This podcast will help listeners understand the science behind the ranking, why it matters, and the way to utilize the information to improve organizational performance. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #182

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Do You Measure Up? How to Succeed in Supply Chain Benchmarking.

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Benchmarking performance sounds easy, but can be quite difficult if you don’t know how to start or what to benchmark.  In this podcast, Alison Crawford, Director of Marketing,talks with Lora Cecere, Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights, about her latest LinkedIn blog post “ Do You Measure Up?” and describes the value of peer benchmarking and the steps to make it successful.  A definite must-listen-to episode for any business leaders ready to measure performance. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #180

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Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Pharmaceutical Companies – 2016

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Globalization. Serialization. Clinical trials. Cold chain operations. Custom drug protocols. Compliance. Risk Management. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). First pass yield. Over the last decade the number and variety of supply chain initiatives exploded for the pharmaceutical leader. As a result, the supply chain group, and the business imperatives, grew in importance. In this podcast Alison Crawford, Director of Marketing, and Lora Cecere, Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights, discuss the performance of pharmaceutical companies as compared to their market and the supply chain market overall.  While there are no Supply Chains to Admire winners in this vertical, there are…

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Accelerating Your Supply Chain Strategy with CorpU and Supply Chain Insights: A New Partnership

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CorpU and Supply Chain Insights announced a partnership that will integrate Lora Cecere’s research on supply chain excellence into a series of executive education modules designed to develop the skills critical for supply chain excellence.  Built on the CorpU platform, which is used by the most admired brands in supply chain, the new modules, dubbed “catalysts,” leverage social and collaborative learning to engage executives in structured discussions about business challenges, and engage with leading experts in real-time. In this podcast Alison Crawford, Director of Marketing, interviews Alan Todd, CEO of CorpU, and Lora Cecere, Founder and CEO of Supply Chain…

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Are You Putting Lipstick on a Pig or Creating Value?

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There is a change happening in supply chain.  Big ERP deals are drying up, BPO is hindering supply chain innovation, and software maintenance costs are supporting a platform that might not be in the best interest of the client.  What should a user to do?  In this podcast Alison Crawford, Director of Marketing, speaks with Lora Cecere, Founder of Supply Chain Insights, on this evolving market and what this means for companies and people impacted by these changes.  The conversation then shifts to include the network of networks opportunity before touching upon the agenda of the Global Summit at the…

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