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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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Diversity

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Everyone talks about diversity, but are we walking the walk, or have we become content with the changes and advancements that have been made in the past 40 years? In this episode of Straight Talk with Supply Chain Insights Lora reflects on her experiences from the start of her career concerning diversity in supply chain, and challenges others to do the same. This is a call to action to begin or continue on the quest for diversity in supply chain. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #213

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Research and Lies

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In this podcast Helen King, Supply Chain Insights’ Marketing Manager, interviews Lora Cecere, Founder of Supply Chain Insights, on research insights and lessons learned as an analyst. During this interview Lora shares the truth about mistakes she’s made and on giving advice she now knows is untrue. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #203

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A Personal Invitation

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Today, I am excited to announce the launch of a community to help the supply chain professional. The community is open, available for all to share content, and engage in two-way dialogue in a meaningful way. Over the last six months we have pre-populated content—videos, podcasts, infographics, maturity models, and research studies—to spark impactful conversations. The community is currently in Open Beta. What does this mean? We are refining the workflows and functionality of this community, and we need your help to kick the tires and take it to the next level. We believe it is time to open the…

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Driving Research Excellence

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Pumpkin lattes. Colored leaves lining the streets. Frost on the car windows in the morning. No doubt about it, fall is here. I love the crisp air and blue skies of fall. For me, the fall season is a good time to reflect and start new things.  The rhythm of starting new things in September started for me in my school days. I was always excited when it was time to go back to school. I am stimulated by learning. I love the smell of new books, writing with a new sharp pencil, and beginning to learn something new. As…

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Supply Chain Centers of Excellence

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Forty percent of companies have a supply chain center of excellence but only one third of them are successful.  Our research is nearly done and we want to share with you some of the findings.  Why you need one, how to get started, and how to make it successful.  Lora Cecere, founder of Supply Chain insights and industry visionary, talks best practices to launching and running Centers of Excellence. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast #126

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The Research Difference

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Before I start this blog, you need to know that I am a self-confessed research snob. I take it seriously and have high standards. I have been doing supply chain research for the past nine years. It sounds easier than it is. I have learned a lot on this journey. There are a lot of nuances. I am fortunate to have learned from Pros. I have experienced the research methodologies of three analyst firms (Gartner, AMR Research and Altimeter Group). Each have taught me very different lessons. I am an avid student; and, anyone that knows me knows that I am passionate…

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