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Supply Chains to Admire - 2017 Winners Summary

Announcing the Supply Chains to Admire 2017

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Not all analyst groups are created equal. Research is at the heart of what we do. We publish four types of reports and provide it as Open Content for the industry. Our goal is to help supply chain leaders globally. The report types are: Supply Chains to Admire: A deep study by industry of performance and improvement levels for the past seven years. The goal is to provide industry benchmarks. Metrics That Matter: A close look at key industries to help supply chain leaders better understand the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. The focus is to align financial and operational…

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The Future of Robotics with Tom Bonkenburg of St. Onge Company

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In this episode Lora Cecere, Founder of Supply Chain Insights, interviews Tom Bonkenburg, Director of European Operations for St. Onge Company, on the future of robotics and what this means for supply chain leaders as they think through their plans for Supply Chain 2030. In the interview Tom outlines what to expect in manufacturing, transportation and warehousing and how supply chain leaders should prepare. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #219

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Insights on S&OP Research with Liam Harrington of Oliver Wight

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In this episode Liam Harrington, a 32-year veteran of Oliver Wight, shares his insights on a recent study conducted by Oliver Wight of 152 CEOs. Liam shares what surprised him in the study, and what he thinks the insights mean for line-of-business leaders. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #218  

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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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Kinaxis and Autism at Work

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An interview with John Sicard, CEO of Kinaxis. In this podcast John shares insights on the Kinaxis Autism at Work Program. Not a charity program, the Kinaxis Autism at Work program is a fundamental plank of the Kinaxis diversity program. Here John shares how he is committed to diversity and how autistic adults are contributing to technology innovation at Kinaxis. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #210

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Probabilistic Forecasting with Joannès Vermorel of Lokad

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The world is uncertain; yet, in today’s supply chain planning systems, we attempt to make demand certain when we know that it is not. In this podcast Lora Cecere, Founder of Supply Chain Insights, interviews Joannès Vermorel, founder of Lokad, to understand probabilistic forecasting approaches and how it can be applied to intermittent demand patterns. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #207

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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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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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