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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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Lenovo – Global Culture and Supply Chain Excellence with Mick Jones

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Listen as Lora Cecere, Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights, as she interviews Mick Jones, VP of Global Logistics at Lenovo, as he talks about the onboarding and integrating the x86 supply chain from IBM.  Mick discusses the 5 things that define us:  the will to win, ability to fail successfully, the absolute focus on what’s best for Lenovo and the individual, the absolute willingness to own issues and deliverables across every level of the business, and a constant focus on innovation at all levels.  He then discusses the 7 items he feels are needed for supply chain excellence….

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New Books for Your Bookshelf

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This year, we will publish two new books: Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and The Shaman’s Journal. We are adding these two new books for your bookshelf to stand beside Bricks Matter which published in December, 2012. In 2015, it is our goal to publish another new book, Lessons in Supply Chain Leadership. Each book takes a new twist on the old topic of supply chain excellence. It is our goal to publish meaningful books for the supply chain leadership team. Here is an overview of the different books: Bricks Matter published in December, 2012 and is a chronology of 30 years…

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Serving the Industry

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I am convinced that we know supply chain management matters, but that we do not have hardcore data to support it.  I also believe that the supply chain is a complex system with complex processes with increasing complexity.  The system has finite trade-offs that companies know empirically, but don’t understand mathematically.  The supply chain index is designed to help companies better understand the effective frontier.  To better understand supply chain excellence, we are doing three things:1) Financial Data.  When I started Supply Chain Insights, I hired a researcher to collect and harmonize balance sheet data for the key industries for the last…

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Looking back. Looking forward.

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Starting a business, writing a book and launching a new business model is a tall order.  It has been 2 ½ months, and I am happy to report that we are making progress against our goals.   We are committed to redefining the analyst model one step at a time. Our Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs) are in front of us and we are focused on making them real: Launch the Supply Chain Index.  2012 is the 30th anniversary of supply chain management, but we still do not know what defines supply chain excellence.  To help, we are busy collecting twenty…

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