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Productivity, Efficiency and Global Effectiveness

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In this episode of Straight Talk with Supply Chain insights, Lora and Helen discuss the halt of the Third Industrial Revolution and how innovating processes along with technology will drive the effectiveness of value networks as related to the Supply Chain Shaman blog post: Late Night Thoughts on Productivity, Efficiency, and Global Supply Chain Effectiveness. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #206

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Blockchain and Cognitive Computing – 17 Use Cases

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Helen King, Marketing Manager at Supply Chain Insights, interviews the company’s Founder, Lora Cecere, and discusses two recent blog posts penned by Lora. Among the two posts Lora describes 17 use cases for new technologies associated with Blockchain, and cognitive computing. The blog posts, which are available on her supplychainshaman.com web site, are: “Seven Use Cases for Hyperledger in Supply Chain” and “Not the Jetsons: Ten Use Cases for Cognitive Learning in Supply Chain.” Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #205  

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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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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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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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Trends in Corporate Sustainability with John Davies of GreenBiz

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In this podcast, Lora Cecere, founder of Supply Chain Insights, interviews John Davies, a Vice President and Senior Analyst for Greenbiz. The focus is on the changing nature of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in supply chain organizations. Here John shares his insights on assessment and risk, and the redefinition of value. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #194

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Robotics and the Autonomous Supply Chain with Jim Lawton of Rethink Robotics

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As we think about digital manufacturing and Supply Chain 2030, we need to rethink the robot’s role in manufacturing based on new capabilities. While traditional robots were used to replace labor, the robots of the future are able to improve the agility of the supply chain through sensing and enabling new capabilities. In this session Lora Cecere, Founder of Supply Chain Insights, interviews James Lawton, Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Rethink Robotics, to understand the latest trends in robotics and the future of robotics in Supply Chain 2030. Jim will be presenting his vision at the Supply Chain Insights…

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