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2016 New Year’s Resolutions with Joe Krkoska of Dow AgroSciences

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Lora Cecere interviews Joe Krkoska, Supply Chain Director, Dow AgroSciences Joe Krkoska discusses Mastery.  “Professional athletes practice every single day, and we want this idea to be for the people in our supply chain organization.  One specific area is planning because we are looking at planning globally for the first time.  We are creating a Mastery Matrix for example what an expert in planning would have.  By the end of 2016 we will be 80% done on this Matrix.  The second item is visibility.  Visibility of forecast flowing back and forth as well as internal visibility of events or actions.”…

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Forecast and Demand Planning Benchmarking with Robert Byrne of Terra Technology

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Rob Byrne, CEO and Co-Founder of Terra Technology, discusses forecasting, demand sensing, and the planning benchmarking work he’s done showing how complexity is growing with industries.  He found that the bottom 50% of items were only 1% of sales. He also looked at Europe versus the United States and found 2.5 times the complexity.  He would recommend reviewing your new product introductions and determining the cost of doing this versus a 0% chance of success.  You have about a one-in-a-thousand chance of a new product becoming an “A item.” Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast episode #159

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LLamasoft Acquires Barloworld – What Does This Mean to the Market?

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On November 3, 2015 Llamasoft announced they are acquiring Barloworld Supply Chain Software as a way to expand their geographical reach and deepen their network design solution.  In this podcast, Alison Crawford, Director of Marketing, talks with Lora Cecere, Founder of Supply Chain Insights, on what this will mean to the market and to customers. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast #157

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The Digital Supply Chain: Making the Leap with a Ball and Chain

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Supply Chain Insights Founder Lora Cecere discusses the digital future of supply chain and why it matters in this podcast.  While many companies want to start down a digital path, they may not know the steps to take.  Listen to this podcast to get a clearer understanding of why this matters to your business and how to start. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast #156  

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What Is the Value Proposition of Sales and Operations Planning?

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S&OP is one of the hottest topics that Supply Chain Insights researches. Many companies struggle, but for those that can find a common ground between sales and operations planning are more aligned, agile and effective.  In this podcast, Lora Cecere discuss the benefits of making this leap and how to get there. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast #155

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Improving Inventory Management in a Market-Driven World

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Lora Cecere talks with Alison Crawford on a new report about the concept behind being market driven.  What does it mean, what does it provide, and how do you get there?  Listen in to understand how to align your business to market demand and improve your operations to harness the power of being market driven. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast #154  

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The Nine Lives of Cats and Supply Chain Professionals

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Alison Crawford, Director of Marketing for Supply Chain Insights, talks with Lora Cecere, Founder of Supply Chain Insights, about the future of supply chain careers.  In her recent Forbes blog post, Why Supply Chain Jobs Matter, Lora posits that over the course of a career we’ll have nine different “lives” or jobs.  With the increasing complexity of global trade and technology, individuals will need a combination of skills and courage to transition from one life to another, following opportunity where it emerges. Listen in as we discuss how to get started, and what steps to take to pivot your career. Straight…

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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 2025 Will Be Instrumented, Interconnected and Intelligent with Irfan Khan of Bristlecone

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Irfan Khan, CEO of Bristlecone, helps Lora gear up for our Supply Chain Insights Global Summit during this podcast episode. As we move closer to 2025, supply chain will become more integrated and enable tools and people to become instrumented, interconnected and intelligent, learning and evolving as more data becomes available and enables tighter links between people and technology. Listen in to hear what Irfan’s opinion is on the future of business models, data and what supply chain will be and how you can prepare. Straight Talk With Supply Chain Insights – Podcast #150

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