1. A company we spoke with noted that the turnover rate for their Chinese employees working in their logistics operations is higher than any other facility in the world (>10%). Why? There may be many possible reasons for this phenomena. China is a different culture and many Western companies go in without really understanding how powerful […]


  2. Many financial services companies today are facing increasing regulation,not just around mortgage approval processes, but also on their supply chain. The focus of this has been in the area of supply risk governance, and strengthening processes for supplier risk escalation and quality assurance. This has been especially focused on preventative remediation, and a way to […]


  3. The value of supply chain intelligence coming from street level knowledge is a recurring theme that people are struggling to understand. The military is a good case study of how one can start to think about this phenomenon. I recently interviewed a former Marine who served in Iraq, who described some of the activities regarding […]


  4. Intelligence from the ground up…

    August 10, 2011
    by: handfield
    categories: Supply Chain Management

    Extending my thinking from my prior post….I think it’s time for enterprises to begin to drive decision-making based on ground-level intelligence – not just a centralized view. I recently finished the fantastic novel “Matterhorn” by Karl Marlantes. In this book (which covers many other topics including leadership, diversity, strategy, politics, and military tactics), one of […]

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  5. The instability in the current global economic system driving stock market drops is suddenly a topic of great concern. What’s going on here? Clearly the selling is driven to some extent by computer-generated investment models, but is also a function of fundamental confusion in the minds of investors and consumers alike. Perhaps we have it […]

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  6. Yesterday evening, the S&P credit rating agency downgraded U.S. sovereign debt from AAA to AA+ with a negative outlook. As noted by my good friend Jason Schenker, an economic forecaster, “the US Downgrade should not be a surprise…..the re-pricing of U.S. and other sovereign debt is far from over.” What does this mean? Before you […]

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  7. Yesterday’s WSJ shared an interesting story about the application of reverse auctions to the legal profession. For those of you who don’t know what these are, we have a long list of rants and articles about this “procurement tool” that have accumulated since people started using them back in 2000…..including the original founders of the […]

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