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Category Archives: Innovation in the Supply Chain

  1. I had the privilege of being on a webinar today with Jeannette Barlow from IBM and Simon Ellis from IDC.  The focus was on the impact of AI on supply chain decision-making, and I spoke about a recent case study on IBM’s application of Watson to their own supply chain. IBM, like many large enterprises, […]

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  2. “If someone asked me to come up with the answer to the world’s problems in an hour, I’d spend the first 55 minutes coming up with the right question.” – Albert Einstein I heard this quote from someone about a week ago, and it got me thinking more carefully about the importance of beginning with […]

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  3. In my earlier book with Gerard Chick on “The Procurement Value Proposition“, we advance the notion that buildoing a business case for investing in people, process, and technology improvement in procurement is key.  Many procurement assessments developed by consultants seek to provide an answer to the question “how far along are you relative to your peers […]

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  4. A roundtable of executives was held at North Carolina State University on May 31, 2017, focused on exploring insights into the following questions related to counterfeiting in the supply chain. What processes are companies using to identify and understand the scope and level of counterfeiting across their tier 1 and tier 2 nodes (upstream and […]

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  5. It is no secret that future generations of managers are being asked to learn all about the different processes in the end-to-end supply chain, and be able to come together with others in a fast action plan when a disruption strikes. This capability in turn requires older generations of managers, often labeled “subject matter experts” […]

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  6. On April 19th and 20th the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative held its bi-annual Board Advisory meeting and Partner Meeting in the Talley Student Center at North Carolina State University.  The program was really exceptional this year, and the riveting discussions left everyone with a lot of nuggets and insights to take with them to work […]

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  7. I had the opportunity to sit in on a number of sessions at Procurement Leaders American Congress 2017 in Miami this week.  Despite the snowstorms that prevented many from making it down, there was a full house at the opening keynote. PL’s research shows that for procurement, cost savings is still the main issue that […]

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  8. I recently interviewed a large semiconductor company that developed a cross-enterprise initiative to drive analytical learning across its entire supply chain. The company established a supply chain IT organization that reports up to the CIO. It focuses on leveraging the corporate infrastructure and its SAP and SAP Hana implementation, in order to span all activities from […]

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  9. On the third day the team visited the Lenovo “Green Data Center”, and learned of how Lenovo is working to create their “converged” network servers that are on the leading edge of being focused on sustainable high speed efficient performance. Lenovo acquired the Data Center Group from IBM and moved the entire organization to RTP […]

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  10. The SCRC meeting was a huge success yesterday. I led off the discussion and took this opportunity to share some of the highlights of my new book, The LIVING Supply Chain, (with Tom Linton as co-author), and try out some of these new ideas on an unsuspecting group of people!  The SCRC meeting featured a group […]

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  11. We are at the beginning of a completely different era in the history of global trade: the era of the digitized  real-time supply chain. In the 25 years I have been teaching students and conducting research in the field of supply chain management, I have never seen the degree of change evident in the face […]

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  12. Contract management analytics are critical for tracking transactional compliance with contract pricing, terms and conditions, but also as a vehicle for workflow management around negotiation of contract renewals, and aggregation of supplier performance data on service level agreements, delivery, quality, and service performance. Transactional data must be rolled up to ensure suppliers are providing the requisite […]

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  13. I had the opportunity to hear George Moakley, formerly the Enterprise Architect and Strategic Planner at Intel, who is now one of the founders of the new Intelligence at the Edge for Supply Chain Lab at Arizona State University.  George spoke to a group of executives at the CAPS Roundtable at IBM in RTP a […]

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  14. I had the opportunity to spend some time at IBM’s Research Triangle Park facility, (the actual hosting site for the Watson computer) this past week.  IBM hosted a roundtable for the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies, with executives from P&G, US Steel, CB&I, Mastercard, and others attending.  In that session, Dan Carrell from IBM shared […]

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  15. I spent a fascinating day visiting the Materialise 3D Printing headquarters in Leuven, Belgium yesterday. In the process, I and the team learned a great deal about the realities of 3D printing, as well as the myths, many of which the team at Materialise helped to debunk.  Materialise is one of the world leaders in […]

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  16.   I had the opportunity to speak with a Nike executive about how the company has moved into the world of mass-customization.  Many people have heard about their partnership with Flex to build mass-customized shoes in Mexico, which is a big shift for the company from it’s largely Asia Pacific supplier network.  Although it is […]

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  17.   One major technological development is being able to map genomes for products. A genome is all of a living thing’s genetic material. It is the entire set of hereditary instructions for building, running, and maintaining an organism, and passing life on to the next generation.[1] In most living things, the genome is made of […]

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  18. I spent the day at Biogen’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA today, with a group of executives sharing ideas on how to drive innovation.  Biogen is already a highly innovative company, as they have continued to drive new treatments in MS, and in 2014, the first major treatment advances in nearly two decades for people living with […]

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  19. As organizations move towards visible, high velocity, transparent supply chains, a number of questions arise that are fundamental to the business, but which executive often struggle to answer with any clarity. How do we extend the concept visibility and control beyond our four walls to drive better execution in our supply chain? How do we […]

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  20. I sat in on a great session at SIG today, where SIG’s CEO Dawn Tiura had a “fireside chat” with John Sculley.  Sculley was the legendary CEO of Pepsi Cola Co who was recruited by Steve Jobs to Apple. John served as Apple CEO for 10 years increasing sales over 1000%. Under his leadership the Macintosh […]

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