SUPPLY CHAIN RESOURCE COOPERATIVE

Category Archives: Supply Chain Talent

  1. For analytics to become truly effective in global manufacturing settings, veracity and consistency are critical requirements. Based on a recent interview with an executive at a large global apparel company, several insights regarding improvements in global consistency of data became important. Too often, companies seek to collect data for analytics, but do not consider that […]

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  2. Xeneta just posted their list of the “Top 24 Best Supply Chain Blogs“, which provides some great resources available to readers.  These blogs span a wide variety of topics, and when combined, give you an idea of just how many different topics are comprised in the area of what professionals call “Supply Chain Management”.  Oddly […]

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  3. A lot of blogs and writers are discussing the role of machines vs. humans and their relationship, especially in the context of supply chain management.  Scenarios are being painted of computers operating in a real-time environment, using blockchain to process transactions, relying on Internet of Things to order goods and services, which are delivered by […]

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  4. I had the opportunity today to listen to a fantastic presentation to a group of Lenovo executives, while working with their SAIL Executive Development program.  Kirk Skaugen, Executive VP and President of the Data Center Group at Lenovo, spoke to the group on some key lessons that he learned throughout his career, which began at Intel more than […]

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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. Continuing my reporting of the Procurement Leaders meeting in Miami, I sat in on a very interesting session that included three professionals from very different walks of life: Captain Harry Thetford – Defense Logistics Agency Robin Shahani – CPO, TD Ameritreade Cynthia Dautrich, CPO from Kimberly Clark Each of these individuals had an excellent perspective […]

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  8. Stuart William was in one of my former MBA classes at NC State in 2008, and graduated into one of the worst economies ever in May of 2009. Upon graduation, there simply weren’t any jobs available at all! During that period, he networked with as many people as possible, including a fund raising arm at […]

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  9. 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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  10. An article published in the Wall Street Journal identifies what I have been saying for years now….Supply chain talent is a hot commodity!  Many of the skills that we’ve identified in prior posts on this site have discussed the key skills and knowledge that recruiters are looking for in supply chain students.  And schools like NC […]

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  11. If there’s anything we’ve learned in the last year, it’s that prediction is not only much more difficult than it looks, but also that the volatility and uncertainty  in the global supply chain operating environment is making life a whole lot LESS predictable. Prediction generally involves developing some sort of forecast, and in this case, we aren’t […]

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  12. Gerard Chick and I were recently interviewed by Kelly Barner on the Buyer’s Meeting Point Blog Talk Radio yesterday, and this was posted on their site for any interested parties to view.  We spent a lot of time talking about the need to move up the maturity ladder, as well as the different sets of […]

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  13. This is a guest post from Director Clyde Crider of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, based on an MBA panel he sat in on yesterday at NC State’s Poole College of Management. We are frequently asked to provide guidance and advice to students about how to be successful in their academic pursuits and professional careers.  […]

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  14. Bloomberg Businessweek released its MBA rankings today, placing the Jenkins MBA at number 29 among full-time MBA programs in the United States. This ranking is a notable jump from number 54 just a year ago and number 63 (out of 63) three years ago.  The full ranking is available on the Bloomberg Businessweek website, where you will find […]

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  15. A recent review by Peter Smith of my new book, “The Procurement Value Proposition”, co-authored with Gerard Chick, provides some solid support for the message Gerard and I were seeking to develop.  Peter Smith is a writer for the organization Spend Matters, which has spawned a UK division as well.  In his review, Peter calls […]

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  16. I was able to listen to Christopher Nassetta, the CEO of HIlton Worldwide, speak to his team of global supply managers in MacLean Virginia this morning. Chris spoke about a number of important themes at HIlton, which related directly to the role of supply management in running a major hotel chain.  He emphasized that “The […]

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  17. A recent report by Software Advice – a supply chain execution software reviews site – provides insights into what a group of executives surveyed is looking for from supply chain job listings.Software Advice analyzed 200 job listings to find out what it really takes to be a supply chain manager.  Some of the highlights included the following. On […]

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  18. A new Gartner 2014 Top US Supply Chain MBA Program Rankings report of top graduate supply chain programs within the United States came out yesterday – with the NC State Jenkins MBA and the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative advancing seven spots to 15th place. This follows the college’s undergraduate supply chain ranking of 24 in August, its first […]

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  19. Had a great time today speaking at the ProcureCon conference in Phoenix today, and spent a good deal of time talking to a number of the different solutions providers in the vendor area. I was amazed at the speed and convenience of the technical solutions emerging in the procurement area, based on the discussions I […]

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  20. Just finished speaking at the EurOMA conference in Palermo, and was excited by the discussions and feedback over the course of today.  I arrived in Palermo yesterday, and had an opportunity to wander the streets and experience the wonderful food, carefree and friendly people, and of course the wonderful mix of architecture and cultures that […]

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  21. Gerard Chick and I are working on a new book, that is effectively questioning whether procurement, as we know it, is on the right track, and if not, what it will take to get it back on track.  There is certainly a lot of work to be done, and this exciting project that we’ve been […]

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  22. We had another great set of student projects during our Spring SCRC student poster session.  Students presented a total of 26 projects, including both practicum projects from our undergraduates, our MBA, and the new Local Food Systems Class. A big part of the event involved the bi-annual student poster competition.  Executives voted on the best […]

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  23. As organizations face a challenging market for global growth, the knowledge that innovation is the life blood for market expansion is well understood.  As R&D budgets become more constrained or have limited opportunities for smaller projects, executives recognize that many of the opportunities for innovation lie in the intellectual property, technical knowhow, and entrepreneurial spirit […]

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  24. In 2008, Jim Owens, the Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar,  gave the Poole College of Management a $2.2M gift to support the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative.  Part of the mandate Mr. Owens wanted was  to establish a joint program with industrial engineering in the supply chain area.  CAT recognized that they, like other companies, needed […]

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  25. I recently completed a study of 25 CPO’s, each providing their view of what procurement will look like in 2025.  You can download the full report at this link. Procurement has a history that is linked in the core concepts of centralization, volume leveraging, and cost reduction.  The earliest traces of this can be linked […]

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