Design for Supply Chain

Mar 16, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Procurement Leaders '17: Supplier enabled innovation is a foundation for procurement's strategic repositioning

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 […]

Dec 12, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Caterpillar BCP Tour opens up executive eyes to "Big Iron" supply chains

Over the course three days last week, a group of executives from a variety of different companies came together to share ideas and thoughts on the future of supply chain. These discussions were also augmented by planned events to Caterpillar […]

Nov 30, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Exploring the Era of Global Transparency in the LIVING Supply Chain

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 […]

Sep 14, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Outsourcing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Lessons from Nortel Networks

Jeff Townley, former Chief Procurement Officer at Nortel Networks, provided some fantastic insights in my MBA class this evening.  In so doing, he shared some great insights about “Outsourcing:  The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.” The GOOD – “ODM’s […]

Aug 26, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Seeing is Believing: Debunking the Myths of 3D Printing at Materialise

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 […]

Aug 16, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Supplier Co-Innovation: The Next Source for Economic Growth

We hear the words “innovation” as a source for growth in the economy over and over again.   New ideas on how to manage business processes, digital technologies, ways of delivering value to customers, and supply chain linkages are all areas where we […]

Jun 17, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Nike Learns to Mass Customize Shoes While Near-Shoring

  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 […]

May 30, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Mapping Product Genomes: The Life Blood of Supply Chains

  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 […]

Apr 27, 2016  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Meeting Insights Part II: Management Principles for Executing Visibility Strategies

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 […]

Apr 11, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Bo Andersson's Supply Strategy Collides With Vladimir Putin's Russia: The Performance Triangle Collapses

Automotive news seems to be coming up a lot lately.  A story in the Wall Street Journal revealed that Bo Andersson, the current CEO of Russia’s largest car maker AvtoVAZ, plans to step down. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is the majority owner […]