LIVING Supply Chain

Oct 3, 2018  |  Director's Blog

CSCMP Awash in Debates on how Blockchain, AI, and Digital Technologies Will Change SCM Forever

I had the opportunity to speak at the CSCMP conference this past week.  This was an exciting time to be talking to people about logistics and supply chain!  SCRC Director, Troy Pinkins, MBA student Sara Sonderman, and I hosted the […]

Jul 23, 2018  |  Director's Blog

LIVING Supply Chain Chapter appears in Supply Chain Management Review

The first chapter of our book appeared in this month’s version of the Supply Chain Management Review.  This is an exciting development, as I believe the book begins to share some of the foundational ideas that will emerge in the […]

Jun 5, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Homeland Security is Using Supply Chain Analytics to Go After Organized Crime and Traffickers

I had the pleasure of attending the Thomson Reuters Government Conference, and sat on a panel with Andy Russell, Lead Director, Department of Defense Programs. Prior to our panel session, I heard from some outstanding speakers on the topic of […]

May 4, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Dell’s Supply Chain Data Analytics Center (SCDnA)

Dell and EMC merged last year, producing a power combination of products including laptops, PC’s, and high end servers.  As part of this shift, Dell moved towards creating a series of Data Analytics Centers across the organization, including one for […]

Mar 5, 2018  |  Articles

Get Ready for the Electronification of Everything …and More Global Component Shortages!

I had an opportunity to speak with some executives this week that are frequently in Asia, negotiating with suppliers of everything from memory, semiconductors, and multiple other types of electronic components.  Anyone who is working in this industry knows that […]

Dec 22, 2017  |  Articles

Supply Chain Predictions for 2018: Real-Time, Innovation, Cognitive, Blockchain, Industry-Academic Partnerships, and Taking a Stand!

I had an opportunity to work on a number of exciting projects this past year, and in the process, spent a lot of time talking about digital supply chains with a lot of really informed people.  Here are a few […]

Oct 24, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Overcoming the Objections to Being Transparent

In addressing some of the questions, one that came up is the fat that many companies are hesitant to act, because of their inability to construct an effective business case for transparency.  “What is the ROI?” is a common complaint.  The key to establishing the business case is not on market share, but through the velocity of material and decision-making, taking action in the face of uncertainty, using the most up-to-date information.

Oct 21, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Creating the Right Team Culture for A Deluge of Data: Storytelling as a Core Capability

A core element in the LIVING supply chain is the concept around the “Anti-Control Tower”, of what has been called a “data democracy”.  An important shift in human behavior is required to adopt to a world where individuals at a […]

Aug 29, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Key Skills for Graduating MBA's in Supply Chain: Market Research, Data Cleaning, Analytics, ….and more Data!

Graham Givens, a  recent graduate from our MBA program started his new role over the summer, and provided some great information and feedback on some of the lessons learned that he is experiencing based on his first month on the […]

Aug 3, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Real-time Data will Impact How Quality is Managed in Supply Chains

At a recent meeting I attended, several members of a quality team noted that suppliers sharing process capability data from their line would provide enormous benefit. Emerging real-time quality data systems being deployed by companies will improve the exchange of […]