LIVING Supply Chain

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 […]

Jul 29, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Managerial Practice Will Need to Catch up with the Emergence of Real-time Supply Chains

In my new book “The Living Supply Chain” co-written with Tom Linton, we reflect on the new capabilities required to be able to work with the evolving imperative of real-time data.  Two key concepts reflect the core elements of real-time […]

Jun 21, 2017  |  Director's Blog

The Digital Supply Chain Will Change Everything… Ask Gary Kasparov!

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 […]

May 29, 2017  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Executive Roundtable: Combating Counterfeit in the Supply Chain

This week the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative is holding an executive panel focused on the challenges of dealing with counterfeiting in the supply chain.  We will be hosting a number of major public and private sector participants including the Air Force, the […]

May 23, 2017  |  Director's Blog

The Strength of the Pack is the Wolf… The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack!

In a recent article in Supply Chain Navigator, I spend some time discussing the interesting relationship between the introduction of wolves in Yellowstone Park, and the evolution of digital supply chains. When the wolves were all killed off in 1926 […]