What Are Organizations Focused on Improving in Supply Chains in 2021?
The world we knew in 2019 has forever changed. Although global supply chains have grown more efficient through improvements in software technologies, cloud computing, mobilization, etc., many of the supply chains I’ve studied encountered are poorly equipped to operate a […]
Behind the Numbers of the SCRC Supply Management Index
The SCRC’s Supply Management Maturity Index was highlighted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, that identified the companies best prepared to weather the storm ahead in terms of supply chain disruptions. In this blog, I’ll explain a bit more […]
Building a More Immune Supply Chain: Focusing on the Basics
What should organizations do when confronted by a global disruption like the pandemic? This question was faced by many companies and private sector organizations who were faced with a sudden need for PPE and other supplies, and discovered that all […]
Fake News, Trusting Data, and the President’s Tweets: Around the World with Reuters
As noted in my previous blog, 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, a panel of Reuters […]
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 […]
Resin prices vary a lot more than you think! RTi helps you understand why..
I had a great opportunity to meet with CEO Pete Suerken from Resin Technologies Inc. (RTi), yesterday, and share thoughts on how should-cost models are being actively used to drive improved visibility into the true costs of resin, paper packaging, and […]
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 […]
Buyers, B-17 Bombers, and Heedful Interrelating…Musings for the Week
I had the incredible opportunity to fly in a B-17 bomber this past weekend, a replica of the Memphis Belle that survived 25 tours of duty in Europe. I even got to sit in the front position of the bombardier, […]
Sales Can Use RACI Charts to Understand Procurement… and vice versa!
RACI Charts have been around for years, yet are often discounted. RACI stands for Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed – which refers to the relative governance structure that exists in an organizational relationship. Although RACI “charts” are often viewed as […]
Beroe Founder Vel Dhinagaravel speaks at NC State on Origins of Company
This week, my former student Vel Dhinagaravel, and founder/CEO of supply market intelligence company Beroe, came to my class to speak. Listening to him reminded me of the fun we had starting up the first ever company to produce supply […]