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1. Are You Treading Water with Cost Reduction?
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The Supply Chain Shaman is using the 'treading water' anology to describe where supply chains seem to be with cost reduction efforts. There's been progress in some industries over the past few years, but ...
Created on 21 February 2017
2. Thinking About Supply Chain 2030
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As supply chain managers think about what the world will look like for them in the year 2030, who better to ask for thoughts on the subject than the Supply Chain Shaman?In a recent article on her site, ...
Created on 29 September 2016
3. Risk Management Becomes Top of Mind
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Everyone believes in risk management, but sometimes it takes a real disaster to get things moving. The latest bankruptcy news about Hanjin Shipping is an example of a non-weather related disaster that ...
Created on 12 September 2016
4. Applying Lean to MRO
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... from GEP, writing on the Spend Matters site, certainly thinks that MRO is ideal for the Lean continuous improvement methodology. Read his thoughts on the subject HERE. ...
Created on 02 August 2016
5. KPIs Importance to Supply Chains
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A new report released by ASQ points out the importance of key performance indicators (KPIs) for supply chains. Maintaining good, open relationships with supply chain partners is another 'must have' according ...
Created on 09 May 2016
6. The State of Supply Chain Control Towers
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Everyone agrees that a supply chain control tower would be a great capability. At a recent conference, Logistics Viewpoint's Steve Banker discussed the state of control powers with a group of knowledgeable ...
Created on 01 March 2016
7. Supply Chain Design, #3
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In the 3rd installment of his series on supply chain design, Jonathan Lofton addresses the point that 'good design makes a product useful'. He examines a company, Zara, that embodies this principle.It's ...
Created on 23 February 2016
8. Building the ROI for WMS
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... do you go about fleshing out the rest? On the EBN site, Eric Allais describes the development of the ROI and how continuous improvement is also aligned. Read it HERE. ...
Created on 14 January 2016
9. The Old Ball & Chain
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Is legacy thinking holding back your supply chain? The Supply Chain Shaman thinks so.Lora Cecere provides a breakdown of a recent presentation on where she feels supply chains are headed over the next ...
Created on 24 November 2015
10. What's Better for Performance: Lean or Tech?
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What's the better approach to improving supply chain performance: process improvements via Lean, or technology implementations? It's an interesting question whose answer might depend on which part of the ...
Created on 29 June 2015
11. Using Six Sigma
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Six Sigma, a counterpart to Lean in the continuous improvement toolkit, is the subject of the latest installment on the Chief Procurement Officer site. It's a methodology based on the use of statistica ...
Created on 12 February 2015
12. Using Lean in Procurement
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Lean is the continuous improvement tool that is becoming more prevalent in procurement situations. Since only so much can be saved on direct materials, streamlining processes and eliminating waste become ...
Created on 10 February 2015
13. Boss or Leader?
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As Tim McMahon on the A Lean Journey site reminds us, there's a big difference between being a leader and a boss. You may think it's just a matter of semantics, but it's not.The differences can make or ...
Created on 21 January 2015
14. 3D Printing and Supply Chains
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It's a foregone conclusion that 3D printing (3DP) will have an effect on supply chains. Will it be significant, or just a blip?In a guest article on the Spend Matters site, Steven Roth looks at where it ...
Created on 12 January 2015
15. The Lean 3PL
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It's obvious that if you're evaluating 3PLs to support a portion of your supply chain, you want to ensure you identify one with a 'quality' culture. But saying it's so doesn't mean it is.According to Steve ...
Created on 05 January 2015
16. Best Lean Tips of 2014
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This is the time for Top 10 lists, and Tim McMahon comes through with the best Lean tips of the year. Unlike most other 'Best of' articles, these recommendations will actually help you to improve your ...
Created on 29 December 2014
17. Are Workarounds Worth It?
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On the LeanBlog.org site, Isaac Mitchell tackles the issue of whether 'workaround' fixes are actually worth the effort, or if getting to real root cause is a better investment. It's a topic that's been ...
Created on 12 November 2014
18. Job Growth With 3PLs
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The supply chain is a 'happening' arena for job growth. In fact, opportunities in certain areas of the supply chain, like logistics, are really exploding. One often overlooked role, according to Jeff Ashcroft ...
Created on 01 October 2014
19. Do Best Practices Matter?
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Almost everyone can recall being lectured about 'best practices' at one time or another. Sometimes it made sense, others not so much.In a Spend Matters blog, Pierre Mitchell discusses procurement best ...
Created on 22 September 2014
20. Sustainability and Lean
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Ariella Brown, on the EBN site, summarizes a recent interview with a Lean specialist on the topic of sustainability. Although you may not connect sustainability and quality efforts in your mind initially, ...
Created on 10 September 2014