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1. CPG Supply Chain Rankings
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The annual ranking of consumer packaged goods (CPG) supply chains is out, and there's not much change.Walmart still is atop the list and the usual suspects, albeit in a slightly different order than last ...
Created on 24 January 2017
2. S&OP Metrics Benefits
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Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) has been a popular supply chain topic, but most companies aren't there yet. From a measurements standpoint, a robust S&OP process is something to shoot for, though.I ...
Created on 19 January 2017
3. The Meaning of "World Class"
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"World Class" seems to be an over-used phrase, but the supply chain experts at the Hackett Group know it when they see it.Their recent report not only defines the term, but it spells out what it means ...
Created on 29 November 2016
4. Getting the SIOP Ball Rolling
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Sales, Inventory, & Operations Planning (SIOP) is a tough nut to crack. However, if done right the benefits are undeniable.Michael Nelson, in a guest article on the Spend Matters site, identifies some ...
Created on 17 November 2016
5. Managing the Demand River
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The Supply Chain Shaman, Lora Cecere, is looking at the challenge of managing demand flows in supply chains. In her view, the way we're managing demand is not only not working, it's distorting the measurement.She ...
Created on 12 August 2016
6. Is It Time to Re-Invent Procurement?
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Re-inventing your procurement process sounds a lot like trying to change a tire on a moving car, doesn't it? Adapting to what's happening in the world may be a challenge, but to get full value from your ...
Created on 25 July 2016
7. A Critique of the Gartner Top 25
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Everyone in the supply chain world anxiously awaits the announcement of Gartner's yearly Top 25 Supply Chains, yet not everyone agrees with their selection methodology.When you're an ex-Gartner analyst ...
Created on 31 May 2016
8. The Magic Formula for Supply Chain Success
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...  metrics with more relevant measurements.In a followup article on the Supply Chain 247 site, he summarizes a few of the most meaningful ideas. Check it out HERE.  ...
Created on 31 May 2016
9. 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
10. Supply Chain Performance Measurements
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The Supply Chain Shaman is taking her yearly look at supply chain performance by industry. Lora Cecere, as usual, does a great job not only collecting and producing the data, but also providing expert ...
Created on 04 April 2016
11. Supply Chain Maturity Models
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Excellence in supply chain performance is related to where a company's supply chain resides on a maturity model, according to research conducted by Dr. Ernest Hughes.Various models exist and mostly cover ...
Created on 04 April 2016
12. Getting Started on Metrics
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It's important for supply chain managers to identify trends and appropriate metrics to use for budgeting and evaluation purposes as we begin the new year. We're lucky that Lora Cecere, the Supply Chain ...
Created on 11 January 2016
13. Get Rid of Vanity Metrics
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I think we can all agree that metrics are a good thing. What if you have metrics that look good, but don't tell you what you need to know? 'Vanity metrics' are discussed by Kate Lee in an article on the ...
Created on 03 December 2015
14. How's Your Trading Partner Meeting Working Out?
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... te your plan; Measure the results; and Communicate the measurements to the benefits of your employer, your favored partners, and your own career. Any individual seminar, training session, conferen ...
Created on 26 October 2015
15. Use FAST to Make Big Data Usable
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In the burgeoning technology that is Big Data, Kumar Srivastava asks a great question: What if you don't succeed in making it smaller?Big Data isn't really usable unless you make it meaningful, so if you ...
Created on 13 October 2015
16. E-Invoicing Insights
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The folks at Spend Matters have a good grasp of both the processes and technologies involved in procurement. Jason Busch recently interviewed a few e-invoicing partners and came away with several key observations.E-invoicing ...
Created on 05 May 2015
17. Mitigate Risk with Metrics
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Scorecards have been around supply chains for quite awhile. Do people on the manufacturing floor have access to the metrics they really need, though?In an EBN article, Hailey Lynne Mckeefrey explores the ...
Created on 25 March 2015
18. L'Oreal's Supply Chain Leadership
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I'm a big believer in using case studies of industry leaders to identify best practices. We're lucky that Lora Cecere, the Supply Chain Shaman, is likewise interested.In fact, she's collecting a bunch ...
Created on 11 March 2015
19. Purchasing Metrics
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On the My Purchasing Center site, Paulo Moretti takes us back to basics in reviewing the metrics for procurement. As they say, if you can't measure it, you can't manage it....Check out his article on the ...
Created on 09 March 2015
20. The Renegade Shaman
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Lora Cecere has been called many flattering things, the 'Supply Chain Shaman' among them. But 'renegade'? That's what Peter Bolstorff from APICS referred to her as in a recent conversation. In reviewing ...
Created on 09 March 2015