Asia Is Sneezing. Will Your Supply Chain Catch a Cold?

Growth is the corporate imperative. Companies drive growth through success in new product launch, growth in regional economies, and M&A activity. While growth in regional economies spurred growth in the period of 2006-2012, growth slowed to -1% in the period of 2013-2015. Recent news reports indicates that this trend could be worsening in the Asian markets of Japan and China. 

Table 1. Household Products Growth Trends

Asia Is Sneezing. Will Your Supply Chain Catch a Cold?
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Building Outside-In Processes

I strongly believe leaders must build their supply chains with new building blocks. While traditional supply chain processes evolved from functional excellence definitions for source, make and deliver from the inside-out, to make the digital pivot and become more market-driven, companies need to define new supply chain processes outside-in. This outside-in orientation needs a definition to make it actionable

Building Outside-In Processes

Is the Lack of Resiliency in Contract Manufacturing a Risk for the Hi-Tech Value Chain?

Article written for supply chain quarterly on contract manufacturing. This is a series of articles on supply chain excellence that is a closer analysis of performance and improvement within an industry for the period of 2006-2014. Note the inability of the contract manufacturing industry to withstand the economic downturns. While many of the contract manufacturers have invested in supply chain excellence programs, they have not improved industry resiliency. The article raises the question of viability. Your thoughts?

Is the Lack of Resiliency in Contract Manufacturing a Risk for the Hi-Tech Value Chain?

Seven Misconceptions on Managing Inventory in a Market-Driven World

When it comes to the management of inventory in value chains, frustration abounds. Executive after executive laments they have purchased many technologies, and sponsored many projects to reduce inventories, but they are not seeing results.  I have been studying the evolution of inventory technologies as an industry analyst since 2002. This week, I published an in-depth analysis on the topic. In this post, I share my reflections along with seven misconceptions.

Seven Misconceptions on Managing Inventory in a Market-Driven World

IBM: You Can Do Better

An open letter to IBM.

Dear IBM:

This week, I attended your Smarter Commerce Conference in Orlando (#IBMCSGS). I am sorry that I had to leave early due to personal reasons (life goes on), but I wanted to send you a quick note with some feedback.

I love the Smarter Commerce message. It is brilliant. It makes me hopeful that a technology provider can make a difference. However, on the main stage in Orlando, I felt that you under-delivered. My specific concern is in the area of business-to-business (B2B) processes.

IBM: You Can Do Better

Another Year Older. Another Year Wiser.

Yesterday was my birthday. I am another year older, and hopefully a year wiser.  I was glad to celebrate with friends. I was not alone. Through social networks, I learned that many of my friends have the same birthday.  Yes, Bruce, Eric, Jeff, Marianne, Mindy, Mikey and Tom all share my special date. We celebrated virtually. Social networks make this all so easy.

Another Year Older. Another Year Wiser.