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Insights on Supply Chain Finance

Objective: To understand the role of supply chain finance in determining supply chain strategy and gaining competitive advantage towards supply chain excellence.
Highlight: Managing costs is a struggle for most companies. While 88% of companies have implemented Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), the hard work of process evolution and maturity continues. In this report we share the current state of supply chains in managing costs, and then take a look at the processes and organizational design factors to evaluate the impact on cost management.

The Price of Oil and the Dangerous Supply Chain Dance

Today oil prices continued their downward trajectory hitting a three-month low after weekly data showed a record buildup in U.S. crude inventories. Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, fell 1.6% to $52.25 a barrel on London’s ICE Futures exchange.

The Price of Oil and the Dangerous Supply Chain Dance
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Why Is Supply Chain Planning So Hard?

Objective of the report: To share insights with supply chain leaders on how to maximize the value from a supply chain planning implementation. The report shares insights on five barriers and then gives recommendations to overcome the barriers to maximize the ROI. 

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Network Design Maturity Model

Current thoughts on network design maturity model. What do you think? Do you have a maturity model to share?

Redesign to Improve Value: A Case Study of a Supply Chain Leader

This week, I will speak at Llamasoft's conference on improving supply chain network design. I am also busy this Saturday writing reports for our Tuesday newsletter. One of the reports that I am writing is on the state of Supply Chain Planning (SCP). While other analysts may put the vendors into a four-square evaluation model and declare it magic, I think that this approach does a disservice to the industry. Why do I feel this way?

Redesign to Improve Value: A Case Study of a Supply Chain Leader

Better Math makes Better Networks

While supply chain leaders design and fine-tune their networks, supply chain laggards inherit and accept their supply chain networks as a given.  Leaders understand the power of strategic planning.  However, this realization has not happened quickly; instead it has happened VERY slowly over the twenty-five years that I have been studying supply chain management. 

Better Math makes Better Networks