Is Your Supply Chain a Cost Centre or a Value Creator?

The Supply Chain function within your company has many responsibilities.  From planning to negotiating to buying, from moving goods to processing goods, and from managing data to managing inventory.  These responsibilities are at the core of making your company run.

Yet often the Supply Chain is undervalued.  While every function must help your company grow and prosper when the heat is on uninformed Executives can view Supply Chain as merely a Cost Centre.  As such there can be unrelenting pressure to continue to cut costs.

Is Your Supply Chain a Cost Centre or a Value Creator?

Supply Chain Personified! The Link Between Your Company Silos!

How many parts of your company act as independent silos?  How many functions in your company conduct themselves like they are islands?

One of the main problems in a functionally organized company is that those functions over time can become isolated from each other.  The responsibilities, metrics, skills, strategies and mandates for each function can cause people to put their functional focus ahead of the greater company objectives.

Supply Chain Personified! The Link Between Your Company Silos!

My Favorite Supply Chain Leaders

When I received this request initially, I was going to say Lora Cecere (we all know Lora is our all time supply chain thought leader!!!) However, I took some time to think about a supply chain leader. To me, a good supply chain leader is one that is successfully guiding his or her group to plan, make, source and deliver goods and services. In addition, it is one that is implementing innovation within marketplace. Based upon that criteria, I see two leaders. One in CPG and one in 3PL.

My Favorite Supply Chain Leaders

Transforming Consumer Value Chains: Navigating the Power Shift to the Shopper

Walmart-LogoLast week Walmart announced the closing of 269 stores and the layoffs of 10,000 employees.

Transforming Consumer Value Chains: Navigating the Power Shift to the Shopper

Open Letter to the Chief Financial Officer

For most, it is the end of the quarter. While for others, the end of the fiscal year is looming. The end of any fiscal period is a good time to take stock, and reflect. So, I thought, what would be a better time to write an open letter to the CFO?  My goal is to help companies perform better in future quarters by improving alignment.

Open Letter to the Chief Financial Officer

Driving Organizational Alignment

 How can we move forward if we cannot align?

In supply chain strategy documents, terms like alignment, agility, responsiveness, and flexibility dot the page. At a principle level everyone agrees with the concepts. In meetings, groups nod their heads that the strategy is correct. However, at a practical level companies struggle with the implementation of strategy due to a lack of definition. It is not easy.

Driving Organizational Alignment

How Do We Drive Invention to Innovation in Planning?

This week I spoke at the Chicago CSCMP roundtable event.  I love to hear the thoughts from different speakers. At the event, James Rice from MIT spoke on innovation and his reflections on Clayton Christensen's 1997 classic business book, The Innovators Dilemma. I, like many of you, read this book when it was published.

How Do We Drive Invention to Innovation in Planning?

Sales and Operations Alignment: Often the Missing Link

I pushed aside Shane’s motorbike helmet and jacket to take a seat in his crowded office. It was a beautiful spring day in March in Basel, Switzerland. Shane is a stocky man of medium build who I love talking to. He is an engaging personality: definitely a people person.

He had recently returned from his stint as the commercial leader for Syngenta in Vietnam, and was excited to tell me about his beach-side investment in Australia. An Aussie by birth, Shane still speaks with an Australian accent.

Sales and Operations Alignment: Often the Missing Link

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