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Supply Chain Resilience Requires Amazon + 3PLs

Supply Chain Resilience Requires Amazon + 3PLs

Strategically Use the Online Giant; Don’t Let It Use You Remember when I warned enterprises against trusting Amazon to handle your retail store fulfillment? That was just last fall. In a world of perpetual disruption, things happen fast in logistics. Some enterprises...
Chief Supply Chain Officers Help Everybody Win

Chief Supply Chain Officers Help Everybody Win

Tales of Soda, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Salad Dressing Chief Supply Chain Officers should act like Ivan Fernández Anaya and sometimes help others win. What? Isn’t “winning for your team” the name of the supply chain and business game? Well, yes. But in your...
For Hypergrowth, Cash Flow Often Beats Raising Capital

For Hypergrowth, Cash Flow Often Beats Raising Capital

Supply Chain Financing Funds Operations, Limits Debt, Preserves Equity In the world of business, cash flow often beats capital. Especially if you’re a small or medium business (SME) poised for hypergrowth. I talk to a lot of company leaders each week. And...
Family-Friendly, Flexibility Redefine the Future of Work

Family-Friendly, Flexibility Redefine the Future of Work

Red Rooster Coffee, Bayer Prioritize Childcare, Cut Bureaucracy At long last, some companies are realizing that insightful leaders need to adopt a comprehensive reinvention of work for the future. For quite some time, I have been emphasizing two key changes. First,...
Embracing Labor on Demand in Today’s VUCA World

Embracing Labor on Demand in Today’s VUCA World

Scaling Your Workforce, Decoupling Constraints Can Slice Manufacturing, Distribution Costs I’ve written many times about how VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) characterize today’s business environment. Disruption truly is the new normal, and...
Decoding What CEOs Discuss – And What They Should

Decoding What CEOs Discuss – And What They Should

Exploring the Gap Between C-Suite Rhetoric and Supply Chain Realities What CEOs are talking about, what they are actually doing and what they should be talking about can be entirely separate things. This is clear from the latest quarterly analysis of “What CEOs Talked...
Redefining Work in 2024: Return-to-Office Mandates Cost

Redefining Work in 2024: Return-to-Office Mandates Cost

Innovations in Adaptable Labor and Technology Can Benefit Blue-Collar Workers From X (ex-Twitter) to Amazon to IBM to Meta to US Bancorp, the 2024 return-to-office mandate march continues. Some commentators, including Elon Musk, claim the issue is fairness....
Supply Chain Finance Beyond the Big Banks

Supply Chain Finance Beyond the Big Banks

AI-Powered Trading Platform Unlocks Liquidity for SMES Without Hindering Large Enterprises Over the years, larger enterprises have stretched their order-to-cash cycles from a few weeks (30-45 days) to months (120-240 days). Waiting so long to get paid crimps small and...
Drones Get Fed OK to Take Final Mile Deliveries Out of Sight

Drones Get Fed OK to Take Final Mile Deliveries Out of Sight

7 Cost, Efficiency, Safety, Environmental Benefits for Last Mile Operators More than a decade ago, Jeff Bezos unveiled Amazon’s drone delivery plans to “60 Minutes.” The interview was in 2013. Bezos called the Federal Aviation Administration’s plans to allow flights...