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The CFO and CSCO Collaboration – Not an Odd Couple

Aligning Financial and Supply Chain Strategies for Success William Shakespeare labeled them “strange bedfellows” in The Tempest. Centuries later, Neil Simon’s 1965 play The Odd Couple paired neat freak Felix Unger with slob Oscar Madison. Both unlikely companionships...

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...

The Supply Chain Team that Saved Patton after D-Day

New Book Highlights Heroism of U.S. Army Colonel, Engineers, Railway Personnel 80 years ago today, 133,000 Allied troops stormed the shores of Normandy, France. So, you're probably reading lots of stories about June 6, 1944. The heroic landings, the bloody battles and...
The CFO and CSCO Collaboration – Not an Odd Couple

The CFO and CSCO Collaboration – Not an Odd Couple

Aligning Financial and Supply Chain Strategies for Success William Shakespeare labeled them “strange bedfellows” in The Tempest. Centuries later, Neil Simon’s 1965 play The Odd Couple paired neat freak Felix Unger with slob Oscar Madison. Both unlikely companionships...

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...

The Supply Chain Team that Saved Patton after D-Day

The Supply Chain Team that Saved Patton after D-Day

New Book Highlights Heroism of U.S. Army Colonel, Engineers, Railway Personnel 80 years ago today, 133,000 Allied troops stormed the shores of Normandy, France. So, you're probably reading lots of stories about June 6, 1944. The heroic landings, the bloody battles and...

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...

Unlocking the Automated Economy through Digital Enablement

Unlocking the Automated Economy through Digital Enablement

3 Interconnected Pillars of Change Can Drive Better Business Outcomes Today's era of perpetual disruption continually shatters traditional business models and ushers in new paradigms. The "automated economy" lies at the forefront of this economic transformation. What...

Free Trade Is Dead; Global Supply Chain Redesign Is Alive

Free Trade Is Dead; Global Supply Chain Redesign Is Alive

Nearshoring, Friendshoring, Reshoring Carry Risks and Opportunities Any doubt that free trade has lost favor in political circles? Last week’s sweeping tariffs on everything from Chinese steel to electric vehicles should end that conversation. I have been saying it...

The Right Competitive Edge Boosts eCommerce Profitability

The Right Competitive Edge Boosts eCommerce Profitability

Tales of Shipping Costs, Service Levels and Reverse Logistics Several brands are concluding that making a net profit via eCommerce is almost impossible. Fulfillment costs can eat into 20% – or more – of your revenues. Startup and other operational expenses can be...

Future of Work Might Require Rethinking Office Location

Future of Work Might Require Rethinking Office Location

Your Team Members Hate Commuting More Than They Love Your Office The last few years have ushered in a seismic shift in how we work. Remote and hybrid options have become more popular with employees. Yet many bosses continue trying to lure, cajole and order remote...

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...

Adventure and Insights in the Dominican Republic

Adventure and Insights in the Dominican Republic

From Handshakes to Helicopter Rides to Logistics Hub Ideas, a Business Trip Like No Other … A week in the Dominican Republic – including a few hours in an associate’s helicopter – gave me even more insights into the country’s potential. You read that right. Steve...

Debunking Common Myths about Chief Supply Chain Officers

Debunking Common Myths about Chief Supply Chain Officers

Navigating Complex Global Networks Outside Your Organization’s Walls What does a chief supply chain officer do? Seems simple enough, right? Your chief supply chain officer should take charge of your organization’s supply chain. That is … so wrong and limiting....

My Journey with ChatGPT and Microsoft Copilot

My Journey with ChatGPT and Microsoft Copilot

The Strengths and Limitations of 2 AI Tools that Enhance Productivity and Creativity I have been an enthusiastic booster of artificial intelligence for years, and an avid user of ChatGPT since it became publicly available. ChatGPT and Microsoft Copilot, which...