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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...
Innovation Trifecta Can Deliver Supply Chain Resiliency

Innovation Trifecta Can Deliver Supply Chain Resiliency

Harnessing the Power of Visibility, Insightfulness and Actionability For decades, global supply chains have struggled to develop the optionality necessary for supply chain resilience. Predictive analytics sometimes fail to predict too well. Natural disasters create...

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,...

Supply Chain Consulting – When Discovery Misses the Mark

Supply Chain Consulting – When Discovery Misses the Mark

Your Client’s Level of Expertise Will Guide Your Solutions Supply chain consulting projects often tank during the initial discovery phase. Consultants assume their client knows about logistics, operations and supply chain dynamics. Not true. I’m an expert in supply...

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....

Quod Erat Demonstrandum: Q.E.D. (Thus, It Is Proved)

Quod Erat Demonstrandum: Q.E.D. (Thus, It Is Proved)

The Myth of the 'Post-COVID Normal' in Supply Chain One of my Purdue engineering professors used to write “quod erat demonstrandum: Q.E.D.” on the blackboard after proving a particular equation or theorem. The Latin translates as “what was to be shown,” per Wikipedia....

Why Assessing Culture and Talent Is Crucial for M&A Success

Why Assessing Culture and Talent Is Crucial for M&A Success

Ignoring the Human Element Can Lead to Unforeseen Problems During Integration During due diligence, corporate M&A teams often focus on technology, systems and finances, not culture and talent. After all, enhancing the bottom line is the primary goal. Your...

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...

Demographic Changes Will Force Supply Chain Changes

Demographic Changes Will Force Supply Chain Changes

‘The Future Is Gray; It Is Delayed, Small and Female’ I’ve been talking about how disruption is the new normal for some time. Technological innovations, geopolitical crises and financial woes are forcing business and supply chain leaders to prepare for the future in...

How Regionalization Can Be as Profitable as Globalization

How Regionalization Can Be as Profitable as Globalization

Global GDP, Population Make Economies of Scale Possible in Smaller Geographic Footprints Do you really need to tap global markets to achieve economies of scale? And will the future world economy even allow for such? After all, former CIA Director and U.S. Secretary of...

Sourcing and Procurement in the Face of Perpetual Disruption

Sourcing and Procurement in the Face of Perpetual Disruption

Top 10 Tips for Synchronization and Supply Chain Resiliency Sourcing and procurement have been integral to supply chains since Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Mesopotamians establishing trading networks in ancient days. Railroads, the industrial revolution, the internal...

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....