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Using an Agile Supply Chain to Avoid a Coronavirus Disruption

Using an Agile Supply Chain to Avoid a Coronavirus Disruption
Disruptions in Multiple Supply Chains Are Happening Now “Reports on how the Covid-19 outbreak is affecting supply chains and disrupting manufacturing operations around the world are increasing daily. But the worst is yet to come.” by Pierre Haren and David Simchi-Levi.” Harvard Business Review, February 28, 2020 “Analysis has shown that for most companies, the …
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Designing Supply Chain Network: 5 Steps for Optimization

Analyse your Supply Chain Network.
Why should I be designing my supply chain network? You’re patting yourself on the back. You’ve sorted through the Marine Shipping chaos. In the face of volatile Marine Transportation rates, you’ve managed to negotiate great prices to transport your North American produced bulk liquid via tank containers to ten Pacific region countries. The contracts are …
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Retaining Supply Chain Expertise

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The biggest challenge organizations face is retaining expertise and organizational knowledge.  This may be hard to fathom, but in the 29 years I have been helping supply chain and business organizations make better decisions, it is surprising how often the groups re-visit the same decisions over again.  Key roles are turning over more quickly, and …
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The Impact of 5G Networks on the Digital Supply Chain

5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before. 5G will help power a huge rise in Internet of Things technology (extension of Internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects), providing the infrastructure needed to carry huge amounts …
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Effects of Highly Seasonal Demand on a Supply Chain

Seasonal Demand Product
I was in the grocery store the day after Easter – a shopping cart caught my eye. It was all the leftover goodies discounted to $1.00 from $5.99. These items had not suddenly gone bad – they were just cookies and candies shaped like rabbits and Easter Eggs. This cart of items started me thinking …
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What Supply Chain Hell Looks Like

There’s no doubt that the Sales and Marketing side of a business can often seem like the ‘sexy’ side of the operation.  Just picture a new car showroom with all of those shiny, glitzy vehicles just waiting for a test drive.  But the supply chain that put those gleaming new cars in the showroom initially …
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Perseverance, Seasoned with Flexibility Builds a Better Supply Chain

Perseverance, seasoned with flexibility builds a better supply chain.
The Business of improving a Supply Chain is a similar experience to digging a French drain. My 1730 New England farmhouse sits a bit downhill from my driveway, and when it rains hard, or for long periods, the water will follow the slope from this watershed and make its way into my cellar. I have …
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Supply Chain Software: Is your solution scalable?

Supply Chain Software Scalable
Do you need to use one of the big Supply Chain Management software packages to have a scalable solution that covers all your businesses and regions? Many of the larger software vendors insist that the answer is “Yes”. Their argument goes something like this: “Customized solutions may fit your business requirements and competitive advantage needs …
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