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Jun 212017

The bullwhip effect is a great way to understand why communication and collaboration are needed in a company. Simple concept with huge payback.

Supply Chain Education.

Jun 202017

Uber Supply Chain: Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence

How will deep learning and artificial intelligence change supply chain.  The digital supply chain is creating so many opportunities.

Digital Supply Chain Training.

Supply Chain Deep Learning Quotes.

  • “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~ Albert Einstein.
  • “Great companies understand the strategic importance of supply chain and want people with supply chain experience in the c-suite.”
  • “Lets go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.” ~ Steve Jobs.
  • “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” ~ Jonh Steinbeck.
  • “Artificial Intelligence (AI), 3D Printing, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Cloud Computing – Get up to speed or become obsolete.”
  • “The evolving social and digital media platforms and highly innovative and relevant payment capabilities are causing seismic changes in consumer behavior and creating equally disruptive opportunities for business.” ~ Howard Schultz.
  • “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” ~ Charles Darwin.
  • “Buzzwords of the future of Supply Chain? Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Augmented Reality…”
  • “I don’t feel that this concept of disruptive technology is the solution for everybody. But I think it’s very important for innovators to understand what we’ve learned about established companies’ motivation to target obvious profitable markets – and about their inability to find emerging ones. The evidence is just overwhelming.” ~ Clayton Christensen.
  • Don’t make the digital supply chain complex. Break down Big Data, IoT, and Cloud into simple steps. Simple beats complex.

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Jun 192017

Quotes about Supply Chain

“Great companies understand the strategic importance of supply chain and want people with supply chain experience in the c-suite.”

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Buzzwords of the future of Supply Chain? Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Augmented Reality…

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“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” ~ Tom Peters.

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“Supply Chain is a great path to CEO.  If you don’t believe this research Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.”

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“If you are going to do TPS you must do it all the way.  You also need to change the way you think.  You need to change how you look at things.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of the Toyota Production System.

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“Transparency greatly reduces “surprises” in the supply chain. Talk, communicate, share, collaborate.”

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“1. Increase Visibility. 2. Reduce Variability. These two activities encompass all layers of Supply Chain Management.”

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Jun 102017

The surprising truth about what motivates us.

From Youtube: This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

Other videos you may find interesting.


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Jun 092017

Simple way to explain supply chain.

Have you ever tried to explain supply chain to someone and they just don’t get it.  Put together this example to help people understand the various aspects of supply chain.

Here is the task to ask them to do: Plan a meal for 10 people.  Everyone must get the food they want and you can’t run out.  You have a $100 budget.  Now plan and execute.

First you have to plan everything out.  Find out what everyone wants to eat.  Determine (plan) what store or stores you can get all your ingredients (supplies).  Then you have to go to the store and buy (procurement) everything you need.  Once you have all the ingredients at home you can start cooking (manufacturing).  As you are cooking people are most likely coming into the kitchen giving advice and telling you how it should be done.  Once everything is cooked will set it out on the table (deliver the product).  As everyone is eating hopefully everyone will enjoy their meal.  But if not, will take the feedback and try to fix it.  See how this all goes with supply chain?

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Jun 072017

Distribution Center Conveyor System

Amazing new distribution center conveyor system.

Logistics and Supply Chain Training.

Distribution Center Conveyor System

Jun 072017

Negotiation Skills Top 10 Tips

Negotiation Skills Top 10 Tips to help optimize supplier management.  There are millions of dollars to be saved throughout the supply chain.  Improve your negotiation skills to help lower costs.

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  • “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people half way.” ~ Henry Boyle.
  • “Negotiation is not a policy. It’s a technique. It’s something you use when it’s to your advantage, and something that you don’t use when it’s not to your advantage.” ~ John Bolton.
  • “You have to persuade yourself that you absolutely don’t care what happens. If you don’t care, you’ve won. I absolutely promise you, in every serious negotiation, the man or woman who doesn’t care is going to win.” ~ Felix Dennis.

Negotiation Skills Top 10 Tips

Jun 062017

Mandy Harvey: Deaf Singer Earns Simon’s Golden Buzzer With Original Song – America’s Got Talent 2017

Don’t give up on your dreams.  Always keep trying.  Great motivational video.

Other videos you may find interesting.

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Jun 052017

Digital Transformation – Marcell Vollmer, SAP

What is the future of supply chain?  Dr. Marcell Vollmer, Chief Digital Officer SAP Ariba, gives his point of view on the digital transformation in procurement and how it can play a key role in areas like driving supplier innovation and taking care of risk management.

Digital Supply Chain Education.

  • “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”  ~ Socrates.
  • “Going from PayPal, I thought, well, ‘What are some of the other problems that are likely to most affect the future of humanity?’ Not from the perspective, ‘What’s the best way to make money?’ which is okay, but, it was really, ‘What do I think is going to most affect the future of humanity.’” ~ Elon Musk.
  • “The Internet of Things (IoT) will impact supply chain in so many ways.  Either learn about it, or get left behind.”  ~
  • “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” ~ William Pollard.
  • “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.”  ~ Lee Iacocca.
  • “Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability…. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.” ~ Thomas Edison.
  • “Imagine where your company would be if it didn’t adapt and leverage the Internet.  That will be the same way if your company doesn’t get involved with the Internet of Things (IoT).”  ~

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