Oct 172017
 
Please share what you find valuable:

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon shared how he’s leading change and evolving the business of a 52 year-old company: “When making decisions, move with speed but use collective wisdom.” During an interview at Stanford Graduate School of Business, McMillon also discussed the impact of globalization and culture on today’s business strategy.

Walmart CEO Quotes

  • “I was always intrigued when I was growing up, and then in engineering school, with the idea of a perpetual machine. I think of the Wal-Mart culture as that.” ~ Mike Duke, former Walmart CEO
  • “It’s interesting: the letters I get from mayors that want Wal-Mart to look and invest in their community.” ~ Mike Duke
  • “There’s a lot more business out there in small town America than I ever dreamed of.” ~ Sam Walton, created the Walmart Supply Chain.
  • “One of the things that strikes me is so many of the critics are people whose lifestyle doesn’t change when the price of fuel changes, or if they keep a Wal-Mart store out of their area.” ~ Lee Scott, former Walmart CEO and VP of Logistics.
  • “There’s not an individual in these whole United States who has been in more retail stores than Sam Walton” ~ Bud Walton (Sam’s brother)
  • “The secret of successful retailing is to give your customers what they want” ~ Sam Walton, Supply Chain Guru.
  • “Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.” ~ Sam Walton, Supply Chain Expert.
  • “I learned a long time ago that exercising your ego in public is definitely not the way to build an effective organization.”  ~ Sam Walton

Lee Scott and Mike Duke were both VP of Logistics at Walmart before taking the CEO position.  Supply Chain is very important at Walmart.  It is important for retail CEO’s to understand Supply Chain.  Walmart CEO Doug McMillon has plenty of Supply Chain experience as well.  He worked at Walmart while in high school.

For those doing research regarding Walmart check out some of the videos below.  We included videos about Amazon as well because there is so much competition between Amazon and Walmart.

Walmart Supply Chain CEO Doug McMillon

Walmart Supply chain

 

 

Sep 292017
 
Please share what you find valuable:

Top Retail Supply Chain Blogs: Alibaba, Amazon, IKEA, Walmart

We aggregated some of the top blogs on the retail supply chain.  The focus is on Walmart, IKEA, Amazon and Alibaba.  The Walmart supply chain is legendary.  Sam Walton’s supply chain innovations were key in the low price strategy of Walmart.  It was difficult for anyone to compete with Walmart until Amazon came around and changed everything with online shopping.  Many people thought it was crazy for Jeff Bezos to start a company to sell books online but no one is thinking he is crazy now.  The Amazon supply chain continues to improve the time it takes to deliver product to your door.  Some call Alibaba the Amazon of China.  Alibaba does have a different model than Amazon and is a great company to research for what they have done to make a world class supply chain.  Watch the videos on Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba, they are very insightful.  IKEA changed the furniture market.  IKEA’s flat pack concept made affordable furniture available to everyone.  Ingvar Kamprad is the founder and CEO of IKEA.  It is interesting to see some of the similarities between Ingvar Kamprad and Sam Walton.  If you find the information below useful please feel free to share it.

supply chain alibaba amazon ikea walmart

Retail Supply Chain Quotes.  Alibaba, Amazon, IKEA and Walmart.

Jack Ma is the founder and CEO of Alibaba.

  • “I’m a normal guy.” ~ Jack Ma
  • “Never ever compete on prices, instead compete on services and innovation.” ~ Jack Ma
  • “Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world.” ~ Jack Ma
  • “If we are a good team and know what we want to do, one of us can defeat ten of them.” ~ Jack Ma
  • “My job is to help more people have jobs.” ~ Jack Ma
  • “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.” ~ Jack Ma

Supply Chain Alibaba Amazon IKEA Walmart

  • “You need the right people with you, not the best people.”  ~ Jack Ma
  • “I’m not a tech guy. I’m looking at the technology with the eyes of my customers, normal people’s eyes.” ~ Jack Ma

Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of Amazon.

  • “You don’t want to negotiate the price of simple things you buy every day.” – Jeff Bezos
  • “All businesses need to be young forever. If your customer base ages with you, you’re Woolworth’s.” ~ Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.
  • “The smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new information, new ideas, contradictions, and challenges to their own way of thinking.” ~ Jeff Bezos
  • “We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.” ~ Jeff Bezos
  • “If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.” ~ Jeff Bezos, built the Amazon Supply Chain.
  • “Things never go smoothly.” ~ Jeff Bezos
  • “What’s dangerous is not to evolve.” – Jeff Bezos

Amazon supply chain

  • “If your customer base is aging with you, then eventually you are going to become obsolete or irrelevant. You need to be constantly figuring out who are your new customers and what are you doing to stay forever young.” ~ Jeff Bezos
  • “If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell 6 friends. If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends.” ~ Jeff Bezos
  • “The best customer service is if the customer doesn’t need to call you, doesn’t need to talk to you. It just works.” ~ Jeff Bezos

Ingvar Kamprad is the founder and CEO of IKEA.

  • “The word impossible has been and must remain deleted from our dictionary.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad

IKEA Supply Chain

  • “Only those who are asleep make no mistakes.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA.
  • “If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. I have to do so for all the Ikea employees.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad
  • “People say I am cheap, and I don’t mind if they do.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad
  • “The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to every evening think what can be done better tomorrow.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad
  • “The IKEA spirit is strong and living reality. Simplicity in our behavior gives us strength. Simplicity and humbleness characterize us in our relations with each others, our suppliers and our customers.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad
  • “IKEA is not completely perfect. It irritates me to hear it said that IKEA is the best company in the world. We are going the right way to becoming it but we are not there yet.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad
  • “Making mistakes is the privilege of the active. It is always the mediocre people who are negative, who spend their time proving that they were not wrong.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad
  • “Time is your most important resource. You can do so much in ten minutes. Ten minutes; once gone is gone for good.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad

Sam Walton is the founder and was CEO of Walmart.

  • We’re all working together; that’s the secret.”  ~ Sam Walton

Walmart Supply Chain

  • “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves it s amazing what they can accomplish.” ~ Sam Walton
  • “What we guard against around here is people saying, ‘Let’s think about it.’ We make a decision. Then we act on it.” ~ Sam Walton

Supply Chain Alibaba Amazon IKEA Walmart

  • I probably have traveled and walked into more variety stores than anybody in America. I am just trying to get ideas, any kind of ideas that will help our company.  ~Sam Walton
  • “Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up, and everybody around you will loosen up. Have fun. Show enthusiasm – always.”   ~ Sam Walton
  • “When all else fails, put on a costume and sing a silly song. Then make everybody else sing with you. Don’t do a hula on Wall Street. It’s been done. Think up your own stunt. All of this is more important, and more fun, than you think, and it really fools the competition. “Why should we take those cornballs at Wal-Mart seriously?”  ~ Sam Walton
  • There is only one boss – the customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.  ~Sam Walton
  • Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up, and everybody around you will loosen up. Have fun. Show enthusiasm – always.   ~Sam Walton

 

 Posted by at 7:41 am

Jack Welch On Leadership & Profits. 80k views

 CEO, Leadership  Comments Off on Jack Welch On Leadership & Profits. 80k views
Sep 132017
 
Please share what you find valuable:

5 minute video. Jack Welch speaks about a leaders role in helping their team and business excel. Helping individuals reach their dreams by focusing on the person.

CEO videos

Jack Welch leadership

How Big Is Alibaba | Jack Ma | Amazon vs Alibaba vs eBay

 CEO, Company  Comments Off on How Big Is Alibaba | Jack Ma | Amazon vs Alibaba vs eBay
Sep 012017
 
Please share what you find valuable:

How Big Is Alibaba | Jack Ma | Amazon vs Alibaba vs eBay

Jack Ma is the founder and CEO of Alibaba.  If you have not heard of Alibaba it is basically the equivalent of Amazon in China.  It is a huge company.

Here is an assortment of retail blogs regarding Walmart, Amazon, Alibaba.

Jack Ma Quotes:

  • “You need the right people with you, not the best people.”  ~ Jack Ma, CEO Alibaba.
  • “A leader should have higher grit and tenacity, and be able to endure what the employees can’t.” ~ Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba and at the same level as Walmart and Amazon.
  • “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.” ~ Jack Ma
  • “Never ever compete on prices, instead compete on services and innovation.” ~ Jack Ma
  • “I try to make myself happy because I know that if I’m not happy, my colleagues are not happy and my shareholders are not happy and my customers are not happy.” ~ Jack Ma
  • “If we are a good team and know what we want to do, one of us can defeat ten of them.” ~ Jack Ma
  • “Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” ~ Jack Ma
  • “I’m not a tech guy. I’m looking at the technology with the eyes of my customers, normal people’s eyes.” ~ Alibaba Jack Ma.

alibaba jack ma

Conversation with PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and David Bradley

 CEO, Company, Leadership  Comments Off on Conversation with PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and David Bradley
Jul 152017
 
Please share what you find valuable:

Conversation with PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, oversees 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales.

CEO Quotes.

  • Too often people think about intuition as the same as relying on luck or faith. At least as I see it, nothing could be further from the truth. Intuition can tell you, of the doors that are open to you, which one you should walk through. But intuition cannot prepare you for what’s on the other side of that door.” ~ Tim Cook
  • “To design a desk which may cost $1,000 is easy for a furniture designer, but to design a functional and good desk which shall cost $50 can only be done by the very best.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA founder.
  • “I could regularly travel first class, but having money in abundance doesn’t seem like a good reason to waste it. Why should I choose first class? To be offered a glass of champagne from the air hostess? If it helped me arrive at my destination more quickly, then maybe.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad, Supply Chain Guru

CEO and Leadership Training.

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi

Steve Jobs – Inspirational Speech “If today were the last day of my life”

 CEO, entrepreneur, Leadership, Motivation, Technology  Comments Off on Steve Jobs – Inspirational Speech “If today were the last day of my life”
Jul 152017
 
Please share what you find valuable:

Steve Jobs – Inspirational Speech

A short but powerful video by Steve Jobs.

CEO of Apple Quotes

  • “The reality is, is that we love competition, at Apple. We think it makes us all better. But we want people to invent their own stuff.” ~ Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.
  • “We have to make sure, at Apple, that we stay true to focus, laser focus – we know we can only do great things a few times, only on a few products.” ~ Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc.
  • “You can make something big when young that will carry you through life. Look at all the big startups like Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. They were all started by very young people who stumbled on something of unseen value. You’ll know it when you hit a home run.”  ~ Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc.
  • “Your first projects aren’t the greatest things in the world, and they may have no money value, they may go nowhere, but that is how you learn – you put so much effort into making something right if it is for yourself.” ~ Steve Wozniak.

Other videos you may find interesting

Steve Jobs Inspirational Speech

 

Steve Jobs Supply Chain quote

Steve Jobs Quotes

Steve Jobs - Inspirational Speech

Steve Jobs – Inspirational Speech.  Steve Jobs was an amazing CEO and created products that changed our lives forever.

“Sam Walton’s Values.” Look at how people treat others and it says a lot.

 CEO, Company, Supply Chain  Comments Off on “Sam Walton’s Values.” Look at how people treat others and it says a lot.
Jun 242017
 
Please share what you find valuable:

Sam Walton was an amazing entrepreneur and an amazing CEO. So much to learn from him. Walmart has one of the best supply chains out there.  The person who is speaking is Don Soderquist.  If I remember correctly he was the COO when Sam Walton and David Glass were the CEOs.  I got to hear Don Soderquist speak when I worked for Walmart Logistics.  Very motivational.

Here is an assortment of retail blogs regarding Walmart, Amazon, Alibaba.

 

“I don’t know what would have happened to WalMart if we had laid low and never stirred up the competition. My guess is that we would have remained a strictly regional operator.” ~ Sam Walton, created the Walmart Supply Chain
“At Wal-Mart, it goes back to Sam Walton and the foundation and business model that we simply operate for less, or everyday low cost. We’re known for operating in a very efficient way and then giving those savings to customers.” ~ Mike Duke, former CEO of Walmart

Sam Walton

Elon Musk: How I Became The Real ‘Iron Man’

 Automation, CEO, Leadership, Technology  Comments Off on Elon Musk: How I Became The Real ‘Iron Man’
Jun 052017
 
Please share what you find valuable:

Elon Musk: How I Became The Real ‘Iron Man’

Elon Musk, the entrepreneur who helped create PayPal, and is now CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City.  He is also extremely active in the artificial intelligence community.

Innovation Quotes by Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison.

  • “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”  ~ Socrates.
  • “Lets go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.” ~  Steve Jobs.
  • “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.
  • “I have more respect for the fellow with a single idea who gets there than for the fellow with a thousand ideas who does nothing.” ~ Thomas Edison.
  • “Listen to anyone with an original idea, no matter how absurd it may sound at first. If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need.” ~ William McKnight, 3M President.
  • “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence and honest purpose, as well as perspiration.” ~ Thomas Edison.
  • “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”  – Buckminster Fuller.
  • “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~ Albert Einstein.
  • “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” ~ Jonh Steinbeck.
  • “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 want to be extra rigorous about making the best possible thing you can. Find everything that’s wrong with it and fix it. Seek negative feedback, particularly from friends.” ~ Elon Musk.
  • “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.” ~ John F. Kennedy.
  • “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.
  • “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ~ Maya Angelou.

Innovation Videos.

“My proceeds from the PayPal acquisition were $180 million.  I put $100 in SpaceX, $70 million in Tesla, and $10 in Solar City.  I had to borrow money for rent.” ~Elon Musk

Elon Musk Tesla SpaceX Solar City

“When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars, people said, ‘nah, what’s wrong with the horse?’  That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.” ~Elon Musk

Elon Musk Henry Ford

“You shouldn’t do things differently just because they’re different.  They need to be… better.” ~Elon Musk.

elon musk

“Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.” ~Elon Musk.

elon musk quotes

Supply Chain Chinese Proverb

Apple CEO Tim Cook Supply Chain guru

 CEO, Leadership, manufacturing, Supply Chain  Comments Off on Apple CEO Tim Cook Supply Chain guru
May 112017
 
Please share what you find valuable:

Apple CEO Tim Cook Supply Chain Guru

Apple is known to have one of the top supply chains.  Apple may be the best in Supply Chain.  I have always wondered how it got there.  Will be adding much more to this blog.  Going to get input from our Facebook and LinkedIn communities.

If you read about why Steve Jobs hired Tim Cook seems to be about improving Apple’s supply chain.  I believe Steve Jobs wanted something similar to what Dell did with their just in time (JIT) factories.  Seems that Steve Jobs was a fan of what Michael Dell did with Dell’s supply chain.­  Tim Cook was brought in to reduce inventory and make Apple’s supply chain much more agile as well as leaner.  Tim Cook went from Apple’s Chief Procurement Officer and took Steve Jobs place as Apple’s CEO.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Supply Chain guru

Tim Cook joined Apple in 1998 as the Senior VP of World Wide Operations.  Before this Tim Cook was a Supply Chain leader at Compaq.  Tim Cook realized quickly the complexity of Apple’s supply chain and took necessary steps to reduce the complexity.  Tim Cook took the number of strategic suppliers from 100 to 24.  He cut the number of warehouses approximately in half.  He reduced inventory immensely.  Have read various articles where Tim Cook equates inventory to dairy products.  Read somewhere about nobody wants to buy spoiled milk.

Apple CEO Tim Cook creating top supply chain steve jobs

Tim Cook Quotes

  • “We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain… What we will not do – and never have done – is stand still or turn a blind eye to problems in our supply chain. On this you have my word.” ~ Tim Cook, Apple CEO Tim Cook Supply Chain guru :-)
  • Too often people think about intuition as the same as relying on luck or faith. At least as I see it, nothing could be further from the truth. Intuition can tell you, of the doors that are open to you, which one you should walk through. But intuition cannot prepare you for what’s on the other side of that door.” ~ Tim Cook
  • We have to make sure, at Apple, that we stay true to focus, laser focus – we know we can only do great things a few times, only on a few products.” ~ Tim Cook

Other supply chain videos you may find interesting.

Continue reading »

CEO and Leadership Blogs – MOTIVATION

 CEO, Leadership  Comments Off on CEO and Leadership Blogs – MOTIVATION
May 042017
 
Please share what you find valuable:

CEO, Motivational, and Leadership Blogs.

A great list of Motivational and Leadership blogs.  These videos are from top CEOs and leadership gurus.  Have also included a wide assortment of motivational and inspirational videos.

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” ~John F. Kennedy

Leadership blogs

“Your only limit is you.”

Leadership blogs

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick.  Don’t lose faith.” ~Steve Jobs

Leadership

“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

Leadership supply chain MBA

 

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.  But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” ~Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs Leadership

“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” ~Richard Branson

CEO and Leadership blogs

 Posted by at 9:30 pm
Skip to toolbar