Oct 172017
 
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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.

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Walmart, Amazon, Alibaba Eyeing Parcel Delivery Services

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Sep 182017
 
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Walmart, Amazon, Alibaba Eyeing Parcel Delivery Services

With so much product being shipped to residences it is not surprising these companies want to get more involved with parcel delivery.  These companies have increased the business of UPS, FedEx and DHL tremendously.

 

  • “What we need to do is always lean into the future; when the world changes around you and when it changes against you – what used to be a tailwind is now a head wind – you have to lean into that and figure out what to do because complaining isn’t a strategy.” ~ Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon.
  • “I have always been driven to buck the system, to innovate, to take things beyond where they’ve been.”  ~ Sam Walton, built the Walmart Supply Chain.
  • “I’m a normal guy.” ~ Jack Ma, CEO Alibaba.
  • “If you want a successful business, your people must feel that you are working for them—not that they are working for you.”  ~ Sam Walton, made logistics a competitive descriminator.
  • “The most important single thing is to focus obsessively on the customer. Our goal is to be earth’s most customer-centric company.” ~ Jeff Bezos, built the Amazon Supply Chain.
  • “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.” ~ Jack Ma, CEO Alibaba.
  • “We’re all working together; that’s the secret.”  ~ Sam Walton, CEO Walmart.
  • “I’m not a tech guy. I’m looking at the technology with the eyes of my customers, normal people’s eyes.” ~ Jack Ma, CEO Alibaba.
  • “A leader should have higher grit and tenacity, and be able to endure what the employees can’t.” ~ Jack Ma, built the Alibaba Supply Chain.
  • “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, CEO Amazon.
  • “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, CEO Walmart.

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

“Many of our best opportunities were created out of necessity.” ~Sam Walton.  Founder and CEO Walmart.

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“Bad communication is kryptonite for supply chain.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com

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“I had to get up every day with my mind set on improving something.” ~Sam Walton.

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“I have always been driven to buck the system, to innovate, to take things beyond where they’ve been.” ~Sam Walton

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How Walmart Plans to Battle Amazon

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Sep 182017
 
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How Walmart Plans to Battle Amazon

Walmart and Amazon have done increased productivity tremendously through supply chain automation.  These are the two giants of retail.  Both companies have revolutionized supply chain and both continue to improve everyday.

Retail blogs about Walmart and Amazon Supply Chain.

More Supply Chain Automation Quotes.

  • “The digital supply chain has the potential to completely change supply chain. However, do your due diligence before rushing in.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.
  • “The Internet of Things (IoT) will change the supply chain.  Research IoT before you get left behind.” ~SupplyChainToday.com. 
  • “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” ~ Jonh Steinbeck
  • “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.
  • “Artificial intelligence would be the ultimate version of Google. The ultimate search engine that would understand everything on the web. It would understand exactly what you wanted, and it would give you the right thing. We’re nowhere near doing that now. However, we can get incrementally closer to that, and that is basically what we work on.” ~ Larry Page
  • “Here are a few key supply chain trends you may want to research: Internet of Things (IoT), 3D Pringing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) , Deep Learning and Drones.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.
  • “I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish.  I mean with artificial intelligence we’re summoning the demon.” ~ Elon Musk
  • “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, built the Walmart Supply Chain.
  • “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ~ Buckminster Fuller
  • “For some the digital supply chain is just a bunch of buzzwords: Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud, Drones… For others it is the future of supply chain. ~SupplyChainToday.com.
  • “Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen.” ~ Taiichi Ohno

“One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.” ~Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon.

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“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, CEO IKEA.

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“I have always been driving to buck the system, to innovate, to take things beyond where they’ve been.” ~Sam Walton, CEO Walmart.

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“I wouldn’t ask anyone to do anything I wouldn’t do myself.” ~Indra Nooyi, CEO Pepsi.

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Quotes for the Apple Supply Chain

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Sep 162017
 
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Quotes for the Apple Supply Chain

“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.

“It takes a lot of hard work to make something simple.” ~ Steve Jobs

“We’re very simple people at Apple. We focus on making the world’s best products and enriching people’s lives.” ~ Tim Cook

“Strategy is figuring out what not to do.” ~ Steve Jobs

“You can only do so many things great, and you should cast aside everything else.” ~ Tim Cook

“Steve Jobs brought in Tim Cook (current Apple CEO) to improve the supply chain.  The rest as they say is history.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

“Our idea was that these computers were going to free us and allow us to organize. They were going to empower us. We could sit down and write programs that did more than our company’s programs on their big million-dollar computers did. And little fifth-graders would go into companies and write a better program than the top gurus being paid the top salary, and it was going to turn the tables over. We were excited by this revolutionary talk.” ~ Steve Wozniak

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes.  It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.”  ~ Steve Jobs

“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

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like.  Design is how it works.”  ~ Steve Jobs

“Apple has changed every day since I have been here. But the DNA of the company, the thing that makes our heart beat, is a maniacal focus on making the best products in the world. Not good products, or a lot of products, but the absolute best products in the world. In creating these great products we focus on enriching people’s lives – a higher cause for the product.” ~ Tim Cook, made huge improvements to the Apple Supply Chain

“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 don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.” ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder Apple Inc.

“Tim Cook (Apple CEO) is a great example of someone who made immense improvements in the supply chain and later obtained the CEO position.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs

“We are the most focused company that I know of or have read of or have any knowledge of. We say no to good ideas every day. We say no to great ideas in order to keep the amount of things we focus on very small in number, so that we can put enormous energy behind the ones we do choose…..It’s not just saying yes to the right products, it’s saying no to many products that are good ideas, but just not nearly as good as other ones.”  ~ Tim Cook, CEO Apple.

“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.” ~ Steve Jobs

“Steve Jobs has a quote about his model for business is The Beatles.  It applies well to the Apple Supply Chain.  It is the aggregate of everything together that makes a great supply chain.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com

“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

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.  The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything.  It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”  ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple

“If someone doesn’t believe supply chain is important have them research Tim Cook and the Apple Supply Chain.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.

“I’d rather Apple cannibalize Apple than somebody else cannibalize Apple.” ~ Tim Cook, brought in by Steve Jobs to improve the Apple Supply Chain.

“I don’t really think anything Microsoft does puts pressure on Apple.” ~ Tim Cook

“I had a TV set and a typewriter and that made me think a computer should be laid out like a typewriter with a video screen.” ~ Steve Wozniak, co-founder Apple Inc.

“Let your joy be in your journey – not in some distant goal.” ~ Tim Cook

“For the most important decisions in your life, trust your intuition, and then work with everything you have, to prove it right.”  ~ Tim Cook

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. 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

“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.” ~ Steve Jobs

“I’ll always stay connected with Apple. I hope that throughout my life I’ll sort of have the thread of my life and the thread of Apple weave in and out of each other, like a tapestry. There may be a few years when I’m not there, but I’ll always come back.” ~ Steve Jobs, 1985.

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

“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.” ~ Steve Job

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

“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” ~ John Sculley

“Creativity and innovation are something you can’t flowchart out.” ~ Tim Cook

“I personally admire Steve not most for what he did, or what he said, but for what he stood for. The largest lesson I learned from Steve was that the joy in life is in the journey, and I saw him live this every day.” ~ Tim Cook

“Is there anyone out there who is the next Steve Jobs? I think Jeff Bezos is pretty close. He is very smart. He is extremely creative. He has completely reinvented the way in which commerce is done online.” ~ John Sculley, former CEO Apple

When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” ~ Steve Jobs

 

 

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Jack Ma on how Amazon and Alibaba differ.

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Sep 062017
 
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Jack Ma on how Amazon and Alibaba differ

Great video on the differences between Amazon and Alibaba.  If you have not heard of Alibaba some people call it the Amazon of China.  However, after viewing this video you will see the major differences.

Jeff Bezos and Jack Ma Quotes.

  • “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
  • “I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.” ~ Jeff Bezos
  • “I want to change history, do something important in my life, and influence individuals like we have with millions of small businesses on Alibaba. Then they love and respect you because you made their life important.” ~ Jack Ma
  • “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 we are a good team and know what we want to do, one of us can defeat ten of them.” ~ Jack Ma
  • “A company shouldn’t get addicted to being shiny, because shiny doesn’t last.” ~ Jeff Bezos
  • “Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” ~ Jack Ma
  • “I don’t want to be liked. I want to be respected.” ~ Jack Ma
  • “My job is to help more people have jobs.” – Jack Ma
  • “A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.” ~ Jeff Bezos 

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Tesla Model S Supply Chain

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Sep 042017
 
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Tesla Model S Supply Chain

Tesla is doing some amazing things ramping up their supply chain to meet demand for their vehicles.

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Elon Musk and Tesla Quotes.

  • “It is a mistake to hire huge numbers of people to get a complicated job done. Numbers will never compensate for talent in getting the right answer (two people who don’t know something are no better than one), will tend to slow down progress, and will make the task incredibly expensive.” ~Elon Musk.
  • “I always have optimism, but I’m realistic. It was not with the expectation of great success that I started Tesla or SpaceX… It’s just that I thought they were important enough to do anyway.” ~Elon Musk.
  • “Constantly think about how you could be doing things better. Keep questioning yourself.” ~Elon Musk.
  • “I think the best way to attract venture capital is to try and come up with a demonstration of whatever product or service it is and ideally take that as far as you can. Just see if you can sell that to real customers and start generating some momentum. The further along you can get with that, the more likely you are to get funding.” ~Elon Musk.
  • “If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” ~Elon Musk.
  • “The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.” ~Elon Musk.

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

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Sep 012017
 
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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.

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Elon Musk Tour of SpaceX – Supply Chain Today

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Sep 012017
 
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Elon Musk Tour of SpaceX

Elon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX, Tesla and the Boring Company.  He makes innovation after innovation.  Here is a tour of SpaceX.  If you didn’t know, Elon Musk took Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) on a tour of SpaceX.

Elon Musk Quotes.

  • “I do think there is a lot of potential if you have a compelling product and people are willing to pay a premium for that. I think that is what Apple has shown. You can buy a much cheaper cell phone or laptop, but Apple’s product is so much better than the alternative, and people are willing to pay that premium.” ~Elon Musk.
  • “Any product that needs a manual to work is broken.” ~Elon Musk.
  • “If you’re trying to create a company. It’s like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredient in the right proportion.” ~Elon Musk.
  • “I always have optimism, but I’m realistic. It was not with the expectation of great success that I started Tesla or SpaceX… It’s just that I thought they were important enough to do anyway.” ~Elon Musk.
  • “The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.” ~Elon Musk.
  • “I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.”  ~ Elon Musk.

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A Behind the Scenes Look at Starbucks Global Supply Chain. 25k views

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Aug 222017
 
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With responsibilities that include more than 70,000 outbound deliveries a week to Starbucks retail stores, distribution channels and outlets worldwide, keeping Starbucks products flowing from suppliers to customers is, needless to say, a complex exercise — but we’re able to do so with a world-class Global Supply Chain organization that manages its activities through four functions: Plan, Source, Make and Deliver.

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Dell Push-Pull Supply Chain Strategy. 9 min VIDEO, 20k views

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Aug 182017
 
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Dell Supply Chain

Dell Supply Chain.  Build to order and custom made products.

Other Supply Chain Resources.

Michael Dell Quotes

  • “Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people… or find a different room.” ~ Michael Dell
  • “One of the things I benefited from when I started this business was that I didn’t know anything. I was just instinct with no preconceived notions. This enabled me to learn and change quickly without having to worry about maintaining any kind of status quo, like some of my bigger competitors.”  ~ Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computers
  • “The key is to listen to your heart and let it carry you in the direction of your dreams. I’ve learned that it’s possible to set your sights high and achieve your dreams and do it with integrity, character, and love. And each day that you’re moving toward your dreams without compromising who you are you’re winning.”  ~ Michael Dell, built the Dell Supply Chain
  • “Well, we started the company by building to the customer’s order. And interestingly enough, we didn’t do it because we saw some massive paradigm in the future. Basically, we just didn’t have any capital to mass-produce.”  ~ Michael Dell
  • “Don’t be afraid to fail. Get out there and experiment and learn and fail and get a rate based on the experiences you have. Go for it and when you go for it you’ll learn what you’re capable of, what the potential is, where the opportunities are, but you can’t be afraid to fail because that’s when you learn.” ~ Michael Dell
  • “If you want to sustain excellence over a long time, you’d better come up with a system that works well. Anyone can sprint for a little while, but you can’t sprint for forty years.” ~ Michael Dell
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