Jun 242017
 

FedEx Supply Chain Global Distribution Center

FedEx Supply Chain Global Distribution Center.  Great video showing what goes on in a FedEx Distribution Center.

  • “I paid every effort to seek deregulation throughout FEDEX’s start-up and expansion periods, because the biggest impediment to our growth was the government regulations that restricted new entry into the air cargo market.” ~ Frederick W. Smith, founder of FedEx
  • “A manager is not a person who can do the work better than his men; he is a person who can get his men to do the work better than he can.” ~ Frederick W. Smith

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Jun 072017
 

Distribution Center Conveyor System

Amazing new distribution center conveyor system.

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Apr 282017
 

The Biggest SHIP in the World

There is so much work that goes into building ships as well as running them.  These ships help the world go round.

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Logistics and Supply Chain Quotes:

  • “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”  ~ Chinese Proverb
  • “Make inventory a common enemy for your company.” ~ Dave Waters
  • “Where there is no Standard there can be no Kaizen.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.”  ~ W. Edwards Deming
  • “Focus on the lowest total cost of ownership not the lowest price.” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “A relentless barrage of “why’s” is the best way to prepare your mind to pierce the clouded veil of thinking caused by the status quo.  Use it often.”  ~ Shigeo Shingo
  • “You must never try to make all the money that’s in a deal. Let the other fellow make some money too, because if you have a reputation for always making all the money, you won’t have many deals.”   ~ J. Paul Getty
  • “Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing, layout, processes, and procedures.”  ~ Tom Peters
  • “Supply chains are everywhere. From the biggest company in the world to running your household. We all have supply chain experience even if we don’t know it.” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
Sep 302016
 

Supply Chain Companies

One of the ways people improve their supply chain knowledge is to benchmark and research great supply chain companies.  Some great supply chain companies include: Amazon, Apple, Toyota, Walmart, P&G, Starbucks, FedEx, UPS and so on.

For Toyota you may want to start with the Toyota Production System (TPS).  There is a great deal of information out there on TPS via presenations, websites and books.  Jeffrey Liker has quite a bit of information on the Internet about TPS.

For Amazon, a place to start might be Kiva Robots or Amazon Robotics.  Both searches will get you the same information.  It is amazing how the Kiva Robots transformed the Amazon supply chain.  There are also some great information out there on Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.

For Procter and Gamble (P&G) you may want to do a search along with Walmart.  P&G and Walmart have done some amazing things in the supply chain space.  By sharing data, P&G and Walmart improved the overall efficiency of the supply chain immensely.  There are numerous stories about this and is seen as one of the innovations that changed supply chain.

Apple has been one of the top, if not the top supply chain company over the last several years.

This is just the start of so many companies that can be researched.  Here are some others to check out: Starbucks, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Dell Computers and Intel.

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Leadership Quotes of Great Supply Chain Companies:

  • “If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.”  ~ Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. Key component to the amazing Amazon Supply Chain.
  • “You can make a lot of mistakes and still recover if you run an efficient operation. Or you can be brilliant and still go out of business if you’re too inefficient.”  ~ Sam Walton, founder of Walmart.  Responsible for the Walmart Supply Chain.
  • “Every breakthrough business idea begins with solving a common problem. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity. I discovered a big one when I took apart an IBM PC. I made two interesting discoveries: The components were all manufactured by other companies, and the system that retailed for $3,000 cost about $600 in parts.” ~ Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computers. The Dell Supply Chain changed the retail computing industry.
  • “We develop and grow leaders. P&G people are given the opportunity – the assignments, experiences, and coaching – to become the strongest leaders they can be.”  ~ A.G. Lafley, CEO P&G.
  • “Winning is what matters—and it is the ultimate criterion of a successful strategy.” ~ A.G. Lafley
  • “Why not make the work easier and more interesting so that people do not have to sweat? The Toyota style is not to create results by working hard. It is a system that says there is no limit to people’s creativity. People don’t go to Toyota to ‘work’ they go there to ‘think’” ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of Toyota Production System (TPS).
  • “Some critics will say Coca-Cola made a marketing mistake. Some cynics will say that we planned the whole thing. The truth is we’re not that dumb and we’re not that smart.” (At the 1985 press conference announcing the return of ‘classic’ Coke following consumer backlash to New Coke) ~ Don Keough.
  • 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. 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

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Sep 162016
 

These are huge pieces of equipment. Amazing engineering. Also some logistic challenges getting the equipment where it needs to go.

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Aug 122016
 

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Apr 182016
 

Supply Chain MBA

Getting a Supply Chain MBA is a smart career choice.  However, not everyone is able to get a Supply Chain MBA depending on their situation.  What are you doing to be sure you have the skills and knowledge to compete with anyone, including a person with a Supply Chain MBA.  And if you do have a Supply Chain MBA everyone single one of us can improve our knowledge in supply chain.  There are always new ways to be more efficient and effective in the business world.   Here are a few simple things to do without spending money on expensive training programs or going back to school for a Supply Chain MBA.   What advice do people have for others to improve their knowledge in supply chain?

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Companies and People to Research

There is a great deal of information on the Internet about great supply chain companies.  See what these companies are doing and then figure out how to apply it to your company.

  • Companies: Assortment of CompaniesApple, Amazon, Dell Computer, Intel, P&G, Nike, Starbucks, Toyota, Walmart,
  • People: Sam Walton (founder of Walmart), Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon), Michael Dell (founder of Dell Computer), W. Edward Deming (significant contribution to Japan’s reputation for innovation), Taiichi Ohno (father of the Toyota Production System), Joseph M. Juran.

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Business Quotes

  • “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” ~ Henry David Thoreau.
  • “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” ~ John D. Rockefeller.
  • “Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.” ~ Thomas J. Watson.
  • “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, Inc.
  • “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” ~ Helen Keller.
  • “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” ~ Colin Powell.
  • “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~ Thomas Edison.

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  • “The key to the Toyota Way and what makes Toyota stand out is not any of the individual elements…But what is important is having all the elements together as a system. It must be practiced every day in a very consistent manner, not in spurts.” ~ Taiichi Ohno, father of the Toyota Production System (TPS).
  • “Standards should not be forced down from above but rather set by the production workers themselves.” ~ Taiichi Ohno, responsible for many supply chain innovations.
  • “Make your workplace into showcase that can be understood by everyone at a glance. In terms of quality, it means to make the defects immediately apparent. In terms of quantity, it means that progress or delay, measured against the plan, and is made immediately apparent. When this is done, problems can be discovered immediately, and everyone can initiate improvement plans.” ~ Taiichi Ohno.
  • “Ignore the conventional wisdom. If everybody else is doing it one way, there’s a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the opposite direction.” ~ Sam Walton, founder of Walmart.  Responsible for the Walmart Supply Chain.
  • “As a leader, I am tough on myself and I raise the standard for everybody; however, I am very caring because I want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be me in the future.” ~ Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi.
  • “Great ideas come from everywhere if you just listen and look for them. You never know who’s going to have a great idea.” ~ Sam Walton, Supply Chain Guru.
  • “Information is power, and the gain you get from empowering your associates more than offsets the risk of informing your competitor.” ~ Sam Walton, Logistics Innovator.

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Apr 112016
 

Amazon Fulfillment

Amazon fulfillment center’s cover 14 miles of conveyor belts.

Quotes Regarding Amazon and Retail

  • “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, founder of Amazon.
  • “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, done amazing things with the retail 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
  • “Give ordinary folk the chance to buy the same things as rich people.” ~ Sam Walton, founder of Walmart. Supply Chain Guru. 
  • “In the South, we tell stories. We tell stories if you’re in a sales position, if you’re in a retail position, you lure your customer by telling a story. You just do.” ~ Tate Taylor
  • “Jeff Bezos was one of those best and brightest who came to N.Y. to work in finance. He didn’t need to know anything about retail bookselling to start Amazon.”  ~ Jose Ferreira

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

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