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.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.
  • “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.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.
  • “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…” ~SupplyChainToday.com.
  • “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. ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

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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.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

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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… ~SupplyChainToday.com.

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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.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com

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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.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

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

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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?

Explain 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 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.”  ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “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).”  ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com.

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May 272017

FedEx and UPS

FedEx and UPS are top supply chain companies.  From Youtube: Excellent story of both companies who lead this field. Retailers and E-tailers can not only use them but can also learn from these two great companies.

  • “Leaders get out in front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves – and by which they are willing to be judged.”  ~ Frederick W. Smith (Fedx CEO)
  • “A Yale University management professor in response to student Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service: The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C’, the idea must be feasible.” ~ Frederick W. Smith
  • “My innovation involved taking an idea from the telecommunications and banking industries, and applying that idea to transportation business.” ~ Frederick W. Smith

Videos about Amazon, IKEA, UPS, Walmart, Distribution Centers, Logistics, Warehousing.

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May 272017

Attitude Reflects Leadership

Such a great lesson how attitude reflects leadership.  Such a great video that can be used in so many situations. Business, life, sports… 90 second video with over 180k views.

Other videos you may find interesting.

  • “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”  ~Douglas MacArthur
  • “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”   ~ Colin Powell
  • “It’s all right. We’re in a fight. You boys are doing all that you can do. Anybody can see that. Win or lose… We gonna walk out of this stadium tonight with our heads held high. Do your best. That’s all anybody can ask for.”  ~ Coach Boone
  • “Yeah. I hope you boys have learned as much from me this year as I’ve learned from you. You’ve taught this city how to trust the soul of a man rather than the look of him. And I guess it’s about time I joined the club.”  ~ Coach Yoast
  • “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”  ~ Thomas Jefferson
  • “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”   ~ Lou Holtz
  • “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”  ~ Zig Ziglar

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Reach your goals with a positive attitude

May 272017

The future of warehouses may be one with fast shipments and few human employees if robots like Kiva Systems continue to invade the workplace.

Quotes from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

  • “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, CEO Amazon
  • “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
  • “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

Other videos you may find interesting

May 212017

Uber Freight is here!

Will Uber be to the trucking industry what Amazon was for the retail industry?  For discussion on Uber Freight please visit our LinkedIn post or our Facebook discussion.

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Supply Chain and Logistics Quotes

  • “Supply Chain is like nature, it is all around us.” ~ EverythingSupplyChain.com
  • “Leaders win through logistics. Vision, sure. Strategy, yes. But when you go to war, you need to have both toilet paper and bullets at the right place at the right time. In other words, you must win through superior logistics.”  ~ Tom Peters
  • “Gentlemen, the officer who doesn’t know his communications and supply as well as his tactics is totally useless.”  ~ General George S. Patton
  • “During the last war, eighty percent of our problems were of a logistical nature.”  ~ Field Marshall Montgomery
  • “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
  • “I say an hour lost at a bottleneck is an hour out of the entire system. I say an hour saved at a non-bottleneck is worthless. Bottlenecks govern both throughput and inventory.”   ~ Eliyahu M. Goldratt, The Goal
  • “Quality is free. It’s not a gift, but it’s free. The ‘unquality’ things are what cost money.”  ~ Phil Crosby
  • “All we are doing is looking at the time line, from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash. And we are reducing the time line by reducing the non-value adding wastes.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “The line between disorder and order lies in logistics…”   ~ Sun Tzu
  • “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

Uber Freight supply chain

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