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

 Posted by at 1:15 pm
May 122017
 

Digital Supply Chain Quotes

Here are some great quotes about the digital supply chain.  The digital supply chain has the potential to revolutionize supply chain but be sure you do your due diligence before making decisions on your path forward.  There is a great deal of hype coming with digital supply chain and this is why it is better to proceed with caution.  Most people know of stories where there was a great deal of promise behind a product but little value came from it.  Would like to get your thoughts on this subject.  Here are links to this topic on our LinkedIn discussion as well as our Facebook discussion.

“Those in supply chain know the impossible is possible.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

supply chain possibilities

“The Internet of Things (IoT) will impact supply chain in so many ways.  Either learn about it, or get left behind.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

Supply Chain IoT

“The digital supply chain has the potential to completely change supply chain.  However, do your due diligence before rushing in.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

Digital Supply Chain

“Do your due diligence when dealing with consultants, many promise big results but deliver little.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

supply chain consultant

“Think of a 3D printer as your TV.  The same way your TV streams movies your 3D printer could download plans to make any product in your warehouse.  Is the future of warehouses the same as video stores.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

Supply Chain 3D Printing

“Remember all the hype behind B2B procurement?  Some was true was was not.  Ask lots of questions about the digital supply chain.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

Digital Supply Chain Quotes

“Blockbuster? Digital changed the way we rent movies. How will the digital supply chain impact the way we do business?” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

Digital Supply Chain Disruption

“To automate you should first be sure processes are standardized and documented.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

supply chain standardized processes

“Imagine where your company would be if it didn’t get involved with the Internet.  That image will be similar if your company doesn’t get involved with the Internet of Things (IoT). ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.

iot supply chain internet of things

 

May 112017
 

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.

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May 102017
 

From Youtube.com: The demands of today’s marketplace are moving in one direction: giving us exactly what we want, when and where we want it. With this in mind, Alan Amling reimagines the supply chain of the future. By integrating ideas from the past with today’s most promising technologies, he paints a surprising picture of how we might manufacture and move things in the years to come.

Other videos you may find interesting:

Supply Chain MBA education

 Posted by at 7:12 pm
May 102017
 

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May 102017
 

Free Supply Chain Training

When I hear the words “free Supply Chain training” I automatically think what is the catch.  There is a huge amount of free supply chain training out there just need to know where to get it.  Youtube is a favorite place to get free training as well as great conferences that I don’t have the time to attend.  Below are some of the absolutely free supply training training resources.

 

What is the mistake in the quote below?  This is a great quote for this blog.  You have supply chain experience one way or another.  Think about your day and all things that apply to supply chain and logistics.  When loading the dishwasher do you do maximum capacity or do you spread out the dishes to ensure perfectly clean dishes?   If you have kids think about the logistics it takes to get the kids to where they need to be.  Learn from everywhere and learn from everyone.

free supply chain training

This is one of my favorite quotes because we can learn from everyone.  Sometimes you learn the good, sometimes you learn the bad.  Think about the worse boss you have ever had.  Do you try not to be like that person?

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free supply chain training

 

May 102017
 

Airplane Recycling

How airplanes are recycled. Hate to see those poor planes get torn up.

Other videos you may find interesting.

Airplane recycling

May 062017
 

Digital Supply Networks: The digital transformation of supply chains

There is a great deal of change coming to the supply chain.  How will digital supply chain transformation change the way you do business?  Is your company ready for the future?

Digital Supply Chain Transformation

How can these quotes help you get your ideas across about the digital supply chain?

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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

Digital Supply Chain Transformation

May 062017
 

Leading supply chain in the new digital age

What disruptions will happen because of the digital age?  What are leading supply chain companies doing to leverage the new digital age?  What does the future hold?  There are two discussions on the topic of the Digital Supply Chain in our LinkedIn and Facebook groups.

Digital Supply Chain Blogs

Change and Innovation Quotes.

  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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.

Supply Chain IoT

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