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.

Supply Chain iot big data

Jun 052017
 

45 minute video. From youtube.com:  “Bloomberg Risk Takers” profiles Elon Musk, the entrepreneur who helped create PayPal, built America’s first viable fully electric car company, started the nation’s biggest solar energy supplier, and may make commercial space travel a reality in our lifetime. (Source: Bloomberg)

Supply Chain Innovation Quotes

  • “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 Brainstorming.

Supply Chain Chinese Proverb

Jun 012017
 

Dow Chemical is one of the most advanced users of IoT tech-nologies in the world. This session will begin with Jeff Tazelaar – Dow’s Global Leader for RFID, AutoID, GPS, and Telemetry – speaking about Dow’s journey in IoT. Following Jeff’s speech, James Fairweather, VP of Architecture at Pit-ney Bowes will talk about some of the interesting supply chain IoT applications at Pitney Bowes. Following these presentations, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.

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

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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.

Logistics Blog

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 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.

Logistics Training.

Supply Chain MBA education

 Posted by at 7:12 pm
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

Apr 192017
 

SAP Digital Extended Supply Chain

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