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Building the Everything Store: Amazon’s Cycles of Creativity and Circles of Destruction

By Sean Culey In just 20 years, Amazon has grown from an online startup focusing on selling books, to a devastating multi-platform, multi-industry technological disruptor,...

Segmenting for Success – From Value Chain Theory to Everyday Execution

By Sean Culey Theory has little value unless it can be successfully translated into everyday execution. “Real artists ship.” Scrawled on an easel in January 1983 by...

International Facility Management

By Kathy O. Roper Kathy O. Roper discusses the growing field of Facility Management and charts how it has evolved over the last 25 years...

Innovative Technologies in Aviation Logistics

Due to the fierce competition caused by the economic downturn, rising fuel costs and growing customer demand, airfreight companies are forced to look for...

The Globally Integrated Enterprise: Developing Enterprise Integration as a Strategic Capability

By Maximilian Chowanetz and Sia Siew Kien Many large enterprises have embarked on enterprise integration (EI) initiatives in recent years. Below, Maximilian Chowanetz and Sia...

Flexibility to Improve Forecast Accuracy

By Karin Bursa To succeed in a business economy shaped by uncertain demand and rapid market changes, companies must be able to sense and adapt...

The Four Challenges of Supply Chain Transparency

By Steve New and Dana Brown In this article we examine a key business question: how much should organizations know about their extended supply base,...

The Spreadsheet Sabotage and its Impact on Supply Chains

By Karin L. Bursa Although many employees are not properly trained to use them, spreadsheets are used by the a huge number of businesses worldwide...

Transformers: Supply Chain 3.0 and How Automation will Transform the Rules of the Global...

By Sean Culey From the 1960’s up until the 1990’s Western manufacturing companies were out-performed by new levels of quality, cost and efficiencies emanating from...

Transforming Procurement to Achieve Competitive Advantage in the Coming Decade

By P. Spiller, N. Reinecke, D. Ungerman & H. Teixeira In this article, the authors argue that procurement must be transformed to meet the challenges...

Mapping and Strategising Across Business Ecosystems

By Hervé Legenvre and Isabelle Herbet Business ecosystems are the new unit of analysis for strategic thinking; they offer fertile grounds for innovation. This article...

Making 3D printing work for you: Defining Business Models for Additive Manufacturing

By Matthias Holweg, Kai Hoberg, Frits K. Pil, Jakob Heinen   Companies struggle to define the value proposition 3D printing brings: While the opportunities for...

The Digital Revolution is an Evolution for the Outsourcing Industry

By Mike Salvino Digital technology has transformed virtually every industry, affecting the way companies serve customers, manufacture products,

The Challenges of Global S&OP

By Karin Bursa What do you want to achieve? Where does your company want to be in 12, 18, 24 months? Do you know? If...

Technology Innovation the New Currency of the Digital Age

By David Stokes The advent of the internet changed modern day lives irreversibly but the new game-changer is already here: mobile digital technology is changing...

The 7 Keys to Unlocking Organisational Greatness

By Sean Culey Sean Culey, member of the European Leadership Team of the Supply Chain Council and CEO of business improvement consultancy SEVEN Collaborative Solutions,...

Predictive Analytics: New-generation Strategic Decision Support

By Tobias Klatt & Klaus Moeller Environmental turbulence has be- come a key challenge for companies’ strategic planning. Planning results remain arbitrary and risky, and...

The Limits to Outsourcing: Beware of the Consequences for Market Success!

By Masaaki Kotabe, Michael J. Mol, Janet Y. Murray & Ronaldo Parente Over the past few decades, outsourcing, in particular offshore outsourcing, has become a...
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Efficient Frontier: A Moving Target

By Karin Bursa Do you view inventory as a cost factor, a risk, a service level influencer or a competitive advantage? Many executives view inventory...

6 Keys to Inventory Optimisation

By Karin Bursa Many companies around the world have adopted inventory optimisation and those without a formal process are falling behind their competition. Effective companies...

Analytics Drive Informed Supply Chain Decisions

By Karin Bursa Supply chains are overflowing with data, and even the most advanced organizations struggle to keep up with the ever-accelerating flow of information....

Ensuring the ROI from ERP has a Bigger ‘R’ than ‘i’

By Sean Culey It is over two decades now since Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems first arrived on the scene promising a new dawn of...

The Impact of Becoming Demand-Driven

By Karin Bursa Becoming demand-driven enables companies to knock down organisational silos and create an integrated planning platform that ensures all teams involved are aligned...

What We Can Learn from the Collision of Supply Chain and Retail

By Karin L. Bursa Traditionally, Supply Chain Planning and Retail Planning organisations have operated independently of each other, to the detriment of both. But, Karin...

Creating an Omnichannel Supply Chain for Branded Manufacturers: The Untapped Potential for Growth

By Michael Hu and Sunil Chopra In today’s omnichannel world, the distinction between brands and retailers is of little interest to consumers. They will buy...

Putting Supply Chain Performance at Your Fingertips

By Karin Bursa Leveraging supply chain analytics to boost corporate performance Is your company run on intuition? Or do you have a set of metrics that...

Executive S&OP – Put it Front and Centre for Your Organisation

By Karin Bursa Does your company have the right S&OP process in place? These 5 steps to success allow you to assess trade-offs between many interdependent...

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)- Outsourcing and Shared Service Programmes

Increasingly, value is created from successful collaboration of stakeholders connected in a network. Therefore outsourcing solutions must capture opportunities and navigate risk across these...

Leveraging Collaborations to Create Shared Value

By Hervé Legenvre, Francois Bacalou & Hugues Schmitz In this article the authors discuss how the competitiveness of an organisation and the health of the...

The Real Industry 4.0 Challenge

By Richard Markoff and Ralf Seifert As the manufacturing industry enters into the fourth industrial revolution or the Industry 4.0, supply chain leaders are challenged...

Risk Sharing in Joint Product Development – Lessons from 787 Dreamliner

By Yao Zhao Reconciling an empirical study1 of 787 delays with an economic analysis of financial incentives, we reveal a subtle incentive trap in the risk...

Logistics Clusters: The Feedback Loop Leading to Economic Growth and Jobs

By Yossi Sheffi Governments around the world are investing in logistics clusters to encourage economic growth and create jobs. While the advantages of high-technology, knowledge-based...

The New Supply Chain Challenge

By Cathy Johnson, Hitachi Consulting Supply chain alignment is demanding a different paradigm of roles, responsibilities and accountabilities and with that, how performance is managed....

The Tears in the Deep Tiers

By Yossi Sheffi Many leading companies have well-developed risk management and crisis management systems for their own operations. Yet for all their prowess of risk...

The Competitive Advantages of the Digital Economy Require a Digital Mentality

By Michael Gravier, Christopher Roethlein, and John Visich In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, supply chain leaders are being challenged by the profound effects of...

Transforming the Global Supply Chain

By Carlos Cordon and Winter Nie The rise of the emerging economies, fluctuating prices in commodities, the lingering effects of the global financial crisis and...

Tools for Success

By Gwynne Richards and Susan Grinsted Supply chain management and logistics is taking centre stage in many companies today. Until recently the areas of warehousing...

Getting Ruthless With Your Processes

By Avinash Goyal, Suzanne Heywood & Toby Gibbs Consistent global processes add value—up to a point. New research helps companies find the right balance between...

Supply Chain Digitalisation Management Challenge

By Richard Markoff and Ralf seifert As part of the broader Industry 4.0 trend, the digitalisation of supply chains is happening quickly. Much of the...

Outsourcing: Debunking the myths and unveiling the realities

By buyingTeam Firmly entrenched misconceptions surround outsourcing, and they are holding many companies back from maximising the potential benefits from this fundamentally important tool. Despite misunderstandings...

Operationalising Excellence: Making it Happen – Part II

By Sean Culey It is easy to look good in a boom.
It is a lesson that the executives at Chaos Corp have learnt the hard...

A Word About Dynamic Supply Chains: Delivering value through people

By John Gattorna The key to successful supply chain management is recognising that it’s people who really drive the living supply chains that are at...

Post Global, Going to a “Local-to-Local” Approach. Sometimes.

By Francesco Stefanelli Today’s companies are global in nature and for many, this translates into a dynamic environment for designing their Supply Chains, in order...

What You Need to Know About Supply Chain Disclosure

By Lucy McCarthy, Paul McGrath, and Donna Marshall Our study examined twenty multinational companies and their supply chain disclosure decisions. We found a number of...

The Hidden Costs In Business Processes

By Richard Ward Most businesses are affected by hidden costs in procurement, distribution, order processing, sales and finance.  Organisations can benefit from a careful review...

Is Your Supply Chain Sustainable? Probably Not

By Cory Searcy A growing number of companies are working to develop sustainable supply chains. A key challenge is to align their supply chain...

Full Electronic Data Integration: How a review of Business-to-Business transactions processes can help save...

By Steve Hill In his 2010 study into business-to-business payment processes, Alessandro Perego said that electronic invoicing was a “competitiveness lever.” His study, which was carried...

Enhancing value through customer centric supply chain

An exclusive interview with Allan Dow, President, Logility In today’s fast-changing marketplace, Allan Dow, President of Logility, knows all too well that a customer centric...
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The Reliance on Blockchain Technology Will Increase as Businesses Become Knowledgeable on How to...

Not every company will accept Bitcoin as a potential investment. However, businesses cannot deny the potential of the technology behind the cryptocurrency. Blockchain's tamperproof...

PDF Documents Now Accessible to Enhance Supply Chain Integration

By Steve Hill For years the benefits of electronic integration of supply chain integration documents have been clearly identified by businesses, consultants and acknowledged in...

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