Nov 212016

Role of Transportation in Logistics

The Role of Transportation in Logistics and Business

  • “Because of my wartime experience, I am insistent on the point that logistics know-how must be maintained, that logistic is second to nothing in importance in warfare, that logistic training must be widespread and thorough.”  ~ADM Robert B. Carney, USN.
  • “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
  • “You won’t find it difficult to prove that battles, campaigns, and even wars have been won or lost primarily because of logistics.”  ~General Dwight. D. Eisenhower.
Oct 302016

Apple’s Supply Chain – supplier conditions and Apple’s Top Suppliers

Apple’s Supply Chain is one of the best in the world.  This is a bit older video but still very interesting.  Talks about the labor issues and conditions with its suppliers.  Apple has become much more transparent in their supply chain.  Fair treatment and transparency is a big topic and Apple is tackling it head on.

  • “And that’s what everyone at Apple is focused on – pushing forward and creating the future.” ~ Tim Cook, Apple CEO
  • “Companies that get confused, that think their goal is revenue or stock price or something. You have to focus on the things that lead to those.” ~ Tim Cook, Apple CEO



Oct 302016

Supply Chain Inventory Optimization

Supply Chain Inventory Optimization is key for any organization that truly wants to have a world class supply chain.   In an ideal environment inventory would appear instantly at the time to satisfy demand.  This would be optimal.  This is where the concept of Just In Time (JIT) inventory comes into play.

  • “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 the Toyota Production System (TPS)
  • “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

Supply Chain Inventory Optimization

Oct 102016

Coca Cola Supply Chain

  • “What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke. Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too.”  ~ Andy Warhol
Oct 092016

Best Supply Chain Companies

Here are a few of the best supply chain companies to research: Amazon, Apple, Toyota and Walmart.

Amazon has done some amazing things with its supply chain.  Now that Walmart is trying to catch Amazon in the ecommerce world you know Amazon has arrived.  Do a search on Kiva Robots or Amazon Robotics and you will find a large assortment of information on ways Amazon has automated their supply chain.  Also research Jeff Bezos who is the founder and CEO of Amazon.  Target recently hired a supply chain executive from Amazon to lead their entire supply chain organization.  Below are some links to information regarding Amazon.

Best Supply Chain Companies

The Apple Supply Chain is known to be one of the best, if not the best supply chain in the world.  Steve Jobs hired Tim Cook in 1998 to revamp the Apple Supply Chain.  Now Tim Cook is the CEO of Apple.  Jeff Williams led the Apple Supply Chain and is now the COO of Apple.  Apple puts major emphasize on its supply chain.

Best Supply Chain companies Apple

The Toyota Supply Chain is very well documented.  I believe Toyota is one of the best supply chain companies to research because there is so much information out there about Toyota and the Toyota Production System (TPS).  The Toyota Production System (TPS) is what has helped Toyota become synonymous with quality.  Taiichi Ohno is the father of the Toyota Production system so he is a very good person to research.  If you search the Toyota Production System a huge assortment of information will come up.

best supply chain companies

The Walmart Supply Chain and been innovating since Walmart began.  Starting in small towns Sam Walton had to figure out the best ways to get product to the stores and this helped him develop the amazing Walmart Supply Chain.  Do research on ways Walmart and P&G started sharing information in the 1980s making the supply chain so much more efficient.  There is a great deal of information on the Walmart Supply Chain and different ways Sam Walton continuously improved Walmart.  Walmart is definitely one of the best supply chain companies.

Best Supply Chain Companies Walmart





Oct 072016

What is Blue Ocean Strategy?

  • “The natural strategic orientation of many companies is toward retaining existing customers and seeking further segmentation opportunities. This is especially true in the face of competitive pressure. Although this might be a good way to gain a focused competitive advantage and increase share of the existing market space, it is not likely to produce a blue ocean that expands the market and creates new demand.”  ~ W. Chan Kim, Blue Ocean Strategy
Oct 072016

Supply Chain Automation Quotes

Supply Chain Automation is key in improving efficiency and productivity in an organization.  Below are a few quotes that may help get your head around this supply chain concept.


“Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing, layout, processes, and procedures.” ~ Tom Peters

  • If you are going to automate then there will need to be simplification.  In order to automate something you should be able to map out the manual process.  Once you map out the manual process it becomes much easier to automate.

supply chain automation


“Everything should be made as simple as possible, not simpler.” ~ Albert Einstein

  • How many people have had a boss tell you “I just want an ‘easy’ button.”  Supply Chain automation can greatly improve efficiency and productivity but it isn’t a cure all.  Process discipline is essential in order for supply chain automation to truly work.  Many times when people start talking about automation they think it will cure all problems and everything will have an easy button.

supply chain automation


“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers who can cut through the argument debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”  ~ Colin Powell

  • One of the common themes here will be simplification.  Supply chain automation is all about simplification.  Making the manual process and simple as possible so that it can be automated.

supply chain automation


“The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” ~ Michael Porter

  • Before you start on the journey of supply chain automation determine what is going to be automated and what will not b automated.  You won’t be able to automate everything.  If you determine this early it will greatly help throughout the process.

Supply Chain Automation Strategy


“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes.  it is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”  ~ Steve Jobs

supply chain automation innovation


Oct 072016

Negotiation Skills

Negotiation Skills are essential in procurement and everyday life as well.  When purchasing a house or a car it is very important to have negotiations skills.

Negotiation Quotes

  • My father said: ”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
  • “The first principle of contract negotiations is don’t remind them of what you did in the past – tell them what you’re going to do in the future.”  ~ Stan Musial
  • “A sign that negotiations were handled well on both sides is that everybody probably feels a little bit like they didn’t get what they wanted.”  ~ Christopher Lloyd
  • “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But, let us never fear to negotiate.”  ~ John F. Kennedy
  • “The freedom of the city is not negotiable. We cannot negotiate with those who say, “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable.”  ~ John F. Kennedy
  • “The fellow who says he’ll meet you halfway usually thinks he’s standing on the dividing line.”  ~ Orlando A. Battista

More videos about negotiations and procurement –

Sep 282016

How to Get a Job in Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management is a great place to have a career.

  • “There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?” ~ Warren Buffet
  • “If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “A leader’s job is not to do the work for others, it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.” ~ Simon Sinek
  • “Yes, I’ve made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it … I have written because it fulfilled me. Maybe it paid off the mortgage on the house and got the kids through college, but those things were on the side—I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for the joy, you can do it forever.” ~ Stephen King
  • “Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.” ~ Johnny Carson

supply chain management

supply chain management