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Jul 262017
 
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Procurement Training

Procurement training to help improve your purchasing skills.

Supply Chain and Leadership Information.

Quotes for Procurement Professionals

  • “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”  ~ Maya Angelou
  • “Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information.”   ~ Peter Drucker, considered the father of modern management.
  • “Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.”  ~ Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.

Supply Chain Strategic Importance

Jul 262017
 
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Toyota Supply Chain

Toyota Supply Chain is one of the best in the world. Toyota has long been benchmarked for their supply chain. Great video.

Toyota and Quality Quotes:

  • “Make your workplace into showcase that can be understood by everyone at a glance. In terms of quality, it means to make the defects immediately apparent. In terms of quantity, it means that progress or delay, measured against the plan, and is made immediately apparent. When this is done, problems can be discovered immediately, and everyone can initiate improvement plans.”   ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “For much of Toyota’s history, we have ensured the quality and reliability of our vehicles by placing a device called an andon cord on every production line – and empowering any team member to halt production if there’s an assembly problem. Only when the problem is resolved does the line begin to move again.”  ~ Akio Toyoda
  • “When consumers purchase a Toyota, they are not simply purchasing a car, truck or van. They are placing their trust in our company.”  ~ Akio Toyoda
  • “The key to the Toyota Way and what makes Toyota stand out is not any of the individual elements…But what is important is having all the elements together as a system. It must be practiced every day in a very consistent manner, not in spurts.”  ~ Taiichi Ohno
  • “We have to grasp not only the Know-How but also ‘Know Why’, if we want to master the Toyota Production System.”  ~ Shigeo Shingo
  • “Eighty-five percent of the reasons for failure are deficiencies in the systems and process rather than the employee. The role of management is to change the process rather than badgering individuals to do better.”  ~ W. Edwards Deming

Supply Chain and Leadership Information.

 

Jul 262017
 
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Apple CEOs:  The Story of Steve Jobs and Tim Cook You Didn’t Know About

Steve Jobs hired Tim Cook to improve the Apple supply chain.  Steve Jobs wanted something similar to the Dell 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.

Supply Chain and Leadership Information.

  • “We are the most focused company that I know of or have read of or have any knowledge of. We say no to good ideas every day. We say no to great ideas in order to keep the amount of things we focus on very small in number, so that we can put enormous energy behind the ones we do choose …..It’s not just saying yes to the right products, it’s saying no to many products that are good ideas, but just not nearly as good as other ones.” ~ Tim Cook, CEO Apple, Supply Chain Expert.
  • “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder Apple Inc.
  • “Steve [Jobs] and I spent months getting to know each other before I joined Apple. He had no exposure to marketing other than what he picked up on his own. This is sort of typical of Steve. When he knows something is going to be important, he tries to absorb as much as he possibly can.”  ~ John Sculley, former CEO of Apple Inc.
  • “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

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Jul 122017
 
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Supply Chain and Logistics Trends and Outlook

Matt Castle, Vice President, Global Forwarding Products and Services at C.H. Robinson sits down with Adrian Gonzalez, President of Adelante SCM to discuss major logistics trends anticipated for 2017 (Youtube).

Logistics and Supply Chain Training:

Supply Chain Quotes

  • “1. Increase Visibility. 2. Reduce Variability. These two activities encompass all layers of supply chain management.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.
  • “Here are a few key supply chain trends you may want to research: Internet of Things (IoT), 3D Pringing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) , Deep Learning and Drones.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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

Logistics Trends

 

Jul 012017
 
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IoT Blockchain Convergence

“I didn’t understand IoT, Big Data or Blockchain when I first heard these terms.  Learn about them or get left behind.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.

Digital Supply Chain and Block Chain Training.

Digital Supply Chain Quotes

  • “Here are a few key supply chain trends you may want to research: Internet of Things (IoT), 3D Pringing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) , Deep Learning and Drones.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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.

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Jul 012017
 
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Logistics Quotes

Here are a few logistics quotes.  Tell us your favorites.

“You will not find it difficult to prove that battles, campaigns, and even wars have been won or lost primarily because of logistics.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Logistics Quote

“The amateurs discuss tactics: the professionals discuss logistics.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Logistics quotes

“Major changes are coming to logistics. In the near future you will order a product and 30 minutes later a drone will drop it off right outside your door.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.

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“Logistics isn’t that important.  Unless you are Walmart, Amazon, Alibaba, the military… :-)” ~SupplyChainToday.com.  For those who don’t get sarcasm that is what this one is about.  Logistics is IMPORTANT!!

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“The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.” ~ Sun Tzu.

logistics quotes

“Residential drone delivery is being tested by a variety of companies.  From delivery packages to delivering pizza, it is in the near future.” ~ SupplyChainToday.com.

Jun 272017
 
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Uber Freight Officially Launches (What it Means for Truckers)

Uber Freight will most likely be a game changer for the trucking industry.  Could Uber freight be to the trucking industry what Amazon was to the retail industry?  For discussion on Uber Freight please visit our LinkedIn post or our Facebook discussion.

Uber Freight Information.

Digital Supply Chain Quotes

  • “The digital supply chain has the potential to completely change supply chain. However, do your due diligence before rushing in.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.
  • “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.
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.” ~ Henry Ford, founder Ford Motor Company
  • “It is impossible to improve any process until it is standardized. If the process is shifting from here to there, then any improvement will just be one more variation that is occasionally used and mostly ignored. One must standardize, and thus stabilize the process, before continuous improvement can be made.” ~ Masaaki Imai

Uber freight supply chain

Jun 252017
 
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Delivery Drones – DHL steals UPS thunder.

Delivery drones are getting more and more press.  Delivery drones will be a game changer for supply chain.  Even if your company has no intention of using drones it is still interesting to see how other companies are using them.  Who knows, drones could be delivery your packages in the very near future.

Digital Supply Chain – IoT, Big Data, Drones, AI, Cloud.

Delivery Drones

Jun 252017
 
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Understand the Blockchain in Two Minutes

Quick and easy way to understand blockchain.  Just a good thing to be up to speed on because you will be hearing more and more about blockchain.

Supply Chain and Block Chain Information.

Digital Supply Chain Quotes

  • “Here are a few key supply chain trends you may want to research: Internet of Things (IoT), 3D Pringing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) , Deep Learning and Drones.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.
  • “I didn’t understand IoT, Big Data or Blockchain when I first heard these terms.  Learn about them or get left behind.” ~SupplyChainToday.com.
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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.

 

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Jun 252017
 
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Big Data Analytics for supply chain beginners

Big Data Analytics have the potential to be a major innovation disruptor in supply chain.  Check out the video below as well as the numerous videos below it.  Even if you don’t plan to invest in big data it is wise to get up to speed on the technology.

Digital Supply Chain Information – IoT, Big Data, Cloud, Drones, Blockchain…

Quotes that can be used for the Digital Supply Chain

  • “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ~ Maya Angelou
  • “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
  • “The digital supply chain has the potential to completely change supply chain. However, do your due diligence before rushing in.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com.
  • “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
  • “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.
  • “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

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