May 172017
 

Amazon vs. Walmart

Amazon vs. Walmart is a battle between 800lbs gorillas.

Supply Chain Information.

Amazon and Walmart Quotes

  • “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
  • “If you make customers unhappy in the physical world, they might each tell 6 friends. If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends.” ~ Jeff Bezos
  • “We’re all working together; that’s the secret.”  ~ Sam Walton
  • “Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up, and everybody around you will loosen up. Have fun. Show enthusiasm – always.”   ~ Sam WaltoN
  • “When all else fails, put on a costume and sing a silly song. Then make everybody else sing with you. Don’t do a hula on Wall Street. It’s been done. Think up your own stunt. All of this is more important, and more fun, than you think, and it really fools the competition. “Why should we take those cornballs at Wal-Mart seriously?”  ~ Sam Walton

Amazon vs. Walmart Supply Chain

Apr 202017
 

BASF Smart Supply Chain.

A quick look at the BASF Smart Supply Chain.  Where are we headed with the Smart Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Information.

Supply Chain Quotes

  • “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.  Supply Chain Expert.  
  • “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.
  • “If you don’t have an essential item that puts people into chaos.  What happens if the coffee runs out in the morning?  Simple but you get the picture.”  ~ Dave Waters.  Supply Chain Expert.
  • “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.  The assembly line changed supply chain.
  • “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, father of Toyota Production System (TPS).
  • “Every breakthrough business idea begins with solving a common problem. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity. I discovered a big one when I took apart an IBM PC. I made two interesting discoveries: The components were all manufactured by other companies, and the system that retailed for $3,000 cost about $600 in parts.”  ~ Michael Dell, founder of Dell Computer.  Supply Chain Expert.
  • “If your supply chain runs without many problems you either have a great supply chain or running very fat.”  ~ Dave Waters.
  • “Supply chains are everywhere.  From the biggest company in the world to running your household.  We all have supply chain experience even if we don’t know it.”  ~ Dave Waters.
  • “Many of our best opportunities were created out of necessity. “ ~ Sam Walton, founder of Walmart.

 

Jan 012017
 

What Take a tour of an Amazon fulfillment center and see how our Associates receive your inventory from your inbound shipments. You will also learn what happens when your shipments are missing vital prep, labels or packaging or are otherwise not e-Commerce ready.

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Dec 032016
 

Apple Supply Chain Management

  • “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.
  • “Steve [Jobs] brilliance is his ability to see something and then understand it and then figure out how to put it into the context of his design methodology – everything is design.” ~ John Sculley
Nov 272016
 

Made in America by Sam Walton

Made in America is a great book to show the history of Walmart and the who was Sam Walton.  Walmart is known for its Supply Chain and this book helps you understand how and why it was developed.  Cover many concepts that would come up in a Supply Chain MBA.

SAM WALTON Made In America Biography ANIMATED

 

Book Review: “Made in America” by Sam Walton

Supply Chain Information.

Quotes

  • “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves it s amazing what they can accomplish.” ~ Sam Walton
  • “What we guard against around here is people saying, ‘Let’s think about it.’ We make a decision. Then we act on it.” ~ Sam Walton
  • “As an old-time small-town merchant, I can tell you that nobody has more love for the heyday of the smalltown retailing era than I do. That’s one of the reasons we chose to put our little Wal-Mart museum on the square in Bentonville. It’s in the old Walton’s Five and Dime building, and it tries to capture a little bit of the old dime store feel. But I can also tell you this: if we had gotten smug about our early success, and said, “Well, we’re the best merchant in town,” and just kept doing everything exactly the way we were doing it, somebody else would have come along and given our customers what they wanted, and we would be out of business today.”  ~ Sam Walton
  • “High expectations are the key to everything.”  ~ Sam Walton
  • “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” ~ Ray Kroc, Founder of McDonald’s
  • “The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang”  ~ Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • “Don’t find fault, find a remedy”  ~ Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company

 

Made in America Sam Walton Supply chain

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
Sep 212016
 

Ingvar Kamprad Quotes

  •  “Only those who are asleep make no mistakes.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA.
  • “If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. I have to do so for all the Ikea employees.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad
  • “People say I am cheap, and I don’t mind if they do.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad
  • “IKEA is not completely perfect. It irritates me to hear it said that IKEA is the best company in the world. We are going the right way to becoming it but we are not there yet.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad
  • “You can do so much in 10 minutes time. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Divide your life into 10-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activity.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad
  • “Making mistakes is the privilege of the active. It is always the mediocre people who are negative, who spend their time proving that they were not wrong.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad
  • “Time is your most important resource. You can do so much in ten minutes. Ten minutes; once gone is gone for good.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad

Ingvar kamprad Quotes

 

 

Aug 232016
 

IKEA Supply Chain Innovation

IKEA supply chain innovation is a key reason IKEA has been so successful.  The first time I went into IKEA I thought it was just an amazing store with amazing products.  I can remember going up the escalator at the IKEA in California making reference it was like Disneyland.  And yes, I did get made fun of.  The person I was with did not think it was Disneyland.

Supply Chain and Leadership Information.

Ingvar Kamprad Quotes

  • “I’m a bit tight with money, but so what? I look at the money I’m about to spend on myself and ask myself if IKEA’s customers can afford it… I could regularly travel first class, but having money in abundance doesn’t seem like a good reason to waste it.. If there is such a thing as good leadership, it is to give a good example. I have to do so for all the IKEA employees.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA.
  • “I could have an office all to myself but since my collaborators don’t have one, then I too am contented to have a desk in a shared room.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad
  • “The IKEA spirit is strong and living reality. Simplicity in our behavior gives us strength. Simplicity and humbleness characterize us in our relations with each others, our suppliers and our customers.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad
  • “You can do so much in 10 minutes time. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Divide your life into 10-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activity.” ~ Ingvar Kamprad, Supply Chain Expert
Aug 122016
 

Apple Supply Chain Practices

Apple Supply Chain Practices have made Apple Inc. one of the top supply chain companies in the world.  Many consider Apple as the best supply chain company.

  • “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.
  • “Our whole role in life is to give you something you didn’t know you wanted. And then once you get it, you can’t imagine your life without it. And you can count on Apple doing that.” ~ Tim Cook, Steve Jobs brought in Time Cook to improve the Apple Supply Chain.
  • “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.
  • “In many cases, jobs that used to be done by people are going to be able to be done through automation. I don’t have an answer to that. That’s one of the more perplexing problems of society.” ~ John Sculley, former CEO of Apple Computer.
  • “Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.”  ~ Louis Gerstner, former CEO of IBM.

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