Jun 242017
 
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Supply Chain Optimization

Supply Chain Optimization is key in making a supply chain organization more efficient and productive.  A company can use technology for optimization but don’t forget to improve processes as well.  Using technology to optimize processes may take awhile and will cost a significant amount of money.  Be sure to first look into ways to improve the current process by taking out wasted steps.  Also look into the process discipline of the organization so the information going into your supply chain system can be fully utilized for your supply chain optimization projects.

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Supply Chain Optimization Quotes

  • “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” ~ Bill Gates, founder and former CEO of Microsoft
  • “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 Computers
  • “For the blue-collar worker, the driving force behind change was factory automation using programmable machine tools. For the office worker, it’s office automation using computer technology: enterprise-resource-planning systems, groupware, intranets, extranets, expert systems, the Web, and e-commerce.” ~ Tom Peters
  • “SpaceX is only 12 years old now. Between now and 2040, the company’s lifespan will have tripled. If we have linear improvement in technology, as opposed to logarithmic, then we should have a significant base on Mars, perhaps with thousands or tens of thousands of people.” ~ Elon Musk
  • “The human being is a very poorly designed machine tool. The human being excels in coordination. He excels in relating perception to action. He works best if the entire human being, muscles, senses, and mind, is engaged in the work.”
    ~ Peter F. Drucker
  • “Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.” ~ Tom Peters
  • “In Japan, a company worker’s position is secure. He is retrained for another job if his present job is eliminated by productivity improvement. W. Edwards Deming
  • “I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I’ve done that sort of thing in my life, but I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed.” ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Computers
  • “There might be new technology, but technological progress itself was nothing new – and over the years it had not destroyed jobs, but created them.”  ~ Margaret Thatcher
  • “Automation provides us with wondrous increases of production and information, but does it tell us what to do with the men the machines displace? Modern industry gives us the capacity for unparalleled wealth – but where is our capacity to make that wealth meaningful to the poor of every nation?”  ~ Robert Kennedy
  • “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, fromer CEO of IBM

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Jun 082017
 
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Supply Chain and Leadership Information.

This is a good resource of a great deal of supply chain and business information.  If you like what you see please share it on social media.

Mar 302017
 
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Introduction to the Supply Chain Operations Reference Model (SCOR). SCOR has been in existence for many years. It is improved upon every few years. If you aren’t sure what SCOR is this may help you remember: PLAN, SOURCE, MAKE, DELIVER, RETURN, ENABLE.

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Supply Chain Quotes

  • “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, CEO Toyota Motor Company.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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).
  • “If anything is certain, it is that change is certain. The world we are planning for today will not exist in this form tomorrow.”  ~ Phil Crosby.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • “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.

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Dec 302016
 
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How to Get a Job in Supply Chain Management

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

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  • “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

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Oct 112016
 
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SAP S/4HANA: Supply Chain Transformation

Oct 072016
 
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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.

“Machine Learning is a game changer for supply chain automation.” ~SupplyChainToday.com

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“Supply Chain Automation Buzzwords: Machine Learning, 3D Printing, IoT, Deep Learning, Autonomous Vehicles.” ~EverythingSupplyChain.com

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“Deep Learning will revolutionize supply chain automation.” ~Dave Waters

“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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“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.

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

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Aug 232016
 
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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.

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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

“Making mistakes is the privilege of the active.  It is always the mediocre people who are negative, who spend their time proving that they are not wrong.” ~Ingvar Kamprad

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“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

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“Waste of resources is a mortal sin at IKEA.” ~Ingvar Kamprad

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Jul 132016
 
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Supply Chain Information and Resources

We will be adding much more to this blog as we go along.  This includes various resources to find supply chain information very easily.

Two websites that aggregate great supply chain resources include:

Here is a LinkedIn Group that has approximately 100,000 members.  It is a great place to find information and ask supply chain questions:

Here is a Supply Chain Facebook group.  Would recommend the LinkedIn group for discussion but for those die hard Facebook fans this group has about 11,000 members.

 

Below you will find a huge assortment of videos on a variety of topics:

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If you look at companies like Dell and Apple they are great at managing their inventory.  Steve Jobs (former CEO of Apple) brought in Tim Cook (current CEO of Apple) to improve the Apple Supply_Chain.  Tim Cook great improved inventory turns.

 

Supply-Chain Quotes

  • “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
  • “Gentlemen, the officer who doesn’t know his communications and supply as well as his tactics is totally useless.”  ~ General George S. Patton
  • “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
  • “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 the Toyota Production System

Tim Cook is the current CEO of Apple.  Would encourage people to research Tim Cook and what he did to make Apple’s supply_chain one of the best in the world.

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Sam Walton did amazing things with the Walmart supply_chain.  Much of it was done out of necessity because when Walmart first started out they were in rural areas and small towns.  “Made in America” is a great book by Sam Walton.  A good read for anyone interested in retail a well as supply_chain.

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