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How to Keep Leaders Focused on a Company’s Most Important Metrics


Selecting which metrics the business would like to track can be a handful all by itself. Subsequently keeping the leadership aligned with these metrics once established can be even harder. Matt Ehrlichman writes for Entrepreneur with a few tips for maintaining alignment throughout your metrics program. Getting with the Program Ehrlichman thinks of vital metrics as “north stars” (I suppose “north” is a relative concept to him.) that show where the business should be headed. ...

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Gartner on the State of Supply Chains


According to Gartner, the supply chain management and procurement software market grew 10.8% globally in 2014, with $9.9 billion in revenue. Needless to say (but let’s say it anyway), that is a good thing. Louis Columbus writes for Forbes with additional findings brought forward by Gartner. A Longer, Stronger Chain Among the top players, SAP has grown its share of the market slightly, from 23.9 percent in 2013 to 25.8 percent in 2014. Oracle meanwhile ...

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Lessons from a Business Growth Consultant: How Dial Soap Got Cleaned Out


Always think about how the competition will react. Case in point, Molly Lindblom was once an assistant brand manager for Dial who accidentally waged war with Proctor & Gamble (P&G). I suppose you could say the result was… a bloodbath. Get It?! Antibacterial products were new and exciting by sanitation industry standards back in the 1990s. (This was before it became common knowledge that antibacterial products are dangerous to overall public health and contribute to ...

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Create a Customer-First Supply Chain for True Transformation


You either accommodate the customer, or somebody else will. Susan Fourtané writes about how to transform supply chains via the most practical means in an article for EBN. Do it for the Customer The first thing to remember about a transformation is that the spirit of the organization and its goals need to stay intact. In other words, a kitten cannot and should not grow up to be a gorilla. What happens instead is that ...

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Top Five Issues Facing Retail Supply Chains


Nicholas Tsiroyiannis writes for Sourcing Journal with five of the biggest challenges facing supply chains, and five strategies to meet challenges. Slipping profit margins, operational inefficiency, trend responsiveness, quality & regulatory compliance, and omni-channel integration are the biggest challenges. Driving profitability through preparation, streamlining operations through visibility and collaboration, developing swift responses, getting proactive about compliance, and developing seamless channels are viewed as strategic solutions. These solutions may sound simple on the face of it, ...

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Gamifying Logistics


Games are fun, encouraging, rewarding, and collaborative, all of which you want to see more of in your supply chain. Neelam Singh writes about how to gamify logistics. It is of course easier said than done, as not every game is well-designed or engaging. Likewise, applying an effective game toward the realization of a business goal is challenging as well. Singh believes employee training might be the place where gamification is best suited, as, “Complex ...

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A Radical Supply Chain Idea: Own Your Trucking Operation


As James R. Hagerty writes for The Wall Street Journal, it is commonplace for manufacturers to outsource their truck deliveries. But Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. is doing just the opposite. What might your supply chain learn from this? Leading the Fleet Ashley considers their roughly 800 owned and operated trucks to be a core competency. In fact, they are so efficient that they can even charge other companies a fee to haul goods for them. ...

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4 Ways to Cut Supply Chain Risk


Keep supply chain risk where it belongs—under your thumb. Sumit Kumar writes for GreenBiz with four tips to keep risks, especially sustainability risks, squashed. The first is to comprehensively assess your critical suppliers. Customize assessment according to the business context, and include things like evaluation of strategy and compliance checks. Second is to engage suppliers to discuss gaps, educating and collaborating wherever possible to improve sustainability performance and reporting. Third, you must keep tabs on ...

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California Drought: A Supply Chain Disruption Not Easily Avoided


No one before or since Noah has celebrated a drought, and yes, the drought in California is affecting supply chains. Guy Courtin explains in an article at ZDNet. The first area affected is agriculture, as the state’s farms use 80 percent of their water. People are being forced to pare water usage wherever they can, leading to discussions of whether to move crop growth out of state. But crops require specific weather conditions, which makes ...

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