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A New Value Towards CEO Operational Leadership Experience for Retail Industry

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In a May 2014 Supply Chain Matters commentary, Recruiting the New Era of Retail and Online Fulfillment Leaders, this Editor made the following statement: “In this era of online retailing and Omni-commerce, there are two leadership competencies that will differentiate tomorrow’s executive leaders in retail.  They are a deep understanding of social-media fueled marketing and Internet focused retailing, and a deep awareness, understanding and appreciation of end-to-end supply chain inventory deployment and fulfillment capabilities.  From our lens, recruiting for retail C-level executives has been too focused on classic merchandising, finance or traditional brand marketing.” Our commentary at that time reflected on business media reports indicating that major retailers such as JC Penny, Target and others were finding it difficult to recruit a qualified CEO.  Now, more than seven months later, it is important to reflect on what is occurring, namely that some retail industry CEO selection teams now weigh operations […]


Are Retailers Planning for the Most Optimistic Holiday Sales Scenarios?

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Earlier this month, Supply Chain Matters featured a commentary focused on predictions of upcoming holiday sales.  Our commentary referenced the latest forecast from the National Retail Federation (NRF) indicating that holiday sales in the coming quarter are expected to increase 4.1 percent, which in monetary terms, represents the largest rise in holiday sales in the past three years. We further noted an interview on business network CNBC featuring the NRF chief economist indicating that the 4.1 percent may be on the low-end, considering the current trend toward lower gasoline prices and increased employment in the U.S… A new data point is a recent joint release from both the NRF and Hackett Associates that forecasts ocean container shipments will rise 6.4 percent in October, compared to last year’s monthly volume.  The report does caution that August and September port volumes saw modest increases. A report published by The Wall Street Journal […]


Supply Chain Matters Q3-2014 Quarterly Newsletter Published

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This posting is to alert our readers that the Supply Chain Matters Q3-2014 Newsletter has published and should be in the email inboxes of our hundreds of registered subscribers. Our Newsletter is a more insightful look at global supply chain and B2B/B2C business process, technology and other important trends and is offered to both readers of this blog and clients of our consulting services. Please check your inbox to insure you received a copy.   The Q3 newsletter includes five insightful articles and one announcement on our growing Supply Chain Matters readership: Our quarterly quantitative and qualitative update summaries of global supply chain activity along with a capsulized summary of significant supply chain and B2B developments occurring this past quarter. Articles reflecting on two recent Boston Consulting Group research studies; one focused on the changing strategic forces of global manufacturing sourcing and one on global workforce trending. A report on the […]


Supply Chain Matters Tech News Roundup- JDA Software; SAP; Arena Solutions

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There have been some noteworthy announcements related to both supply chain B2B network and PLM technology providers this week which Supply Chain Matters highlights in this news roundup commentary. JDA Software Names Permanent CEO JDA Software Group announced this week that Baljit Dail, who serves as Board Chairman, and has been serving as an interim CEO since May of this year, has now been named as permanent CEO. In the press release, CEO Dail states: “The potential for JDA now, and into the future, is tremendous and I am excited about the opportunity to continue leading this innovative company.” Since assuming interim CEO leadership, Dail has instituted a sorely needed Global Industries and Solutions Business unit responsible for product portfolio and industry support strategies, established an Innovation Lab to build transformational technology leveraging next-generation platforms, including cloud, and appointed a new leader for global sales. JDA is also in the […]


The Movement Toward Cheaper, Open Computing Compatible Servers Spells Opportunity for ODM and CMS Providers

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Here is a Supply Chain Matters follow-up commentary that relates to the previous news on the pending split-up of Hewlett Packard along with our commentaries of several years ago, beginning in 2011/2012 commentaries and supplemented in a 2013 commentary) foretelling of original design manufacturing (ODM) and contract manufacturing systems (CMS) providers competing directly with their larger OEM customers. A recently published Bloomberg article, Cheap Servers Are Bad News for HP and Dell, indicates that the contract manufacturers such as Quanta Computer that these OEM’s often depended upon are now producing generic, Open Compute Project compatible computer servers for hungry data center customers. These generic servers are reported to be one-third to two-thirds cheaper than the branded versions. According to the article, this has been a boon for server-hungry customers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook, but bad for established, branded hardware OEM’s. Further noted is that mega financial services firms […]


Praise for the APICS International Student Competition in Supply Chain Management

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Supply Chain Matters extends an enthusiastic Tip-of-the-Hat to supply chain and operations professional association APICS Supply Chain Council for its efforts in sponsoring, what we believe to be as the first international student case study competition in supply chain management.  This  competition has involved 166 university teams from around the world, consisting of 4-5 students per team, competing on their knowledge and enthusiasm in the broad topics related to supply chain management. Six international team finalists will join a United States contingent of 6 finalists to compete before a panel of judges in the final competition being held at the upcoming annual APICS conference on October 19-21 in New Orleans. The final awards ceremony is scheduled for October 21 with the top ranked teams awarded scholarships. This is a great activity and deserves praise. It not only helps to foster the development of our next generation leaders for our broad […]


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