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Next Week- Supply Chain Control Tower Foundations Webinar Presentation

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Next week, I’m especially looking forward to delivering the first of a two-part market education series of webinars for the Accenture Supply Chain Academy audience on the evolving hot topic of Supply Chain Control Towers (SCCT). In the Part One- Foundations webinar next week I will cover the fundamental strategic changes occurring across global supply chains, along with their implications for decision-making.  I’ll also provide our audience with a working definition of supply chain control tower capabilities, why these capabilities are so important, and delineate the design parameters, risks and benefits. In December, Part Two of this education series will dive deeper into the people, process and technology capabilities to consider along with some guidelines for designing SCCT based initiatives within industry supply chains. This series is exclusively available to licensed members of the Accenture Academy. The webinar content and registration can be viewed at this web link. Readers who […]


Supply Chain Matters First Impressions Regarding RedPrarie/JDA Software Merger

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On Tuesday, Supply Chain Matters commented that something was up at supply chain planning technology provider JDA Software, and that an announcement could come soon. On Thursday we issued a breaking news commentary indicating that privately held supply chain execution technology provider RedPrairie and JDA Software announced intent to merge into a combined supply chain planning and execution powerhouse with revenues extending beyond $1 billion.  The market was taken by total surprise and perhaps many employees at both companies as well. The open question is- what’s this all about?  The reactions will be different and the views diverse, but one thing is certain, the dynamics of the supply chain technology market have changed. In this commentary, Supply Chain Matters will provide our initial first impressions regarding this announcement after participating in a follow-on industry analyst briefing yesterday.  Clearly, not all information behind this proposed merger is ready to be shared, […]


2013 Supply Chain Matters Blog Sponsorship Opportunities Available

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As I pen this posting it is incredible to believe that November is already upon us.  Where did the year go?  It seems like such a blur. The month of November is the kick-off of our sales cycle for 2013 named sponsors for this blog. Loyal readers please bear with us as we take care of business. Supply Chain Matters is able to share and publish the quality content that we provide through the support of our sponsors. For our sponsors we provide highly experienced product strategy, social media centered marketing and market research services that are individually tailored for sponsors and their brands. We therefore remind providers of supply chain related technology and services that limited opportunities for being a named sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters blog in 2013 are now open for both the Lead and Sustaining Sponsorship levels.  Blogs have come to be very influential sources […]


Samsung Delivers Record Profits and Makes a Statement

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Last week, South Korea based Samsung, the giant of consumer electronics vertical integration and diversified manufacturing, reported impressive earnings and profits for its September ending quarter. The company almost doubled net profits to nearly $5.8 billion while recording a 26 percent increase in revenues. Samsung attributed the bulk of these positive results to the increasing sales momentum of its Galaxy smartphone and other mobile communications products, which collectively contributed more than half of revenues and profits. Impressive results were also fueled by strong demand for Samsung’s OELD LCD display panels embedded in other smartphones, tablets and television products. Samsung reported that its Display Panel segment outperformed the Semiconductor Business in terms of year-on-year revenue growth, a strong testimonial to the fact that a value-chain component supplier to other OEM’s can produce money and profits. Operating profit nearly doubled to $7.4 billion, which is noteworthy, given its ongoing competitive battle with […]