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Gartner 2016 Top 25 Supply Chain Rankings- Supply Chain Matters Initial Impressions

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Today, industry analyst firm Gartner announced the findings from its annual Supply Chain Top 25 rankings, an annual event that comes with the usual fanfare held at the Gartner SCM Executive Conference. As has been our previous posture, Supply Chain Matters is providing its social media voice of observation and comment and not an endorsement […]


Evidence of Business as Usual in North America Automotive Supplier Relationships

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In the week that the purchasing and supply management community is meeting at the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) annual conference being held here in Indianapolis, is a disappointing report of business as usual supplier relationship management challenges across the U.S. automotive industry. The Wall Street Journal reports Lukewarm Supplier Ties Hamper Auto Makers (Paid […]


To No Surprise- Another Ocean Container Shipping Lines Alliance Announced

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At the beginning of this month, Supply Chain Matters advised our readers to pay particular attention to the ongoing sober signs of global transportation structural changes. For the ocean container shipping segment, it was inevitable that a new multi-carrier alliance would emerge, and indeed it has. Late last week came the announcement that Germany based […]


Supply Chain Matters Attending ISM 2016

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Next week, The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) will be conducting the Supply Management Conference of the Year, ISM2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Once again our bag will be packed and Supply Chain Matters will be attending this year’s conference. We had all good intentions of attending last year’s conference but a multiple bookings precluded that […]


Parcel Shipping Dynamics are Moving Far More Quickly- Stay Informed and Seek Added Intelligence

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For the past 6 months, Supply Chain Matters has advised our readers that structural disruption is underway regarding online and B2B small parcel transportation and logistics, and supply chain and procurement teams, particularly those residing in retail or in small to medium sized businesses need to be prepared for the implications. Succinct signs of these […]


Supply Chain Matters Impressions of QAD Explore- Part Three

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Last week, this industry analyst attended and spoke at mid-market focused ERP provider’s QAD Explore 2016 conference. In a prior Part One Supply Chain Matters commentary, I shared overall impressions regarding QAD’s current applications software and technology activities along, and in a Part Two posting I shared additional impressions related to interactions. During Explore 2016, […]


One Year Later- Lumber Liquidators Struggles Continue

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In February of 2015, Lumber Liquidators, one of the largest and fastest growing retailers of hardwood and laminate flooring in North America at the time, was involved in a supply chain expose.  Over a year later, the retailer continues to struggle with the customer and financial impacts of that disclosure. A broadcast report from CBS […]


Global and Industry Supply Chain Ramifications of the Paris COP21 Climate Agreement

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For the past two decades, this industry analyst has devoted a career toward being an observer of industry and global supply chains, specifically the business strategies, processes and technologies that drive industry supply chain strategies. My passion is in understanding what motivates supply chain management strategies and how they impact business outcomes and I continue […]


Supply Chain Matters Impressions of QAD Explore 2016- Part Two

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Last week, this industry analyst attended and spoke at mid-market focused ERP provider’s QAD Explore 2016 conference. In a prior Part One Supply Chain Matters commentary, I shared overall impressions regarding QAD’s current applications software and technology activities along with various Cloud based application software extensions that have been added. In this part two commentary, […]


Foundational Aspects of Supply Chain Wide Visibility

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This commentary represents the first of an ongoing Supply Chain Matters thought leadership and market education series directed at clarifying needs and requirements addressing supply chain wide visibility, which is being sponsored by LLamasoft. More and more, one of the most critical challenges cited by multi-industry supply chain teams is extended supply chain visibility.  This […]


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