Matt Davis

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On-Demand Supply Chain Webinars

by Matt Davis  |  August 21, 2013  |  1 Comment

 “Would anyone actually sit for 45 minutes or so to listen to a webinar?”  It’s a question I’ve asked a lot recently in talking with supply chain organizations on strategy and segmentation.  Both topics are essential to long-term profitability and both are most directly encumbered by communication issues.  In fact, I asked 103 companies working on supply […]

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US High Tech Manufacturing: Do a Few Actions or Many Words Speak Louder?

by Matt Davis  |  July 16, 2013  |  1 Comment

As a supply chain practitioner in the High Tech industry for 10 years and having covered the industry as an analyst for 2, I tend to keep an eye out for High Tech supply chain stories.  Over the last year, there have been several announcements about opening sites in the US or at least plans […]

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Has Supply Chain Made It On Broadway?

by Matt Davis  |  June 21, 2013  |  1 Comment

Kinky Boots, this year’s Tony winner for Best Musical, is about saving a shoe manufacturing plant in a small UK town by switching production from men’s loafers to high-heeled boots for drag queens. Probably sounds like your average day in supply chain, right?  Are we all the inspiration for Broadway and never knew it?! I […]

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Top 10 Moments from Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference

by Matt Davis  |  May 28, 2013  |  Comments Off

Our supply chain community is pretty damn amazing. As I collected my thoughts on the flight back from Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference, I kept coming back to the incredible positive energy that permeated through all the events of the week.  The three days was a celebration of the best of what supply chain can […]

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Supply Chain Segmentation… Why is everyone so one-size-fits-all?

by Matt Davis  |  December 10, 2012  |  Comments Off

Pharma. High Tech. Apparel. Consumer Products. Med Devices. Agrochemical. Heavy Equipment. Even Retailers and Grocers.  All working on supply chain segmentation.  Over the last two years, I’ve watched as supply chain has shifted out of first gear on segmentation initiatives.  If we’re going to call it a bandwagon, let’s just say that it’s starting to get […]

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Corporate Jargon as Famous Movie Quotes

by Matt Davis  |  December 14, 2011  |  2 Comments

Occasionally in my work with clients, I will say some jargon that clearly does not register.  And in an effort to clarify, I always try to think of a better way to explain that just providing a definition.  So for you all you hybrid business geeks / movie buffs, here are my thoughts on some ways we […]

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Social Network Solutions Businesses (OSOs) Bypassing OEMs Will Impact Supply Chain

by Matt Davis  |  December 12, 2011  |  Comments Off

10 years ago I was watching TV and saw a commercial for a dish soap that had a website link at the bottom of the ad.  I thought, “Why the heck would I go to their website to look at soap?  Nuts.”  It seemed bizarre.  Now, weblinks in commercials are a mainstay.  In fact, demand management […]

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M2M Connected Supply Chain … for Ice Cream?

by Matt Davis  |  June 8, 2011  |  1 Comment

I am at Axeda’s annual Connexion conference which brings together users,  practitioners, analysts and providers in the M2M (machine-to-machine) / connected products ecosystem and found an interesting outcome of connecting the physical, digital and data networks of supply chain fulfillment: on-demand ice cream… with toppings no less. MooBella (www.MooBella.com) is showcasing machines that enable the user […]

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Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference – AMR Supply Chain Top 25

by Matt Davis  |  May 23, 2011  |  Comments Off

We are only a week away from our annual Supply Chain Executive conference in Scottsdale.  The content for this year is quite exciting and we are all looking forward to the reveal of the 2011 Supply Chain Top 25.  The conference has been a hot topic with clients so I wanted to provide more details.  […]

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Big Earnings Announcements… Implications for 2011 AMR Supply Chain Top 25

by Matt Davis  |  February 22, 2011  |  Comments Off

Some big earnings announcements have CEO’s talking supply chain… and have me reflecting on a completed FY11. In doing so, I began to think about who may make the list on the AMR Supply Chain Top 25. To get some insights, I sat down to interview Debra Hofman who runs the annual research in this area.

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