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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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Can Your Supply Chain Say, “Yes, but…”?

by Matt Davis  |  July 1, 2013  |  Comments Off

A supply chain that says “yes” to every customer request, without enforcing required tradeoffs, will erode profitability and cannot manage a set of standard, repeatable processes. It overservices certain customers, while inconsistently servicing others. A supply chain that says “no” to any customer requests outside the standard process is stuck with one-size-fits-all processes and cannot [...]

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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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Supply Chain Segmentation: A “How to” Webinar

by Matt Davis  |  June 4, 2013  |  Comments Off

I recorded a webinar yesterday on supply chain segmentation that provides a seven step methodology to implementing the concept as well as some easy to use frameworks to move through those seven steps.  It is available at: Implementing Supply Chain Segmentation We begin the webinar with findings from our 2013 CEO study in which we [...]

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Complimentary Supply Chain Segmentation Webinar – June 3 / 4

by Matt Davis  |  May 29, 2013  |  Comments Off

I’ll be hosting a complimentary webinar next week on supply chain segmentation and its role in enabling demand-driven maturity.  Supply chain segmentation only continues to grow in importance as global customer requirements challenge the one-size-fits-all supply chain and is a best practice being implemented by 19 of our Supply Chain Top 25.  The webinar is timed for our ANZ [...]

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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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Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 and Supply Chain Segmentation

by Matt Davis  |  April 1, 2013  |  Comments Off

Our Supply Chain research organization is in full swing of our annual Top 25 data gathering, assessment and voting cycle for 2013.  Having just completed many briefings with leading organizations across every supply chain industry, I decided to sit down with Debra Hofman who leads our Top 25 research practice to discuss why so many [...]

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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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Acer New Product Launch of Tablets, Iconia and Smartphones… New Supply Chain Strategy?

by Matt Davis  |  November 24, 2010  |  Comments Off

Acer’s supply chain is known and benchmarked as a stellar example of end-to-end operational efficiency. It affords them some of the lowest price points in the PC marketplace. It is with this knowledge / perception of Acer that I watched the series of product announcements at their press conference and began to wonder… Is Acer moving away from their singular focus on cost?

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