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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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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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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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Supply Chain Risk Management: Black is the New Black?

by Matt Davis  |  August 2, 2012  |  1 Comment

Black is the new black? Hype around “Black Swan Events” – large scale, unpredictable disruptions – is all the rage today in supply chain risk management.  But if black swans are supposed to be the outliers, then why does it seem like supply chains are being hit by so many each year? The black swans […]

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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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Watson, First Step Jeopardy… Next Step Supply Chain?

by Matt Davis  |  February 16, 2011  |  1 Comment

For Jeopardy fans like myself, the last two nights of play have been quite different than the traditional matches. Not just because all time champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter have returned, but more because they are playing against a computer named Watson. Watson can “read” questions, interpret meanings, find natural language relationships and answer questions with a range of confidence intervals… all in the form of a question, of course. So what if Watson ran your supply chain?

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GoogleTV Delay… Implications for Supply Chain & Coopetition

by Matt Davis  |  December 21, 2010  |  Comments Off

The GoogleTV was supposed to be a feature of the huge Consumer Electronics Show in January, but general consumer disastisfaction with the current product is causing a delay in it’s release. While this has an impact on Google’s supply chain, many other manufacturer’s will be impacted by the delay as well.

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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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