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Kevin O'Marah

Kevin has led AMR's Global Supply Chain research since 2000, publishing seminal work on sustainability, product innovation and the AMR Supply Chain Top 25. He was previously Vice President at Oracle and a strategy consultant in London, Washington D.C. and Warsaw, Poland. Read Full Bio

Jobs Report: Goods news for the Ready

by Kevin O'Marah  |  September 7, 2010

I was reading an investors newsletter this week which opened with the following synopsis: “On Wednesday, September 1, the latest report on manufacturing showed strength, but another report on company hiring showed weakness. While the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) announced that U.S. manufacturing rose in August for the 13th consecutive month, the ADP National […]

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Aegis is the Brains in the Machine for Merck Serono

by Kevin O'Marah  |  August 20, 2010

I had a chance to speak to Aegis Analytical’s CEO Bob Di Scipio recently and experienced a flashback to my days as a new analyst getting all worked up about the technology enabled breakthroughs happening deep in the supply chain.  Aegis sells a technology we at Gartner classify as Process Analytical Technology (PAT).  To quote […]

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Supply Chain Leadership and China – What the Top 25 Misses

by Kevin O'Marah  |  August 6, 2010

I have been careful to describe the Supply Chain Top 25 as being about “demonstrated leadership” rather than any absolute benchmarking of on-time-delivery or efficiency.  As such, I’ve always pointed to visible leaders like Procter & Gamble, IBM, Samsung, and the like as deserving their rankings because of the new ideas and strategies they have […]

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Volt Raises Hope: GM shows it Knows Demand Driven Supply Chains

by Kevin O'Marah  |  July 30, 2010

I’ve been rough on GM often over the past few years and sometimes even spread the venom over the whole of Detroit (link:  My complaint has rested on the idea that the Big Three practically defined the “push” model of supply chains starting with the famous quip attributed to Henry Ford (‘any color you […]

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Chief Supply Chain Officers are still rising, but what is the job?

by Kevin O'Marah  |  July 21, 2010

The following note was published over two years ago.  Looking at fresh data from our Supply Chain Organization and Budget Study, it appears most of the message remains on point.  Updating the details slightly, the question remains the same:  How does a Chief Supply Chain Officer deliver the breakthrough competitive advantage promised by technology? —– […]

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The African Century

by Kevin O'Marah  |  July 7, 2010

The African Century Ghana 2 – USA 1.  The score sent us packing from the World Cup recently but it points to a win that is much more important for anyone with the gumption to look at Africa as the growth engine of the 21st century.  I’ve written about this before and heard plenty of […]

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Supply Chain Top 25 – initial feedback

by Kevin O'Marah  |  June 18, 2010

Top 25 debate: What about retailers? Where are the Europeans? What is excellence in Supply Chain anyhow?

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