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Matthew Davis
Research Director
3 years at Gartner
12 years IT Industry

Matt Davis is a Supply Chain Research Director and lead analyst for Supply Chain Strategy. Read Full Bio

On-Demand Supply Chain Webinars

by Matt Davis  |  August 21, 2013

 “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

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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One Month Until Gartner Supply Chain Exec Conference in Melbourne

by Matt Davis  |  July 8, 2013

As I look at this week’s 90+°F forecast with thunderstorms every afternoon, the thought of traveling to Melbourne for a mild winter break sounds awesome.  We are putting final touches on presentations and prepping our industry co-presenters currently and the content is going to be great.  This event is extra special for me because it […]

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

by Matt Davis  |  July 1, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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