Don’t Let the Old Horse Die

By Lora Cecere
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Sales and operations alignment. It is the promise. For many this seems like an old horse to ride. It is tough because operations and commercial teams are not naturally aligned, and the implementation of an S&OP process is not a quick fix.

The processes of S&OP are now over 35 years in evolution. In many ways, they are quite different, and in many they are the same. Let me explain.

What Is Different?

They are different because in today’s organization, there is not one S&OP process.… READ MORE

Common CAPA Pitfalls

By Mary McAtee
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One quality process that every company has but few are truly comfortable with is their Corrective and Preventive Action Program. People view it like the in-law that protocol demands you invite to Thanksgiving Dinner that no one really wants to deal with who doesn’t know when to leave. The biggest issue seems to be consensus about when and why to create CAPA’s. Another inhibitor of effectiveness appears to be how CAPA’s are viewed by senior management.

In the case of when and why I have a less is more philosophy.… READ MORE

How CPOs deploy Supply Chain Analytics

By Alexander Bender
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We recently described how Supplier Risk is changing the role of the Chief Procurement Officer(CPO), and provided reasons why CPOs today do more than just negotiating good deals and tracking supplier performance.

These include global sourcing and the growing impact of supply disruptions which require new skills. Foremost is the ability to collaborate both externally with a diverse supplier base that is required to perform at a higher level and internally with other supply chain stakeholders. In effect, CPOs become responsible to ensure the supply side of their company.… READ MORE

Easiest Diet Plan Ever

Disclaimer: Do not get your health advice from cartoonists. This blog is for entertainment only. If you see something here that interests you, please do your own research or talk to someone who actually knows things.

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Here's the easiest diet plan of all time: Eat as much healthy protein as you can.

That's the entire plan.

Okay, your brain just came up with several reasons why this plan is dumb and incomplete. Allow me to anticipate those objections and address them.… READ MORE

ISIS Strategies

Warning: This blog is written for a rational audience that likes to have fun wrestling with unique or controversial points of view. It is written in a style that can easily be confused as advocacy for one sort of unpleasantness or another. It is not intended to change anyone's beliefs or actions. If you quote from this post or link to it, which you are welcome to do, please take responsibility for whatever happens if you mismatch the audience and the content.… READ MORE

Quality Management Software Tools: An Evolution

By Mary McAtee
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It’s the end of summer and Labor Day is rapidly approaching. Many folks are squeezing in that last drop of vacation time before the kids head back to school. In that vacation mindset, let’s take a little lighter look at the quality profession.

Recently, I have found myself trying to distill the experience of working as a dedicated resource to implement CompliantPro, one of our quality management solutions. That resulted in me doing some math and discovering that just narrowing the conversation to the five most senior analysts and implementers involved almost a century of experience.… READ MORE

Israel and Hamas

Warning: This blog is written for a rational audience that likes to have fun wrestling with unique or controversial points of view. It is written in a style that can easily be confused as advocacy for one sort of unpleasantness or another. It is not intended to change anyone's beliefs or actions. If you quote from this post or link to it, which you are welcome to do, please take responsibility for whatever happens if you mismatch the audience and the content.… READ MORE

What’s up with housing?

By Jeff Speakes

Housing is traditionally a very volatile sector of the economy. It tends to lead the business sector (indeed, some economists like Ed Leamer of the UCLA Forecasting Group say that housing IS the business cycle). Housing is subject to booms and busts. A case in point is the major housing boom of the early and mid 2000s, that ended up as a major bust between 2006 and 2010. The boom was marked by a huge run-up in housing prices and substantial over-building.… READ MORE

New Books for Your Bookshelf

By Lora cecere
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This year, we will publish two new books: Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and The Shaman’s Journal. We are adding these two new books for your bookshelf to stand beside Bricks Matter which published in December, 2012. In 2015, it is our goal to publish another new book, Lessons in Supply Chain Leadership. Each book takes a new twist on the old topic of supply chain excellence. It is our goal to publish meaningful books for the supply chain leadership team.… READ MORE

Creativity Hack

Here are four well-known ways to boost creativity:

1. Work near crowd noise, such as in a coffee shop.

2. Take a walk (alone)

3. Drive a car to a familiar destination (alone)

4. Take a shower (yeah, alone)

I've experimented extensively with all four methods and I can report that doing any one of those activities has a huge and immediate impact on my quality and volume of ideas. This is purely anecdotal, but the impact on idea flow is so immediate and dramatic that something good is clearly happening.… READ MORE

When a Distribution Center Makes Sense

By Jon Schriebfeder

Last week we received an inquiry asking when it makes sense to set up a regional distribution center rather than having suppliers deliver all products directly to the branch or warehouse that will sell them. Distributing products from a central company location generally makes sense when one of the following situations exists:

• Your vendor requires you to place large overall orders for their products. For example, you might have to order full truckloads or containers from the vendor while your individual branches or warehouses don’t sell large volumes of these products.… READ MORE