Browsing: Supply Chain Management

Earlier in the week as I was doing my morning read of Supply Chain related news, I ran across three+ articles that all seemed to coalesce in my brain.  First, “Why Don’t People think Supply Chain is Sexy?” where the author tries to convince us why it is just that.  While I agree with everything he said, when he started to talk about information, systems, data sources, big data, etc., he lost me on the sexy part. Next, I picked up several articles on the United Parcel Service (UPS – Fortune 50) acquisition of Coyote Logistics for $1.8 billion.  Coyote is a Chicago based 3rd party logistics company which matches cargo that needs shipping with truckers who have capacity. Today, Coyote arranges shipments through a…

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Materials managers, buyers, transportation coordinators, category managers, product engineers, suppliers, quality controllers, etc. all make up this mysterious world of Supply Chain. If you look at that list and think that one role is more important or more critical than another, then think again. Would it surprise you to learn that a 57 – cent part may have been the cause of GM’s recall crisis?

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As we are working “in the weeds”, every day, we often lose sight of how critical our function is. We, at The Mpower Group, do a lot of Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Management training as one of our service offerings because WE KNOW the value of a strong Supply Chain. I guess it has just taken the rest of the world a little time to catch up . . . . . .

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As I was looking through my normal round of websites this morning, an article caught my attention on mycustomer.com. The article was called “B2B Firms Reaping Supply Chain Benefits from Social Media” by Natalie Brandweiner. This article discusses how B2B firms need to leverage social media to support their supply chain. Being a B2B marketing professional supporting a sourcing/supply chain consultancy, I have found leveraging social media to be an interesting process.

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A question that has been asked repeatedly after my last post is related to asking the right questions so I thought that instead of responding individually, I would use this week’s blog post to respond to it. Those that have been through the Decision Making or Change Management training with The Mpower Group may well remember the experiential learning simulation called Lutts and Mipps. In essence, teams are handed lots of answers related to a classic time/distance/speed problem. The only challenge is dealing with Lutts and Mipps instead of miles and hours to put the participants in a different context. In addition, the teams are provided with way more information than they need. The challenge is in identifying that they were given two of the…

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