Author Archive for Steve Banker

Closing the Gap Between Planning and Execution

Closing the gap between planning and execution is a long-term concern of supply chain executives. It is not easy to do. New thinking is emerging to help in this area. Sales & Operations Execution (S&OE) is emerging as a new discipline in this area.

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Coronavirus Impacts Global High-tech Supply Chains

Global hi-tech companies are struggling with the impact of the coronavirus. While the mortality rate at 2 percent does not sound like it should shut down global supply chains, 25 percent of those infected end up in intensive care. The high-tech industry is impacted particularly hard because so much of their contract manufacturing resides in China and they run JIT supply chains.

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TireHub Demonstrates the Success of the Amazon Business Model in B2B

TireHub is working to transform the tire distribution industry. They are using digital, supply chain technologies, to create on service excellence. Interestingly, the company was formed by two competitors – Goodyear and Bridgestone.

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The Retail Supply Chain Revolution

There is a revolution in retail supply chains. The rapid growth in ecommerce is driving technological innovation and experimentation at an uprecedented rate.

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The ROI of Trade Compliance

What is the return on investment (ROI) associated with trade compliance? If compliance is understood as the chance that company might have to pay a hefty fine for noncompliance, then statistically, there is no ROI associated with compliance. You might think that would make it tough to sell this type of software. You’d be wrong. Almost no one must pay penalties for noncompliance in trade. Let’s take the example of global trade compliance (GTC) solutions […]

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US Production Execs Support Increased Tariffs Despite the Risks of Recession

When you read business magazines, it is easy to get the impression that business executives are overwhelmingly opposed to increasing tariffs. When it comes to US manufacturing executives, that is not true. A majority of manufacturing executives believe that a global recession is likely in 2020 (61%) and that an extended trade war would likely lead to a global recession (70%). Despite this, more execs support tough trade policies than oppose them.

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What Global Risks are Increasing In 2020?

The big event in Davos Switzerland is about to occur.  Watching leading business executives prance around and pose is unseemly. But one good thing that comes out of this event is a Global Risks Report produced by the World Economic Forum. This report serves as a centerpiece for the themes addressed at the event.

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The Self-Healing Supply Chain

A “self-healing” supply chain needs to be based on a robust supply chain digital twin model that is updated with near real-time alerts.

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A Supply Chain Planning Model is a Digital Twin: Is This Just Hype?

Isn’t any model not based on paper and pencil a digital twin? What value does it add to call a supply planning model a digital twin? I thought it was hype. Supply chain planning executives disagree.

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SAP and Oracle vs. The Best of Breeds: Lessons from the Supply Chain Planning Market

Oracle and SAP are the two largest suppliers of enterprise applications are also leaders in the supply chain planning (SCP) market, but the leadership is being contested. Their arguements for why customers should choose their planning solution go beyond their applications functionality. Interestingly, over time most enterprise applications markets consolidate. This is not happening in the SCP market.

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