Archive for innovation

The Amazon Supply Chain: The Most Innovative in the World?

Is the Amazon supply chain the most innovative in the world?  A very strong argument can be made that it is just based on their activities of the last year.

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Amazon Innovates at Scale: Launching Prime Now in 111 Days

… innovating at scale at CSCMP’s annual conference last week. For Amazon this means innovating like a start-up but being able to bring to bear the scale and resources of a big company to support the kind of rapid innovation typical of startups.

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Forget Innovation, Just Execute Better

Have we reached the point where we should just focus on executing better with the systems and processes we have than chase the next technological or process innovation? Translation: There’s still plenty of juice to squeeze in the fruit we currently have, so why go pick more fruit when our hands are already full? This was one of the questions a longtime friend of mine (a Senior VP of Global Logistics) raised in a recent […]

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4 Important Factors to Consider When Evaluating 3PL Partners

I often get emails from logistics executives looking for help and advice on selecting a 3PL partner. A couple of weeks ago, for example, I received an email from someone asking if I had updated a framework I had developed several years ago to help companies evaluate 3PLs. The answer was no, but this person’s email got the wheels in my head turning: What are the most important factors to consider when evaluating and selecting […]

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3PLs and Software Vendors: Keep Innovating Your Business Models

Most of the time, when people talk about innovation in supply chain management and logistics, the focus is on technology (e.g., social and mobile) or business processes (e.g., same-day delivery and omni-channel fulfillment). But what about innovation in business models? Is there an opportunity for 3PLs and software vendors, for example, to innovate their business models to deliver greater value to clients, differentiate themselves from the competition and gain market share, and achieve greater financial […]

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Guest Commentary: Supply Chain Resilience, Agility, Efficiency and Innovation

During her welcome remarks at the 2012 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Conference in Atlanta, Nancy Nix, chair of the CSCMP board of directors, said that companies should judge the value of supply chains going forward by their resilience, agility, efficiency and innovation. This is a far cry from the traditional view of supply chains as a trade-off between costs and customer service. That got me thinking about what common thread might […]

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Try This Exercise With Your Supply Chain Team

Earlier this year, I made a simple request to a group of 25 supply chain executives: go online to a discussion forum I had created and post a question about a supply chain topic you would like to get feedback and ideas about from your peers. The question could be about a project or initiative they were working on, or about any industry topic that interested them. I gave them thirty days to ask one […]

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