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Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, For CXOs and VPs, For Supply Chain Automation and Property Groups, For Supply Chain Software Companies, Supply Chain Security

Can Suppliers Kill You By Their Inaction?

Let me tell a story. This is a very entertaining story, but that is not the reason I am telling it. It has even greater business value, especially for strategists, and senior executives. It shows how supply chain security irrevocably altered the fortunes of a company that was a global leader at one time in

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Business Transformation, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, For CXOs and VPs

How To Choose The Best Consultants For Your Project

Startling Statistics I came across a startling statistics which prompted a new line of thinking that I wanted to share – hence this article. Consider these statistics – over 70% of professionals would have worked as a consultant or will work as a consultant, at some point in their careers. In other words, if you

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Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For CEOs, For CXOs and VPs, For Managers and Analysts, Inventory Optimisation, Logistics & Freight Management, Supply Chain Execution, Supply Chain Management

What is the Most Effective Strategy to Massively Slash Shipping Freight Costs?

Freight costs reduction is almost always the last frontier in the cost reduction landscape. At the board level, most companies do not pay much attention to their external freight costs. These costs never get the attention they deserve because they are scattered all over the place, and generally out of sight. What if I told

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Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, For CXOs and VPs, Supply Chain Led Innovation

“The Start-ups’ Struggle” With Supply Chain – What is the Answer?

It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them. Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011), Business Week, May 25 1998 In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But

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Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, For CXOs and VPs

Unique Supply Chain Challenges of Oil & Gas Industry

One of the common problems cited by the boards and senior management is that the consultants they hire do not understand their unique challenges. This applies even more to large cookie cutter approach based consulting houses with thousands of consultants where the guys who have the knowledge are too senior to focus on a couple of clients, and the guys who have the time have little knowledge, or experience.

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Business Transformation, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, Logistics & Freight Management, Supply Chain Strategy

Amazon spent $28B in freight costs last year. How well are they using their advantage?

Someone asked me this question on a popular social platform. The subtext was this: What kind of discount do you think they’ve negotiated with the major carriers (UPS, FedEx, USPS, etc.)? I have over 12 years of operational experience and 23 years of commercial negotiation experience with freight companies on large scale global freight operations.

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Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, For CXOs and VPs

What We Can Learn About Supply Chain Security From One of the Shrewdest Pivots In Business History

Two stalwarts in the mobile phone industry in March 2000 were equally impacted by the same event – a lightning fire in the chip manufacturing plant of their common supplier, Philips, in New Mexico.

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Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, For CXOs and VPs, For Supply Chain Automation and Property Groups, For Supply Chain Software Companies, Green Supply Chains, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Supply Chain Led Innovation, Supply Chain Strategy

How Supply Chain Strategy Can Help You Resolve The Innovators’ Conundrum

This is a million dollar question for most companies – start-ups or conglomerates. A lot of time and money is wasted, either because the companies do not bother to ask this question in time, or try to answer it in the wrong way. Here is a story:

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Business Transformation, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, For CXOs and VPs, For Managers and Analysts, Supply Chain Security

The Trouble With Supply Chain Security

Most security professionals do not even know ABC of supply chains, and most supply chain professionals bother about only ABC of security.

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Business Strategy, Business Transformation, For CEOs, For Chairpersons and Boards, For CXOs and VPs, Supply Chain Strategy

Never Hire Management Consultants In These Situations

I need to tell a true story which is about 16 years old. Jon had just left the secure world of a senior role in a multi-billion dollar global corporation to accept the role of the CEO in a mid-size family-owned company. He had always been a go-getter, who had progressed fast in his previous

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