Category Archives: Supply Chain Innovation

Creative Destruction and Business Relationships

In previous blogs I have argued that better and more collaborative relationships with your business partners are a relatively untapped source of competitive advantage.  If this is the case, why would we need to consider bringing a close and collaborative … Continue reading

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Goldilocks and the KPIs

Can we go too hard in measuring our service providers?  Performance measurement of service providers is a very fraught subject and challenges companies to find their ‘Goldilocks’ zone where performance measures fall neatly between too much measurement and not enough … Continue reading

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Why Collaborating with Sub-1st tier Suppliers (and Customers) Makes Sense

Smart Supply Chain Managers know that it is important to monitor what is happening with their supply chain partners.  The big question is which partners should they monitor? It is tempting to use Vilfredo Pareto’s principle and focus on the … Continue reading

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Should Supply Chain Practitioners be Embracing Failure?

Could failure be a good thing for your business? Is there a different attitude in business towards failure in say new product introductions (rewards for good tries) and sourcing strategies (we don’t pay you to be creative!).  Does this lead … Continue reading

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