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9 Powerful Ways to Lead by Example

There are few things more infuriating than a hypocritical leader.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are few things more infuriating than a hypocritical leader. We all know the boss who regularly leaves the office early for personal plans, but demands …

Self-help

7 Supply Chain Lessons from Steve Jobs

Apple Inc is regarded as the best company in the world for its cutting-edge supply chain management practices. What's the secret behind its success? …

The Innovator’s Dilemma: How Does it Apply to Supply Chain? | The 21st Century Supply Chain

It has been said that the business book that most influenced Steve Jobs was ‘The Innovator’s Dilemma’. Considering the success Jobs experienced in …

Are We Driving Value in Value Chains?

The practice of supply chain management is relatively new. The term was coined in 1982. In the last fifteen years, academic programs evolved. Most supply chain programs report through a Business School. Today, there are over 200 programs globally. Educational opportunities are more available in …

Is Apple Supply Chain Really the No. 1? A Case Study

Everything about Apple Inc is the talk of the town. For example, the new iPad, iPhone, Apple Map or even the environmental and labor issues at its …

Using Supply Chains to Grow Your Business

Until a few years ago Steve Cronce’s Raphael Industries did $1 million dollars a year of specialized industrial painting for customers within driving distance of their plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. One of them happened to be GE Healthcare, which sent Raphael “dead” X-Ray tube parts for re-coating …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Top 10 tips to achieve a lean supply chain

<i>Denise Oakley, international marketing director,</i> <i>GXS</i><p>Achieving a lean supply chain is about eliminating co-ordination waste, not just stock, from every …

Lego adopts new supply strategy to stay on top

You might think of Lego as a perennial, and by several measures it clearly is. The 81-year-old Danish brickmaker is now the world's No. 2 toy company behind Mattel, and it cranks out roughly 36 billion plastic elements annually.<p>It's minifigures are expected to outnumber earthlings by the year 2019. …

Lego

7 Supply Chain Lessons from Steve Jobs - Supply Chain 24/7

This article will explain to you what we can learn from the co-founder of the company.<p><b>Apple Inside Nutshell</b><br>It goes without saying that Apple Inc is …

Inventory Optimization: Five Steps to Improve Process Effectiveness

Amidst the recent continued economic volatility, C-level executives’ focus has shifted from revenue growth to profitable growth, and hence global …

Do You Have a Capacity Problem or Flow Problem?

"Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint the exact root cause of a problem," writes Adam Hillsamer of Arnett Hospital in Indiana, "especially when one is …

Indiana University

How agile is your supply chain?

Our research shows that ten operating practices are tied to higher service levels and lower inventory costs.<p><b>What would it take</b> for manufacturing …

Manufacturing

Keep It Simple: Value Stream Map at the Gemba

I remember a project where I helped facilitate problem solving teams at a small manufacturing company. One team was working on coming up with new …

Project Management

Hoshin Kanri: Creating a Strategy Deployment Plan That Gets Results

How to Measure Value

A much harder thing to measure but a nut worth cracking. Understanding what matters to customers and then knowing if they were able to achieve this …

Doing Lean Versus Becoming Lean

We live in a world where organizations address opportunities for improvement by rolling out programs. These programs are defined, deployed, and …

The Greatness of Apple and the Paradox of Agility

This week Apple yet again announced amazing growth, profitability and cash flow figures for its most recent quarter. Public perception of the company centres on innovation. The iconic images featured in its marketing suggest freedom, independence and personal expression. Its defining public …

Five Steps For The Supply Chain Leader To Take To Improve Value

The supply chain organization directly controls 70-85% of the costs of a manufacturing organization. They wear the cost improvement agenda like a preacher wears vestments. It is omnipresent. Central to all process discussions, cost management and supply chain are tightly coupled. With rising …

Manufacturing

A Smarter Way to Run a Supply Chain

When Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk proclaims that artificial intelligence is “our biggest existential threat,” it makes headlines worldwide. But what …

Artificial Intelligence

Supply Chain Visibility Critical for Seeing the True Cost, Sustainability of Our Products

Image credit: Citizen Group<p>Related:<p>As <b>Sustainable Brands</b> marks its 10th anniversary, many of us find ourselves in a reflective mood. We can recall the …

Sustainability

Amazon And Alibaba Bet The Future On Supply Chain Management: eRetailers Invest Big In Logistics

The world’s largest retailers are planning to not only grow into the world’s biggest logistics companies, but to completely revolutionize the industry. Both Amazon and Alibaba have recently made significant investments to their supply chain capabilities and in the not distant future they will soon …

eCommerce

Making Manufacturing Sustainable – Starting with Our Supply Chain

With Earth day right around the corner, I thought this would be a good time to discuss Cisco’s role in sustainability. We are proud to share that we have been awarded the 2016 Climate Leadership Award from the EPA for our work making our supply chain more sustainable. At Cisco we’re not only energy …

Five Steps to Align Business Strategy With Supply Chain Capabilities

Chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) must link business strategy with supply chain segmentation and functional capabilities, however, in reality few …

12 Powerful Inventory Reduction Tips to Free Up Cash

Inventory Reduction Tips<p>Inventory reduction is one of the key goals for most businesses. In this article I have outlined 12 tried and test tips which …

Lean Innovation at Amazon

by Geovanny Romero<p><b>Jeff Bezos</b>, always had the spirit of lean management, since the day that he created <b>Amazon</b>. He has been totally customer-centric. …

Constructing Teams starts with Standard Work

When I use the SALES SDCA approach in Lean Marketing, I emphasize the use of sales and marketing teams. It is one of the underlying principles that …

Kanban dos and don’ts

An Infographic I did for my team when we introduced a kanban for team work. Not necessarily correctly, or usefully, but there it is anyway blocking …

Standard Work in Lean Services

<i>Standard Work is a big part of Lean. But there seems to be a lot of confusion about that in services. Can Standard Work still be a part for the</i> …