We Need to Talk: the Role of Dialogue in Future Information Exchanges

Supply chain visibility, when this article was written in late 2010, faced several serious challenges to implement. One of those challenges is the need to exchange data while ensuring a common meaning for the data elements. This is part of the visibility framework (see link here), which means any supply chain visibility practice must overcome this challenge. In the following …

The Coming Dominance of Information

The four processes underlying the visibility framework are information-managing steps. Each process increases either the quantity or value of information, until that information interrupts a decision to result in a different and better future for the supply chain. For this reason, supply chain visibility is often tied in our minds to supply chain technology or software. In their sleepless nights, supply chain …

Tailoring Supply Chain Visibility to Cooperative Term Length

In another post last month I mentioned that the supply chain is an information economy, where information is created, valued, and exchanged. In that blog post I also discussed the impact supply chain governance has on the information economy, particularly information asymmetry and value-sharing. Josh Bryan, an artificial intelligence researcher and long-time friend, had feedback on the post which prompted me to create …

Why Define Everything

One piece of feedback that I heard when starting this blog back in 2009 was that the articles in this site spend too much time defining concepts. At face value, it’s a fair critique and one I took seriously. In this post I look at why definitions in supply chain management are so often the focus of our energy, compared …

Supply Chain Visibility & Artificial Intelligence

As some of the other articles on the site have discussed, I feel that there is a coming dominance of information over the purely material-management aspects of supply chains. And, at other times, I’ve mentioned my belief that artificial intelligence will play a major role in the shift. In this article I’m highlighting specifics behind that belief. The distinguishing line …

From Peak Oil to Peak Child

As a supply chain manager I spent the majority of 2007 focused on fuel costs. In that year, crude oil rose from around $50 to $150. Direct oil consumers were hit hardest, and for me this particularly included a transport budget that was predicated on $50-per-barrel oil. That was a hard, sobering year. As the price of oil mounted, companies …

Five Exercises in Long Term Thinking

Long term thinking is a skill of immense value, both in business and personal contexts. As a long term thinker, I am always interested in what could occur in the future, its consequence, and how that possibility can or should shape my present decision making. But how to think effective about the long term? In this article I will outline …

2014 is a special year for supply chain technology… or maybe not

This is a short article to address the over-hyping of tech changes in the field of supply chain management. Anyone who follows my other articles, my blog, or has spoken with me personally, knows that I’m an avid technologist. But, that said, its worth stepping back and thinking critically about how special the current phase of tech development & rollout …

Other Blogs & Sites

My Favorite Blogs and Professional Organizations: Supply Chain Council (https://supply-chain.org/) Husdal on supply chain risk (http://www.husdal.com/#) Retail Systems Research (http://www.rsrresearch.com/) Supply Chain Asia (http://www.supplychainasia.org/) Supply Chain Management Blog (http://www.scmblog.com/) Logistics Viewpoints (http://logisticsviewpoints.com/) Talking Logistics (http://talkinglogistics.com/) Eye for Transport (http://www.eft.com/) Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (http://cscmp.org/) Supply Chain Shaman (http://www.supplychainshaman.com/)

Best Practices vs. Thought Leadership

One of the questions I had when deciding to start a supply chain visibility blog was whether it would cater more to thought leadership or best practices. In industry, we hear these two terms used together, if not synonymously then at least as partial alternatives. Below I try to define each one within the supply chain context and then discuss …