The Many Questions Supply Chain Managers Are Asked to Answer

The following are questions customers typically ask supply chain managers: “Why is it taking you so long to deliver my order?” “When will you deliver?” “How many of the items we ordered will you deliver today?” “How much of an item do you have available?” “Your items didn’t meet our specs; when will you replaceContinue reading “The Many Questions Supply Chain Managers Are Asked to Answer”

Problems are Doorways to Opportunities

Since the start of 2021, semiconductor chips, which are used in cars, trucks, computers, and smart-phones, have been in short supply.  Supply has been so short that automotive companies have shut down assembly lines and consumer electronics corporations have delayed roll-outs of new products.  Bloomberg reported in its September 22, 2021 Supply Lines newsletter thatContinue reading “Problems are Doorways to Opportunities”

Why We Need to Define the Bigger Problem*

When Apollo 13 astronauts reported an explosion on their space module, NASA’s Houston Mission Control contemplated on continuing the mission and land on the moon.  It was only when NASA realized that the problems were life-threatening that it was decided to abort the mission and to have the astronauts return to Earth safely.  We tendContinue reading “Why We Need to Define the Bigger Problem*”

The Feasibility Study Ends with a Plan, Not A Solution

The feasibility study consists of the following steps: Defining the Problem Brainstorming Possible Solutions Developing Criteria for the Solution Evaluation and Selection of the Solution Assessing the Solution’s Practicality and Benefits Making a Plan It starts with defining the problem.  It ends with a plan. A lot of people make the mistake of ending aContinue reading “The Feasibility Study Ends with a Plan, Not A Solution”