Why Enterprises Need A Chief Supply Chain Officer

“Behind every great leader there was an even greater logistician.” -M. Cox On a trip to Saudi Arabia in 1990 at the start of preparations preceding Desert Storm, the American-led military operation to take back Kuwait from invading Iraqi forces, United States Air Force General Chuck Horner was granted only one companion to accompany him. Continue reading “Why Enterprises Need A Chief Supply Chain Officer”

Four (4) Supply Chain Scenarios and What to Do When They Change

We don’t know when it’s going to rain.  So, we build dams.  Dams are reservoirs, inventories of fresh water.  Having a reservoir assures an adequate supply of water to meet the continuous demand of communities.  Supply chain managers face a myriad of challenges in their operations.  But one can categorise some of these challenges whenContinue reading “Four (4) Supply Chain Scenarios and What to Do When They Change”

What Is the Right Supply Chain Model for New Products?

A lot has to get done when it comes to launching a new product.  Aside from marketing and selling, enterprise executives need to know how much to make, how much to stock, and how they’ll spread that stock.  If the new product is replacing an older one, the enterprise would need to figure out whatContinue reading “What Is the Right Supply Chain Model for New Products?”

How Control Charts Can Help Get Things Done Correctly and Consistently

How can enterprises better control their supply chains?  How does one know if the supply chain is under control in the first place? A soy sauce manufacturer bragged about its wonderful customer service numbers.  The manufacturer showed charts that it was delivering 98% of orders on-time and complete.  There was no problem with quality asContinue reading “How Control Charts Can Help Get Things Done Correctly and Consistently”

The Basics of Supply Chain Mapping

A map is a visual representation.  In the context of supply chains, it describes the flow of operations and/or information pertaining to the procurement, transformation, and logistics of products and services.  To put it another way, it’s a visual aid that shows what a supply chain looks like and how it functions.  The simplest wayContinue reading “The Basics of Supply Chain Mapping”

Twelve (12) Things Supply Chain Engineers Do for Enterprises

Supply Chain Engineers (SCE’s) are much like any other engineer.  Just as engineers design, build, and install structures and systems, SCE’s do the same specifically for supply chains.  Supply chain engineers shape the networks, processes, and systems that underlie product and service streams.  Their projects are either big and small.  Project scopes can range fromContinue reading “Twelve (12) Things Supply Chain Engineers Do for Enterprises”

Supply Chains are All About Flow

Supply chains are about flow:  the movement of product from one stage to the next, from a starting point—a source—to an endpoint—a user.            We call them product streams, demand flows, pipelines.  But supply chains are hardly these as streams and pipelines imply a single fluid in motion.  What flows in a supply chain isContinue reading “Supply Chains are All About Flow”

A Letter to All Industrial Engineers: Time to Rise Up

Dear Industrial Engineer:           I come to you as a fellow Industrial Engineer (IE) with a message.           It’s time for us to rise up.           For years, or should I say decades, Industrial Engineering (IE) has been an un-recognized engineering discipline.            Many engineers—e.g. civil, mechanical, chemical, electrical—look at us as fakes.            IndustrialContinue reading “A Letter to All Industrial Engineers: Time to Rise Up”

The World Needs Supply Chain Engineers

Not leaders.  Not managers.  Not business executives.  We have plenty of leaders, both real and wannabes.  Managers and executives too; we have enough.  We need supply chain engineers.  The global supply chain is a present-day 21st-century reality.  We get much of our goods from all over the world.  We buy shoes from Europe to sellContinue reading “The World Needs Supply Chain Engineers”

Where are the Supply Chain Experts?

Supply chain managers are noticeably invisible amid the COVID-19 crisis. There have been no supply chain executives standing beside national leaders as they made speeches and announcements. There have been rarely any interviews with supply chain experts about how to deal with shortages of food and difficulties in transportation.  If there were, much of whateverContinue reading “Where are the Supply Chain Experts?”