Lessons in Cambodian Silk Supply Chains

Lead Change Blog

She’s just your ‘average’ 20-something creating an international supply chain in the fashion industry, and succeeding. Posted in Community Involvement Light Your World [link] Marcelia Muehlke, one of the great young entrepreneurs I get to hang out with.

Lessons in Cambodian Silk Supply Chains

Mills Scofield

She''s just your ''average'' 20- something creating an international supply chain in the fashion industry, and succeeding. That lack of options means little competition which is tempting but also gave me pause – was it possible to build the kind of supply chain I was imagining?

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Using the Power of Supply Chains to End Sexual Harassment

Harvard Business Review

Among the recommendations we offer, one in particular is salient to businesses: supply-chain reform. ” She continues: “Since 2013, two incidents of sexual harassment have been identified. Supply chain Gender Labor Digital Article

McDonald’s and the Challenges of a Modern Supply Chain

Harvard Business Review

Part of this story relates to the provenance, or origins, of its products: Chains that provide more upmarket “fast casual” dining such as Panera, Chipotle, and Shake Shack have brands that speak of freshness, health, and trustworthy sourcing.

Morning Advantage: A Supply Chain Solution to an Age-Old Problem

Harvard Business Review

Here in the Guardian , two business professors offer a practical solution to all three problems using developing nations’ supply chains. The consumer-goods supply chain typically moves from large Western or indigenous manufacturers to distributors to wholesalers to family-owned shops and finally to micro-retailers selling from carts or by the roadside.

Motivate with a Memorable “Vision Phrase” that Matters

Michael Lee Stallard

Another example is Zach Freeman, a 2013 graduate of TCU’s Neeley Business School with degrees in supply chain management and entrepreneurial management, who founded Veterans Moving America, a “values-based company” that strictly hires American veterans to do residential moving work.

How Can We Increase the Number of Women on Corporate Boards?

Women on Business

” Grace Lieblein, Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors. And it’s not a supply problem with respect to board-ready women. NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: Consider this–women hold approximately 16% of board seats in the United States, 7.2%

Interview: Leading Organizational Change from the Middle

Change Starts Here

In 2011, I was interviewed for the Supply Chain Expert Community blog on the topic of Leading Organizational Change from the Middle.

Three Things Strategy is NOT

LDRLB

In that case, every element of the supply-chain needs to be managed properly to reduce costs as much as possible. Do you know what your organization’s strategy is? Do you really know?

Using smart goals and data-driven assessment

Lead on Purpose

studies marketing and supply chain management at the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis, IN. Smart goals and data-driven assessment help employees and managers map career advancement – Guest post by Danielle M. Employees may start angling for a merit increase after a certain amount of time on the job, but discussions about advancement can get uncomfortable — and frustrating — if metrics are left out of the equation.

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Salty to Sweet: The Transformation of Mount Franklin Foods

Change Starts Here

So, in August the Transformation Team divided into Theme Teams that were responsible for achieving all the objectives in each strategic theme: new products, sales, quality, supply chain execution, and organization. This article is also available as a 1-page pdf document.

Lessons from Amazonian Culture and Ecology for Talent Management

Mills Scofield

We’ve built our entire supply chain from the ground up and are the first to introduce guayusa to international markets. Tyler Gage and Dan MacCombie are the founders of one of my favorite startups ever, Runa. We drink the tea in our home all the time.

The First Step to Fixing U.S. Manufacturing

Harvard Business Review

In fact, MGI analysis of financial data shows that large publicly traded US manufacturing firms, most of them multinationals with revenues greater than $500 million, averaged returns on invested capital of 22% from 1997 to 2013. carmakers than for their Asian counterparts, and may accumulate with each tier of the supply chain. Manufacturing Supply chain Manufacturing Digital Articlekevin phillips/Getty Images.

McDonald’s Already Knows How to Manage Its Franchisee Labor Practices

Harvard Business Review

But McDonald’s is already going through great lengths to ensure good working conditions in the other direction in its value chain. Its sustainable supply chain program employs staff around the world to strengthen sustainability and working conditions in the operations of McDonald’s suppliers — also independent entities over which McDonald’s ostensibly has little control. Disclosure: I have served as a judge for its Best of Sustainable Supply awards.).

The Three Most Innovative Companies of 2013

Harvard Business Review

Its core e-retailing model, with its hyper-efficient supply chain, turned the retail world on its head. One can naturally debate any system that seeks to crown the world’s most innovative companies. Boston Consulting Group’s list, which relies heavily on surveys asking senior executives to name the companies they perceive to be innovative, risks succumbing to the halo effect, where generally successful companies are assumed to be good at everything.

Research: Why Companies Keep Getting Blind-Sided by Risk

Harvard Business Review

Yet three quarters of the 195 large companies surveyed recently by APQC got hit by an unexpected major supply chain disruption in the last 24 months. It''s likely that the push to protect profits during the recession made matters even more difficult for supply chain operators.

Nuclear Power is Clean, Safe, and Reliable… But Can It Be Competitive?

Strategy Driven

Since 2013, utility executives have announced the early retirement of twelve reactors and Wall Street estimates reveal another dozen to be at risk; raising the question: Can nuclear plants be operated competitively in today’s market? For over 30 years, U.S.

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Use Tension and Conflict to Create Breakthrough Products

Harvard Business Review

Process Innovation: Supply Chain. Toyota''s North American Parts Organization, an auto parts distribution division serving 1,200 retailers, accomplished a similarly impossible mission not long ago in their supply chain processes.

Why Apple Has to Become More Open

Harvard Business Review

In terms of its supply chain partners, Apple itself has huge transparency and visibility. True, this visibility has not extended to the rest of the world, but in this age of transparency Apple can no longer keep its supply chain practices secret.

A Business Model for Bangladesh

Harvard Business Review

The true solution, we think, lies in understanding the changed nature of modern supply chains and identifying new business models better suited for managing them.

Accelerate Your Start-Up with Fortune 500 Allies

Harvard Business Review

Phil’s story fits into a pattern I heard over and over again as I interviewed successful food entrepreneurs for my book, Cooking Up a Business , and is indicative of a larger startup tactic: identifying empowerment players on both ends of your supply chain. Look at your supply chain, whether it’s goods, services, software, cloud space. Now that you’ve secured your supplies, it’s time to look upstream for customers. Meet Phil.

Timberland’s CEO on Deciding to Engage with Angry Activists

Harvard Business Review

The lack of traceability in our materials supply chain is almost archaic. What would make it impossible, they said, was if the companies further up the supply chain—the cattle ranchers and the slaughterhouses—were unwilling to go along with it.

Operational Excellence, Meet Customer Intimacy

Harvard Business Review

Consider Tesco , one of the world's largest retailers with over 500,000 employees, which has spent the last three decades improving its supply chain processes, and the last two decades collecting and analyzing customer data. In the 80s and 90s,Tesco modernized its supply chain, introducing point-of-sale scanners, centralizing and/or automating ordering, distribution and warehouse control, and establishing electronic data exchange with its main suppliers.

The Problem with Procurement

Harvard Business Review

Back in 1983, in a Harvard Business Review article , Peter Kralijc called for the procurement function to take on a larger and more strategic role in managing the supply chain.

Make Your Organization Anti-Fragile

Harvard Business Review

retailer, spent the last three decades improving its supply chain processes, and designing and launching a series of services, including smaller local convenience stores and online shopping. Many large, successful organizations are more fragile than they seem. They break under stress.

What happens when business as usual is impossible?

Coaching Tip

But when there’s that hiccup in the supply chain, they’d better have multiple contingencies in place, or work stops.” Related articles 2013 Business Resolutions After Sandy, Lower Manhattan Limps Back to Life.

Scan for the 3 key ingredients of trends to survive in the Expectation Economy

Strategy Driven

Patagonia is spreading expectations around supply chain transparency. Max also oversaw the TW:IN trend spotter network until 2013, hosting meetups everywhere from Johannesburg to Manila.

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Don't Neglect Your Power to Bring People Together

Harvard Business Review

She also met with people from procurement and others in the supply chain organization to pull together a consolidated picture of the costs.

Why Apple Has to Become More Open

Harvard Business Review

In terms of its supply chain partners, Apple itself has huge transparency and visibility. True, this visibility has not extended to the rest of the world, but in this age of transparency Apple can no longer keep its supply chain practices secret.

What Value Creation Will Look Like in the Future

Harvard Business Review

The value chain will supplant the supply chain. Organizations have nearly perfected implementing the industrial model of managing work — the effort applied toward completing a task. For individuals, this model ensures that we know what we''re supposed to do each day.

Keeping Work Organized when Your Team Is Fragmented

Harvard Business Review

Many retailers' supply chains stretch overseas and involve many steps and players. As Charlie Kantz, Vice President Supply Chain with Lighthouse Consulting, told me, many companies lack visibility into, and control over, their products as they move through the pipeline.

A Better Way to Tackle All That Data

Harvard Business Review

Expect to see machine learning used to train supply chain systems, predict weather, spot fraud, and especially in customer experience management, to help decide what variables and context matter for customer response to marketing.

How Can Big Data and Analytics Spur Innovation in New Markets?

Harvard Business Review

In Asia, the applications are endless: Forecasting the revenues of a new business unit; pinpointing bottlenecks in the regional supply chain; even searching for niches in unwieldy consumer markets. Big Data and Analytics could be the twin forces driving innovation in Asia—one provides information while the other sifts through it for precious insight.

China’s Economy, in Six Charts

Harvard Business Review

China’s growth has come largely from a rising labor supply and rapid capital accumulation. That growth was driven largely by the increased use of information technology in customer analysis and supply chain optimization. China’s economy has entered a critical phase.

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Customer Intimacy, Meet Operational Excellence

Harvard Business Review

I described in an earlier post how Tesco worked for years to improve its supply chain capabilities, then leveraged this value by using deeper customer knowledge to enrich customer experiences.

The Global Rise of Female Entrepreneurs

Harvard Business Review

Coca-Cola sees five thousand women entrepreneurs as part of its global supply chain by 2020. Women''s entrepreneurship has hit a media tipping point.

The Real Power of Enterprise Social Media Platforms

Harvard Business Review

More humbly, incompatible communications networks and a less-than-proactive IT department drove a company''s supply chain and procurement teams to use LinkedIns, private Tweets and cut-and-paste Sharepoints to quickly coordinate go-to-market product changes with key vendors.

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Where Are the Ray Krocs of the Social Sector?

Harvard Business Review

That's what Ray Kroc did: He franchised a McDonald's, bought the company, and grew it to the largest restaurant chain in the world, with over 31,000 locations today, 80 percent of which are franchised.

The Downside of Health Care Job Growth

Harvard Business Review

Demand and supply are not growing in tandem: from 2002 to 2012, inpatient days per capita decreased by 12% while the workforce in hospitals grew by 11%. To reverse the decline in health care labor productivity, we must transform the system both on the supply and on the demand side.

The Real Reason Organizations Resist Analytics

Harvard Business Review

For example, an Asia-based supply chain manager can discover that the remarkably inexpensive subassembly he's successfully procured typically leads to the most complex, time-consuming and expensive in-field repairs. Of course, engineering design and test should be held accountable, but more sophisticated data-driven analytics makes the cost-driven, compliance-oriented supply chain employee culpable, as well.

The Get-Big-Quick Fallacy

Harvard Business Review

The company''s efficient supply chain made individual transactions profitable, even at low price points. Is it better for a start-up to purse profitability initially, or go for growth?

The Rise of the Nano-Multinational

Harvard Business Review

Small and medium-sized enterprises — SMEs — have long been recognized for their vital role in creating jobs and supporting supply chains in national economies. In the traditional view of the global economy, SMEs are seen acting merely as suppliers to multinational companies, allowing these giant shakers of the global economy to build complex value chains cutting across many countries.