Over the past two weeks I have had the pleasure of meeting with senior executives from a variety of companies in training situations where we could talk freely and discover opportunities within their businesses for improving their supply chains. SCC trainings—particularly in-house private trainings – take a practical, hands-on focus to supply chain improvement. Managers frequently leave the trainings with specific ideas and improvement programs laid out and ready to go. Continue reading
Late in 2010 I had the pleasure of an intense travel itinerary through Australia and New Zealand. There, I met hundreds of supply chain professionals who were interested in SCC and my presentation topic, “The New Reality” of Supply Chain Management, which is a compilation of the key trends that emerged from our recent Executive Summit. On a personal level, it was refreshing to be in the Southern Hemisphere in the summertime for once. Continue reading
I have a certain fondness for reading about mathematics. One topic that I find especially interesting concerns the “great unsolved problems” in mathematics. A good example is Fermat’s Last Theorem. Fermat conjectured that there are no whole-number solutions for the equation
an + bn = cn,
where a, b, c, and n are all integers. I don’t lay awake at night thinking about such problems, but it is interesting to read about the various strategies mathematicians have attempted as they struggled to solve these problems.
I think there are also a handful of “great unsolved problems” in Supply Chain process management which are very simple to state, painfully difficult to solve, and, if completely solved, would radically change the entire field. Continue reading