• “Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – Introduction

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | May 22, 2015
    One of my favorite (albeit tangential) questions that clients ask me is: “Are we allowed to have fun in business?” Considering how universal the command prohibiting emotion in business is, what is the right rule for friendship in business? Are we allowed to have true friends, friends where our emotions may actually overwhelm our objective business judgment? And what about that prohibition against emotion? Where does it come from? Is it correct? Is it a myth we’d be wise to bust...
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  • “Friends: It isn’t just business, it’s personal.” – Introduction

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | May 22, 2015
    One of my favorite (albeit tangential) questions that clients ask me is: “Are we allowed to have fun in business?” Considering how universal the command prohibiting emotion in business is, what is the right rule for friendship in business? Are we allowed to have true friends, friends where our emotions may actually overwhelm our objective business judgment? And what about that prohibition against emotion? Where does it come from? Is it correct? Is it a myth we’d be wise to bust...
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  • TRANSIT TIME: Standardize and Optimize Inbound Carrier Lead Time to Reduce Delivery Variability

    by Mike Starling | May 21, 2015
    This is Part 3 of a six-part series addressing ways that Transportation can be used to reduce Variability in the Supply Chain and contribute to Safety Stock reduction. FACT: There is a direct relationship between reducing safety stocks and reducing variability in the supply chain. PROBLEM: Inbound carriers’ standard lead times vary by carrier and mode from similar geographic shipping origins. EXAMPLE 1: Same Mode, Same Origin/Destination, but Different Carriers and Different Standard...
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  • In Praise of Perfection

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | May 20, 2015
    First thing, and you really must, you just have to watch this video.  I’ll pick up with some response to it below… Let’s talk about these three stars.  The performer – and how much more perfect can you get? – is a young man named Matheus Canteri.  The next star is the guitar he’s playing – and how much more perfect can a double-necked acoustic steel string guitar get? – which was made by the third star, Henry Canteri.  Yep,...
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  • Defending OCF as The One Best Supply Chain Metric

    by David Schneider | May 19, 2015
    "Say, do you test positive for OCF?" That is the opening salvo in the column I wrote for the August 8, 2012 Supply Chain Digest entitled “The One Best Supply Chain Metric.” The article appeared in editor Dan Gilmore’s weekly First Thought column, a space that Dan does not give away freely. Knowing the placement, and how many people receive and read Dan’s weekly e-mail newsletter, a column appearing here should be something outstanding and bold. So I took a bold approach,...
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  • Influence with Action - Not Argument

    by David Schneider | May 18, 2015
    I know someone who attempts to engage his friends in political arguments. He bemoans the fact that his political worldview is different from that of his friends. This same friend has a very comfortable lifestyle. He owns a nice home, nice automobiles, and has a fine career. His material lifestyle is not unlike that of his friends. One afternoon, after watching this group of friends for a few hours, I got a chance to ask the majority of the group about their apparent discord with their singular...
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  • Escape Velocity: Cartesian Review

    by Pasquale Scopelliti | May 15, 2015
    Can you picture an actual map of your personal success? What would you put onto your map?  If you wish to attain Escape Velocity, a great thing to map out would be your responses to the following five challenges. 1. Find and Identify your List of Simple Parts 2. Place your Parts into Proper Sequence 3. Envision All Parts Leading to Each Other in a Smooth Flow Forward 4. Reverse the Direction and Envision them in a Smooth Flow Backward 5. Make Sure there are No Gaps, No Steps...
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  • CARRIER PERFORMANCE: Change the Carrier to Reduce Inbound Delivery Variability

    by Mike Starling | May 14, 2015
    This is Part 2 of a six-part series which addresses ways that Transportation can be used to reduce Variability in the Supply Chain and contribute to Safety Stock reduction. (Here's a link to Part 1) FACT: There is a direct relationship between reducing safety stocks and reducing variability in the supply chain. PROBLEM: Carrier Performance Affects the Need to Carry Safety Stock Who develops or specifies the inbound carrier selection criteria for your company? Purchasing? Transportation?...
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