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The Why, How, and What of Supply Chain Optimization – Part 3

In the previous two posts on this topic we looked at the basic principle of inspiration being a more powerful force than manipulation, and of understanding and prioritizing the “why” of your business, as contained in the book Start With Why, by Simon Sinek.

This time around, we are going to explore whether outcomes and results (the “what”) are more influenced by the “why” (motivation and values) or the “how” (operational process) of the business.

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The Why, How, and What of Supply Chain Optimization – Part 2

Last time, in the first installment of a three-part series about the “why”, “how”, and “what” of supply chain optimization, we introduced some of the principles contained in the book Start With Why, by Simon Sinek, and began to explore how these relate the supply chain/warehousing environment.

Today we are asking this question: Is the “why” really that important when it comes to implementing efficient supply chain optimization processes?

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The Why, How, and What of Supply Chain Optimization – Part 1

Today, we are starting a 3-part series of posts in which we will explore three core elements of supply chain optimization, namely the why, the how, and the what.

We were inspired to think deeply about this topic by the principles and examples contained in the book Start With Why, by Simon Sinek – a British-American author, motivational speaker, and organizational consultant.

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Optimization Technologies Likely to Impact Future Development of the Supply Chain Management Industry

The world in which we live and do business continues to change rapidly due to the constant development of new technologies and the refinement and improvement of existing ones. The supply chain management industry (including logistics, warehousing, materials handling, and transport) is most definitely impacted by this trend.

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Optimization Technologies Likely to Impact Future Development of the Supply Chain Management Industry

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Invest Some of Your 2019 Budget in an Expertly Performed, Comprehensive SCM Review & Evaluation

So, 2019 now lies ahead – brand new year, brand new challenges and opportunity, brand new budget. Have you thought about using some of your logistics budget to have your supply chain reviewed and assessed by experienced and qualified industry experts?

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Why should we have our Supply Chain Assessed?

A properly optimized and managed supply chain can serve as a major competitive advantage for your organization. Many businesses place a lot of emphasis on the cost advantage they have over competitors (e.g. lower prices and production/procurement costs) but fail to also look at the potential value advantage created by good supply chain management.

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Comprehensive SCM Review & Evaluation

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How Will a Growing Focus on STEM in Education Affect the SCM Industry in 2019 & Beyond?

Currently, the industry is facing several challenges, with two key ones being rising labor costs and the shortage of suitably qualified and experienced workers.

Can you believe 2018 is almost a thing of the past, and we are already heading into 2019? Time flies, as they say. At this time of year, many people reflect on the year that lies ahead, what it holds for them and how they would like it to play out, what they would like to achieve, etc.

So, we are asking the question:

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How Will a Growing Focus on STEM in Education Affect the SCM Industry in 2019 & Beyond?

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Ecommerce is One of the Factors Creating Uncertainty and Driving Change in the Logistics Industry

CSCMP’s Annual State of Logistics Report titled Accelerating into Uncertainty makes the point, among other data and information, that overall logistics/delivery costs have declined in the last few years, even though energy prices have increased.

It seems as if consumer behavior is becoming the primary driver of logistics spending, rather than energy prices, and this, coupled with more widespread adoption of innovative technologies, is fundamentally changing the industry.

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Ecommerce is One of the Factors Creating Uncertainty and Driving Change in the Logistics Industry

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The Road Forward for the Supply Chain Industry

The world is changing, and so is the supply chain. Several factors have affected the way supply chains are designed, managed, and operated over the last few decades, e.g. increasing globalization, a shift in customer demand and expectations, and others, but the single biggest factor affecting the growth and structural change of most supply chains is technology – driven mostly by three core developments: the introduction and widespread use of the smartphone, expanded and freely available internet bandwidth, and connectivity at levels far greater than ever before via cloud-based solutions.

The report, Material Handling & Logistics U.S. Roadmap 2.0 (powered by MHI) takes a detailed look at the changing supply chain landscape by focusing on the four key forces in the supply chain: technology, consumers, workforce, and logistics infrastructure.

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The Road Forward for the Supply Chain Industry

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Jeff Waller, CEO & Founder, Waller & Associates, LLC

Meet Jeff Waller, Our CEO and Founder

At Waller & Associates, LLC, we wouldn’t be where we are today without our CEO and founder, Jeff Waller. Jeff earned his MBA and BBA degrees from Texas A&M University-Commerce and spent the first 15 years of his career in operations running distribution centers. In 1999, he left the corporate world to develop GroceryWorks.com, which was sold to Safeway two years later. Following this endeavor, Jeff started doing consulting work and moved into the technology sector with Manhattan and Voxware.

Jeff Waller, CEO & Founder, Waller & Associates, LLC
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Meet Jeff Waller, Our CEO and Founder

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The 2018 MHI Annual Industry Report – The Effect of Technology on Modern Supply Chains

Disruptive technologies and innovations are fundamentally changing the way supply chains operate.

The supply chain in most modern businesses is no longer mostly focused on simply moving goods, material, and products from one place to another. In keeping with the information age in which we live and do business, today’s supply chain is the foundation of a data-based system that aims to maximize efficiency and continually meet or exceed customer requirements and expectations.

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The 2018 MHI Annual Industry Report – The Effect of Technology on Modern Supply Chains

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