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Supply Chain Market--continued Article
We take a look at the role of purpose-driven supply chain platforms in attaining Omni-channel.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

2010 Supply Chain Priorities:
New Models for Improving Supply Chain Processes and Performance
Report
Findings from ChainLink's 2010 Supply Chain Priorities Survey

The "Great Recession" of 2008-2009 has imposed some of the most severe economic conditions
... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath


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2011 Supply Chain Orchestration: Part Four - Multi-Tier Procurement Article
Ford buys steel for its entire supply base. In the process, it has been able to rationalize the materials specifications for all of that steel resulting in consolidated spend, more efficient use of in... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Orchestration: Part Three - Multi-Tier Procurement Article
Throughout much of its history, Ford was a vertically integrated company, owning its own supply chain assets all the way back to raw materials facilities such as steel mills and rubber plantations. An... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Risk Survey Results: Part One Article
We report the findings of our survey, answering questions such as the level of investments being made in resilience, the scope of responsibility for supply chain organizations, and assessment of how w... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Risk Survey Results: Part Two Article
Findings from our research on Supply Chain Risk ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

A Matter of Trust: What To Share with Partners Article
I recently asked a question to a senior supply chain executive: "When should you trust your trading partners and when should you withhold information from them?" His answer: "Never and Never."... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Applications of Total Cost Sourcing - Part 2 Article
Total Cost Sourcing (i.e. making sourcing decisions based on the total impact across the whole company) takes many different forms and yields many benefits. In this article, we explore various applica... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

APS Implementation Truths Report
After significant negativity in the press, we decided to find out what the true story was -- was APS worth it?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


This research requires purchase or the purchase of a subscription. $99.00
Baker Hughes Automates Procure-to-Pay: Part One Article
How this major oilfield service firm automates the interactions with its suppliers. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Baker Hughes Automates Procure-to-Pay: Part Two Article
Read how this major oilfield service firm ramped up to high volumes of spend under its automated procure-to-pay system automating its interactions with suppliers. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Channels to the Hearts and Minds - Online 2005 Article
The physical, e and wireless world continues to grow! The e channel for shoppers continues to grow, with so many nay sayers and doubters. You'd think this issue would die, with more and more shoppers ... (more information)
by Lucy West


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Cold Chains are Hot! Revised
Mastering the Challenges of Temperature
Report
Tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides -- in responding to the needs of the victims of these natural disasters, the effective delivery of food, pharmaceuticals and life saving products are now in the spotli... (more information)
by Carla Reed


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Collaborating with Channels - Great Source for Accurate Demand
Part Two
Article
Channel partners can be a great source of accurate forecasts, but Brand, OEMs and Tech companies don't engage on Demand.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Collaboration Frameworks 2011 - On Creating a Global Workspace: Part One Article
Social Networks, Teleconferencing, and anywhere that technology opens new challenges in Collaberation. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Collaboration Frameworks 2011 - On Creating a Global Workspace: Part Two Article
Introduction to Ideas in a Global Work Space. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Collaboration in Practice: Part One - More Than a Buzzword Article
Collaboration means many different things to many different people. Here's a framework with concrete definitions and examples. Here in Part One we focus on collaboration in product conception and desi... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Collaboration in Practice: Part Two - Operational Collaboration Article
Much collaboration is needed to produce, deliver, and support products and services.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Collaboration Technologies: Part One - Convergence
Collaboration at the Cross Roads
Report
(This Three Part series is now combined into a Full Report available HERE.)

Lately,
... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin


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Contract and Supplier Management Lessons Article
Distilled insights from ChainLink's recent research on managing contracts, supplier performance, and reverse auctions.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Contract Management: Negotiating, Creating, and Monitoring Compliance Article
Skillful contract negotiation and management are vital to realizing a company's spend management and supplier performance goals. Here we explore how to negotiate better agreements with your suppliers,... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Convergence of Physical and Financial Supply Chains: Part Two Article
With the maturing of global trade relationships, Open Accounts are replacing Letters of Credit as the dominant approach to enabling financial transactions between importers and exporters. We explore s... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Cooperation and Competition in Retailer-Supplier Relationships Report
They are the best of friends. They are the worst of enemies. That is the paradox of the retailer-supplier relationship: that on the one hand only by a true, close, strategic partnership can both side... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Demand Management in the Second Decade
The Strategic View - Part 2
Article
Multichannel marketing, multichannel retail, pricing and promotions, are challenging both retailers and brand companies. Web retailing is entering a new phase. So is a store's format, which must emplo... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Demand Management Technology Evaluation:
Best Practices and Technology Evaluation
Report
The complexity of business today--working a myriad of partnerships with both the channel side and the transportation partners, as well as dealing with the challenges of fickle and surprising markets-... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Demanding Times: Part Five - Consumption-based Forecasting Article
Forecasts are better off based on end-user consumption, rather than retailer orders. Suppliers need to stop asking what will the retailer order from us and start asking what should t... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Demanding Times: Part One - A Best Practice Framework for Managing Demand Article
Demand management is not just about creating a better forecast (though that is critical). It is discovering new markets, creating a supply chain architected around your customers' needs, growing deman... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Demanding Times: Part Two - Market Assumptions Article
The best companies pull together quantitative, analytical, and social information to gauge the 'market psyche.' They create their own assumptions about the markets they serve: what factors are affecti... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Don't Undersell Services Article
Many managers of companies that make or distribute products lose important profit opportunities because they don't capitalize on the strategic benefits of related services.... (more information)
by Jonathan Byrnes


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Dynamics of the Retailer-Supplier Relationship Report
In both retail and consumer-product-goods sectors, the gap between winners and losers widens every day. What is it about the winners that makes them more and more successful, extending their lead ever... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Food Traceability Research Poster Map of The Month

ChainLink has created a beautiful 48" X 36" poster summarizing the ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Forecasting - The Endless Search Article
We have talked for years about the many who are on an endless search for the "silver bullet" to increase in stock, anticipate demand, and have the goods in the right place at the right time. Most cont... (more information)
by Robert Bruce


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From Forecasting to Integrated Demand Planning Article
Years ago back in my early Wal-Mart days, collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment was the next step to taking inventory and cost out of the network while increasing product availability ... (more information)
by Robert Bruce


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Future Forward Logistics
Creating an Extended Global Enterprise
Report
As enterprises focus on perceived "core functions," more activities are outsourced to third party providers of goods and services. This extended supply chain of manufacturers of products-- from raw ma... (more information)
by Carla Frances Reed


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How a Legal Department Can Add Value - Part One Article
Cisco's legal department has taken steps to move from being a gatekeeper slowing things down to being a business enabler of faster cycle times for contract approvals and greater operational efficienci... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

How a Legal Department Can Add Value - Part Two Article
Cisco's legal department has taken steps to move from being a gatekeeper slowing things down to being a business enabler of faster cycle times for contract approvals and greater operational efficienci... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Identifying and Assessing Supply Chain Risk Article
While Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) continues to gain acceptance in the financial services industry as a means to address credit, market and operational risks, and improve performance of business o... (more information)
by Debra Elkins, Devadatta Kulkarni, Jeffrey Tew

Innovating Cheap: The Key to Tapping the Enormous Potential of Emerging Markets: Part One Article
Design innovations enabled Tata to build a $2,500 car. Now that is how you get into an emerging market such as India in a big way.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Innovating Cheap: The Key to Tapping the Enormous Potential of Emerging Markets: Part Two Article
How was Tata able to build a $2,500 car? Here we dig into some examples of their 'frugal engineering' approach.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Is the Second Decade Based on a Global Ethical Framework? Article
Harvard appoints ethics expert as the new Dean of the Harvard Business School, raising the question - are we finally putting ethics on the business agenda?... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

It's Forty Six Shopping Days to Christmas Article
The Customer Experience. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

It's Thirty Nine Shopping Days to Christmas - Is Your Brand Grand? Article
Brand power is when consumers camp out to get into your store... ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Jointly Optimizing Capacity Flexibility, Supply Flexibility and Component Commonality at Ford Motor Company Case Study
Ford is able to predict its overall vehicle sales with reasonable accuracy, but faces much greater uncertainty about the sales volumes of individual models and model options. It is at this level of sp... (more information)
by Blake Johnson, Mark Everson


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Larger Cost Savings Come from Total Cost Sourcing - Part 1 Article
Sourcing and procurement spend-reduction strategies are frequently a central part of business cost-cutting initiatives. Most buyers understand that the lowest price option does not always yield the lo... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Manage Your Suppliers as a Resource Article
Camco was the site of one of the earliest, most successful, make-to-order manufacturing systems in the world. Through insight and innovation, Camco's managers developed a manufacturing process that wa... (more information)
by Jonathan Byrnes


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Managing Risk at Key Stages in Product Lifecycles Article
Over the course of a product life-cycle there are at least six decision points where big bets must be made despite very poor forecast data.... (more information)
by Colin Kessinger


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Managing Supply Risk Part Four - Hedging Strategies: Approaches Article
Learn from one company's strategy and their approaches to hedging. And a discussion of financial instruments for hedging.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Managing Supply Risk Part Three - Hedging Strategies: Cross-Functional Teams Article
Global dynamics ensure that commodity prices will remain volatile, with huge price spikes, for decades to come. Good hedging strategies are increasingly critical. Cross-functional teams are a great wa... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Managing Your Managed Service Provider Article
Lessons from American Eagle's devastating e-commerce site failure. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Mapping The End-to-End Supply Chain Process
A Simple Yet Comprehensive Framework
Article
After having discussed with a number of local companies and taught several programs in supply chain management to practicing supply chain professionals, I found that there is NO consistent understandi... (more information)
by Dr. Divakar Rajamani

Mundane or Majestic Article
Supply Chain apps transform performance and image and brand of companies...... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Network Master & 3 Dimensions of Supply Network Coordination Whitepaper
This paper discusses the three critical coordinated value links-Logistics, Financial and Information in a network of strategically linked enterprises.... (more information)
by James Rice, Richard Hoppe


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Next Generation Best Practices in Managing Suppliers
Part 1: The Outcome Economy
Report
This is Part One of a four-part series of reports on the findings from ChainLink research into the next generation of best practices for managing supplier relationships. This research examined hundred... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


This research requires purchase or the purchase of a subscription. $99.00
Next Generation Best Practices in Managing Suppliers
Part 2: Lean Machine
Report
This is Part Two of a four-part series of reports on the findings from ChainLink research into the next generation of best practices for managing supplier relationships. The research examined hundred... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


This research requires purchase or the purchase of a subscription. $99.00
Next Generation Best Practices in Managing Suppliers
Part 3: The Inside Job
Report
Changing the Way Your Enterprise Organizes, Learns, and Relates to Suppliers and Partners.

Most sourcing and procurement executives instinctively focus on improving their processes, often usi
... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Outbound Channel Management
Managing and Expanding Customer-Facing Supply Chain Relationships
Report
Whether it's booking a flight or requesting the status of a flight, or checking the status of an order or placing a new order, the frustration we endure while doing business can become massive. We've ... (more information)
by Laura Faught


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Outcome Sourcing in the Outcome Economy Article
The move to an outcome economy encompasses radical changes in the core elements of commerce. It requires a whole new way of thinking on the part of both buyer and seller - from buying and selling thi... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Playing the Beer Game with JDA Article
The Beer Game provides supply chain planners with the opportunity to see how Flowcasting can improve supply chain performance and increase their competitiveness in consumer markets. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Production Planning Technology
Best Practices and technology evaluation
Report
Seeking low-cost labor markets has lead to increased cycle times, transportation costs and uncertainty in supply markets. That means that in order to maintain control and prevent surprises, each compo... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Remapping the Supply Chain Universe Article
Supply Chain Management is a truly dynamic field. Over the last few years the fundamental structure of the chains has changed to the point where many of the working assumptions have to be re-evaluate... (more information)
by Ann Grackin & Sree Hameed

Retailer-Supplier Collaboration: Part One Report
As trading partners move beyond one-to-one collaboration, the Platform enables catatgory, carriers and customer insights in the trading network.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin


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RFID for Manufacturers
How Manufacturers are Improving Processes by Using RFID
Report
While many manufacturers are adopting RFID by force of mandate, even more of them are seeking ways to use the technology to improve their operations. Our survey of 275 manufacturing companies across ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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RFID for Maritime Report

This report contains research into current and planned use of RFID in Maritime. In discussion with shippers, carriers, port operators and technology providers, the report covers these areas:
... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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RFID for the Customer Experience
The Next Wave for the Retailer and Consumer
Report

RFID can, if implemented correctly, have a significant impact on retail performance. This report takes a look at what is being done by some early adopters.

This report covers the type of RFID... (more information)
by Laura Faught


This research requires purchase or the purchase of a subscription. $99.00

RFID in Clinical Settings
New Dimensions in the Chain of Care
Report
Authorities across the globe recognize the value of sharing patient and remedy data across a network of expert medical practitioners. The concept of "tele-medicine" has been positively received in sev... (more information)
by Carla Frances Reed


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RFID in Healthcare - A whole industry of value! Article
The pressure is on from consumers and industry to protect their own interests. These represent sometimes-conflicting goals...... (more information)
by Lucy West


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RFID will require Opting-In in Order to Gain Real Value Article
The art of getting customers to opt in is the start of the "opting in chain", so to speak. And, at the heart of that art, is to ensure that the customer perceives and gets value as well as an improve... (more information)
by Laura Faught

Satisfying Customer Preferences via Mass Customization and Mass Production Whitepaper
Two operational formats-mass customization and mass production-can be implemented to satisfy customer preference-based demand. The mass customization system consists of twostages-the initial build-to-... (more information)
by Kai Jiang, Hau Lee, Ralf Seifert


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Single Version of the Truth
The Journey to a Unified Supply Chain
Report
The accurate and timely sharing of strategy, planning, and execution information across the end-to-end supply chain has become critical. The elimination of trade barriers, and the move to massive outs... (more information)
by Carla Reed, Bill McBeath, Ann Grackin


This research requires purchase or the purchase of a subscription. $99.00
Spend Analytics: Part 4 - Steps in the Spend Analysis Process Article
Attaining value from spend analytic projects requires setting explicit goals, a good foundation of data hygiene, the right level of classification, great analyst skills, and last but not least - decis... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Supplier Performance Management -
Part 1
Article
How two top performing companies rate their suppliers, initiate and manage corrective action, and manage supplier performance across divisional boundaries.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Supplier Performance Management -
Part 2
Article
A mini-case study on one manufacturer that integrates supplier scorecard data with operational and planning data from across their business units. They have not only been able to improve supplier perf... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Surviving and Thriving in the Global Marketplace Whitepaper
For any entity to thrive, it must constantly reassess its ideas and positions. And if your customers are constantly evolving, expecting better results faster and reassessing their needs and values -- ... (more information)
by ChainLink Research


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The Boeing Challenge - Can They Increase Production Rates? Article
Boeing has a huge order book that promises ten Dreamliners per month. Can they do more?... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

The Data Detectives
Solving Inter-Enterprise Integration Issues
Article
Bad data is usually the biggest challenge to integrating systems. It can bring not only sytems but also the whole enterprise to its knees. That is why leading per-formers like Wal-Mart and Dell are ob... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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The Experience Economy Interview
Today's business climate is all about competition-we're lean, we're mean, but competing on price is not where it's at. How do you create a lasting identity and relationship with your customer through ... (more information)
by Joe Pine


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The Future Logistics Enterprise
Roadmap to Transformation
Report
This paper will articulate and validate the Future Logistics Enterprise (FLE) vision and objectives for readers such as industry suppliers and partners, members of Congress, members of other governmen... (more information)


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The Instant Supply Chain Challenge Article
For the past few weeks, all eyes (and hearts) have been on the devastation caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami. This is the biggest natural disaster in my lifetime-over 225,000 dead (probably many more... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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The Parallax View
New Models for Supply Chain Management
Report
The impetus for this report came from global supply chain managers involved in managing and transforming supply chains who feel that many of the current industry member organizations and publications ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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The People Factor: Accelerating Supply Chain Transformation through Education Article
The President of Stanley Tools once stated "I have discovered that our customers no longer want our products--they don't want drills...they want holes." That is a fitting introduction to this article ... (more information)
by Sree Hameed, Marc Escande


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The Roots of Cross-Enterprise Dialog Breakdowns Article
Postponement points, optimized plans, constraints, and supply chain breakdowns are all discussions points-or accusations and arguments-in the dialogs between trading partners. The roots of dialog brea... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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The Truth About VMI: Revelations and Recommendations Report
The high tech industry has experienced a striking shift from traditional replenishment processes to Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) replenishment for various products during the last decade. This has b... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Vested Outsourcing - An Interview with Kate Vitasek Article
Once in a while a business book cuts through all the noise and really has something important to say. After decades of 'greed is good' and downsizing and outsourcing, Kate Vitasek and Vested Outsourci... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Walmart Supplier Reliability Article
Walmart Supply Chain performance looked like artwork from The Little Prince, thus their Supplier Reliability program initiative...... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Walmart Takes Over Their Inbound Logistics: Tactical Change or Sea Change? Article
Walmart plans to increasingly take over inbound freight from their suppliers. How will this impact suppliers' cost of doing business and freight management? Will other retailers follow suit?... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

What is SRFM? (Supplier Risk and Flexibility Management) Article
The planning, execution and partner collaboration processes of nearly all companies today are driven by a "plan", itself typically part forecast, part performance target. Together, the plan and these ... (more information)
by Blake Johnson

What is SRFM? (Supplier Risk and Flexibility Management) Article
The planning, execution and partner collaboration processes of nearly all companies today are driven by a "plan", itself typically part forecast, part performance target. Together, the plan and these ... (more information)
by Blake Johnson

What Outsourcing Might Really Cost Article
Recently we have heard many harrowing stories about major issues in outsourcing of manufacturing. There are many raging debates about the price benefits, core competency issues, and joys of running a ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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