August 10, 2016

Eight Ways Successful Companies Manage Supplier Resiliency

Shubhi Dixit

“50 percent of businesses fail in the first year and 95 percent fail within five years. Better success rates notwithstanding, a significant percentage of new businesses do fail.”

           - US Small Business Administration, 2014 Statistics

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August 01, 2016

Lessons from Pokémon Go to Improve Your Supply Chain Program

Jane Khoury

By now, you’re most likely one of those millions of people that have chosen to Get Up, Get Out and Explore, traveling around the globe to locate, capture and train as many Pokémon as you possibly can. And if you are in the minority, or you are not just ready to admit your obsession to your colleagues, here is a quick introduction to the game1:

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July 01, 2016

Download Resilinc's Brexit Global Supply Chain Impact Analysis Whitepaper

Neil Shenoi

On June 24th 2016, citizens of the United Kingdom voted and passed a referendum to leave the European Union. Better known as “Brexit”, the move sent a shock wave through global financial and currency markets. In context of the interconnected globalized economy, Brexit is not a localized phenomenon. Given the significance of the UK to the world economy, the vote has global economic repercussions and its’ impact is not limited to the UK and its citizens. 

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June 21, 2016

Eyes on Oculus: Align Design and Supply Chain Teams Earlier for Optimal NPI Launches

Neil Shenoi

In early 2016, Facebook-owned Oculus brimmed with confidence following scores of pre-orders on January 6th for its highly-anticipated $600 Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Oculus founder Palmer Lucky told attendees at CES 2016 that “Preorders are going much better than I could have ever possibly expected. I can’t talk about numbers, but we sold through in 10 minutes what I thought we were going to sell through in a few hours.”

While preorders went better than they expected, what was a competitive NPI window for the VR pioneers quickly snowballed into a botched launch within a few months due to “unexpected component shortages,” leaving the Rift’s avid early-adopters furious, their deliveries pushed back months after the initially promised delivery dates of late-March. In a key window that can potentially leave scars on a new company's brand, the recent delays shed light on how aligning a company’s Supply Chain and Procurement with Design early on is crucial when rolling out a successful new product introduction.

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June 07, 2016

Key Takeaways for CEOs from Tesla Model X Delays: Design for Resiliency

Neil Shenoi

Tesla’s crossover Model X sports utility vehicle – characterized by its unique “falcon-wing” doors – was hit with significant delivery delays due to severe component shortages and issues with direct suppliers’ capabilities and cooperation, compromising the company’s initial forecast and resulting in a temporary stock price drop. 

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May 26, 2016

When The Supply Chain Lets You Down: Key CEO Takeaways from Tesla’s Q1 Delivery Shortfall

Bindiya Vakil

Tesla announced in early April that it was unable to meet its delivery target of 16,000 vehicles for the quarter due to component shortages on about half a dozen of its 8000 parts.  At prices for Tesla cars starting at $70,000, the delivery shortfall equates to almost a $100 million gap, which is not minor by any means.  In the aftermath of the announcements, Tesla announced the departure of two senior manufacturing and production executives, Greg Reichow, its vice president of production, and vice president of manufacturing, Josh Ensign.

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May 19, 2016

3 Unobvious Supply Chain Risks Companies Shouldn't Overlook

Neil Shenoi

Supply chain practitioners, accustomed to the ongoing disruptions throughout the sub-tier supply chain, are familiar with the usual risks that threaten supply chain continuity: factory fires, port disruptions, force majeure, chemical spills, and so on. But as global supply chains grow more interconnected, seemingly unrelated events can have a ripple effect, branching out and impacting your supply chain.

In this post, we examine three of these less apparent supply chain risk types, explain the nature of their risk in the supply chain context, and present guidelines to help you better respond to and mitigate such risks.

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May 16, 2016

An Ode to Cloud Technology's Transformative Role in Modern SCRM

Wayne Caccamo

Cloud or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as a technology and business deployment model has won the war versus the traditional on-premise model for software, as it has transformed the development, delivery, and deployment of most categories of business applications. The economic benefits are well known and proven at this point such as ease of deployment, maintenance/upgrades, and financing (e.g. annual subscription versus one-time license). As a result, virtually all new applications are developed for the cloud; on-premise application development is in maintenance-only mode.

But, you knew that.

What you may not fully appreciate is that, in the case of supply chain risk management (SCRM), the cloud has not only transformed the economics of delivering tools that automate existing processes, but it has transformed what is possible.

As a result of cloud technology, the SCRM process has been completely redefined by the enablement of two core capabilities that can be described as the pillars of a true paradigm shift.

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May 06, 2016

Black Swan Events: A Double-Edge Sword for Supply Chain Resiliency Proponents

Wayne Caccamo

In 2011, the unthinkable occurred in Japan. A massive earthquake triggered a tsunami which, in turn, triggered a nuclear power plant meltdown, all of which combined to create a humanitarian disaster of epic scale. It is during times like these that many companies rethink their supply chain vulnerabilities and threat matrices. The result is an upswing in interest in supply risk management and resiliency strategies and initiatives and associated technology solutions.

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May 04, 2016

6 Books Every Supply Chain Professional Must Read

Neil Shenoi

With any growing business discipline, there will always be the need for publications that are both insightful and engaging. As global supply chains become more interconnected and entangled, there is a growing demand in the supply chain management community for books, case studies, critical success stories, best practices, and publications that provide concise and intriguing intelligence into supply chain risk management and resiliency. Fortunately, there are numerous authors providing companies with fresh and timeless insights to better manage the everyday and unexpected risks and disruptions along the global supply chain.

So many books, so little time.

That said, we’ve whittled down six worthwhile reads we believe best represent the growing discipline of supply chain risk management and resiliency. By no means is this an exhaustive list – just a few poignant works we think should live on your bookshelf. In addition, keep reading to find out how to claim your free hardcover copy of The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected by Dr. Yossi Sheffi!

It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.

– Oscar Wilde

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