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

Posted by Neil Shenoi on Jun 21, 2016 12:36:42 PM

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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Topics: supply chain visibility, supply chain resiliency, supply chain risk management, cloud SCRM, multi-tier mapping, proactive risk mitigation

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

Posted by Neil Shenoi on Jun 7, 2016 2:58:36 PM

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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Topics: supply chain visibility, supply chain resiliency, supply chain risk management, cloud SCRM, multi-tier mapping, proactive risk mitigation

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

Posted by Bindiya Vakil on May 26, 2016 1:51:26 PM

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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Topics: supply chain visibility, supply chain resiliency, supply chain risk management, cloud SCRM, multi-tier mapping, proactive risk mitigation

3 Unobvious Supply Chain Risks Companies Shouldn't Overlook

Posted by Neil Shenoi on May 19, 2016 10:36:22 AM

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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Topics: supply chain visibility, supply chain resiliency, supply chain risk management, cloud SCRM

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

Posted by Wayne Caccamo on May 16, 2016 9:44:27 AM

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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Topics: supply chain visibility, supply chain resiliency, supply chain risk management, cloud SCRM

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

Posted by Wayne Caccamo on May 6, 2016 9:15:00 AM

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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Topics: supply chain visibility, supply chain resiliency, supply chain risk management, logistics

6 Books Every Supply Chain Professional Must Read

Posted by Neil Shenoi on May 4, 2016 2:55:51 PM

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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Topics: supply chain visibility, supply chain resiliency, supply chain risk management, logistics

New Lithium-Ion Battery Shipping Regulations Can Impact Electronics Supply Chains (Part 2)

Posted by Neil Shenoi on Apr 22, 2016 12:08:00 PM

In part 1 of this blog, we examined lithium-ion batteries in the supply chain context and examined the recent ban's stipulations. In Part 2, we discuss why many shippers and advocacy groups disagree with the prohibition, what this ban can mean to supply chain and procurement professionals, and provide next steps for those potentially affected.

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Topics: supply chain visibility, supply chain resiliency, supply chain risk management, logistics

New Lithium-Ion Battery Shipping Regulations Can Impact Electronics Supply Chains (Part 1)

Posted by Neil Shenoi on Apr 21, 2016 12:11:20 PM

This is part 1 of a 2-part blog addressing the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) recently enacted ban on the shipment of lithium-ion batteries as cargo consignments on passenger planes and the associated supply chain risks of such provisions. In part 1, we look at the lithium-ion battery supply chain in context and examine the ban stipulations. In Part 2, we discuss why many shippers and advocacy groups disagree with the prohibition, and what this ban can mean for supply chain and procurement professionals.


 The ICAO – a United Nations agency regulating the transport of dangerous goods on aircraft – has enacted a controversial ban on the shipment of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. Due to long-standing concerns from pilots and plane makers that lithium-ion battery (LIB) consignments present a critical fire risk aboard aircraft, the ICAO’s 36-state governing council declared the prohibition along with other LIB battery shipping regulations, effective April 1st, 2016. Shippers and advocacy groups argue the prohibition unnecessarily impacts the battery supply chain without addressing the true safety risks associated with transporting LIBs.

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Topics: supply chain visibility, supply chain resiliency, supply chain risk management, logistics

“Mobile First” is the Future of Supply Chain Risk Management

Posted by Neil Shenoi on Apr 13, 2016 5:26:21 PM

For most enterprise business applications, the addition of mobile interfaces has facilitated data access and accelerated workflow. For some business applications, mobility is transforming the business process and creating new capability rather than simply extending the application UI to handheld devices. This is the case with cloud applications for supply chain risk management (SCRM) and resiliency.

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Topics: supply chain visibility, supply chain resiliency, supply chain risk management

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