This posting is to alert readers that the Supply Chain Matters team will be taking a summer vacation pause to partake of some needed rest and rejuvenation.

While we may post an occasional important or critical update, our normal cadence of blog posting activity will resume the week of 23 July.

During this pause, readers are welcomed to explore our vast amount of content related to multi-industry supply chain management business processes, information technology and other related topics. We know there is significant content because we recently had to add additional data storage to the blog.

To assist readers, below is a select listing of some of our most-read blogs so-far this year, as-well as in 2016. Perhaps these can be part of your summer reading.


What are Specific Skill Needs and Gaps in Supply Chain Management? (February 26, 2016)

Supply Chain Matters highlights results and an infographic from a supply chain skills survey conducted by Canadian based Argentus Supply Chain Recruiting outlining what specific hard and soft skills are organizations looking for in their hiring and recruiting efforts. Supply chain skills and talent development content has consistently drawn reader interest.


The Future of Supply Chain Planning (May 2, 2017)

The first in a market education series that explores changing needs in supply chain planning, what is termed concurrent supply chain planning, and why it is becoming a more important capability to support today’s multi-industry supply chain business environments.


A Path Towards Internet of Things Enabled Service Management- Service Parts Planning Realities (June 13, 2017)

A content education series on building the foundations for robust, more efficient, less costly service and aftermarket parts planning capability while building the foundation for IoT enabled service management business models.


Articulating Supply Chain Needs in the Language of the C-Suite (May 11, 2017)

The latest economic and business data reinforces that supply chain leaders must more than ever, be able to translate investment needs in the language of the C-suite and in the notions of delivering desired business outcomes.


Airbus and Boeing Continue to Experience Supply Chain Scale-Up Challenges (May 2, 2016)

After announcing Q1 financial and operational performance results, both Airbus and Boeing addressed ongoing challenges related to their supply chains and expected performance for 2016 total aircraft delivery commitments. We shared candid comments from Airbus’s CEO as to the global producer’s most critical new product introductions and clear signs of concerns related to various supply chain challenges.


The Value Proposition for Cloud Computing is Broader in Scope and in Business Implications (January 22, 2016)

Our commentary explored the implications of a full Cloud-based technology suite in supporting broad supply chain business process needs after industry analyst Bob Ferrari completed nearly two days of briefings and conference presentations related to Oracle’s Cloud based technology offerings. One takeaway provided was to view Cloud from the perspective of a broader focus on an engineered suite of pre-integrated software applications that are continually updated to reflect changing business needs.


Technology Addressing the Convergence of Internet of Things and Smart Manufacturing Deployments (March 23, 2017)

As a follow-up to Supply Chain Matters attendance and coverage of Oracle’s Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference, we highlighted some sessions that addressed Internet of Things (IoT) enablement of future smart manufacturing, supply chain and service management business processes.


Sports Authority- A Disturbing Twist to Consignment Inventory Management Practices (March 17, 2016)

Characterized as one of the largest sporting-goods retailers, Sports Authority was weighted down with debt from a prior leveraged buyout a decade ago. We called attention to a disturbing development in the ongoing bankruptcy process, as the retail chain filed lawsuits with more than 160 suppliers challenging supplier claims to consigned inventories. We opined that this development had significant ramifications for supplier collaboration practices within retail as well as other consumer goods focused supply chains.


Chipotle’s Consumer Trust Crisis Enters a New Critical Phase (February 9, 2016)

One of our early blogs in a series of ongoing commentaries we outlined from a supply chain lens regarding the business, brand and supply chain crisis that impacted Chipotle Mexican Grill after hundreds of consumers were sickened by a series of varying incidents ranging from E-coli outbreaks to norovirus that date back to the summer of 2015. We opined that too much attention was being applied to corporate marketing vs. supply chain and restaurant risk mitigation efforts.


Look to the Cloud to Support the Modern B2B Network (September 1, 2016)

This blog commentary addressed an organization’s journey toward mature B2B information integration and how this is made possible by today’s advanced cloud-based platforms, applications and infrastructure. We opined that there is no question that analytics and broader, more predictive business insight capabilities are opportunities to transform B2B business and supply chain business networks. The opportunity — and indeed the necessity — is to leverage an end-to-end business network to synchronize planning, execution, customer fulfillment and more predictive decision-making needs.


Thanks again to all our globally located Supply Chain Matters readers for their continued readership and frequent visits. Thanks as well to our sponsors, clients, and network contacts for their continued support.

Bob Ferrari, Founder, and Executive Editor

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