Here are the highlights of the top event we attended. We couldn’t write about them all-but these are the ones that were most instructive.
Acsis Headquarter, Malton, NJ, April 1, 2003
Data Collection is a hot topic. And these attendees of the Acsis user Conference already knew it! Extreme Supply Chains-those that have become highly virtual, are fueled by high quality real-time data. Acsis users have be implementing and gaining success-step by step. Ann Grackin addressed these supply chain leaders on Going to Extremes…in the Supply Chain
TC2- Raleigh, North Carolina, April 2, 2003
Textiles executive met to discuss the state of global SCM. It seems a PolarTek jacket takes 18 months and 34 enterprise touch points! Looks like an opportunity to improve the apparel supply chain. And that’s what speakers like Carla Reed, from New Creed, Jim Tompkins and Tompkins and Associates, Ann Grackin from ChainLink and David Blinick of Blinco systems presented-how to drive supply chain change and manage Global Trade
ESCA, San Jose, CA April 8, 2003
Though most think VMI is a dull topic, somehow it still seems to be a stubbornly controversial topic. After the joint ChainLink ESCA report on “The Truth About VMI” Bill McBeath presented the ‘truth’ as well as chaired a panel discussion- panelist such as Arrow, Cisco and Dell seemed to continue their interest and drive on the topic.
WorldChain Breakfast, San Jose, CA, April 30, 2003
This breakfast meeting focused on the benefits of building high performance supply chain networks. Speakers from Worldchain, ChainLink and Dell drove the discussion. Worldchain’s pay for performance strategy was validated by the Dell case.
Planet i2 User Conference, Las Vegas, May 12, 2003
Think Supply Chain planning is not a popular topic? Not according to this multi-thousand SCM professional crowd. Don’t count i2 down-or out. With over $400M in the bank and a Customer Delight strategy, they have turned the corner of past problems and are focusing on building product and creating value for their thousand plus customer base. New programs to ensure customer success were announced.
MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics, Cambridge, MA, May 28,2003
The CTL invited ChainLink Research to contribute to their workshop on “Supply Chain Meets Finance”. The sessions reinforced the need for strengthening the dialog between supply chain practitioners and the executive team (one of our key missions at ChainLink). Interesting how many finance professors and CFO’s are worried about things like inventory liability and downside risk. As the supply chain heats up again, will firms buy options to get to the front of the line for allocations?
JD Edwards – Quest User Conference, Denver, June 9, 2003
Much of the hard work of the JD Edwards development group was overshadowed by the Oracle debacle. The JD Edwards team developed over four hundred enhancements to satisfy their customer base. So Oracle, ‘you do’ because ‘you can’. But what does another M&A have to do with creating customer value, we want to know! The US has witnessed too many M&A’s with sad ACT II’s. Hopefully, the JD Edwards customers will win out in the end here.
Technology Forecasters, Boston, June 9, 2003
Global Manufacturers discussed their outsourcing successes and challenges. Technology Forecasters also has research reports and conducts regular conferences. See our article on outsourcing this month for contact information.
Retail Systems Show Chicago, June 12, 2003
Even early in the morning the topic of supply chain can draw a packed room-really! Ann Grackin and Bill McBeath presented results of ChainLink Research’s 2003 Survey: The Retailer-Supplier Tug-of-War at the Retail Systems Show. The article will appear as a Special Report in the June issue of Chain Store Age Magazine. Our July Parallax View will talk more about the Retail Supply Chain.
Interlog, Las Vegas, June 18, 2003
Considering some of the largest corporations in the world don’t make money on their original product sales, and actually make their profit margins and create a two to ten year customer relationship from the service component of their business, the importance of Service Management cannot be overlooked. And this conference covered all aspects of Service Management-Process, performance, and technology. All the Logistics and tech players, as well as top enterprise practitioners, attended. Keynote Jane Beseda, Vice President and General Manager North American Parts Operations of Toyota Motors covered Toyota’s program to streamline the spare parts supply chain. Saving over eighty million dollars for Toyota, she covered the keys to project success such as Culture, Metrics, Engaging Trading Partners, and Leadership.