SCBP Week of 5-28-2020

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New Links in the Supply Chain

Cisco is Best in Show on Gartner’s Annual Supply Chain Ranking

Cisco Systems topped Gartner Inc.'s 2020 Supply Chain Top 25 list, the annual ranking of companies exhibiting the best best practices. 

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Life During Wartime: What the Generals Can Teach Us

“The fog of war” is a phrase that may or may not have been uttered by Prussian General Carl von Clausewitz. But those four words have had a lasting legacy in and out of the military, right up to the current pandemic.

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Will the United States Heed its ‘Wake-Up Call?’

A bipartisan duo of congressmen is calling for the creation of a congressional “commission on critical supply chains.” They want steps taken to ensure the country isn’t caught by surprise again, as it was at the outbreak of the pandemic.

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By the Numbers


That is the percentage of Fortune 1000 companies experiencing supply chain disruption, as cited in an Accenture article, "Building Supply Chain Resilience: What to Do Now and Next During COVID-19."

Today's Quote/Unquote:

"We don’t jump from partner to partner every 12 to 18 months so we can save 6 percent on a certain product."

— J.D. Ewing, president and CEO of COE Distributing, telling SCBP about how his wholesale office furniture business prefers to develop long-term relationships with manufacturers.

Inspiring Organization

COE Distributing Explains Why it is Laser-Focused on Running Efficiently

“Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.” The late Peter Drucker, hailed as the father of management thinking, said that. And it’s the type of thinking that J.D. Ewing, the president and CEO of COE Distributing, says he brings to his wholesale office furniture business every day. 

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Worth Watching

How Do You Prepare a Supply Chain for Disaster?

Nicole DeHoratius, adjunct professor of operations management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, walks us through planning for major distruptions.

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