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Lessons from Grand Prix Racing

By Steve Simmerman | 03/31/2014 | 12:12 PM

I had the opportunity to attend the Grand Prix race in St. Petersburg, FL this weekend.  You talk about the intersection of people, processes and technology - I'm not sure there is a better example out there.

The qualifying races to determine the pole position resulted in Takuma Sato winning the pole by a mere .7049 seconds!

The final race was ultimately won by Will Power (no pun intended) with a margin of victory of 1.9 seconds over a race that covered 198 miles (110 laps with 14 very difficult turns).

It struck me how these racing teams are a reflection of many of the teams I have seen in the world of supply chain.  With supply chain becoming an increasingly competitive world (like Grand Prix racing), it is imperative that our technology, processes and  people are completely aligned and prepared to execute flawlessly.  The race is on, are your teams prepared to win?



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About Steve Simmerman

Steve Simmerman

Steve Simmerman is a Senior Director with JDA. Simmerman has more than 25 years of experience in the supply chain industry including software, consulting and material handling. He has focused his efforts on working with clients to achieve high performance supply chain results through partnerships and creative solutions. He is a member of CSCMP, WERC, and MHIA and is a regular contributor to several industry publications and events. Simmerman holds his undergraduate and MBA degrees from The University of Notre Dame.


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