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We Like Short Shorts

By Art van Bodegraven | 02/18/2013 | 7:25 AM

Didn't and don't we all, both now and in the day?  Bob Gaudio's 1958 mega-hit resonated with our hormonally-fueled fantasies, and he went on from his fifteen minutes of Royal Teens fame to decades of success with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.  In another venue, short shorts were the favored - the only - attire of basketball players in the day of the two-handed set shot and  a 16-team NCAA tournament.

Let me pose this question to you.  Would you suit up for a game today in short shorts?  Or, would you strap on a leather helmet for a football game?  Of course not.

So, why are you trying to do a 21st-century supply chain management job with thirty and forty-year old tools and concepts?  Why aren't you designing new kinds of shoes, and uniforms that facilitate movement, reduce weight, manage moisture, and improve safety to advance how the game is played?

Or, engineering new processes, applying new concepts, and leveraging technology to create effective and continuously improving supply chains?

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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.


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