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Beware Of Jessie Ware?

By Art van Bodegraven | 05/18/2013 | 11:07 AM

Jessie Ware is the hottest property going today in popular music.  And - in a rarity - she is an actual university graduate.  Imagine!  A foundation of reading, writing, and speaking in sentences.  So, is Jessie real, and here for the long term?  Or is she the  favorite of the month for self-appointed abiters of what's important in popular culture?

I don't know, but, in my wildest moments, I can see her being with us for a good long time, and being really good right out of the chute.

This contrasts with some developments in logistics and supply chain management.  Technology that is turning out to have legs, for examble, but that took forever to get off the ground, cost more than anyone dreamed, and is still some distance from fulfilling its ultimate potential.  Can anyone say "RFID"?

Or, equipment with limited life spans and inflexible applications.  Think tow lines in floors.  How about technology that required scale and massive tax breaks to be economically feasible, and radical downsizing to a shadow of its original design to be relevant and useful intoday's fast-paced facility operations.  High-speed mini-load technology is a far cry from the full pallet AS/RS skyscrapers of past generations.

One of our great planning and execution challenges is distinguishing the Charlotte Churches of the supply chain world from the Jessie Wares - and making the right bet in selecting one or the other.

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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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