Sheri Hinish, Supply Chain Queen, named a 2019 Pro to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Sheri Hinish was recognized as a 2019 “PRO TO KNOW” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive for outstanding leadership in supply chain that stood out among her peers. She will be included in this year’s article” under the Supply Chain Queen brand! The Pros to Know Awards recognize supply chain executives, andmanufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises, that … Read more

A Lesson In Leadership: Your Patience When You Have Nothing and Your Attitude When You Have Everything Will Define You

My hometown in Maryland is covered in a blanket of snow. There is something peaceful about the Winter-pause as we wait for the promise of Spring, where nature regrows and transforms, a part of a cycle much bigger than a singular change, a singular thing. As I look out the window of my home office, Winter … Read more

Digital Factory and Retail Technologies Rethink the Supply Chain of 2025

In this video, I describe how the supply chain of 2025 will rethink the way the world does business using the digital factory and retail technologies. Within the next decade, we will move away from mass-produced products to more meaningful, personal items created in small quantities, and  IoT solutions and robotics will make this all … Read more

Interview with Industrious Magazine on the Future of Supply Chain

Written by John Kultgen Meet Sheri Hinish. To colleagues and clients, she’s known as the “Supply Chain Queen.” Hinish has made a career out of helping brands rethink supply chain sales and operations planning, strategy, and talent management. She’s also a recognized IBM Futurist, and a strong voice across social and professional online communities. Now pursuing … Read more

Who Owns Your LinkedIn Profile, Social Media Profiles and Content? Your Employer or You?

I read a post today from Jake Dunlap, wherein he described that: “Your LinkedIn profile is your own…you own it, it’s your voice, it’s your opinions – not your companies. It’s the biggest mistake you can make to turn over your sharing and posts to your company vs. owning the content like your facebook, Instagram … Read more

2019 Resolutions: Lead with Purpose, Buy with Purpose, and Design your Supply Chain for Zero Waste

In this video, I’m highlighting something front of mind during the holiday season…buying with purpose.  Buying with Purpose is understanding the handshake you making with trading partners upstream in sourcing and procurement, in harvesting and acquisition of raw materials, and delivering the promise you make to customers that they are buying safe, reliable, ethical products. On … Read more

Is Circular Progress in Fashion Moving Forward or Further Away?

The fashion industry fuels a linear economy with waste greater than $460B of value each year through unsustainable disposal of clothing (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017). Characterized as one of the most polluting and wasteful industries, it consumes 98 million tonnes in non-renewable resources, 93 billion cubic metres of water, and 53 metric tons of fibre … Read more

The Future of Work in Supply Chain and the Importance of Technology & Culture

By 2020, 1/2 of the workforce will be comprised of millennials. The marriage of tech and culture, how we connect and leverage AI in automated workflows, and how we define the digital workplace will make or break success in digital transformation. With collaboration up more than 50% than just 30 years, think about how we … Read more

Top 10 Trends and Innovation in Supply Chain

In this video, I wrap up Day 2 of the Gartner IT Expo & Symposium where we discussed scaling transformation, the top 10 strategic investments that should be on your radar and the connection in all things, influencing the future of humanity, the future of work, the future of Supply Chain and B2B Integration. ‪ … Read more

You are Possible. Anything is Possible If You Have the Grit and Determination.

This is what a Harvard graduate student looks like. A working mother, passionate about building a better world for her children, future generations, and transforming the landscape of how we connect, plan, source, make, deliver, and promise value beyond traditional supply chain. The daughter of parents who did not have the opportunity to attend university, … Read more

SupplyChainQueen Featured in Let’s Talk Supply Chain Podcast, Women in Supply Chain Series

In this episode (start at 4:46), I share my journey to success, how I became known as the Supply Chain Queen, my new role as an IBM Futurist, thoughts about innovation and co-creation in supply chain. I share advice to the next generations and a point of view on the future of supply chain. Per … Read more

How to Beat Rejection by Turning a “NO” Into a Queendom

I was in Charlotte this week and met with a friend, Daniel Stanton; you may know him as Mr. Supply Chain and author of the book “Supply Chain for Dummies”. He was joined by his wonderful family including his wife Ruth and their three beautiful girls. As we chatted at a local craft brewery called OMB, … Read more

The Social Dilemma of Human Behavior & Sustainable Choices in the Fashion Supply Chain

Although the premise of clothing characterizes a rudimentary need (Yawson, Armah, & Pappoe, 2009), the intricacies and system dynamics specific to the fashion industry’s supply chain are far from basic (Amed, Berg, Brantberg, & Hedrich, 2016). The current state of the fashion industry is challenging because factors contributing to its complexities are uncertain and constantly … Read more

Unearthing Opportunity in the Linear Approach Toward Clothing

This analysis examines the interconnectivity between human behavior, industrial elements, and natural elements across the linear processes in the textile and clothing system. Using a systems-level perspective, it shows how biological and technical resources are wasted in material extraction and harvesting, the production of goods, and consumption or use by humans. The analysis of waste … Read more

New Research by MIT Uncovers the Behavioral and Network Features for Follow Back on Twitter

Interesting insights and exploration from Dylan Walsh, who tells the tale of Taumid Zaman, MIT professor, who tries to tries to get a follow from Taylor Swift and ends up with a new tool for information warfare. To influence someone on social media, first you need them to follow you. New research uncovers the behavioral … Read more

The Two Best Habits People with High EQ Use To Optimize Meetings

Meaningful tips from behavioral scientist Nick Hobson who describes quick and effective tips to drive efficiency and engagement in meetings. I feel like my days turn into meeting after meeting and it can erode productivity on my teams. Hoping these tips shift the energy of your interactions. Reference: https://www.inc.com/nick-hobson/how-emotionally-intelligent-people-run-meetings.html?cid=search&_lrsc=50f35f88-05cb-41d8-a595-b529dd54efb7 Personal gripes aside, research has shown that meetings have increased … Read more

Cradle-to-Cradle System Design: reflections by Dr. Michael Braungart

I wanted to share insights from Dr. Michael Braungart on circular economy. My focus this Spring in post-graduate work is centered on application of circular economy theory in supply chain optimization. In this passage, he describes the transition from linear processes to circular thinking wherein the total costs of product ownership and product’s lifecycle are critical … Read more

Personalized Customer Experiences in Retail Tied to Artificial Intelligence and Additive Manufacturing

During CES, I was able to see and sample first-hand how supply chains are transforming, connecting the customer to the manufacturer, delivering products faster and more accurately than ever before. The Twitter Poll results are in and you’ve asked for a deep-dive on the RFID Checkout Solution (45% of total votes). In this article, I’ll … Read more

How Business Can Bridge the Gap to Solve Social Problems

Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society’s biggest problems? Michael Porter admits he’s biased, as a business school professor, but he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business solves a problem, it … Read more

Innovation in OmniChannel Retail and Manufacturing Using RFID, Facial Recognition, AI, Deep-Learning, and Additive Manufacturing

In this video from CES 2018, I describe how personalizing the way things are made, shipped, and sold will transform the retail supply chain of the future. As we move to a make-to-order environment, where items are highly customized, supply chains will enable on-demand and automated tasks powered by AI, deep-learning, additive manufacturing, and IoT … Read more

Insights on Supply Chain Robotics, AI, IoT, and Smart Manufacturing Unveiled at CES 2018

Aligning technology, processes, and people with a holistic and intelligent approach across the supply chain is a rare find, particularly with one hand to shake. This is why I am so excited to show you how Panasonic is revolutionizing the integrated supply chain at CES 2018. Through automation advances and end-to-end connectivity, Panasonic has transformed … Read more

Moving Towards a Circular Economy

When you think about accelerating impacts and long-term solutions to current supply chain challenges that impact the triple bottom line (people, planet and profit), we need to adopt and develop sustainable frameworks with a holistic life-cycle perspective. There is a ton of innovation happening in the CPG space, for example Levi’s, Unilever, and PepsiCo.  Shifting from … Read more

The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies originals, thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this video, you’ll learn three unexpected habits of originals, including embracing failure. “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re … Read more

How Blockchain Will Revolutionize Supply Chain by Building Trust and Transparency

The history of Supply Chain Management has evolved since its’ roots in the early 1900s. From improving labor processes of basic material handling and freight transportation, to more sophisticated approaches of balancing cost and efficiency trade-offs, the concept of a supply chain is no longer siloed. It requires integration of supplier-customer relationships, process synchronization, and … Read more

Sourcing Complex Professional Services in a Competitive Supply Chain

Quality is one of the most important factors for companies in the relationship between suppliers and customers (Ackerman, 2007). It requires integration of processes and data harmonization in a complex, global environment. Critical processes and strong relationships develop mutually beneficial outcomes, trust, strength and competitive advantage. We live in a time where globalization has forced … Read more

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