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Each month, ALOM supply chain subject matter experts take a look at events, trends and technology shaping the industry and offer thought-provoking opinion and well-considered insight to help bring clarity and greater awareness of key issues.

Boards and C-suite Get Crash Course in Supply Chain

Hannah Kain - May 6, 2022

“We’re just losing confidence that they’re actually going to deliver,” said Cummins CEO and chairman, Tom Linebarger recently about Cummins’ suppliers as he was commenting …

Cocktail Napkin Math Portends Ongoing West Coast Port Back-ups

Hannah Kain - February 1, 2022

After decades in supply chain, my main focus area frankly has not been U.S. Ports. Yes, like everyone else, I have recognized that we have …

Holiday Disruptions Serve as 2021 Supply Chain Metaphor

Hannah Kain - December 22, 2021

During my childhood, the Danish television channel in December would feature a daily show leading up to Christmas. The over-all theme was the same each …

It’s [Supply Chain] War out There. The Best Duct Tape and Talent Will Win.

Hannah Kain - October 8, 2021

“How long can I keep asking my staff to work 14 hour days?”, asked my friend who is running a major global supply chain organization. …

Whack-a-Mole Supply Chain is Here – How Big is Your Hammer?

Hannah Kain - August 26, 2021

My prepandemic advice for supply chain planning: Plan for 98% and “wing” the remaining 2%. There is no way you can plan for 100%. Those …

Watch Out! The Bullwhip May Hit You.

Hannah Kain - July 30, 2021

Demand swings are creating shortages. But shortages are also creating demand swings. When a product is in short supply or – worse – unavailable, we …