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Refining Raw Materials

By William T. Walker, CFPIM, CSCP-F, CLTD-F, CIRM  January 2021 Download PDF Version Here. Coming off the Covid pandemic sometime in 2021 should cause us to refocus on the basic ideas underlying our supply chains. When I teach about multi-echelon supply chains at NYU, I rarely de...

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The Missing Connection

By William T. Walker, CFPIM, CSCP-F, CLTD-F, CIRM  December 2020 Download PDF Version Here. Sometime between midterms and finals university students tend to lose their focus on academics. This year seemed particularly bad with Covid-19.  My best students slipped in their gra...

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Is Conflict Good or Bad

By William T. Walker, CFPIM, CSCP-F, CLTD-F, CIRM  November 2020 Download PDF Version Here. While teaching a class of undergraduates about Sales & Operations Planning, we got into a conversation about conflict resolution. We were discussing a scenario from my past centered on...

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Performance Measurement Starts with a Plan

By William T. Walker, CFPIM, CSCP-F, CLTD-F, CIRM  October 2020 Download PDF Version Here. The raw material warehouse seemed full, and it was taking longer to put away the daily receipts. But raw material inventory normally turned so slowly that it was hard to convince folks that...

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Erratic Demand Means Difficult Choices for Supply

By William T. Walker, CFPIM, CSCP-F, CLTD-F, CIRM  September 2020 Download PDF Version Here. Months into the Covid-19 pandemic as restaurants struggled with on again, off again rulings to move from take out to indoor dining, and as food services companies began to reorganize supp...

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