Art Koch's Profit Chain - Process Improvements

Just completed an excellent two day session for Core User training of team members at Optimas Solutions. We not only were able to train the core team, we also validated our design with significant data for ToolsGroup SO99+ Inventory Optimization and Replenishment Planning modules. Step functional forward for all stake holders.

Here are some photos of the training session.

Claudio imparting his wisdom.

Claudio imparting his wisdom.

Can you “smell” the focus?

Can you “smell” the focus?

After significant hard work and success. It was time for a little fun and team building. Both Supply Chain and IT needed a couple hours to let off some steam and energy. I think bowling did the trick.

Team Supply Chain plotting their strategy for the next game.

Team Supply Chain plotting their strategy for the next game.

We learned Team IT could bowl!

We learned Team IT could bowl!

And Team UK plotting an exit....

And Team UK plotting an exit....

Next step, CRP! Let’s show the same drive, grit and determination. Success has no boundaries!

Supply Chain Management is alive and well!!!

Supply Chain Management is alive and well!!!

I recently read the June 2018 HBR article “The Death of Supply Chain Management

Shocking….to say the least.

I liken this article to the mid 1980’s and the push for “Lights Out” manufacturing.  Are they shouting from the same roof top?  Have not educators and professionals alike learned that lights out manufacturing has an extremely limited application.  And here they are sounding the same horn.  I can hear it now, “The Light’s Out Supply Chain” or “The Autonomous Supply Chain”.

If the authors’ objective was to get our attention, they did. However, they missed significant historical lessons. Nothing can replace human tactile/touch of making the pieces fit together.  Just ask Elon how his autonomous factory is working.  How many truly believe there will be 100% autonomous networks of vehicles roaming our roadways. Not many…we like driving and conditions change too often.

They’ve missed a critical point: SCM has been a 2nd class citizen within organizations for years and never let loose to show its true potential.  And NOW with big data, AI, and better analytics we have moved to the front of the bus. 

It’s time for SCM leaders to invest in themselves, organizations to invest in SCM as professionals. SCM is a profession just like CPAs and engineers.  As we move to the front of the bus, we as leaders in SCM must demand more professionalism within our profession.

The authors are correct, in there are significant benefits to AI and linking; sales, demand planning, inventory optimization and replenishment planning.  However, there must always be a strategy, vision and professionalism to “right the ship”.

SCM welcome to 1st Class!!!  Let’s act like we belong and let’s not blow the opportunity to show the world what integrated SCM can achieve.  It’s a great time to be part of this transformation.


Art Koch

Advisory Services and Founder 


Thinking Big!

Just finished Alan Weiss’s one day session on Thinking Big! WOW…! Alan is the author of more that 60 books and the person behind the Million Dollar Consulting® franchise. This is my third class/session he has lead, all have been transformational for me as an expert resource and advisor for Operations and Supply Chain.

Key learnings;

  1. Don’t let our norms consume our creativity.

  2. Focus on what you desire in life to have break out Thinking Big opportunities.

  3. Build your brand; Entropy Busters!™, Inventory Is Evil!, The 1%=50% Rule, and Found Genius.

  4. Over communicate

  5. Stand out in the crowd / become an object of interest.

Alan Weiss and  Art Koch

Alan Weiss and Art Koch

Our class.  19 people from 4 counties.

Our class. 19 people from 4 counties.