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VP, Pharma Supply Chain

Key Takeaways from ManuPharma 2016

December 7, 2016

Last week I had the honor of chairing Day One afternoon sessions for a new conference called ManuPharma held in Frankfurt, Germany.  This elite gathering of technology practitioners ranging from the Heads of Tech Ops to Site Leads at the top Pharma companies came together to explore and learn about a range of disruptive technologies … Continue reading Key Takeaways from ManuPharma 2016

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VP, Pharma Supply Chain

Chill Pill Has a Whole New Meaning for Pharma Supply Chain

November 22, 2016

The pharma supply chain can be incredibly complex with new molecular entities taking as long as a decade to get to market. And it’s growing even more complicated with the new demand for biologics-based products that need to be stored at colder-than-average temperatures during their long journey to patients, hospitals and pharmacies. It’s estimated that … Continue reading Chill Pill Has a Whole New Meaning for Pharma Supply Chain

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A Unified Supply Chain: Pipe Dream or Imminent Reality?

November 16, 2016

In a recent article, Forbes contributor Jonathan Webb made the case that there are two main departments involved in the manufacturing of goods: procurement (supplier contracts) and supply chain (logistics). He rightly argued that this bicameral model makes it difficult, if not impossible, to create anything remotely resembling a contingency plan. How can production swiftly … Continue reading A Unified Supply Chain: Pipe Dream or Imminent Reality?

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Geoff Wolfe

VP, Customer Success

Look Ma’ No Hands! Self-Driving Vehicle Makes Maiden Voyage

November 3, 2016

In mid-October, Uber and beer made history. The San Francisco-based ride-sharing firm teamed up with Anheuser-Busch InBev to make the first commercial delivery via autonomous vehicle. The self-driving tractor trailer traversed 120 miles of Colorado’s I-25 while the driver hung out in the sleeper cab , and by all accounts, the ride went smoothly. An … Continue reading Look Ma’ No Hands! Self-Driving Vehicle Makes Maiden Voyage

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Three Times Tom Hanks Was Faster Than Your Supply Chain (Spoiler Alert)

October 31, 2016

No one can sympathize with the unique challenges of the pharmaceutical supply chain like Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks. Heralded for his extremely emotional on-screen portrayals, Hanks’ characters are habitually held up or impeded en route to a destination, be it by storm (“Cast Away”), government red tape (“The Terminal”), pirates (“Captain Phillips”) or a … Continue reading Three Times Tom Hanks Was Faster Than Your Supply Chain (Spoiler Alert)

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Kumar Kannankutty

VP, WW Technical Sales

From Clark Kent To Superman: Why Business Intelligence And IT Pros Are The New Superheros

September 15, 2016

Image courtesy of DimpleMonkey Pharma companies know that supply chains are a critical part of how value is delivered to patients. And the importance of supply chain is only increasing as companies seek to introduce new therapies and services that improve outcomes and grow the business. Pharma supply chains have had a laser-like focus on … Continue reading From Clark Kent To Superman: Why Business Intelligence And IT Pros Are The New Superheros

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VP, Pharma Supply Chain

The Prescription For Reducing Supply Chain Anxiety in Pharma

September 7, 2016

In my previous role as Vice President of Supply Chain, I saw just how abruptly things can go awry in pharma supply chains. One year, just before the holidays, we lost five batches of API (the active pharmaceutical ingredient that goes into pills) due to a caking issue. It took us almost two weeks to … Continue reading The Prescription For Reducing Supply Chain Anxiety in Pharma

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David Hamdani

Director, Product Marketing

What The World’s Fastest Man Can Teach Us About Supply Chain

August 26, 2016

The Rio Olympics gave us some amazing stories of how individual talent and preparation can lead to gold on the world’s biggest stage. A favorite athlete of mine is Usain Bolt, who cemented his status as the fastest man in the world by winning the gold in the 100m, 200m and 4×100 relay for the … Continue reading What The World’s Fastest Man Can Teach Us About Supply Chain

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David Hamdani

Director, Product Marketing

Predicting Simone Biles’ Olympic Gold Is Easy. Predicting Demand…Not So Much.

August 18, 2016

Thanks to her gravity-defying routines at this year’s Olympics in Rio, Simone Biles has become a household name, walking away with four gold and one bronze medals.  Could her success have been predicted? Absolutely. Even though this is Simone Biles first Olympics, she has been dominating gymnastics since 2013. She took the World Championships in … Continue reading Predicting Simone Biles’ Olympic Gold Is Easy. Predicting Demand…Not So Much.

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David Hamdani

Director, Product Marketing

Winning The Gold Medal For Your Supply Chain Service Levels: What We Can Learn From Katie Ledecky

August 9, 2016

Katie Ledecky obliterated the world record Sunday night, when she won the 400m women’s freestyle swimming race at the Rio Olympics. Even though she described the win as “pure happiness,” it didn’t come easy. Ledecky swims between 55,000 to 70,000 meters a week at practice, 6 days a week. Achieving success in the supply chain … Continue reading Winning The Gold Medal For Your Supply Chain Service Levels: What We Can Learn From Katie Ledecky

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Brexit: How One Word Just Upended Your Supply Chain

July 6, 2016

How many words and Xs does it take to kick out a sitting head of state and cause global market turmoil? The answer is two words (“Leave” and “Brexit”), and about 17.4 million votes marked with an X. With close to 52 of percent of voters in the United Kingdom voting “Leave,” Brexit is now breaking the … Continue reading Brexit: How One Word Just Upended Your Supply Chain

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Geoff Wolfe

VP, Customer Success

Happy 4th… as in Industry 4.0.

June 27, 2016

What better time to talk revolution than with July independence holidays just around the corner here in the U.S. and in France. What revolution am I talking about? The 4th Industrial Revolution. While it lacks the hot dog eating contest, hometown parades or amazing fireworks, it will have enormous ramifications for our global economy. To … Continue reading Happy 4th… as in Industry 4.0.

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Krishna Venkatraman

VP, Product Management

New Comments Feature Drives Better Collaboration

June 23, 2016

Supply chain collaboration just got a whole lot easier with our new comments feature. You can now enter comments directly into any report, solicit input from team members and drive to resolution — all in real-time. No more exporting excel sheets and making phone calls to get answers. Any type of comments can be used, … Continue reading New Comments Feature Drives Better Collaboration

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Anshuman Lall, Ph.D.

Director, Data Science

Supply Chain Meets Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy

June 15, 2016

If your scroll through tech newsfeeds, it is difficult not to stumble upon a bounty of articles from companies and bloggers alike that mention machine learning. Is it hype or the “phrase of the day?” As we see it, machine learning will play an integral role in modern supply chain planning, enabling companies to better … Continue reading Supply Chain Meets Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy

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VP, Pharma Supply Chain

Measuring Service Level: There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

June 14, 2016

Several years ago I was in a cash-to-cash review meeting with the CFO of Pfizer, and he made the comment that, “rarely does one metric tell the full story about performance.” This is especially true for customer service where there are many different ways to measure the effectiveness of your supply chain. But with many … Continue reading Measuring Service Level: There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

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