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SCiP Networking Event, 16th March 2016


Imagine the Supply Chain of the Future


We were delighted to have welcomed guest speaker Lora Cecere founder of the research firm Supply Chain Insights to our Supply Chain in Practice event. Lora is an enterprise strategist and supply chain guru. Her company helps supply chain leaders pave new directions in supply chain management.


1. Metrics that Matter

Many industries are stuck at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns. To drive improvement, supply chains need to work outside-in, become ‘market-driven’ and take a more holistic approach to managing an integrated set of metrics.

2. Disruptive Power of Big Data

Big Data is here to stay. We take a look at how big data will redefine the supply chain, which technologies are available and what to expect in the near future.

3. Supply Chain Centres of Excellence

As metrics and supply chains become more integrated, with more advanced analytics, we need the right type of leadership and competence. Supply chains of the future are building their centres of excellence.




Speaker Biography


Lora Cecere, Supply Chain Shaman

Lora Cecere, Supply Chain Insights


Lora Cecere is the founder of the research firm Supply Chain Insights. The company is helping supply chain leaders pave new directions in supply chain management.


As a prolific writer, Lora is the author of the enterprise software blog Supply Chain Shaman. Lora’s weekly posts are read by 15,000 readers. She also writes a blog for Forbes and is a Linkedin INfluencer. She has 58,000 followers around the globe. Her co-authored book, Bricks Matter, published in December 2012, and her new book Supply Chain Metrics That Matter published in December 2014.


As an enterprise strategist, Lora focuses on the changing face of enterprise technologies. Her research is designed for the early adopter seeking first mover advantage.


With more than 30 years of diverse supply chain experience, Lora spent 9 years as an industry analyst with Gartner Group, AMR Research, and Altimeter Group. Prior to becoming a supply chain analyst she spent 15 years as a leader in the building of supply chain software at Manugistics and Descartes Systems Group, and several years as a supply chain practitioner at Procter & Gamble, Kraft/General Foods, Clorox, and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream (now a division of Nestlé).


Academically, Lora has been a continual learner. She has a MBA from The Wharton School of Business, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Lora is currently enrolled in a DBA program at Temple University in Research Methods.