I was thinking about all the supply chain agility issues Santa would have this year – probably the same every year. Like the fact that he has to deliver to hundreds of millions of folks on one particular day of the year.
He’s been doing this for hundreds of years with only one workshop -- not located anywhere near any major distribution routes and with a small but obviously highly productive workforce. Add to this his orders come in only a few weeks before 25th December – some on the 24th! And somehow he hasn’t any carry over stock on the 26th. Miss the 25th and you’ve had it!
Downside of this squeeze is that you can often get that same ol’ pair of socks, that boring polyester tie or that colorful sweater that you’ll never wear. Maybe even a lump of coal if you’re really unlucky. So here’s a message to Santa…
…Hey, Santa, what about a flip camera, a Cisco Cius, or a Cisco ūmi? I’ll be getting a Valet myself. Then again, our manufacturing customers have lots of choices for Supply Chain, Continuous Innovation, Plant operations, Customer interaction, or the new Industrial Intelligence portfolios.
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