Fashion’s Kipchoge or Tenderfoot? It will be a faster run either way!

October 12th, 2019 was a red letter day for every athletics fan. That day, for the first time in history a human completed the marathon in under two hours! Eliud Kipchoge the current world record holder did the unbelievable and shaved off a good 2 minutes from his best time. It wasn’t just a triumph … Read More »

Too much Supply Chain Visibility, too little business impact

Even if you live in a cave, chances are you haven’t missed the noise around ‘Supply Chain Visibility.’ The terms are many: “Control Tower”, “Operational Intelligence”, “Situation Room”, “Supply Chain Cockpit”, “Predictive ETA”, and so on. From software vendors to analysts to users, each group has coined its own terminology. Regardless of the title, these … Read More »

The Problem with Intuition!

It was a winter morning over two decades ago. My class mates and I had braved the cold to turn up at the IIT Kanpur airfield to carry out experiments required to complete our course. The excitement was palpable because most of us were going to fly for the first time. One of the experiments … Read More »

None who wander should be lost… Never in the data lake

Recently archeologists found evidence suggesting that our seafaring history goes back at least 130,000 years. How our ancestors of that period navigated the vast oceans is not yet known. Till GPS, accurate clocks and reliable weather forecasts became common place, exploration was difficult and risky. Ancient explorers used a lot of ingenuity and learning of … Read More »

When Opportunity Knocks, Do You Hear?

“… You find out that life is just a game of inches. So is football. Because, in either game – life or football – the margin for error is so small. …The inches we need are everywhere around us. They are in every break of the game every minute, every second. On this team, we … Read More »

Deep Learning for a Deep Supply Chain

It was early 2004 and I was catching up with a friend from my college days.  He was the regional head for a Consumer Goods major in India, and told me about changes they were making to streamline operations. That included consolidating the number of stockists and wholesalers. I was puzzled because the company was known … Read More »

The Detailed Half Page Document!

Recently I overheard a conversation between two of my colleagues. One was requesting inputs for a task assigned, while the other was protesting that he didn’t have the time to prepare detailed documentation. The term “detailed documentation” appeared to send a shudder down the requestor’s spine. He promptly replied, “Please don’t give me anything lengthy… … Read More »