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#191 Moving the World of Supply Chain Forward with Lora Cecere

Some of the biggest challenges through the last two years have been closely connected to issues in the supply chain. The playing field has definitely changed and here to help us better understand this, and share some insight into how we can build better systems, more suited to the current landscape is Lora Cecere. Lora is the Founder of Supply Chain Insights, through which she helps leaders take their supply chain teams to the next level! She is also the brains behind the blog ‘Supply Chain Shaman’, a thought-leader, strategist, and researcher. In our conversation with Lora today, we get some context and history from her, and how she worked her way up to founding her firm. She talks about her studies and the array of different companies she worked with before starting Supply Chain Insights. From there, Lora shares her thoughts on the important lessons we can learn from the recent instability and issues, and weighs in on how we can re-mold our new systems to better suit the needs of the industry. We discuss bringing AI and ML into the conversation around data, and why bidirectional orchestration can make such a big difference to how we interact with complex systems. To hear all this and more from a true expert in the field of supply chain, be sure to join us on Women and Manufacturing!


Rosemary Coates

Ms. Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute and the President of Blue Silk Consulting, a Global Supply Chain consulting firm. She is a best-selling author of: 42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China and 42 Rules for Superior Field Service and The Reshoring Guidebook. 

Ms. Coates lives in Silicon Valley and has worked with over 80 clients worldwide. She is also an Expert Witness for legal cases involving global supply chain matters.  She is passionate about Reshoring.


Lora Cecere

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. Founded in February 2012, the company is now six years old.

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 262,000 followers around the globe. Her co-authored book, Bricks Matter, published in December 2012, and her second 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 12 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 is 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.

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