“It’s the end of the world as we know it,” and we at Reclipse feel fine because we get it, we are proven agents of change. Today, companies are holistic business chains and entities; Economics 101 and Demand and Supply Management fluency are still the key measures of success; and after living through the boom and breakage of the dot com era we know that the world and business, as we operate now in the 21st Century, has changed and times are tough again. We are in an age of Alternative Energies, On-Line Communities, Health and Design of Living changes – that to survive and thrive people and companies must change and adapt to the new economy and the new world ahead of us. Companies need to be proactive and positive not reactive and behind.
To us at Reclipse, the Supply Chain as we know it is gone and has morphed into a true Holistic “Business Chain” as we describe it. We cannot think or act like the old school, we need to help the old school adapt and the new school inherit the best DNA/Genetic code of business know-how possible. Trailblazing companies are well beyond Lean, Six Sigma, ERP, outsourcing just because, etc. We are in an era where business is complex enough, so lets simplify it and take a leaf or two out of the way an Apple thinks and acts to continually improve ease of use and build innovative and profound services and products (iTunes, iPhone and iLife for example). REI has high prices and sells high quality goods to the adventurer and explorer- a mountain bike, gear to climb a mountain or just a great pair of hiking boots. Thousands of SKU’s, great retail and on-line shopping environments, REI makes money and pleases customers and if you are not happy with it just return it.
Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin plus the Zoominfo worlds are with us and helping change the “face” of what we do and how we do it. Developing our “own space and and clients and growing into it. You truly need GPS and a Garmin to help you navigate the business terrain and be the new world class because it is indeed the end of the world as we knew it (and we do feel fine).
So what is the same and what is different. Some thoughts:
- Cost is still important but lowest total cost, best value and quickly, freaky fast as Toms ….the sandwich chain says and does. Not the cheapest but so fast and good.
- On-demand mass personalization delivered to your door or acquired in your store
- Community and holistic communities. I always liked the “portfolio” word and you always look to having a strong portfolio
- Invest in USA! Buy in USA! Homesourcing becomes the trend. Awaysourcing is secondary. What a waste of fuel and time when we can make the complex simple and Homesource!