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Supply Chain Cartoon Caption Contest

- Jan. 6, 2011 -
Supply Chain Cartoon Caption Winners for December 6, 2011 Contest


We announced Four Winners in our Largest Contest Ever! Ho, Ho, Ho!

Week:  Dec. 6, 2011 Contest

This Contest's Winners!

(See "Best of the Rest" Below)


Robert Conti


Steven A. Mihalic

Mark Aberle
Eddie Bauer


Eric Kulikowski
Philips Home Healthcare Solutions

Each winner will receive a nice framed picture of the cartoon with their winning entry and acknowledgement from SCDigest.

Every six months, SCDigest readers will vote on the best cartoon for that period among the bi-monthly winners, and that person will win a $50.00 AMEX Gift Card


This week's
Supply Chain Cartoon Caption Contest Winners:


Robert Conti



Steven A. Mihalic


Mark Aberle

Eddie Bauer

Eric Kulikowski

Philips Home Healthcare Solutions

We had the largest numbers of submissions ever, just under 400 (Thank you!) and that plus being in the Christmas spirit inspired us to name four winners.

All four will receive a framed copy of their cartoons and captions with recognition from Supply Chain Digest and be eligible for our semi-annual prize as voted on by readers.

That quantity of entries naturally meant we had a number of very similar entries. As always, when that is the case we choose the first entrant for our winners or best of the rest selections.

We will also note we had a bit of a bias towards entries that really brought in demand planning concepts into the caption.

Many other great entries! See other especially funny captions below.

Didn't make it? Don't despair - we just have far too many entries to post them all. But you will make it soon!

New cartoon on the SCDigest web site on Monday Jan. 9, 2012.


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Shout out to the Graybar Team:

While we have several companies with multiple regular submitters, no one beats the Demand Planning team at Graybar! Here are their submittals for this contest, which as usual were excellent, producing at a couple of contest winners in the past.

"WOW!  I didn’t even know we had a Demand Planning Group…"


Joel Wilmarth

Who notes, "Sorry, as a DP Supervisor, I couldn’t resist."

"We backed off the quantity of Elmos to make room for the Kindles."

George Crawford

"Explain to me again what the "Holiday forecast model" is and why it was off by 35% from last year."


Sue B. Brittain

"So, you want people to believe in you too?"

 Daniel Edwards

Other Excellent Entries


"It’s not the toys that are a problem, it’s all those darn batteries!"

Marc Schmitt
EJ Gallo

"I preferred it when the children wrote me letters instead of Tweeting."

Brian Hayden
Dromtacker Institute of Technology

“No, I’m not kidding. You can’t just use last year’s deliveries to decide what to make this year.”

Carol Haines
Chelsea Milling Company

"I took a look - load up on Coal."

Dale Stout

"With this finally in place, we can stop the Gift Card experiment."

Marly Hazen

"What's the use? Nobody believes in me or demand planning."

Bill Russo

“All this technology, and you still can’t tell me who’s been Naughty or Nice?”

Jim Higgins

"We are short of product because the new forecasting software thought the spike at the end of December was an outlier and reduced the forecast?"

Jeff Chaussee

“Now is not the time to discover a forecast error!”

Duane (Dewey) Stevens CPM, CPIM, CSCP
Fox Valley Technical College

"Apparently it’s my fault for not approving the funds for a back-up server."

Greg Mack
Best Buy

“NOW you are telling me it’s constrained??

Jeff Givens
Best Buy

"You know we don’t freeze the December forecast this early!”

Joe Oliver
Nice Pak

"Stop looking at me. I have no idea either."

Jason Garrick

"You know our policy is no Less-Than-Sleighload shipping!!

Ron Wheeler

"You elfies go ahead and just plan “what?” and “how many?” I will take care of the “when."

Enrique Crapanzano

“We produced to Marketing’s forecasts, but now they’re telling us, 'The kid is always right.'”

Sean Schubert

"The new, multi-variable Naughty/Nice algorithm reduced our inventory by 23%."

Steve Hopper
Inviscid Consulting

"Recheck your algorithms - the demand spike clearly did not move to March!"

Deanna K. Peters

“Really, that many Snuggies?”

Mark Fralick
ROI Solutions

“Nice is up 10% and naughty is down 5%?!!! Why didn’t you bring this up at the Demand Review??”

Madhav Durbha, Ph.D.
JDA Software

"The good news is, I know what they want for Christmas now. The bad news is, I have no idea what an algorithm is."

Dennis Macdonald
Georgia Pacific

“I remember when all these demands used to be polite requests.”

Jack Villecco
Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P.




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