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Three Ways to Design Your Supply Chain for Successful Mergers and Acquisitions

As the global economic outlook improves, worldwide mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is predicted to pick up. M&A deal volume and deal value remains strong. According to recent surveys, 56 percent of responding companies expect to actively pursue acquisitions in the next 12 months[1], with global M&A value projected to top $3.2 trillion, up 23 percent from this year[2]. Despite the increasing numbers, failure rates for M&A initiatives are extremely high. Depending on which report you […]

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High-Quality Data: The Best Fuel for Supply Chain Change

As supply chain consultants, we often help clients navigate complex change–from adjusting to cost or competitive pressures to unique challenges like an M&A. These challenges all demand careful analysis of multiple financial and operational outcomes. There’s often a lot hanging in the balance, so it’s rarely a good time to “map out” supply chain changes or cost reduction goals on the back of a napkin. Our most-successful analyses and recommendations are always built on models […]

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How Diageo’s Supply Chain Delivers Growth-Driving Innovation

Last month I wrote a Logistics Viewpoints article titled “A Maturity Model for Supply Chain Progression?” In this article, I contended that the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index (CGI), which measures national economic competitiveness, can also serve as a maturity model for supply chain progression. The CGI framework outlines 12 pillars of competitiveness and categorizes economies into three progressive stages of economic development. The three stages are 1. Basic, Factor Driven; 2. Efficiency Enhancers; […]

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Guest Commentary: Portrait of a Next-Generation Transportation Management Solution

Freight payment, freight audit, sourcing and order management — these are just a few of the standard tactical components that customers require to execute basic transportation management solutions. But with a tough business climate expected to be challenging far into the future, a competitive transportation management solution must go beyond the basics. Fuel costs are rising, legislative and regulatory impacts continue, rates are increasing and the driver shortage is reaching crisis levels. It’s imperative that […]

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Guest Commentary: Transportation Strategies for Mitigating Risk as a Continuous Improvement Initiative

Supply chain disruptions occur in many forms, from simple day-to-day concerns to catastrophic natural disasters. While potential risk cannot be avoided entirely, leading companies are taking a new approach to risk management and optimization. Instead of viewing risk mitigation as a one-time or periodic activity, these companies are assessing risk as a continuous improvement initiative. By adopting a combination of sophisticated technology and best-practice processes, organizations can effectively and continuously examine risk across all aspects. […]

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