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A Playbook for Supply Chain Strategy

When we think of strategists, we tend to think of men (C-level folks are still mostly men) with giant foreheads seeing things the rest of us cannot. But strategy is often more prosaic. For example, when it comes to supply chain strategy, there is a playbook that can be followed.

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Guest Commentary: Supply Chain Direction – Strategic Plan vs. Cost Center

When companies engage with a shipper, regardless of the industry or the complexity of the supply chain, the first area to focus on is where supply chain stands in the organization.  Although supply chain management is now a generally understood function in most companies, organizations often struggle to get supply chain management on the key initiatives list for their CEO’s.  There could be a number of reasons for that omission.  We often hear that supply […]

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Fostering a Bottom-Up Supply Chain Strategy

So much of supply chain management is, and must be, top down and focused on tight process control. Companies have applied Six Sigma and Lean to factories and warehouses to lock down processes in pursuit of high quality and throughput. While there is room for input from floor-level workers, there is not a lot of room for them to do their own thing. New tools for collaboration have emerged that are said to be changing […]

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