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Achieving Total Economic Benefits From Supply Chain Efficiency  Companies spend millions wringing every bit of inefficiency from supply chains. But, there is a hidden trove of efficiency and value that leading companies are just beginning to consider.   
Agile and Customized Supply Chains Supply chain migration from lean and functional to agile and customised.  
Aligning a Misaligned Supply Chain  Improving supply-chain management to gain a competitive edge. A misaligned supply chain can lead to higher costs, lower quality and poor customer service.   
Consumer Behavior, Supply Chain Management and Customer Satisfaction: An Investigative Study in Small and Medium Enterprises.  It appears that the notions on supply chain management may only be indirectly associated with the issues surrounding consumer behaviors toward maintaining and/or otherwise pushing customer satisfaction.   
Creating Supply Chain Flexibility in the Flattening World The forces of globalisation and ever flattening world are exerting renewed pressure on global supply chains. It is time that organisations counter supply chain disruptions by building solid 'sense and respond' capabilities.  
Delivering on Its Promise Four cardinal principles for maximizing payback from supply chain technology investments.   
E-Business and Supply Chain Integration This paper examines the impact of e-business on supply chain integration on four critical impact of e-business on supply chain integration on four critical dimensions.  
Effective Supply Chain Management The complexities of getting material ordered, manufactured and delivered overload most supply chain management (SCM) systems.  
End-to-End Pull Eradicating the "high-inventory-poor-service-level" problem.   
E-Supply-Chain Management Unlocking Value from E-Supply Management. Despite the "e," e-supply management is about much more than technology. Five steps can help businesses make the most of their efforts.   
Financing Supply Chains A few farsighted finance executives are managing their supply chain as a virtual corporation, finding innovative ways to reduce costs and increase earnings.  
Finding the hidden costs in broken supply chains Despite tariffs dropping to a 30-year low, reform efforts have stalled in recent years and international trade remains seriously constrained. A big reason: The inefficiencies and choke-points that hobble the global supply chain turn out to be a much bigger factor than government-imposed tariffs in restricting the flow of goods and services across borders.   
Flow Manufacturing Flow Manufacturing is Essential to Competitive Supply Chain Management  
Good, Better, Best: How to Assess Your Supply Chain Performance Many companies are not aware of how their supply chains are performing or even what supply chain they're in. Specific assessment criteria based on the Six Levels of Supply Chain Excellence and a strategic assessment methodology can help them determine how their supply chain is performing and thus plot a course for improvement.  
Have you 'optimized' excess inventory and lowered costs in your supply chain? ...  … Great. But that's only the first step. Get ready to rally the troops for supply chain versus supply chain. Simplify, collaborate, adapt.   
How Many Supply Chains Do You Need? This paper describes a framework for identifying distinct supply chains within a business and offers a how-to approach for developing strategies that appropriately align with each supply chain.   
In Search of The Right Helping Hand For every problem associated with global supply-chain reengineering, there are thousands of independent consultants eager to help out. But finding the right one can be a nerve-wracking task.  
Inbound Supply Chain Development: being in charge beyond the first supplier interface How to develop lean and agile supply chains. As manufacturing companies shift towards buying on a system level rather than component level, driven by outsourcing and low cost sourcing strategy, the inbound supply chain becomes somewhat of a “black box” with little transparency beyond the first tier supplier interface.   
Influence of IT on SCM    
Internet Technology and Transformation of Supply Chains Newly emerging e-chains use the internet’s speed, flexibility and real-time communications to link partners in networked, web-like structures.  
Just What Is a 4PL Anyway? Consultants and 3PLs agree that there is a real need for a “supermanager” to run a company’s logistics, knowledge base and IT systems.  
Next-Generation Supply Chains Bigger Steps, Smaller Footprints Major shifts in global business conditions are radically altering input costs and risk. In response, companies must realign their supply chains, including: rethinking product formulation and packaging, restructuring the supply chain network and footprint, and realigning the role of suppliers and third parties.   
Re-Conforming the Supply Chain From Supplier to Customer: Before the Software Now that Supply Chain Management has entered the consciousness of manufacturing managers, we are experiencing the inevitable rush to apply a software solution to implementation of a fully integrated chain of activities from the top to the bottom of the materials flow.  But supply chain management is much more than software.    
SCM - Plan to Succeed Discusses the prerequisites of supply chain success.  
Shifting Your Supply Chain into Reverse The handling of returned products, often called reverse logistics, is an often-neglected part of an otherwise efficient supply chain.   
Strategic marketing in global supply chains: Four challenges  Superior supply chain management can facilitate marketing strategy and lead to the creation of superior customer value, satisfaction, and loyalty, which in turn lead to improved product profit margins, overall firm profitability, and overall corporate growth. However, marketing strategy is problematic in global supply chains.  
Supply Chain Software Investments One Size Doesn’t Fit All. About the process of finding the right software solution  
Supply Intelligence The authors examine supply chain scenarios in which obtaining complete information about suppliers is costly. In such scenarios, there is a trade-off between the costs of obtaining information and the benefits that accrue to the owners of such information.   
The Death of Time and Distance A holistic approach to supply chain management. 2007  
The Last 100 Feet of the Supply Chain Can RFID navigate through the "black hole"? Today, the battleground for maximization of supply chain performance depends largely on execution in the last 100 feet—the distance between the receiving docks of a retail store and its customer checkout counters.   
The New Weakest Link in Your Supply Chain: Supplier Credit Why Companies Need to Behave More Like Their Own Credit Rating Agencies. To emerge from the global recession unscathed, companies should rethink their approach to supply chains by behaving much more like their own credit rating agencies - and fast.   
Turn your supply chain into a profitable growth engine Transforming a company's supply chain is never easy, but the payoff can be tremendous. The economics of a full transformation can be extremely attractive, and the risks, manageable.  new
Value-Oriented Supply Chains Delivering what customers expect while keeping profits up.   
Winning Supply Chains Integrate Today's Capabilities with Tomorrow's Goals Supply chain performance is a measure of competitive advantage—both immediate and long term.   

 

Supply Chain Risk Management

Deconstructing the Supply Chain Link by link, country by country, global supply chains are today under increased scrutiny as more companies advance new approaches for monitoring and managing global risk. 2008  
Operations Risk & Supply Chain Design: An Event Study This empirical study provides evidence linking supply chain strategy and company risk structure. An event study on the stock performance of four major PC producers is performed focusing on the 1999 earthquake in Taiwan and the computer memory price increases that ensued.   
Perspectives in Supply Chain Risk Management: A Review  To gain cost advantage and market share, many firms implemented various initiatives such as outsourced manufacturing and product variety. These initiatives are effective in a stable environment, but they could make a supply chain more vulnerable to various types of disruptions caused by uncertain economic cycles, consumer demands, and natural and man-made disasters.   
Prepare to Bounce Back - The Importance of Incorporating Resilience into the Supply Chain The continuous drive to lower supply chain costs will continue to increase any company’s risk exposure, but with some forethought, risk does not need to threaten extinction.   
Putting Out Supply-Chain Fires Find the extinguisher, because they're almost inevitable.   
Supply Chain Risk Management: A Delicate Balancing Act A multi-faceted view on managing riskin a globally integrated enterprise. Risks with respect to a company’s supply chain have begun to receive attention only more recently, as the push to increase supply chain efficiencies has illuminated the delicate balance between financial considerations and those of the customer.   
Supply Chain Risks in Remote Locations Assess supply chain risks early when making offshore investment decisions.   
The Mitigation of Supply Chain Risk Supply Chain Risk mitigation can not be seen as an “after thought” or “add on” to the supply chain. To be cost effective supply chain risk mitigation needs to be built into the supply chain process  
 
Organizations
Procurement and Supply Chain Benchmarking Organization
Supply Chain Council

 

 
Publications Literature
Coordination of supply chain with revenue sharing contract in a fuzzy environment: Investigation and analysis
By Xuping Li and Jinsheng He
The coordination of a decentralized supply chain can be achieved by adopting supply chain contracts. This paper investigates how a decentralized supply chain can be coordinated by a revenue sharing contract, in which the supplier offers the retailer a lower wholesale price in return for a percentage of the retailer’s revenue.

Re-Conforming the Supply Chain From Supplier to Customer: Before the Software
by Gerald Najarian
Now that Supply Chain Management has entered the consciousness of manufacturing managers, we are experiencing the inevitable rush to apply a software solution to implementation of a fully integrated chain of activities from the top to the bottom of the materials flow. But supply chain management is much more than software. It is the adoption of an over arching approach to the management of the modern manufacturing (or distribution) enterprise. Much like MRP or JIT, supply chain management requires a commitment to doing business in a new and more enlightened paradigm. This article appeared in Midrange Enterprise Magazine.

Flow Manufacturing is the Essential Component in Your Supply Chain Strategy
Gerald Najarian, The Remington Group, LLC 
Supply Chain Management is to the twenty first century manufacturing enterprise as MRP was to the factory of the 1970s; the overriding framework that points the business toward the customer. The customer of the MRP and post MRP era could put up with the fixed (and mostly long) lead times, inflexible product structures and, the high cost of batch/subassembly/final assembly manufacturing and inventory management of that time. Not so the customer of the Supply Chain Management era. As we begin the Supply Chain Management era with the market’s demand for flexibility, velocity and, minimal waste (not necessarily no waste), we now focus on this new overriding framework that is under-girded by ERP and empowered by modern Flow Manufacturing. This article appeared in APICS The Performance Advantage magazine.

Supply Market Intelligence: A Managerial Handbook for Building Sourcing Strategies
by Robert Handfield
The book begins be defining supply market intelligence and discussing opportunities, the establishment of a project team, and conducting an internal business intelligence assessment. It then examines the development of business and market intelligence, supplier evaluations, and sourcing strategies. It also explores how to execute a sourcing strategy, manager a strategic supplier relationship, and redesign an organization for effective supply-chain intelligence and strategic sourcing. This volume offers a benchmarking framework covering all facets of supply-chain management, and includes best practices and case studies of world-class companies.

Supply Chain Management and Advanced Planning : Concepts, Models, Software and Case Studies
by Hartmut Stadtler (Editor), Christoph Kilger (Editor)
This book provides insights regarding the concepts underlying Advanced Planning Systems for coordinating flows, exploiting bottlenecks, and keeping due dates.

Reverse Logistics : Quantitative Models for Closed-Loop Supply Chains
by Rommert Dekker, Moritz Fleischmann, Karl Inderfurth, Luk N. van Wassenhove
Reverse logistics concerns the integration of used and obsolete products back into the supply chain as valuable resources.  This book addresses decision making in reverse logistics. It covers a wide range of aspects, related to distribution, production and inventory management, and supply chain management.

Supply Chain Excellence: A Handbook for Dramatic Improvement Using the SCOR Model
by Peter Bolstorff, Robert Rosenbaum
Supply Chain Excellence gives professionals implementing new supply chain projects a clear, step-by-step guide to adopting the accepted and proven methodologies developed by the Supply Chain Council

Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment: How to Create a Supply Chain Advantage
by Dirk Seifert
The process known as Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment (CPFR) is supply chain management taken to the extreme. This book collects case studies and contributions by the foremost experts in the field to give readers an insightful introduction to this revolutionary new supply chain method.

 

 

 

     

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