Agile Supply Chains Seen Critical for Manufacturers

Manufacturing Insights recommends three process transformation projects to deliver business benefits in current economic environment


Manufacturing Insights recommends three process transformation projects to deliver business benefits in current economic environment







  • Networkwide Collaboration & Analytics: Evaluate the alignment of all global supply processes to actual demand, whenever possible (for example, shift focus to a left-to-right, pull-oriented supply chain driven by actual customer demand).


  • Align and Balance Supply with Demand: Place high emphasis on incorporating demand, supply, logistics and product design network partners in all aspects of network-wide collaboration and joint performance management.


  • Sense and Respond: Invest in the ability to more quickly sense unexpected events, with the ability to globally adapt and respond to them.








  • Current cross-industry benchmark studies point to the widening gap between those companies that have harnessed the full competitive benefits of advanced, more agile practices and those that have not.


  • Supply chain initiatives need to be reconciled. The ability to source supply chain activities in lower-cost regions must be balanced with the need to support more overall agility and responsiveness.


  • Analysis of those companies that have adopted advanced practices indicate that they are more profitable and agile than their industry peers.


  • Further research indicates that investing in more mature business practices, followed by advanced IT systems, can result in as much as a 75 percent advantage in net profitability.



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