Evidence suggests that for those firms who are prepared to develop SCM strategies, the payback in terms of competitive advantage and cost reduction can be considerable. This briefing offers a practical working guide to help you and your organisation implement a robust and effective supply chain management approach. Extensive case study material illustrates what should - and should not - be done so that strategic and operational targets can be achieved.
Table of Contents
1. Supply chain management and 'best practice' sourcing
- The four basic sourcing options
- Which of the options is 'best practice' for the buyer?
- The key enablers of successful SCM implementation
2. Is supply chain management the best strategic sourcing option?
- Selecting the right sourcing strate
- Internal investments and the make-buy decision
- External investments and the four generic sourcing strategies
- Selecting strategic sourcing options
3. Is supply chain management feasible operationally?
- Internal success factors
- External success factors
4. Implementing supply chain management initiatives
- The three competitive market and SCM strategy options
- A framework for developing competitive market and SCM strategies
- Creating a physically efficient (lean) supply chain
- Creating an innovative and market-responsive (agile) supply chain
- Market differentiation and cost leadership with an innovative and process efficiency supply chain strategy
- Conclusions: the conundrum of knowledge and understanding
5. Software and Internet tools for effective supply chain management
- The theoretical benefit of software and Internet tools for SCM initiative
- The major e-sourcing software applications
- The major Internet sourcing applications
- A framework for analyzing the utility of software and Internet-based tools and SCM initiatives