Supply Chain Revolution

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The Supply Chain Revolution flips the conventional business thinking on its head and highlights how companies can compete in these disruptive times with help of supply chain and sourcing. It is the top of mind issue for most business executives.

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When CEOs think about the supply chain, it’s usually to cut costs. But the smartest leaders see supply chain and sourcing for what they can be: hidden tools for outperforming the competition. Steve Jobs, upon returning to Apple in 1997, focused on transforming the supply chain. He hired Tim Cook—and the company sped up the development of new products, getting them into consumers’ hands faster. The rest is history.

Across a range of industries, once-leading companies are in trouble: Walmart, IBM, Pfizer, HP, and The Gap to name a few. But others thrive. While competitors were shutting stores, Zara’s highly responsive supply chain made it the most valued company in the retail space and its founder, the richest man in Europe. The success of TJX, Amazon, Starbucks and Airbus is fueled by supply chain and sourcing. Showcasing real solutions, The Supply Chain Revolution will:

  • Improve customer satisfaction and increase revenue
  • Make alliances more successful
  • Simplify and debottleneck the supply chain
  • Boost retail success by managing store investment
  • Drive excellence

Technology is disrupting business models. Strategies must change. The Supply Chain Revolution flips conventional thinking and offers a powerful way for companies to compete in challenging times.

Table of Content

Chapter 1 – Improve Customer Satisfaction Through Excellent Service

Chapter 2 – Boost Revenue with Supply Chain

Chapter 3 – Amplify Alliance Performance with Sourcing

Chapter 4 – Debottleneck the Supply Chain and Reduce Risk

Chapter 5 – Increase Retail Success by Managing Store Investment

Chapter 6 – Enhance Marketing Efficiency

Chapter 7 – Smart Real Estate Outsourcing

Chapter 8 – Source Excellence

 From the Inside Flap

Why do companies like Wal-Mart, P&G, Pfizer, HP, and Boeing struggle to compete in the current business environment while others like Apple, T.J. Maxx, and European retailer, Zara, succeed beyond all expectation? Read The Supply Chain Revolution to learn the new supply chain and sourcing techniques these high-performing companies are using to gain the advantage in their markets.

Once dismissed for being “boring,” supply chain and sourcing have come into bloom in this digital, global world. Just look at Apple’s exponential growth after Steve Jobs made supply chain enhancement a priority. He brought in Tim Cook for the revamp, and Cook and his supply-centricity have been leading Apple to success ever since. Another example of the revolution underway is TJX Companies, the parent of retailer, T.J. Maxx. Their agile sourcing model has led to an unboring market valuation of nearly $50 billion.

Companies today face a shrinking range of options as tactics like incremental product innovation, marketing, and geographic expansions lose their potency. Suman Sarkar shows how the future lies in new and different approaches to supply chains and sourcing.

Using case studies of world-leading companies and more than two decades of hands-on consulting experience, Suman Sakar highlights what makes supply chain and sourcing such powerful weapons in business today. And he provides a simple and practical guide for how companies can start wielding them to their advantage.

Read this book to master the new thinking and learn to:

  • Drive customer satisfaction and profitability through segmentation and incentives.
  • Increase revenue by reducing the response time needed to meet new market demands.
  • Better manage supply relationships and improve the performance of critical alliances.
  • Transform high-risk supply chains into operations that contribute to big-picture objectives.
  • Reduce sourcing costs by engaging contractors in new and different ways.
  • Use analytical tools for sourcing services more efficiently and increase ROI.
  • Smash traditional thinking by optimizing outsourcing arrangements for IT, payroll, facilities, and more.
  • Drive business excellence by leveraging the work performed by outside suppliers.

The more technology and new business models continue to disrupt current businesses, the more strategies companies need in order to adapt, anticipate, and succeed. Read The Supply Chain Revolution to arm your company with powerful new techniques for competing in these challenging times.

About the Author

Suman Sarkar is a partner at Three S Consulting, where he has helped leading companies drive excellence in their supply chain and sourcing.

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3 reviews for Supply Chain Revolution

  1. threesconsulting

    Unsexy supply chain the key to many benefits by Ian Mann | Fin24, May 18, 2017

    “This book is indeed thought-provoking for supply chain practitioners as well as for business leaders. Suman Sarkar’s guided multi-step approach focuses on simplification without ignoring business complexity. It will help companies reform their supply chains to enable a healthier business.”
    — P. Venkatram, Vice President, APAC Planning and Logistics Head, LEGO

    “The Supply Chain Revolution is a brilliant, clear, and simple guide for corporate executives who want to transform their supply chain. I have never seen such a clear and actionable plan for taking supply chain management to the next level. Supply chains have become more complex in the last three decades as a result of globalization, the increasing pace of innovation, and competitive intensity. Suman Sarkar explains how best-in-class companies debottleneck their supply chains by drawing from his own experience transforming supply chains both from inside a company and from outside as a consultant.”
    — Atul Tripathi, Senior Director, Global Value Innovation, Pepsico

    “Suman Sarkar does an excellent job of demystifying supply chain concepts and presents a logical framework to unlock tremendous value across the organization value chain. The fact that Sarkar has been a “hands-on” practitioner himself allows him to showcase solutions that will resonate well with supply chain managers /leaders across the industry spectrum. Well done, Suman . . . . eagerly awaiting future insights.”
    — Yogesh Gupta, Vice President (Global Operations), Cargill Business Services

    “The Supply Chain Revolution provides a lucid commentary of some of the most basic supply chain challenges frustrating senior management across different industries. Adopting a methodical approach to inventory tracking, product fulfillment, and channel distribution will help yield significant value in cash flow and reduce inventory obsolescence costs.”
    — Ramesh Krish, VP Supply Chain and Head of Procurement (CPO), Presbyterian Healthcare Services

    “Suman Sarkar does a great job in explaining the practical solutions to common supply chain problems. He delivers an engaging balance between strategic perspectives and operational issues that make for an interesting read.”
    — Satish Jain, Director, Supply Chain and PLM, Scotts Miracle-Gro

  2. Suman Sarkar (verified owner)

    The Supply Chain Revolution identifies and explains many supply chain challenges that frustrate executives most. It delivers corresponding practice-proofed approaches to respond the challenges. The fruitful hands-on industry practices throughout the book provide significant value for organizations to transform their supply chain. This book is a great resource for executives and senior supply chain professionals to use for self-learning or training, and for MBA students with a concentration in supply chain management to complementarily use in class.
    – Xianghui (Richard) Peng, Assistant Professor of Operations Management | Eastern Washington University

  3. Suman Sarkar (verified owner)

    This book provides helpful insights on how companies can use supply chain and sourcing to compete and succeed in the competitive global environment. The author uses his many years of consulting experience along with many real world examples to better explain the methods and best practices in supply chain and sourcing to succeed.

    Usually most CEO’s do not consider supply chain and sourcing as an area that will help the company compete. To signify this point, the author writes that ‘CEOs hardly ever think about supply chain, regarding them as having the same amount of sex appeal as broccoli.’ However, this book provides many excellent examples of how CEO’s can use supply chain and sourcing to compete and succeed. An excellent example in this book is how Apple CEO Steve Jobs who returned to the company he founded and realized that for the company to succeed he needed to focus on three main things – product design, marketing and supply chain. Steve Jobs focused on the product design and marketing and to bring focus on the critical area of supply chain, he brought in Tim Cook, who has now succeeded Jobs as the CEO. Cook helped reduce inventory from months to days, and forged long term deals with many key suppliers. This helped Apple to not only come up with innovative products like iPhone, but the supply chain and sourcing helped in getting these new products quickly to the consumers, making Apple one of the most successful company in this 21st century.

    The book is written mainly from a practitioner’s perspective (but can also be used by the academics) and is neatly divided into four parts starting with (1) how to increase revenue with help from supply chain and sourcing (2) how to reduce risk through efficient operations (3) how to improve profitability from areas that are currently out of scope for sourcing organizations and finally (4) how to drive business excellence with help from sourcing.

    This book has done an excellent job in explaining many important areas of supply chain like customer segmentation, customer service, demand planning, alliance management, inventory management, streamlining supply chain, fixing bottlenecks in supply chain, managing store investment, enhancing marketing efficiency, facilities outsourcing, sourcing excellence, supplier selection, relationship management and many other areas. One area that could have received more attention in this book is in the area of logistics. Overall this is an excellent book to read and enhance your knowledge in the area of supply chain and sourcing.

    – Raj Kamalapur, Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Marketing, College of Business, Angelo State University

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