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 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.