Supply Chain and Logistics Best Practices

Highlights from Parallax View on Sourcing, Risk Management, Performance, and Organizational Strategies

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Total Cost in Sourcing Decisions: The Road Less Traveled By

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Several years ago I was talking to a supply chain manager about supply and manufacturing locations. He told me that it sure looked like “all roads lead to China”. Since then, selecting China has gone from being a risky decision to being almost a reflex choice in sourcing decisions. Certainly, China is appealing, not just for its low labor cost, but also for its increasingly sophisticated expertise in manufacturing and related infrastructure (transportation, IT, vendor compliance, etc.)

Collection of five great articles on Supply Chain and Logistics best practices:

  • Bill McBeath’s article on Total Cost in Sourcing Decisions describes how firms can financially quantify the full spectrum of impacts of their sourcing decisions.
  • Ann Grackin’s article, Managing Risk, Maintaining Continuity has great insights on the types of supply chain risks that arise, and strategies for dealing with them.
  • Supply Chain Executive: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, by John Boyne, describes how supply chain executives can position the strategic value of supply chain initiatives in ways that resonate with the CEO and the board.
  • In Are We Ready for Supply Chain Risk Officers?, Lonnie Childs discusses organizational strategies for managing risk, including his “eight habits of highly effective risk management organizations.”
  • Major Trends in Supply Chain, by Ann Grackin and Laura Faught, describes five macro trends that are driving changes in global trade and supply chains.

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