Segmentation: Shift from One-Size-Fits-All Supply Chain

In January, I identified segmentation as one of key strategies for supply chain managers in 2012. Segmentation is a powerful data- and analytics-driven approach for creating one-to-one relationships between your customers and your supply chains. It establishes the policies for how best to serve each customer with each product in a company’s portfolio. Segmentation promises…

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Big Data Meets the Supply Chain

Big data is a hot topic in various strategy circles: it was one of the hottest topics of discussion at this month’s NRF conference – including in a recent Retail Wire post: Why Retailers are Still Complaining About Big Data. Is it hype or should I pay attention? Last year, McKinsey published a report that…

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Four Key Strategies for Supply Chain Managers in 2012

Demand variability, globalization, new product introduction and increasing customer expectations will all contribute to continued volatility in 2012. That being said, supply chain managers should seek strategies that deliver profitability, reliability and agility. This requires synchronization across two dimensions: 1) from business plan to operations, and 2) from demand through supply. Based on my own…

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