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Over the course of the last decade, retailers made more progress on costs and inventory turns than manufacturers. In the rush for technology adoption, we commonly find companies overstating what is possible because they are not clear on the historical trends, and often mistakenly coached to overcommit by industry consultants to justify technology investments.
In studying supply chain metrics, we find that each industry has a definitive pattern. Few are linear. To set reasonable goals, the definitions need to be very industry specific. That is the goal of this report.
In developing supply chain strategy, one of the first objectives is defining what is possible. This involves delineating the metrics, establishing reasonable targets, and rates of improvement. In the review of strategy documents for clients, we find that most companies are not clear on any of these critical sets of assumptions. This report is designed to help. We start with the definition of metrics and then share industry progress for the period of 2006-2016. This report ends with recommendations and conclusions.
• Report Details: This report is based on the analysis of orbit chart charts showing year-over-year supply chain performance at the intersection of operating margin and inventory turns for twenty industries for the period of 2006-2016. The goal is to help supply chain leaders to understand what is possible.
• Objective: As supply chain leaders attempt to define supply chain excellence, they need guidance on industry supply chain performance and overall trends for benchmarking. The goal is to help supply chain leaders make better decisions.
• Hypothesis: Each industry is unique and a good supply chain has different characteristics based upon the specific industry it is in, the product it creates and the customers it serves. Our aim is to help supply chain leaders understand relative industry performance. As shown in this report, each individual industry is charting a unique path on supply chain performance.