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What Drives Supply Chain Excellence? A Look Back and a Look Forward


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This report is based on analysis of financial balance sheet and income statement data for the period of 2000-2012, quantitative survey research results, and interactions with clients in various industries in supply chain strategy sessions. We examine the performance of companies in a cross-section of industries on various metrics. We find that most companies and most industries are stuck in an environment of low results, with the exception of the hi-tech & electronics industry. Finally, we offer our perspective and advice on advancing supply chain excellence and moving the needle for better supply chain performance across company and industry lines.

• A project-based approach has failed. Our gains are much lower than we believed in inventory management and a long-term perspective is needed to drive permanent and sustainable improvements.
• The hi-tech industry is the only of the six industries profiled to drive sustained gains across most metrics considered during the time period.
• The definition of supply chain excellence is still evolving as companies move through different maturity stages. Industrial and pharmaceutical companies are mainly stuck at low levels of maturity and could benefit greatly from applying lessons learned in other industries to their own supply chains.
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