5 Sources of Inspiration That’ll Rekindle Your Love for Supply Chain Integration

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Are you getting tired of supply chain integration? Don’t be. Remember, it offers a number of benefits necessary for your business success. It lets you form partnerships not only with your trading partners but also with your customers and suppliers. It allows you to swap planning data in real-time. It decreases your inventory requirements. Most of all, it offers great amounts of resilience and flexibility in facing varying circumstances.

If these benefits are not enough to go on with your supply chain integration, here are 5 interesting quotes to rekindle your love for it.

  1. “At P&G, we decided to stop being so company-centric, and start being customer-centric and demand-driven. We found when you do that, some amazing things happen.” – Ralph Drayer, former Chief Logistics Officer at P & G

Continue to build your supply chain. While it is difficult to break traditional ways pf doing business, changing your belief will get you at the top. Because P & G changed their beliefs, they are now #5 of the leading companies in supply chain.

  1. “Who really has the fundamental information they need to manage their supply chain effectively? Take cost-to-serve, for example. Most companies don’t have good information there. That goes for product profitability, customer profitability, etc. Most companies don’t have that.” – Bill Copacino, former Accenture head and founder of oCo

Most companies work to improve their supply chain visibility. Through accurate information, you can view how your business is doing holistically, including all the interconnected parts. It lets you see what you can do better to meet your company’s and customers’ needs.

  1. “A lot of transportation decisions were being made, and they weren’t always in the best interests of McDonald’s.” – Tom Covelli, Senior Director of Supply Chain Management McDonald’s

With McDonald’s on #2 of the leading companies in supply chain, it is hard not to get inspiration from the company’s success. This message tells you to trust your partners but always verify information. Thanks to cloud integration, it is now possible to share information and see changes made in real-time.

  1. “Part of what you need to do in the supply chain is to help your company anticipate events, and understand the environment you operate in – physical, political, economic – around the globe.” – Fran Townsend, US Government Official in National Security

Try to see problems before they occur. Through supply chain integration, you will be able to monitor your business and predict chaotic circumstances, giving you time and information to create a solution.

  1. “As supply chain professionals, we are now chartered with managing a global set of resources in motion. Our scope is expanding once again. People, resources, truck drivers, field services workers, merchandisers, warehouse workers. All resources in motion.” – Art Mesher, CEO of Descartes Systems

Supply chain must be in constant motion, requiring higher levels of flexibility, visibility, synchronization and management skills. And, a tightly integrated supply chain gives you that.

Charlie Alsmiller

Throughout his career, Charlie Alsmiller has focused on customer problems in difficult industries such as Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to starting Appterra in 2005, Alsmiller was VP of Global Operations for Allegro Development, a leading provider of software for the energy sector. He has also served as president of OmniSpace Technologies, a leading SaaS provider that he founded in 1999. He spent over 10 years in the consulting world with Price Waterhouse and Deloitte Consulting, where he participated in a wide variety of projects for very high profile clients. Mr. Alsmiller holds a BBA from Baylor University in Management and Information Systems and a MBA from the University of Dallas in International Business. Specialties: Technology ventures, Enterprise Software, Contract Negotiation, International Operations, Private Equity, Product Management, Strategic Alliances, Software Implementation, Software Development

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