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Competitive Supply Chains

The best supply chains are more than a collection of technologies and processes. As supply chain evolves from tactical to strategic, they enable a company’s go-to-market strategy and competitive position.
By Larry Lapide
December 6, 2016

What defines a competitive supply chain? That is a question that Larry Lapide addressed in three of his “Insights” columns in 2015. The short answer, according to Lapide, is that a competitive supply chain is essential to a company’s go-to-market strategy, and important to winning business. It really comes down to three critical elements: excellence, strategic alignment and optimized demand management. As Lapide wrote in an author’s note to the last column, the three elements work together: “Without formal, routine joint decision-making processes, a supply chain organization is not really playing a major role in executing a corporate strategy, even if it is strategically aligned.”

For the December issue of Supply Chain Management Review, we’re bringing those three columns together into one article. Think of them as a roadmap for the do-it-yourself supply chain strategic project manager—the kind of manager we defined in last month’s issue—who doesn’t necessarily need help from the outside consulting community. The columns also build on Lapide’s work on the SC2020 project (http:// ctl.mit.edu/research/current-projects/supply-chain- 2020-project) at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics as well as his past columns in SCMR. To that end, we are publishing an extended version of this article on scmr.com that will include other complimentary columns. As always, Lapide welcomes your comments and questions at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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What defines a competitive supply chain? That is a question that Larry Lapide addressed in three of his “Insights” columns in 2015. The short answer, according to Lapide, is that a competitive supply chain is essential to a company’s go-to-market strategy, and important to winning business. It really comes down to three critical elements: excellence, strategic alignment and optimized demand management. As Lapide wrote in an author’s note to the last column, the three elements work together: “Without formal, routine joint decision-making processes, a supply chain organization is not really playing a major role in executing a corporate strategy, even if it is strategically aligned.”

For the December issue of Supply Chain Management Review, we’re bringing those three columns together into one article. Think of them as a roadmap for the do-it-yourself supply chain strategic project manager—the kind of manager we defined in last month’s issue—who doesn’t necessarily need help from the outside consulting community. The columns also build on Lapide’s work on the SC2020 project (http:// ctl.mit.edu/research/current-projects/supply-chain- 2020-project) at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics as well as his past columns in SCMR. To that end, we are publishing an extended version of this article on scmr.com that will include other complimentary columns. As always, Lapide welcomes your comments and questions at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

1.) Excellence Amy Chua, known as the “Tiger Mom,” has been praised and criticized for her views on raising children to be high performing. She cowrote a book, “The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America,” based on eight successful cultural groups.

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