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Metrics

<p>If you don’t have metrics, you can’t expect to make any change, says author Jim Barnes.</p> By Jim Barnes, ISM Services Managing Director · July 14, 2015
Metrics aren’t just a measurement tool. The right metrics enable supply management professionals to drive positive changes in their company that can also create alignment between competing objectives.
By Timothy Raven · July 26, 2013
Many high product variety manufacturing companies have come to understand, “operational excellence is an on-going process in which companies strive to produce better results. It has an inherent collaborative nature and typically includes participation from all parts of the organization."
By Mark Moon, Ph.D. Ken Petersen, Ph.D., John Bell, Ph.D. University of Tennessee · March 15, 2013
Article Four in the Game Changing Series
By Ted Stank, Ph.D., J. Paul Dittmann, Ph.D. University of Tennessee · March 15, 2013
Supply Chain Strategy and Performance Trends
By Robert A Rudzki · September 6, 2012
Most companies have several areas of underlying health concerns – often unidentified (and untreated). History has shown that ignoring one or more of the following principles can contribute to the ultimate demise of an organization
By Patrick Burnson · July 23, 2012
FusionOps also announced new high-profile clients for its cloud-based SaaS offering, including business users and analysts at Tesla Motors, KLA-Tencor, Kimball Electronics Group, and Albéa Group.
By Thomas S. Davis and Robert A. Novack · July 2, 2012
The right supply chain metrics can help you answer three key questions: Where do we want to go? How do we get there? And how do we know when we’ve arrived? The ability to answer these questions—in an accurate and timely manner—can lead directly to superior business performance.
By John Blascovich, Alejandro Ferrer, and Bill Markham · November 8, 2011
The latest Assessment of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) study from A.T. Kearney confirms procurement’s power to drive real money to the bottom line and value to the top line. Among the leaders who do this best, seven characteristics stand out.
By Sumantra Sengupta · September 13, 2011
Mobile devices seem to be ubiquitous these days. So it’s not surprising to hear all the talk about mobility in the supply chain. But what’s the real potential of mobility in the key supply chain processes. And what’s the best way to identify and tap that potential? Carefully determining your “Mobility Index” will go a long way toward answering these questions.
By Hugh Williams · July 1, 2011
What lessons about tactical planning can supply chain executives learn from yacht racing? Quite a few. In SCM, as in sailing, you need a helmsman (leader) and a willing crew (team) to achieve the common goal—victory. Tactical planning is not something that concerns just the supply chain director and his or her people. It’s a driver of overall business success.
By Ronald R. Johnson, Charles C. Poirier, Morgan L. Swink and Francis J. Quinn · November 1, 2010
Yes, we’ve all experienced some formidable challenges during the economic downturn of the past two years. But things could have been a lot worse were it not for the supply chain’s positive impact on costs, revenues, and operations. That’s just one conclusion of our annual survey, which suggests brighter times ahead and encourages supply chain professionals to get ready for the upturn.
By Kevin O'Marah · September 1, 2010
This year’s edition of the Top 25 supply chains published by AMR Research, now part of Gartner, contains some familiar names and some new faces. But beyond the list itself, the most important learning for supply chain professionals is that certain tactics consistently define the leaders, regardless of industry or geography. These are the tactics that lead to operational and financial success.
By Charles C. Poirier, Morgan L. Swink and Francis J. Quinn · July 11, 2010
The best companies approach their supply chains in a way that differs markedly from their less-successful competitors. In particular, they consistently embrace certain traits that make their operations run more smoothly and profitably. These are the traits of the supply chain leaders—practices, processes, and principles that any organization would be wise to emulate.
By Morgan L. Swink, Rajdeep Golecha and Tim Richardson · March 1, 2010
The short answer is a resounding yes! New research findings show that the top supply chain management companies significantly outperform their competitors across most financial measures. This article offers insights into those financial gains that differentiate the leaders from their rivals - and offers tips on how to get your top management interested in investing for supply chain excellence.
By By Robert J. Trent · March 1, 2010
Most companies are less than satisfied with their systems in place to measure supplier performance (if they even have a system at all). But creation of an effective supplier scorecard—one that aligns directly with the outcomes sought from doing business with that supplier—is an eminently achievable goal. The key is to focus on a set of core characteristics.
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“The digital revolution has largely overlooked procurement,” says Accenture.