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University of Tennessee Study Seeks to Redefine Supply Chain Integration

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Burnette points out that the paper, which contains anonymized data from 16 leading companies, focuses on the eight best practices common to success in supply chain. These include simplification, streamlining, and integration, as well as the education of holistic supply chain leaders.

“True integration work is complicated,” says Burnette. “Not all companies can succeed at it, and we have to ask ourselves if leadership is truly committed to increasing the supply chain’s capability in the long term. Mapping a supply chain system requires substantial resources.”

Maine Pointe, a global supply chain and operations consulting firm, sponsored the white paper and provided a case study about work it did for an agricultural and distribution business using its trademarked Total Value Optimization approach. Steve Bowen, chairman and CEO of the company, says the approach is quickly becoming key in delivering value throughout the end-to-end supply chain.

“We were able to take a more holistic approach to the buy-make-move-fulfill supply chain and deliver the greatest value at the lowest cost to this business,” Bowen says.

Supply Chain Integration Strategy: Best Practices is the second white paper in the GSCI’s Supply Chain Strategies Series. Additional authors include Dan Pellathy of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Scott Meline of Partner Meline Consulting LLC.

Download your copy of Supply Chain Integration Strategy: Best Practices today