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What You Can Learn From the World's Best Supply Chains

Alison Chebuhar on Jul 14, 2016 2:22:00 PM

071416.pngIf you want to be the best, then you have to emulate the best. And when it comes to role models for managing your supply chain, where better to turn than to the companies that are running circles around the competition. Each year, the analyst firm Gartner unveils its list of Top 25 Supply Chains in the World, and the latest edition of pioneering ideas and tactics is nothing short of spectacular. Maybe your company doesn't have the resources to build the exact same model as some of these behemoths, but it might be able to do something similar, or use these innovations to spark another idea, or even improve a process for smaller incremental gains that can really add up.

Here are some of the highlights from IndustryWeek:


The Chinese computer manufacturer has created a digital customer platform tailored by order status, new product information, technical support, all with a supply chain team member assigned to each major account.


The personal care and paper goods company is concentrating on revolutions in packaging that can enhance its ability to ship products directly.


The German carmaker developed a "risk filter" allowing BMW to identify location-specific and product-specific risks, and then use this information when considering sourcing from new or existing suppliers.


The mega-retailer has created a smartphone app that every in-store manager can use to alert staff to restock and replenish shelves in real-time. Walmart also plans to use drones to monitor warehouse inventories in the future.

Cisco Systems

The technology company has launched a cloud-based supplier collaboration platform that provides complete demand visibility throughout its supply chain.


The clothing manufacturer has built a supply chain model where 20% of its production is adaptable to changes in fashion trends, which allows its products to go from design to in-store in less than three weeks.

Does your supply chain have what it takes to make it on a "best of" list someday?

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Alison Chebuhar

Posted by Alison Chebuhar

Alison is the Manager of Member Recruiting for Prime Advantage, a Chicago based Group Purchasing Organization for mid-market manufacturers. When she's not at the office making magic happen, she enjoys traveling, hugging her new nephew, and cheering on the Blackhawks.

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