Why You Should Optimize Your Supply Chain

Besides the host of reasons this blog has provided you with in the past, which include:

if the supply chain isn’t optimized, it might not be nimble enough to keep up. As per this recent McKinsey article on building the supply chain of the future, ““the competitor that’s best at managing the supply chain is probably going be the most successful competitor over time“. Furthermore, as supply chains are becoming more splintered, they are getting harder and harder to manage by the seat of one’s pants, which increases the management complexity. In many organizations, instead of increased agility, this actually leads to increased inefficiency as managers struggle to manage the complex splintered chains efficiently.

But if supply chain optimization is employed, the splintered chains can be quickly optimized. But more importantly, an organization can progress beyond managing splintered chains to managing supply chain segments, which is likely the ultimate key to supply chain success in the years ahead. Think about it … if the origin and destination of goods has to continually adapt due to changing low cost locales and emerging (consumer) markets, then the ultimate key to quick adaptation will be to just change the relevant segments of the (splintered) chains and not the whole chains. If the organization was sourcing from Thailand but switches to Vietnam, but is still shipping to the US, why should the whole supply chain change? Maybe it’s still the same ocean carrier, and all that changes is the port and the carrier that gets the goods to the port. And if the organization has general contracts with a number of different international carriers, it will be quick to run an optimization and build the modified change from available segments.

And that, in a nutshell, is why you need supply chain optimization.