The Triple-A Supply Chain

from portfolio.com

To achieve sustainable competitive advantage, your supply chain needs three essential qualities.

The holy grails of supply chain management are high speed and low cost—or are they? Though necessary, they aren’t sufficient to give companies a sustainable competitive advantage over rivals. Consider these disturbing statistics: Though U.S. supply chains became significantly faster and cheaper between 1980 and 2000, product markdowns owing to excess inventory jumped from 10% to 30% of total units sold—while customer satisfaction with product availability plummeted.

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