The APICS Dictionary, 13th edition, defines supply chain management as “the design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of supply chain activities with the objective of creating net value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide logistics, synchronising supply with demand, and measuring performance globally.”
Ask yourself, how many of these have you and your team progressed this week, this month, or even this year?
Are you moving forward?
We all want to see our supply chain teams busy, even sweating a little.
While the team’s busy they’re productive.
…or are they?
Ask yourself, how many of these tasks are keeping your supply chain team busy?
For some, this is a typical busy day in the life of their supply chain.
For others, there are more than a few tasks that are still part of their operation.
For a few, it’s a trip down memory lane.
If you and your team are executing these tasks, then they are busy. But they’re not productive. They’re turning the wheels, but not moving things forward. The digital supply chain has freed teams of these tasks. The digital supply chain can free up your team. Free them up for what you need them to do. Free them up to be productive. Free them up to move forward - to hit all the elements of the definition at the top of the page, not one or two elements.
While your team is executing these tasks, they’re not working ON the supply chain. They’re not optimising the systems they use and the processes they follow. They’re stuck IN your supply chain - spinning wheels. Busy, but not productive.
You’re already digital savvy. You’re reading this on a digital device! You’ve used eBay and Amazon. The digital supply chain isn’t the domain of rich multinationals. It’s scalable, it’s evolving and it’s now the customer’s expectation. It’s no longer a cost. It’s an investment in enabling your supply chain to deliver tomorrow.
Where can you start to digitise, or take what’s already digitised to the next level? What can you do tomorrow to get your team working ON your supply chain? When they’re working IN it they’re improving. Improving the design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of supply chain activities with the objective of creating net value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide logistics, synchronising supply with demand, and measuring performance globally.
Think of it another way. Your own performance review is always less than 12 months away. Start tomorrow towards making it a great conversation. A conversation where you and your team have broken from the past. You’re leading them in working ON the supply chain, not IN it. They’re not busy, they’re productive. You’ve moved forward.