New supply chain agenda: The 5 steps that drive real value was published by Harvard Business Press in April 2010.
Are your company delivering products to customers at the right time, place, and price—with the best possible availability and lowest possible cost and working capital? If not, you're probably alienating your customers and suppliers, eroding shareholder value, and losing control of your fixed costs. These dangerous mistakes can put you out of business.
In The New Supply Chain Agenda, Reuben Slone, J. Paul Dittmann, and John Mentzer explain how to reinvent your supply chain to avoid those errors—and turn your supply chain into a competitive weapon that produces unprecedented economic profit for your firm.
Drawing on a wealth of company examples, the authors show how to activate the five levers of supply chain excellence:
• Putting the right people with the right skills in the right jobs
• Leveraging supply chain technologies such as system optimization and visibility tools
• Eliminating cross-functional disconnects, including SKU proliferation
• Collaborating with suppliers and customers to generate a seamless flow of information and supply chain improvements
• Managing supply chain projects skillfully
Apply the steps in this book, and you build a supply chain that delivers as it should-without leaving money on the table.
About the author
Reuben Slone is executive vice president, supply chain, for OfficeMax. Prior to joining OfficeMax, Slone held various executive positions with Whirlpool, General Motors, Federal-Mogul, EDS, and Ernst & Young. Harvard Business Review published two of his articles: "Are You the Weakest Link in your Supply Chain?" in September 2007, and "Leading a Supply Chain Turnaround" in October 2004. Slone received a BS in engineering from the University of Michigan in 1984, where he graduated cum laude.
J. Paul Dittmann, Ph.D. is the Director of the Office of Corporate Partnership at the University of Tennessee. Dittmann comes to the University of Tennessee after a 30-year career in industry. He has held positions such as vice president, logistics for North America; vice president global logistics systems; and most recently served as vice president, supply chain strategy, projects, and systems for the Whirlpool Corporation.