Recent decades have witnessed an explosion in supply chain complexity. Very few firms have succeeded in building excellent supply chains and employing supply chain management (SCM) as a competitive advantage. For the ones which have developed enhanced supply chain design and process capabilities, their performance has far exceeded their competitors'. While for the vast majority of firms, SCM still remains a means of reducing costs and improving efficiency, for the excellent ones, SCM has turned into a source for value creation. What factors drive firms towards supply chain excellence? How can real differentiation be created through supply chains? Excellence in Supply Chain Management examines the characteristics and features of firms that excel in SCM.
1 Operations and supply chain management: the initial journey; 2 Inventory management; 3 Forecasting and demand planning; 4 Supply chain management as a competitive advantage; 5 Supply chain coordination, contracts, and integration; 6 Procurement and vendor management; 7 Supply chain risk management; 8 Managing design for supply chain management; 9 Green and sustainable supply chains; 10 Popular supply chain analytics; 11 Operations and supply chain management in the digital era