1st Edition

Optimizing Your Supply-Chain Performance
How to Assess and Improve Your Company's Strategy and Execution Capabilities

ISBN 9780367208448
Published July 17, 2019 by Productivity Press
346 Pages 100 Color Illustrations

USD $49.95

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Book Description

Most companies are continuously trying to reduce their supply-chain costs, time to market, and inventory. Optimizing Your Supply-Chain Performance: How to Assess and Improve Your Company’s Strategy and Execution Capabilities presents the "how-to's" (and a few "how-NOT-to’s"!) for conducting assessments of companies’ supply chains as well as identifying areas for improvement. It covers techniques, tools, and methodologies for evaluating current working methods (current state) versus industry best practices and operational optimization. It identifies performance gaps and suggests planning and implementing improved ways of working (the future and ideal states).


With a collection of approximately 40 case-in-point examples of supply-chain transformation across a wide array of industries including Fortune 1000 companies as well as foreign global leaders, this book provides a detailed guide for assessing and improving organizational strategy and execution-capabilities for:

  • Inventory management
  • Order fulfillment
  • Sourcing and purchasing
  • Manufacturing planning, scheduling, and execution
  • Overall supply-chain effectiveness
  • Business continuity planning


Essentially, this book provides basic knowledge for assessing, improving, and optimizing the end-to-end supply chain, and the case-in-point examples assist in breaking down theories into simple, actionable improvement activities. The author stresses the importance of business continuity and provides grassroots approaches to identifying risks. Based on the author's vast experience out in the field, it gives professionals a new perspective and inspires them to seek world-class performance.

Table of Contents

About the Author

1 Introduction

2 A-B-C Stratification/Applications

3 Supply-Chain Management

4 Supply Management

5 Inventory-Management

6 Manufacturing Execution Strategies

7 Risk or Crisis Management

8 Supply-Chain Optimization

9 Case-in-Point Examples


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Ray Kelly has more than 20 years of operations and supply chain management experience on a global level. His employers included: Nortel Networks, Cardinal Health, Littelfuse, and Eaton Corporation. In addition, he has served more than 15 years as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Coopers & Lybrand. He is: A certified Lean Sensei & Enterprise Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Over 16-years utilizing LSS tools and methodologies. 10-years at a Master Black Belt level. An innovative operational excellence practitioner, with international manufacturing and consultancy experience across a large diverse range of industries; e.g. Automotive, High-Tech/Electronics, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Consumer Products, Medical Devices & Pharmaceuticals, Oil & Gas, Heavy Industries, etc. Clients included: Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, Manitowoc Foodservice, Siemens, Unilever, Kao, Shell Oil, Panasonic, Toshiba, Suzuki, Meads-Johnson Nutritionals, Abbott Laboratories, Malaysian Ministry of Finance, Infineon Technologies, British Petroleum, Avnet, 3Com, and StatsChipPac.and others A change leader with the ability to motivate, lead and interact with individuals from diverse cultural and business backgrounds; promoting and developing a continuous improvement culture. Worked in 23 countries accross North America, Europe & Asia. Ray Kelly has a demonstrated track record of delivering outstanding quantitative & qualitative results across enterprises’ internal and external supply chains resulting in US$200-million in cost savings (over past 15-years); whist improving performance through order-fulfillment lead-time reductions, the slashing of end-to-end supply inventories, improving customer service (OTIF), reducing bottom-line operational cost, reducing material/services acquisition costs, reducing defects, improving labor productivity, simplifying manufacturing planning activities, increasing manufacturing capacity, reducing the number of suppliers, reducing supply lead times, improving cash flow, and reducing machine/product changeover times. Instructors We provide complimentary e-inspection copies of primary textbooks to instructors considering our books for course adoption. Share this Title AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to Facebook Share to TwitterShare to LinkedInShare to Google+Share to Pinterest

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