Gartner Research

How the Supply Chain Can Quantify and Influence Improved Product Portfolio Management

Published: 08 October 2013

ID: G00257727

Analyst(s): Jan Kohler, Stan Aronow

Summary

This research shares best practices with supply chain managers for quantifying the impact of excess product complexity in a way that increases supply chain influence over product introductions and retirements.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Quantifying Complexity: SKU Density Analysis
  • Quantifying Complexity: Item Productivity Analysis
  • Quantifying Complexity: The Inventory Impact of Long-Tail SKUs
  • Quantifying Complexity: Identifying the Tipping Point Where Contribution Goes Negative
  • Influence Partners by Speaking Their Language
  • Governance Across the Product Life Cycle
  • Pitfalls to Avoid
  • The Next Step: Measure, Influence and Enforce

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