Gartner Research

Take an Integrated Approach to Supply Network Redesign or Risk Falling Short of Intended Outcomes

Published: 31 October 2014

ID: G00262339

Analyst(s): Karen Carter, Simon Jacobson , Stan Aronow


Seventy-three percent of manufacturing companies surveyed by Gartner redesigned their supply networks in the past 24 months; the majority did not achieve the benefits originally sought. This research helps planners design a network with outcomes better aligned with overall corporate objectives.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Conflicting objectives emphasized in supply network redesigns hinder supply chain leaders from fully achieving desired improvements, particularly in cost and new market growth
  • Conducting supply network redesign projects within individual functions is causing decision makers to focus myopically on cost and ignore broader corporate objectives such as agility for growth in new markets
  • A lack of investment in talent — in less mature organizations — is impeding progress on the process and system improvements required for successful supply planning


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