Gartner Research

How to Design a Supply Network to Balance Growth and Cost-Efficiency

Published: 02 November 2015

ID: G00291873

Analyst(s): Kamala Raman


Supply chain leaders often have to balance conflicting objectives while designing their network. We provide insights on how to set targeted goals for different market segments, create roadmaps to support growth and prioritize the end-to-end supply chain over solving problems within functions.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • As business models evolve quickly, an increasing number of supply chain leaders have to be a growth partner as well as operational caretaker for their organizations
  • As the gap between expected and realized benefits of network design has been highest for growth objectives, CSCOs are defining a set of strategies ("a playbook") to reduce time to market for new products and to integrate acquisitions effectively
  • As the top activities driven by network design belong to functions in siloes, CSCOs have limited visibility to end-to-end network impact
  • Appendix

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