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For Supply Chain Executives: The Bimodal Challenge

Published: 06 April 2016

ID: G00303295

Analyst(s): John Johnson , Jane Barrett , Dana Stiffler , Noha Tohamy , Simon Jacobson


The divide between what the supply chain provides and what the enterprise needs is widening. Bimodal supply chain is a powerful capability for addressing these issues. It operates the supply chain in two modes that are comprehensive — but deeply different — while exploiting benefits of both.

Table Of Contents


  • Pursue Bimodal to Remain Relevant in Today's Market
  • What Does "Real World" Bimodal Look Like?
    • Amazon
    • Flexe
    • General Electric
  • How Do You Scale Bimodal?
    • Change the Discussion on ROI
    • Don't Avoid Risk; Put It Front and Center
    • Talent Is Critical
    • Embrace Diversity
    • Establish and Leverage Centers of Innovation
    • Become an Algorithmic Business

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