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Five Possible Approaches to a Successful Network Design Initiative

Published: 05 August 2016

ID: G00311475

Analyst(s): Kamala Raman


Supply chain design leaders have to weigh several factors when setting up a network design initiative. We compare multiple approaches to network design and guide the selection of the right one for your organization, including whether and where third-party services may be appropriate.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Understand the Relative Merits of Different Network Design Approaches
    • Directional "Rough and Ready" Analysis
    • Structural Network Design as a One-Off Activity
    • Structural Network Design as a Sustained Activity (Outsourced)
    • Structural Network Design as a Sustained Activity (Transitional)
    • Strategic Network Design as a Long-Term Competency
  • Ensure the Right Skill Sets Are Represented on the Team

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