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Designing a Bimodal Logistics Strategy: Mastering the Disciplines of the Samurai and Harnessing the Agility of the Ninja

Published: 18 November 2016

ID: G00301763

Analyst(s): James Lisica


A successful bimodal strategy requires the supply chain leaders and logistics organizations to foster two very different mindsets during strategy design and execution — Mode 1 is traditional, while Mode 2 is more exploratory.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Defining Bimodal Logistics
  • Understand the Two Different Mindsets Required to Formulate and Execute a Bimodal Logistics Strategy
  • Segment the Strategy Team by Their Prevailing Mindsets and Allow Them to Concentrate on Developing the Mode They Are Most Aligned To
  • Outline the Enabling Bimodal Capabilities the Teams Should Look to Develop and Focus the Strategy in the Right Areas for Success
    • Strategic Capabilities
    • Functional Capabilities
  • Clearly Define the Different Capability Characteristics in Each Mode to Assist Selection of the Most Appropriate Development Initiatives
  • Outline a Development Cycle That Enables the Logistics Organization to Bring Both Teams and Development Plans Together and Scale the Bimodal Concept Upon Execution of the Strategy
    • Step No. 1: Team Samurai
    • Step No. 2: Team Ninja
    • Step No. 3: Team Ninja
    • Step No. 4: Team Samurai

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