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Apply Bimodal and Segmentation Techniques to Improve Supply Chain Performance

Published: 10 March 2017

ID: G00309206

Analyst(s): Michael Dominy , Jennifer Loveland


Many supply chain leaders confuse bimodal and segmentation when they think Mode 1 represents an efficient but inflexible supply chain while Mode 2 exemplifies an agile and flexible supply chain. We clarify the difference between the two frameworks and show how bimodal can be applied to segmentation.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Apply Bimodal to Create the Right Amount of Governance for Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Use Bimodal to Support Your Supply Chain Segmentation Initiative
  • Use Mode 2 to Explore but Mode 1 to Finalize Segment Designs
  • Use Mode 2 to Pilot the Segmented Supply Chain
  • Use Mode 1 to Implement and Scale New Supply Chain Designs and Operating Practices

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