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Design an Effective Logistics Strategy With This Guide to Maturity Principles

Published: 31 May 2017

ID: G00328736

Analyst(s): James Lisica

Summary

Supply chain leaders responsible for logistics strategies often struggle with how to develop the logistics function. This guide to maturity principles offers real-world examples to help you leverage Gartner's maturity model and self-assessment, and empower your strategy formulation process.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • What Is Logistics Maturity?
  • Understand the Five-Stage Logistics Maturity Model and Assess the 10 Critical Capabilities of Logistics Excellence Before Commencing With Strategy Design
    • Strategic Capabilities — Goal/Culture, Technology and Organization
    • Functional Capabilities — Visibility, Performance Measures, Process Focus and Logistics Outsourcing
    • Operational Capabilities — International Logistics, Warehousing and Transport
  • Select a Strategic Goal Appropriate to Your Organization's Maturity Level and Use It to Define a Long-Term Vision for the Function
    • Functional Alignment (Stages 1 and 2): Scale the Logistics Function to Reduce Costs
    • Cross-Functional Integration (Stage 3): Integrate Internally to Optimize Supply Chain Efficiency
    • Stakeholder Value Delivery (Stages 4 and 5): Collaborate Externally to Create Value
  • Case Studies
    • Functional Alignment (Stages 1 and 2): A Consumer Products Company Scales to Reduce Costs
    • Cross-Functional Integration (Stage 3): A Chemical Multinational Integrates Internally to Optimize Supply Chain Efficiency
    • Stakeholder Value Delivery (Stages 4 and 5): A Leading High-Tech Company Collaborates Externally to Deliver Value

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