Gartner Research

Simplify Supply Chain Network Design to Improve Success of Implementation

Published: 05 July 2017

ID: G00335557

Analyst(s): Kamala Raman


Modeling a supply chain network often becomes more complex and unwieldy than what was planned. Supply chain leaders responsible for network design must assemble a team that can make the right choices for simplification, given the economic and timing trade-offs of these choices.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Identify Business Constraints, Information Sources and External Levers for Successful Design
  • Establish Ground Rules for Key Design Criteria to Make the Right Choices on Data Aggregation
    • Business Rules
    • Constraints
  • Develop Cost Estimates for New Sites or Lanes Using a Blend of Existing Rates and Business Assumptions, Benchmark Information or Data From Regression Models to Fill the Data Gaps

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