Gartner Research

Driving Cost Optimization Across the Enterprise: A Supply Chain Perspective

Published: 29 March 2018

ID: G00351405

Analyst(s): Paul Lord , Stan Aronow , Greg Aimi


Unfocused and reactive cost reduction tactics create organizational conflict and put value at risk. Supply chain leaders can use this research to embed cost optimization principles into their strategies in a way that delivers sustainable impact to business financial performance.

Table Of Contents


  • Enable Cost Optimization With Aligned Values and Best Practices
  • Manage Supplier Portfolios for Total Cost and Value
  • Manage and Fulfill Demand Effectively
  • Optimize Network Balancing Through Integrated Planning
  • Invest in Efficient Operating Capability for Improved Competitiveness
  • Align Supply Networks With Product Demand
  • Manage the Cost Impact of Product Complexity

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.