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Supply Chain Innovation: Five Essential Steps Toward Revolutionizing Your Supply Chain

Published: 25 January 2019

ID: G00380212

Analyst(s): Virginia Howard


The 5E process — explore, evaluate, evangelize, execute and exploit — is designed to identify and evaluate high-impact opportunities and translate them into meaningful outcomes. This research helps CSCOs focus their innovation activities so great ideas don’t stall on their path to delivering value.

Table Of Contents


  • The Role of an Innovation Process
    • Defining Supply Chain Innovation
    • Why Have a Process?
    • The Importance of Process
    • Overview of the Five-Step Process
  • Five Process Steps
    • Explore — Establish the Catalyst for Innovating
    • Evaluate — The Deliverable Is a Decision
    • Evangelize — Spread the Word
    • Execute — Make It Happen
    • Exploit — Capture Full Benefit
  • Summary

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