Integrated planning is the answer for a good functioning Supply Chain?

The underneath link brings you to an article written by Kai Keppner; “Integrated planning is the staple ingredient for an optimized supply chain”. Kai made an excellent attempt to write in a short article the top 3 aspects that will lead to a smooth running Supply Chain, namely:

– Cross-Functional metrics

– Collaborative culture

– The right tool

It looks actually very simple and straight forward. So why do so many companies struggle with getting their Supply Chain in order? Could it be that many people don’t have the capacity to think the big picture and are unable to see, understand and willing to truly collaborate? Could it also be that companies just don’t see the added value and the long term savings of investing in the proper tools?


Measuring KPI’s that add value

Measuring KPI’s has become a very popular tool in many organizations. It enforce teams to share their results and triggers improvement suggestions. For some it also has become a dreadful part of their monthly reporting in explaining the issues behind the numbers over and over again. Therefore an organization should only concentrate on KPI’s that make sense and add value. Also it should consider to make adjustments to them every now and then to keep people alert.

The following article was posted on LinkenIn and is about 8 key Procurement KPI’s.