The increased complexity of global supply chains has led to longer lead times, more pipeline inventory, and the need to control downstream and upstream logistics. In our most recent supply chain visibility survey, the growing supply chain complexity was the top business pressure (44%). This, in turn, has contributed to increased supply chain management costs. It is not surprising that in the situation of global economic turmoil that visibility is taking center stage. This report focuses on gaining visibility into critical elements across the end-to-end logistics network for improving cost and service. But before a company can reduce inventory or landed cost, it needs visibility into them. Only then can it apply tools to agilely adapt to the information it collects.
The following criteria were used to distinguish Best-in-Class companies:
Best-in-Class companies have, compared to Laggards, a 25 percentage point higher complete and on time delivery to customers and a 12 percentage point greater advantage in year-over-year unit landed costs.