APQC Helps Organizations Identify Gaps in Productivity and Efficiency

APQC Offers Access to Largest Benchmarking Database with More Than 2,000 Supply Chain Participants Worldwide and Industry Peer Group Reports

(Houston, TX - August 25, 2008) - Whether battling recessionary trends or capitalizing on global opportunities, leading companies must leverage the strength of a world class supply chain. Two characteristics that distinguish supply chain leaders are their ability to measure how they're doing across functional, enterprise, and geographic boundaries and a strong willingness to close any performance gaps.

APQC, the leading nonprofit best-practices research firm, today invites supply chain organizations to participate in its newly enhanced supply chain benchmarking research that is part of the Open Standards Benchmarking CollaborativeSM (OSBC). Participation is confidential and free of charge. To view the surveys or access the list of metrics collected, visit www.apqc.org/sc. Open research areas include:

  • Supply chain planning
  • Procurement
  • Manufacturing
  • Logistics

"By benchmarking with APQC, organizations are able to dramatically shorten the benchmarking cycle time and receive a report that has traditionally cost tens of thousands of dollars. The report pinpoints where organizations should focus their efforts to more quickly achieve their competitive strategy," said APQC's Marisa Brown, supply chain senior program manager. "As a nonprofit organization, APQC brings a 30-year history in helping organizations identify best practices and world-class performance.  We are pleased to extend our knowledge to organizations via our OSBC benchmarking portal."

APQC's research maps supply chain processes against more than 220 standard performance measures.  The benchmark database contains supply chain performance information from more than 2,000 participants.

Participating organizations will receive a complimentary, validated, custom benchmarking report. The Excel® report provides detailed analysis on performance across multiple dimensions including cost effectiveness, cycle time, process efficiency and staff productivity. The quantitative analysis shows the organization's performance as compared to top, median and low performing organizations. The report also features metric analysis by peer groups in industry, revenue and geography.

The report showcases key success factors used by top performers, enabling participants to better understand gaps in performance and identify opportunities for improvement.  To view the surveys, visit www.apqc.org/sc.

About APQC

A global resource for process and performance improvement, APQC discovers improvement methods, identifies benchmarks and best practices, disseminates findings, and connects individuals. The global Open Standards Benchmarking CollaborativeSM (OSBC) research helps leaders benchmark comparable business processes. APQC is a member-based nonprofit founded in 1977 and serves more than 75 percent of Global 1000 organizations. For information, visit www.apqc.org or call 800.776.9676.