Supply Chain Management Priorities for 2016

Becky Partida's picture

We’re already in the second month of 2016. Budgets and strategies are set for the year, which means organizations have set the tone for how the next few months will play out. What do supply chain management professionals think about the direction their organizations are taking in 2016? APQC is conducting a survey on this topic, and the early results are interesting.

As the infographic below shows, most supply chain professionals feel at least moderately positive about their organization’s efforts. However, they also feel that organizations should embrace change and update their processes.

Early survey results from APQC's 2016 supply chain priorities survey

This survey is now closed. To learn more about the results, please see our content collection on the 2016 Supply Chain Outlook.

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Anonymous's picture

One of the interesting aspects of those results and comments on supply chain "process", is that they were at least close to the same in 1990, 2000, 2010, etc. From much experience (leading process and culture change at GST Corp and NYK while EVP of Strategic Development), I know the process nut for any organization is hard to crack mostly as a lack of commitment by senior management. It is one of those concepts for which the human mind all too often chooses short-term strategy with inordinate attention to the immediate or tactical methods (i.e., let's get better at inspection and "fixing" problems, rather than commitment to real culture change which focuses on process owned by all, studies with appropriate methods..TQM/Six Sigma...and removal of all price/cost of non-conformance)

Bottom worked for us to be the most profitable per transaction of all competitors, and in doing so provide similar benefits to all customers and vendors who would join with us in a collaborative partnership.

Becky Partida's picture

Thanks for your comment. You are right; many times organizations choose to focus on short-term solutions rather than changes that can provide long-term benefits. When an organization is able to create lasting change it can often pass the benefits along to its partners.