SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

January 07, 2010 12:15 ET

Supply Chain Visibility Drives Excellence

In the Current Economy Top Performing Organizations Are Enhancing Visibility and Taking Strides to Reduce Pipeline Inventory and Landed Cost

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - January 7, 2010) - The recession and credit crisis has thrust supply chain visibility -- and the need to gain greater visibility and control over inventory and landed costs within the global supply chain -- to the top of the corporate agenda, according to "Supply Chain Visibility Excellence: Reduce Pipeline Inventory and Landed Cost," the latest landmark research study by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS).

"The economy, global competition, ongoing business transformation, and the increased lead times/complexity of global supply chains are creating a situation where pipeline inventory and landed costs per unit handled have increased dramatically," says Bob Heaney, senior research analyst, Aberdeen Group. "But before you can reduce pipeline inventory or landed cost you need visibility to them. Our survey of 209 companies provides insight into how today's leading companies are deploying best practices to achieve granular visibility across multiple tiers of their supply chains and to utilize automation to create supply chain management processes that are strategic, responsive, and more cost-efficient than before."

For example, leading companies have responded to these challenges and have:

--  decreased by 5.5 % total landed costs per unit in the past year,
    compared to a 7.3% increase for Laggards over the same time.
--  decreased by 7.3% the frequency of out-of-stock inventory compared to
    a 3.5% increase for Laggards over the last year.

As the degree of global collaboration grows and global supply chains become even more complex, it is likely that visibility systems will continue to be a collection of discrete systems, with leading companies most successful in integrating them and gaining a more end-to-end and close-to-real-time visibility of their supply chain operations. The report examines the capabilities that top performing companies are deploying and strategic alliances they are using to capture, integrate and optimize the myriad of supply chain events of their overall global enterprise.

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