SOURCE: Montgomery Research

September 13, 2005 08:45 ET

Fueling Profitable Growth Through Supply Chain Mastery Is Key Focus in New Montgomery Research Report

Seventh Year of Showcasing Pioneering Ideas in Supply Chain, Sponsored by Accenture

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 13, 2005 -- The latest issue of Achieving Supply Chain Excellence Through Technology (ASCET) examines the new trends toward growth-oriented business management models; increased industry consolidation; real-time visibility, integration and collaboration; outsourcing; and service and parts management. ASCET is sponsored by Accenture and published by Montgomery Research.

Volume 7 is a collection of thought leadership articles from supply chain executives and solution providers; it provides analysis and insights about the relationship between today's unstable business conditions and the supply chain innovations that will dominate in tomorrow's marketplace. The publication and accompanying Web site ( include a wide range of viewpoints to help decision makers.

"Supply chain management has evolved from an efficiency enhancer to an indispensable process for generating and extending competitive advantage," said John B. Matchette, an executive partner in the Accenture Supply Chain Management practice and keynote author for ASCET, Volume 7. "In an effort to examine the most advanced thoughts and ideas that impact supply chain management today, Accenture is pleased to sponsor, for the seventh year, Achieving Supply Chain Excellence through Technology."

With the arrival of the Wal-Mart RFID conversion mandate deadline, Volume 7 takes an in-depth look at the affordability and functionality of RFID. It also explores the latest thinking on realizing a truly demand-driven, agile supply chain ecosystem; establishing strategic partnerships that create real-time added value; and solutions from sensor-based technologies to geographic information systems to peer-to-peer collaboration access tools that have created a competitive advantage for business leaders.

In addition, this issue features new ideas about the sales and operations planning process from Larry Lapide at MIT. ASCET also explores how logistics experts from the US Marine Corps are approaching the most comprehensive initiative ever attempted to modernize operational and tactical logistics, and examines how industry masters such as Intel, Oracle and SAP are achieving competitive advantage through new links in supply chain collaborative networks. Looking to the near future, David Anderson of Supply Chain Ventures describes what a truly 21st Century supply chain looks like in "Quick-Change Supply Chains."

Volume 7 also provides leading-edge research and insights from Accenture. In this year's keynote -- "Is Your Supply Chain Ready to Enable Profitable Growth and High Performance?" -- Accenture authors John Matchette and Hans von Lewinski discuss the difference between operational efficiency and positioning for growth. In "Global Sourcing: Insights and Opportunities From China and Beyond," Robert Forrest explores how global sourcing -- leveraging the most effective resources, regardless of location -- will fundamentally alter most companies' supply chain models and competitive cost positions. This issue also includes several industry-specific perspectives from the supply chain opportunity for chemical companies to aligning supply chain management with utility operations.

"This latest edition continues our tradition of reflecting the best and brightest thinking within the supply chain industry," said Barry Jacobs, publisher of ASCET. "We explore the latest solutions from smart labels to geographic information systems to peer-to-peer collaboration access tools that have created a competitive advantage for enterprise leaders."

To request copies of Achieving Supply Chain Excellence Through Technology, Volume 7, call (415) 397-2400 or fill out the subscription form online at

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