Sometimes, one supply chain just isn't enough

11/4/2013 | Strategy+Business online (free registration)

Companies often need more than one supply chain to operate at peak efficiency, write Dave Phillips and Phil Coghlan of Booz & Co. It makes sense for some companies to develop a supply chain to handle stable demand and a supply chain for fluctuating demand. "If a company doesn't have to wait for free capacity in its one supply chain, it can react quickly to emerging trends," they write.

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