• Service: Advisory, Management Consulting, Strategy & Operations
  • Type: White paper
  • Date: 5/09/2013

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Supply chain management: understanding and leveraging the critical links 

Against a backdrop of ongoing economic volatility and multiple supplier arrangements, organisations are facing significant challenges in managing their critical supply chain links in procurement, planning, production and distribution.

KPMG has produced the following commentary based on key issues and insights discussed at the 2013 SMART Conference in Sydney.


Key insights

  • Supply chain is not simply business function but is a network of companies.
  • The role of facilitating relationships with customers through enhanced supply chains is top of mind for retailers. 'Connected consumers' are now demanding an experience that meets their needs.
  • One of the critical success factors when it comes to outsourcing lies in motivation. Outsourcing also needs to be strategic and not tactical.

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