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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who Has the Best Supply Chain?

In the movie Snow White, the Queen possesses a magical mirror that answers any question, to which she often asks: "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who in the land is fairest of all?" …to which the mirror always replies, "You, my queen, are fairest of all."

Companies want to know "who has the best supply chain?" Unfortunately, there is no supply chain magic mirror; however, each June we can get summarized financial data. While not a perfect mirror, it is a partial reflection. It is definitely more accurate than mistakenly believing that each supply chain is as good as it gets (e.g. the Queen's magic mirror in Snow White).

The normal cycle of financial reporting makes June a perfect month to review the past year.  So just as students gather around bulletin boards at the end of the school term and check their grades, in June, I scour websites to understand how supply chains stack up. Luckily, two articles -the CFO Magazine's Working Capital Survey (http://www.cfo.com/article.cfm/14499542) and the CSCMP Annual State of Logistics Report (http://cscmp.org/memberonly/state.asp)- are published in June to serve as year-over-year guideposts to answer the question, who does supply chain best?

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Companies want to know "who has the best supply chain?" Unfortunately, there is no supply chain magic mirror; however, each June we can get summarized financial data. While not a perfect mirror, it is a partial reflection. It is definitely more accurate than mistakenly believing that each supply chain is as good as it gets (e.g. the Queen's magic mirror in Snow White).

The normal cycle of financial reporting makes June a perfect month to review the past year.  So just as students gather around bulletin boards at the end of the school term and check their grades, in June, I scour websites to understand how supply chains stack up. Luckily, two articles -the CFO Magazine's Working Capital Survey (http://www.cfo.com/article.cfm/14499542) and the CSCMP Annual State of Logistics Report (http://cscmp.org/memberonly/state.asp)- are published in June to serve as year-over-year guideposts to answer the question, who does supply chain best?

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