Analyst Insight: Innovative and strategic supply chain segmentation is a key strategy for effective supply chain analysis, enabling greater responsiveness and the ability to focus resources. Competition requires a better identification of key supply chain segments, considering that 80 percent of results come from 20 percent of items. An additional factor adding complexity is that increasingly manufacturers are adding services as part of their offerings - termed "servitization." Effective segmentation is the key to managing these complexities. - Nada R. Sanders, Professor of Supply Chain Management and Iacocca Chair, Lehigh University
Analyst Insight: "Big data" software and analysis will be the most important supply chain technology for forecasting and demand planning in the years to come. Through analysis of huge quantities of data it provides a competitive advantage by providing unparalleled insights. The challenge for companies will be staying ahead of the technology in a cost-effective manner, and developing organizational processes to effectively utilize the huge amounts of data and absorb the information into their organizational decision making processes.
- Nada R. Sanders, Professor of Supply Chain Management and Iacocca Chair, Lehigh University