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Measuring Supply Chain Efficiency: A Scorecard for Solution Owners

by Bridget McCrea
Contributing Writer,

The bigger the company and the more expansive its reach, the more difficult it is to measure supply chain efficiency. A small operation may be able to pinpoint and fix problems with ease, but for a multinational firm with dozens of warehouses and hundreds of vehicles the task is virtually impossible.

In his recent blog post, supply chain veteran Greg Brady, founder of One Network, offered up a quick way for companies to assess the efficiency (or, inefficiency) of their supply chains.

To take the quiz, look through the list of supply chain processes/functions below, and try to determine whether each is managed with a separate system. If you can't answer or don't know because the process is outside the four walls of your enterprise or department, then count that as if it were in a separate system and add it to your score, which will top out at 21. Here's the list:

  1. Sales forecasts (those for the end consumer at point of consumption e.g. the store)
  2. Sales forecast ( for the suppliers' side)
  3. Promotions/events management
  4. Customer order and forecast collaboration (demand sensing)
  5. Replenishment (customer and DC replenishment, including VMI)
  6. Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)
  7. Inventory planning
  8. Deployment planning and execution
  9. Order aggregation
  10. Transportation planning
  11. Dock scheduling (internal network)
  12. Dock scheduling (customer sites)
  13. Labor and capacity planning
  14. Manufacturing forecasting
  15. Demand translation
  16. Supplier order forecast generation
  17. Supply and forecast collaboration
  18. Production planning
  19. Co-packer and Co-manufacturer planning
  20. Sourcing
  21. Global Trade (Global TMS ...

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Bridget McCrea covers business and technology topics for various publications. She can be reached at

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