Supply Chain Management
& Strategy

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Six Sigma Supply Chain Management Q&A
James B. Ayers
Supply Chain Comment, Volume 40, Sept/Oct 2006
by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

Lean, Six Sigma, and like initiatives should support a supply chain management strategy. Many companies view initiatives that turn to lean, Six Sigma, and even SCM as separate efforts. They can’t, or don’t, “connect the dots” between them...

Supply Chain Strategies
James B. Ayers
Information Systems Management,
Spring 1999

Stop thinking as a standalone company; think as a supply chain! You need five tools to design supply chains for competitive advantage. A case study tells how to design such a supply chain to support a company strategy for competing.

Supply Chain Myths & Realities
James B. Ayers
Auerbach Publishers Enterprise Operations Management Series 41-50-50, 2001

Six "myths" keep companies from reaching their profit goals. How can you avoid the traps? The article describes various approaches – ranging from low to high tech -- a company should consider when designing its supply chain.

Proactive Systems for Manufacturers & Distributors
Marsha Lewin, Keith Kennedy, and Jim Ayers
Information Strategy: the Executive's Journal,
Spring 1996

Technology opens up faster and cheaper ways of working. An organization can push decision-making information and authority down into employee hands. This means a paradigm shift, including the role of systems and what to delegate.

Supply Chain Information Systems: Putting the Process First
James B. Ayers
Information Strategy: the Executive's Journal, Spring 2000

Don’t get it backward! Do your homework as you look for ways to put ERP and other systems to work. Five things you need to know are: how the supply chain will be structured, where products are in their life cycles, how much profit each segment produces, performance measures, and organization constraints.

What Smokestack Industries Can Tell Us About Reengineering
James B. Ayers
Information Strategy: the Executive's Journal, Winter 1995

Manufacturers, because competitors can easily invade their markets, are the first to feel the brunt of competitive pressure. Service businesses, only recently facing new competition, can learn from them.

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