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e–Supply Chain Fusion

How do you create tightly woven supply chains? How do you migrate from existing, nonintegrated supply chain models to more effective, integrated models? Before we address the process of e–supply chain fusion, remember that many firms struggle when implementing an integrated supply chain strategy, because they must displace their existing supply chains, which are artifacts of the past.

Legacy supply chains are clogged with unnecessary steps and redundant stockpiles.[12] For instance, a typical box of breakfast cereal spends an incredible 104 days getting from the factory to the supermarket, weaving its way through an unbelievable maze of wholesalers, distributors, brokers, and consolidators, each of which has a warehouse.[13] Streamlining inefficient supply chains means changing the way the participating companies interact and could greatly affect leadership positions at some, or all, of the companies involved.


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