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How to Build a Supply Chain Champion Following Chicago Cubs Theo Epstein’s 5R Strategy

Theo Epstein’s approach to building a championship baseball team highlights five principles of supply chain design that we call the 5Rs, the 5Rs have enabled companies from Amazon to Zara to win on the world’s toughest playing field - today’s global marketplace.

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The dual wholesale and retail sales model of global branded apparel company VF Corporation, magnifies the difficulty of successfully operating an omni-channel supply chain, but the company is meeting these challenges on multiple fronts with strategic initiatives ranging from inventory visibility to global talent management.

The global branded apparel company, VF Corporation, embraces the complexity created by customer demand for unique styles as a competitive differentiator and focuses on talent management initiatives to leverage that complexity and manage risk in its supply chain.

This case study focuses on talent management from the unique perspective of Kelly Outsourcing and Consulting Group (Kelly OCG), a subsidiary of the talent sourcing agency Kelly Services.

In 2015, a small team of lean leaders at the Customer & Logistics Services-North America (CLS-NA) group of Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems wanted to develop a network of professionals focused on continuous improvement.

The supply chain team at Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CIT) experienced a period of rapid growth, and leaders knew a strategic talent development program was needed to drive success.

This research paper from SCMR, APICS and APQC finds the next generation is focused, engaged, enthused and committed when it comes to working in supply chain management, indeed, supply chain represents a sought-after, dynamic and rewarding long-term career choice for professionals in their 20s and 30s.

This joint study from Deloitte, Manufacturing Institute, and APICS, is the result of more than 600 survey responses from women professionals in the manufacturing industry, along with more than 20 manufacturing executive interviews.

In this book, we set out to offer readers our understanding of the current state of supply chain management theory and practice based on our experience and observations from engagements on supply chain projects at over 600 organizations.

An effective sales and operations planning (S&OP) process guides business decisions, provides key problem solving strategies, gives executives greater control over the enterprise and drives overall business success.

This paper offers insight into managing supply chain and product complexity by providing background into the complexity’s sources, a framework for understanding its drivers, and methods to manage it.