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Leading Effective Supply Chain Transformations by Michael Katzorke, William Lee

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MULTIPLE SUPPLY CHAINS: ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL — BUT WHY ARE BOTH UNHAPPY?

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

— Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra is famous for his “fork in the road” quote. Multiple supply chains are forks in the road. Will you go one way and use a supply chain that really does not exactly fit or will you create a new supply chain that does fit? The answer is not always clear-cut. Creating multiple supply chains adds complexity to an organization and likely will provide a better fit — but at additional cost and managerial complications. We are all in favor of simplicity in the supply chain — and multiple chains do lose ...

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