The Eight-Step Process: An Overview

Let’s take a brief look at the overall AIM & DRIVE process, step by step (Figure 2-3).

Figure 2-3. The AIM & DRIVE process.

Step 1. Agreeing on the Need to Manage Costs through the Supply Chain

Let’s not waste precious time developing a strategy if it’s only going to gather dust on a bookshelf. Before going further you’ve got to ask yourself: “Am I interested in managing costs through the supply chain, thereby becoming more competitive, along with my suppliers and customers”? If the answer is “yes” you are ready to proceed with the rest of the steps. The first step involves selecting ...

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