The Digital Supply Chain Company

The market-shaping side of a changing industry.

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Posted by Debra Yorkman on Wed, 05/04/2016

The Pharmaceutical Industry is moving to continuous manufacturing in an effort to produce batch sizes of one. Medical Device Manufacturers are applying image printing technology to produce hip and knee replacements personalized for an individual. The Footwear Industry has developed a new manufacturing method – computer controlled knitting technology – to produce high quality athletic shoes with zero waste.

The change is dramatic, visible and industry agnostic.  Still many organizations struggle with conflicting internal interests and have difficulty in gaining consensus to solve the problems that will make the organization more effective. Unable to work through the change management process, they succumb to thinking the status quo is good enough, limiting the organization’s ability to evolve.

Transformation will require a fundamental shift in current leadership structures, operating processes and information flows.  To succeed, an organization must ensure that its direct, indirect, and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) supply chains work in tandem.

This recent paper explores this dynamic and goes into how MRO business process integration fits in, defines the new winners and talks about deliberate disruption for sustainable growth and success. Download the full paper here, and let me know what you think.

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