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Supply Chain Strategic Planning Must Account for Five Key Capabilities

Chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) and heads of supply chain strategy often struggle to translate visions, goals and objectives into understandable, easily communicated, integrated priority actions, due to the natural complexity of supply chain and strategy. They need a simple way to codify and articulate their plans.

CSCOs must assess the capabilities and resources — including organization, process, skills, data and technology — of their supply chain’s current state and desired future state, and then map a path to close any gaps.

“The process can’t be too complex and time-consuming or CSCOs risk losing sight of their overall strategic ambitions,” says Pierfrancesco Manenti, VP Analyst, Gartner. “This is where problems often start.”

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