Summary of Chain Reaction

How Today's Best Companies Manage Their Supply Chains for Superior Performance

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Chain Reaction book summary
Does your supply chain support your work or get in the way? How supply chains got tangled and how to unsnarl yours.


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Robert Malone uses his deep knowledge of modern worldwide logistics to help you understand what has happened to your supply chain. He analyzes the issues that businesses face and uses corporate examples to illustrate his points. He presents the material within each chapter as a series of short, two or three paragraph articles. This contributes to a somewhat impressionistic style, but getAbstract finds that the overall effect is quite interesting and informative. If you need to get a handle on the modern supply chain and the logistics it entails, this is a useful take on the subject.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why technology is vital to supply chain logistics;
  • Why logistics are vital to business;
  • Why automation has more to do with thinking and seeing than with machines; and
  • How innovation and infrastructure affect supply chains.


The Logistics Revolution
Revolutions in manufacturing and computing enabled a subsequent revolution in logistics, transforming the world economy and the way people live. Automobile systems are vastly more complex than the mechanisms in cars a century ago. Yet, people drive about the same...
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About the Author

__Robert A. Malone co-founded Variflex Corporation. Now editor for logistics at, he has written for logistics journals and consulted with many organizations about using technology to better deliver goods and services.

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