Cheers to Charles C. Poirier, who took a topic that almost cries out for unintelligible jargon and undecipherable graphs, and instead laid it plain, in common English, for all to understand. His essential notion: To achieve efficiencies you must develop a closer working relationship with the vendors that make up your supply chain. The goal is to share real-time inventory and production data so that your network of business partners - Poirier’s supply-chain constellation - is better able to meet the end needs of the consumer. The major shortcoming of the book lies in its omission of information-based companies from its analysis. How can knowledge industry firms integrate their less tangible supply chains, and will they reap the same rewards as widget-makers if they do? Regardless, getAbstract strongly recommends this book to anyone not an expert in the latest logistics-management techniques - and, unfortunately, that’s almost everyone.
About the Author
Charles C. Poirier is a consultant and author with more than 40 years of industry experience. As a partner in CSC National Supply Chain Practice, one of the world’s largest management consulting and information technology firms, he has helped scores of companies develop more effective supplier networks. He has held a variety of management positions, including senior vice president of manufacturing and marketing at a Fortune 100 company. Poirier is the author of Business Partnering for Continuous Improvement, Avoiding the Pitfalls of Total Quality, and Supply Chain Optimization.
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6 years agoVery useful and relevent to my job. I love it.