Think Integration for Your Supply-Chain Security Program

Lay out a roadmap for your supply-chain security program so that you can address weaknesses before they are issues.

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Today’s supply-chain security program networks are a far cry from the basic lock-and-key operations of the past. Readily available technological tools and business intelligence data can help support organizations as they fortify their networks. In order to thrive, however, teams must look to integrate and align these enhancements.

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In a column in the March–April 2017 issue of LP Magazine, Maurizio Scrofani, CCSP, LPC, illustrates the challenges faced by organizations when it comes to implementing and aligning technology and strategy in the supply-chain security program. He shares a sample integration roadmap based on his own past experiences. From the article:

Find the right operating and reporting structure to allow your team to thrive and you to spend your time where most needed. As I set out on my own roadmap some years ago, I quickly realized that to build on accomplishments, I would need a structure to institutionalize learning and tackle big projects.

I focused first on collaboration and created regions supported by a network of project management teams (PMTs). This structure progressed and socialized ideas in the business and encouraged interfacility, interdivisional collaboration on such topics as audits, green initiatives, investigations, shortage awareness, technology, training, uniforms (yep, those too if you use them), and vendor vetting and engagement.

Team leaders were encouraged to become subject-matter experts (SMEs) certified by the Loss Prevention Foundation, American Trucking Association, and International Association of Interviewers. From this experience, the PMT in charge of training enhanced our standard operating manual, which eventually became a digital interactive tutorial. Building on shared knowledge and a “pay it forward” attitude, the network became connected and focused on a singular vision—one team with one goal “to win at all we do.”

The column also covers next steps, such as “capturing quick wins” through technology enhancements and improving speed-to-market through new initiatives and programs. Check out the full article, “Test, Do, Learn, Share,” to learn more. You can also visit the Table of Contents for the March–April 2017 issue or register for a free subscription to the magazine.

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