With so many variables in manufacturing, distribution, and customer service, bolstering the strength of every link in your supply chain depends on calculated efforts put into strategic improvements.

As The Manufacturing Connector(SM), I work with clients on a comprehensive process to connect the rapid assessment and identification of key priorities with the execution of results through the right combination of end-to-end supply chain expertise and improvements in people, processes, and systems.

When going into more depth on the content side of the equation (the Strongest Link in Your Supply Chain), I find that my most successful clients take the time to think through from a strategic perspective. Which end-to-end supply chain content areas are most important to success? Countless topics could be included in the mix, ranging from operational improvement to integrated planning and scheduling systems to logistics performance to cost accounting to requirements such as Sarbanes Oxley, ISO9000 and AS9400.

Are you staying on top of the latest trends? What is your competition doing? Are you attending industry conferences? How about systems user groups? Are you benchmarking? What technologies are common in your industry? Which ones are emerging? It doesn’t mean you should be first; however, you should be aware. Do you have the right supply chain expertise? What options are available to gain supply chain expertise and information for your organization? What training programs are available? Find out how you can have the “best and brightest” when it comes to the end-to-end supply chain process.

There is a plethora of topics covered in supply chain management. How can you become the strongest link in your supply chain?