Interesting article on Supply Chain Online:
Supply chain design helps companies compete and win by giving them the tools to connect all the parts and capacities of their supply chain in a rational, measured and efficient manner – and that network should be meticulously designed, it should not just happen.

Supply chain design enables the other tools – the ERP, WMS, TMS and APS – to do their jobs in an environment that maximises their effectiveness. These planning tools, as valuable as they are, are only as good as the network in which they function. The skillful design of the network is what gains competitive advantage.

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Gaining a competitive advantage through Supply Chain design