Chain Reaction: How Today's Best Companies Manage Their Supply Chains for Superior Performance [NOOK Book]

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The rise of Wal-Mart, Dell, IKEA, IBM, UPS, and FedEx has changed the way consumers and businesses function in America. Chain Reaction takes a look at the successes of these companies and shows how these very different businesses have all come to the same basic plan, leading them to become dominant in their industry.
 
In Chain Reaction, Robert Malone argues that success in business is based upon an aggressive and intelligent supply chain ...
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Chain Reaction: How Today's Best Companies Manage Their Supply Chains for Superior Performance

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Overview

The rise of Wal-Mart, Dell, IKEA, IBM, UPS, and FedEx has changed the way consumers and businesses function in America. Chain Reaction takes a look at the successes of these companies and shows how these very different businesses have all come to the same basic plan, leading them to become dominant in their industry.
 
In Chain Reaction, Robert Malone argues that success in business is based upon an aggressive and intelligent supply chain strategy. He contends that the most effective business logistics today allow a business to manufacture, distribute, and sell on demand, and he shows in detail how superpower companies have mastered the strategy. This is a change from the historical “push” strategy – manufacturing and marketing as many products as possible and pushing them to the wholesaler, retailer and consumer to a “pull” strategy. This new demand-driven and synchronized supply chain is tailored for the new and aggressive business practice of the future. It's a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the companies profiled in the book, as well as anyone who loves to know how things work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607145172
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Sold by: Kaplan, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)
  • File size: 356 KB

Meet the Author

Robert A. Malone is the logistics editor for Forbes.com and has written columns for Inbound Logistics and an online column for Managing Automation for ten years. He co-founded the Variflex Corporation, where he created “a variable speed goods and people mover,” designed the movement of people and baggage for six airports, performed studies on the interaction of people and traffic at business activity centers, did a study for the US Postal Service that pre-dated electronic tracking and package modularization, and designed ATMs and bank branches for Citibank.
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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Full examination of the modern global supply chain

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2008

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    Most books on supply chain management get lost in the grimble of laborious case studies and details of 'how to,' and lack a larger perspective. This book provides the necessary big picture, connects many historical dots, and answers some key questions: How did logistics and supply chain management develop? What role does it play in creating organizational wealth? How is automation changing how things work on a global scale? What does operational innovation really look like? How do you wrestle the issue of complex supply chain logistics to the ground? Given that everyone needs to think about the delivery of what they do on a daily basis--how to get the right thing to the right person in the right form with the right quality at the right price--Chain Reaction is an indispensable guide. What's nice is that the chapters are delivered in nuggets...that allows you to start and stop without a loss of continuity, and at the same time provokes and engages your brain, because you constantly are asking yourself: how does this relate to the last part? How does this fit with that? The end result is that you remember and understand more because you're making those connections yourself without being spoon-fed.

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