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"In his book, Blanchard provides valuable ideas and potential solutions to the problems that regularly occur that might prevent SCM leaders from achieving their objectives." (Strategic Finance; 10/2007)

 "…good and interesting book, and has a place on every supply chain manager's shelf..." (Supply Chain Digest; 8/23/07)

"Packed with anecdotes, interviews, case studies, research and analysis” (Government Opportunities, August 2007)

"Conversational and easy to read…A fine book…recommended." (Supply Management, July 2007)

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" 'Best practices' don't just happen by throwing a lot of money at your supply chain problems...It takes time, talent, energy, focus, commitment...Those are the qualities that the best-run companies in the world share, and it's why they're on top."
—David Blanchard from Chapter 1, Supply Chain Management Best Practices

In the United States alone, companies spend more than $1 trillion every year on transportation, warehousing, distribution, and associated inventory management. The responsibility for managing that spending falls squarely on the shoulders of supply chain professionals. While the role of a supply chain professional may differ from company to company, the goals are similarly daunting: to develop and position a company's supply chains in order to compete and win in today's global marketplace.

Packed with abundant anecdotes, interviews, case studies, research, and analysis, Supply Chain Management Best Practices offers a comprehensive and unflinching look at the development of supply chain management by looking at some of the people and the businesses largely responsible for its momentum. Author David Blanchard—Editor in Chief of Logistics Today, the leading supply chain publication—provides a unique dual perspective as journalist and insider, with access to top supply chain professionals and their insights on building and sustaining a world-class supply chain.

This resourceful book is strategically organized into three parts: Part I briefly introduces supply chain management with examples of best-in-class supply chains in various industries and proven methods for measuring the performance of a supply chain. Part II presents the traditional core processes of supply chain management and discusses the best practices being followed by specific trendsetting companies within the global marketplace. Finally, Part III reveals the strategies, solutions, and technologies used by leading companies to design their extended enterprises.

Conversational and easy to read, Supply Chain Management Best Practices presents success stories through the eyes of practitioners and experts at competitive companies of all sizes and in various industries, who share their secrets, experiences, and accomplishments to help you get your own company on the "best practices" track.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047178141X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471781417
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,075,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Craig A. Shutt on March 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dave Blanchard writes in a clear, concise style and supports his points with case histories that relate each point to the real world. The book is divided into three parts to create a process of its own. It leads the reader through supply chains used in different channels, discusses the core questions that must be answered in creating a system and then looks at solutions the best companies use to help meet obstacles that arise.

He has a light-hearted style (the first sub-head is, "You Knew This Job Was Dangerous When You Took It"), which keeps the book from bogging down or becoming pedantic. But the information is up to date and concisely presented.

The book is heavily annotated, offering additional resources if the reader desires, and the index allows specific points to be located quickly, so it works well as a reference guide as well as an overview. That he occasionally references his own articles makes it clear that he has a long history in the industry, offering experience and context he can bring to bear on the topic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Cooper on February 2, 2010
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I just spent the last three years at a large company where we focused on Supply Chain improvement. It was three years of incredible experiences and accomplishments. Now that it is over and I read this book, I know what it is we did. I did a lot of the activities, but did not have the big picture in mind when I did them. Now I have the big picture and the experience to back it up. Excellent read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve Keifer on September 17, 2010
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Unlike most of the market research and books on supply chain management, Blanchard's text does not require a PhD in Operations Research or Supply Chain Theory to read. In fact, it is full of insightful real-world examples from a wide variety of industries making it very easy to follow. Blanchard provides a historical perspective on the supply chain as a discipline as well as the background on concepts such as the Toyota Production System, Electronic Marketplaces and Collaborative Forecasting & Replenishment. This Second Edition of the book is up-to-date, with full chapters devoted to RFID, supply chain security and green supply chains. The book also provides useful explanations of concepts such as lean manufacturing, cross-docking, service parts planning, postponement and sales & operations planning.

I had only two complaints in reading it. There is a chapter on customer service that I found to be extremely disappointing as it focused primarily on returns processing. Additionally, there is no content on invoicing, payment or the financial settlement process. But, overall the book provides an excellent primer for those seeking an introduction to supply chain. I would highly recommend Blanchard's work over others such as the Harvard Business Review on SCM and Essentials of Supply Chain Management, neither of which did I find as useful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Casbolt on February 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Easy read in magazine style, nothing technical, covered the standard material you would expect to find in the proliferation of SCM books, including the stock case studies (some now dated or don't shine as much post 2008). Disappointingly book provides little that adds to, challenges or puts a different perspective on the sum knowledge of supply chain management, more of the same really
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By trueplayer on July 26, 2013
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i'm in the field of SC for over 7 years, have gone entry level to manegerial position path. have read various SC books and also tought couple lectures.

SCM best practices is very nice and "lightweight" book, however its very dense and informative. its full of real life examples and situation (successfull and vice versa). its fun to read. if you are a SC professional, you will identify "yourself" in many stories and jokes told. it is not a theoretical material; this is practical, with qualitative approach to subject, but aloft with data based examples.

highly recomend, have fun
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Keunen on August 21, 2013
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This book offered many up to date real life examples of what is currently working and where business fails. It is academic read, yet contained a solid look at where supply chain management is and where needs to look for future success. It was worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RDR on April 26, 2011
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Many of the issues addressed are very basic to those in the field of purchasing. I had hoped that it would go to the next level for those already in this field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By abm on September 17, 2011
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This book is very simple, and to the point. It makes the content easy to understand.
And it will not put you to sleep.
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