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Praise for ESSENTIALS of Supply Chain Management"There are opportunities for every player in any supply chain to improve all aspects of supply chain management. Improving our customers' bottom line through creative transportation solutions is on the mind of our employees every day. Michael Hugos provides the information and practical examples of how specialized expertise combined with collaboration can produce entirely new and profitable outcomes for our customers."
--Laurel McGrath, VP and General Manager, Celtic International
"Michael Hugos presents the core concepts and techniques of supply chain management in a clear, concise, and easily readable style for those desiring an introduction to the subject or for those wanting to refine their understanding and application of supply chain issues. The case studies and executive insights are very useful in illustrating how to effectively employ supply chains to enable companies to accomplish their business goals."
--Perry J. Gaid, Vice President of Purchasing, OneSource Facility Services, Inc.
"My company is involved in both manufacturing and distribution. Mr. Hugos's book provides a valuable framework of concepts and techniques that people at all levels of the company can use to organize and improve our supply chain management capabilities and tie them to our business strategy."
--Grant Watkinson, PhD, President, Coastwide Laboratories
"An excellent introduction into supply chain management . . . a book you should own and loan out to others frequently."
--Supply Management (April 2003)
"In clear and concise prose, this lean book outlines the most crucial tenets and concepts of supply chain management."
--Supply Chain Management Review, (September/October 2003)
One of the "top 5 books that every supply chain executive should have on their bookshelf."
--SupplyChainOpz, (June 2014)
Fully revised and expanded with new case studies, executive interviews, and the latest technology tools available for supply chain management, the Third Edition contains valuable tips, techniques, illustrative real-world examples, exhibits, and best practices. This handy and concise paperback will help you stay up to date on the newest thinking, strategies, developments, and technologies in supply chain management.

About the Author

Michael H. Hugos is an author, speaker, and principal at Center for Systems Innovation [c4si]. He works with clients to find elegant solutions to complex problems with focus in supply chains, business intelligence, and new business ventures. He spent six years as CIO of a national distribution organization developing a suite of supply chain and e-business systems and earned the CIO 100 Award and Computerworld's Premier 100 Award. Other books of his include Business Agility and Business in the Cloud, both from Wiley.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470942185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470942185
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin R. Callahan on April 15, 2003
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As a consultant in this area, I have recommended this book to my clients. This well-structured, easy-to-read book is an excellent introduction to concepts of Supply Chain Management. Its target audience, executives who must learn about supply chain in order to make strategic decisions, could be expanded to include any person who wants or needs to learn about supply chain. I highly recommend it as a first book for any project manager who is new to this are.
The book contains 8 chapters, each with a similar structure: a list of the learning and performance objectives of preceding the actual content, which is presented in a logical and interesting way. The content is accompanied by helpful diagrams and a series of examples or case studies labeled "Executive Insight" or "In the Real World". It also contains lists of helpful "Tips and Techniques".
The author begins with an overview of the general concepts of Supply Chain Management. One of the objectives of this chapter is to be able to "Start an intelligent conversation about supply chain management issues in your company" It is a tall order, and the author succeeds, introducing the neophyte to the basic concepts of Production, Inventory, Location, Transportation and Inventory with clear and concise prose. In a very interesting example, Hugos uses the story of Alexander the Great to illustrate how a good supply chain functions.
The following 4 chapters systematically cover the basics of supply chain: Planning and Sourcing, Making and Delivering, Coordination and Technology and Supply Chain Metrics. Each of these chapters takes up the fundamental concepts involved and explains them in a simple and understandable fashion.
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I have been managing complex supply chains for the aerospace industry for at least a couple of decades and have installed collaborative supply chain applications at several airlines and OEMs. I find "Essentials of Supply Chain Management" a refreshing, easy, and informative read for the practitioner. Having recently gone through several text books written by academicians I find that even the best of them lacked the touch and the feel of real life supply chain issues. Most hands on managers however need to know the latest technologies and best business practices that might help them solve real life problems. Michael Hugo's book comes close to achieving that goal. The simulation model at [...] works hand in hand with the book. It allows paractioners the opportunity to put to test some of the concepts described in the book. The book and the simulation model can but does not have to be used concurrently to help managers formulate and test assumptions relevant to their own operation. With customer experience at the top of SCM manager's agenda these days, this book shines a light on a road not strictly dedicated to the theory of constraints with a single minded focus on maximizing throughput. More on the simulation model at [...]
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The book focuses on operational and tactical aspects of supply chain management. The coverage is clear, logical and highlights key points well. Each chapter ends with a summary. There is a wealth of figures, tips and techniques and explanatory "boxes", all of which are concise, relevant and useful.
Supply chain management has moved rapidly from 'poor relation' to high strategy, driving strategic alliances and involving world wide logistics. This book does no more than touch on these wider strategic issues; its concern is with the fundamentals which provide the platform on which strategy can be successful. It succeeds admirably within its objectives.
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As a person with little time lately for personal reading, I have to be judicious about my reading adventures. I feel that Mr. Hugos created a very "easy read", while providing ample information about his topic to educate the person "on the go".
My profession involves interfacing with CIOs daily, and I can now feel more confident in my acumen around the Supply Chain Management space. I think Mr. Hugos accomplished his objective of enlightening executives about this topic, w/o using the "techno-speak" that often chases them away. Overall, I highly recommend this book, and I am interested in finding out more about the "Essentials" series.
Mr. Hugos, I thank you!
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Awesome book with a lot of great information. This book starts you from the bare bones of the internal workings of your business and explains how you can improve your business' perfromance by using supply chain management principles.
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This book gave me the fundamental understanding of supply chain management that I was looking for. I had no prior education in SCM and now I feel I understand the basics.
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This book gives a wonderful and very thorough overview of the practice of Supply Chain Management.

The author starts off by explaining the objectives of SCM; the drivers that govern a Supply Chain; the conflicting demands of "efficiency" vs "responsivenes"; the variables that the Supply Chain manager would constantly need to juggle with and optimize keeping in mind the market segment that they are serving.

Later he goes on to discuss about the business operations (plan, source, make, deliver) that constitute a supply chain and the technology choices that are available in today's world to solve these problems. The real-life concerns of performance targets, budgets and ROI are also discussed.

The author provides an abundance of "Real Life Examples" and "Executive Insights" that demonstrate how these principles are being used (and in many cases pioneered!) by various companies in different industry segments.

This is not a book that goes into excessive quantitative analysis or depth in any subject. Rather it is an overview that is extremely useful for beginners who want to get a grasp on this subject. It is probably the first book you should read on SCM - and also the book you could use to summarize your concepts and put them to practice.

The author's fluid writing style and simplicity in his choice of words (no fancy buzz words that make you want to run away!!), make it a pleasure reading this book.
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