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Globalization Drives Market Need for Supply Chain Segmentation: Research & Key Strategies


October 09, 2012

Businesses continue look to their supply chain operations for opportunities to streamline business processes, reduce costs, improve customer service, gain a competitive edge, and face any disruptions caused by global commerce uncertainties.

Particularly among companies with thousands of SKUs and diverse product lines, there is a need for differentiated replenishment and logistics approaches across complex supply chains. For example, an organization may need supply chain processes that are specialized for goods with unpredictable demand, such as the latest fashion. The same organization may also provide goods with more predictable demand that require steady replenishment. Similarly, other goods may have higher import and export compliance requirements that must be carefully managed.

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