3 things that hurt an organization's supply chain collaboration

The success of any supply chain largely depends on the cooperation and collaboration of all stakeholders — whether they work in the same building or halfway around the world, according to Bill DuBois, director of marketing content for Kinaxis.

Mr. Dubois describes three common mistakes that can hinder supply chain collaboration in a post for the company's blog, "21st Century Supply Chain."

1. Data extraction and analysis often occurs in silos, according to Mr. Dubois. Each department takes a vertical approach to reporting, focusing on individual functional metrics, instead of the overall health of the supply chain network.

2. There's a lack of communication between departments. Managers across the organization are responsible for one specific department and focus on one set of priorities, which can sometimes lead to conflicting goals.

3. When teams are distributed across the country, decisions are often made with little understanding of cross-functional impact This can cause minor speed bumps to become major road closures, according to Mr. Dubois.

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