Research is at the center of what we do. We focus our research on how supply chain leaders can drive excellence. The research we do takes different forms including formal reports, books, videos, presentations, and webinars.

Our Research Reports

The reports below are published under the direction of Open Content research which is based on this Creative Commons License and fully disclosed on this page. You can open/download these reports in PDF or PowerPoint 2010 formats or access them from SlideShare. These are only our most recent reports.  To access ALL of our reports please visit our Report Archives page.

  Direct Materials: The Supply Chain’s Missing Link for Performance Improvement

  • February – September 2016
  • The research for this report is based on online surveys conducted from February 2 – September 12, 2016 among manufacturers who purchase direct materials and are familiar with the process of selecting and managing direct materials suppliers at their company (n=34).
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  2016 Research in Review

  • January – December 2016
  • Supply chain excellence is rooted in alignment and conscious trade-offs. Leaders are focused on building end-to-end operating strategies while laggards are struggling to figure out why they are stuck. This report is designed to help supply chain leaders get a condensed view of our best research from 2016.
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 Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on the High-Tech Industry - 2015 Supply Chain Metrics That Matter – A Focus on the High-Tech Industry – 2016

  • 2006-2015
  • This report is based on analysis of financial balance sheet data and income statements for the Consumer Electronics, B2B Electronics, Contract Manufacturing and the Semiconductor industry over the period of 2006-2015. (Data is sourced from YCharts). The report reflects insights from the pre- and post-recession periods and compares the progress of companies within the peer group(s).
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 Driving a Customer-Centric Supply Chain Driving a Customer-Centric Supply Chain

  • August – October, 2016
  • The research for this report is based on online surveys conducted from August 12 – October 14, 2016 among Manufacturers, Wholesalers/Distributors/Co-operatives and Third-Party Logistics Providers (n=56).
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 Supply Chain Analytics Putting Together the Pieces: Supply Chain Analytics

  • February – August 2016
  • The research for this report was conducted through a number of qualitative interviews of technology providers and line of business users during the period of February through August 2016. The goal was to understand the evolving state of supply chain analytics.
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 2016 Supply Chains to Admire - Report - 26 July 2016 2016 Supply Chains to Admire 

  • 2006-2015
  • The Supply Chains to Admire™ work is an annual study of supply chain excellence. Now in its third year of development, it is a study of supply chain performance and improvement of publicly held companies for the period of 2009-2015.
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 Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Household Products, and Beauty Companies – 2016 Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Household Products, and Beauty Companies – 2016

  • 2006-2015
  • This report is based on analysis of financial balance sheet data and income statements for Household Products, and Beauty companies over the period of 2006-2015. (Data is sourced from YCharts). The report reflects insights from the pre- and post-recession periods and compares the progress of companies within the peer group(s).
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  Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Chemical, and Oil & gas Companies – 2016

  • 2006-2015
  • This report is based on analysis of financial balance sheet data and income statements for Chemical, and Oil & Gas companies over the period of 2006-2015. (Data is sourced from YCharts). The report reflects insights from the pre- and post-recession periods and compares the progress of companies within the peer group(s).
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 Improving Supplier Reliability - Insights on Supplier Development Improving Supplier Reliability

  • February – May, 2016
  • The research for this report is based on online surveys conducted from February 2 – May 13, 2016 among Manufacturers, Wholesalers/Distributors/Co-operatives and Third-Party Logistics Providers (n=99).
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 Supply Chain Metrics That Matter 2016 report series - Food and Beverage Companies Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Food and Beverage Companies – 2016

  • 2006-2015
  • This report is based on analysis of financial balance sheet data and income statements for Food and Beverage companies over the period of 2006-2015. (Data is sourced from YCharts). The report reflects insights from the pre- and post-recession periods and compares the progress of companies within the peer group(s).
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 Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Medical Device Companies - 2016 Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Medical Device Companies – 2016

  • 2006-2015
  • This report is based on analysis of financial balance sheet data and income statements for the medical device manufacturing industry over the period of 2006-2015. (Data is sourced from YCharts). The report reflects insights from the pre- and post-recession periods and compares the progress of companies within the peer groups.
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 Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Pharmaceutical Companies - 2016 Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Pharmaceutical Companies – 2016

  • 2006-2015
  • This report is based on analysis of financial balance sheet data and income statements for the pharmaceutical industry over the period of 2006-2015. (Data is sourced from YCharts). The report reflects insights from the pre- and post-recession periods and compares the progress of companies within the peer groups.
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 In Search of Supply Chain Excellence - Report In Search of Supply Chain Excellence

  • Insights From Four Years of Research
  • The research for this report is based on 28 surveys fielded during the period of January 2012 – December 2015. The research was a progressive set of studies to understand supply chain excellence. In the report, we use responses from over 2000 respondents to understand the characteristics of a supply chain that is working well.
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 Why Is Supply Chain Planning So hard? Why Is Supply Chain Planning So Hard?

  • Insights From Four Years of Research
  • To share insights with supply chain leaders on how to maximize the value from a supply chain planning implementation. The report shares insights on five barriers and then gives recommendations to overcome the barriers to maximize the ROI.
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 Research in Review - 2015 Research in Review – 2015

  • January-December, 2015
  • This report highlights research from the Supply Chain Insights 2015 report series. It summarizes the key insights from twelve quantitative and four qualitative studies and is designed for the supply chain leader seeking a summary report.
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 Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on the High-Tech Industry - 2015 Supply Chain Metrics That Matter – A Focus on the High-Tech Industry – 2015

  • 2006-2014
  • This report is based on analysis of financial balance sheet data and income statements for the Consumer Electronics, B2B Electronics, and the Semiconductor industry over the period of 2006-2014. (Data is sourced from YCharts). The report reflects insights from the pre- and post-recession periods and compares the progress of companies within the peer group(s).
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 Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on the Automotive Industry – 2015 Supply Chain Metrics That Matter – A Focus on the Automotive Industry – 2015

  • 2006-2014
  • This report is based on analysis of financial balance sheet data and income statements for the Automotive industry over the period of 2006-2014 (from YCharts). The report reflects insights from the pre- and post-recession periods and compares the progress of companies within the peer group.
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 What Is the Value Proposition of Sales and Operations Planning? What Is the Value Proposition of Sales & Operations Planning?

  • January – September 2015
  • The research for this report is based on online surveys conducted from January 6 – September 14, 2015. Respondents were limited to Manufacturers and Wholesalers/Distributors/Co-operatives with $250M+ in revenue and who have at least one S&OP process (n=73). For the purpose of analysis, respondents were split between those with a self-reported “effective” S&OP (n=31) and those without (n=42).
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 What Drives Inventory Effectiveness in a Market-Driven World? What Drives Inventory Effectiveness in a Market-Driven World? 

  • February – October 2015
  • The research for this report is based on online surveys conducted from February 12 – October 8, 2015. Respondents were limited to Manufacturers, Retailers, and Wholesalers/Distributors/Co-operatives with $250M+ in revenue and who use (and are familiar with) inventory optimization software (n=64). Respondents were evenly split between those using basic (ERP or ERP+APS) and advanced (software in addition to ERP/APS) software .
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 Supply Chains to Admire 2015 - Winning Company Logos Supply Chains to Admire – 2015

  • 2006-2014
  • This report is based on analysis of financial balance sheet data and income statements for 22 industries over the period of 2006-2014 (from YCharts and corporate reporting). Companies performing above their peer group and demonstrating improvement are listed as Supply Chains to Admire.
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 Supply Chain Risk Management Supply Chain Risk Management

  • July 2015
  • The research for this report is based on online surveys conducted from July 13-21, 2015 among Manufacturers, Retailers, and Wholesalers/Distributors/Co-operatives with $500M+ in revenue or 750+ employees (n=125). Respondents were required to be familiar with supply chain risk management and have it be at least somewhat important to their company.
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 Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Consumer Products - 2015 report Supply Chain Metrics That Matter – A Focus on Consumer Products – 2015

  • 2006-2014
  • This report is based on analysis of financial balance sheet data and income statements for the Consumer Products industry over the period of 2006-2014 (from YCharts). The Consumer Products industry is broken into three sectors:  Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs, Beauty/Cosmetics and Consumer Packaged Goods
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