Crimson & Co launches updated supply chain excellence book - May 2014

Crimson & Co has launched a substantially updated version of its successful scprime® book, covering the journey to supply chain excellence. It provides practical guidance and insight when developing supply chain processes or identifying and improving people capabilities.

The supply chain keeps evolving and so does scprime®. This is the fourth edition of this established book, with updated and additional content spanning both process and people capability profiles. The update also includes some case studies of blue-chip organisations that have successfully improved key areas of their supply chain by applying scprime® following an assessment, including a leading global life sciences company, a major airports group and a global wine company.

Supply chain industry professional, Andrew Hopkins, Group Packaging and Supply Chain Director, William Grant & Sons Distillers Ltd commented ‘The scprime® approach was highly effective in providing us with a deep and wide assessment of our supply chain processes, identifying substantial benefits, and underpinning our supply chain transformation strategy development and implementation.’

The launch of the updated book also coincides with the Crimson & Co and scprime® brand re-launch. As such the new book has undergone a complete re-design with the aim of providing a clear layout and a more digestible read for supply chain professionals across the world.

Phil Mason, scprime® leader at Crimson & Co, commented, ‘The book has undergone a thorough review, in terms of design and content. Areas such as procurement strategy, supplier negotiations, run strategy design, supply management, warehouse planning and transport operations, have been significantly updated, to name but a few. Notably, there are large additions in the form of contingency management and new product development, both areas which have seen increased emphasis in recent years.’

Phil added, ‘With the increasing reliance on global supply chains, it is critical that potential supply disruptions have contingency plans and risk mitigation including alternate sourcing and disaster recovery plans. Similarly, the successful introduction of new products is an essential process for many companies, particularly if they operate in dynamic marketplaces. Supply chain leaders can now see how their efforts in these areas compare with competitors, and those operating innovative supply chains.’

The content of the new book is comprehensive and up to date, but it’s how it is how it is applied that really sets scprime® apart. Richard Powell, Managing Director of Crimson & Co, explained: ‘We normally work collaboratively with clients to explore improvement opportunities in detail, using deep operational experience and broad-based business skills to challenge, guide and implement. We have a tight-knit team of people who share a single belief that by thinking differently about problems, process, people and results, we can make a real difference for our clients.’

scprime® is not just a supply chain book, but a powerful improvement approach, applicable to all industries and organisations. The approach is also available online in the form of a self-assessment tool, which produces an instant detailed report on up to three profiles. The scprime® online self-assessment tool has also undergone significant content updates in line with the new book. The simple-to-use online access allows supply chain professionals throughout the world to perform a self-assessment and receive an instant report which benchmarks their processes against industry best practice and identifies improvement opportunities.

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