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Global Supply Chain: Balancing Cost Reduction and Performance Improvement

Ernst & Young, one of the world’s largest professional services companies, has released a new report, Global Supply Chain: Balancing Cost Reduction and Performance Improvement, which includes feedback from 250 supply executives from global companies. Ernst & Young states that the slower economy demands increased supply chain efficiency.


Cost reduction is an essential agenda item for senior executives, explains Ernst & Young, noting that pressure to improve performance originates in profitability, globalization and other factors. Survey results indicate a divide between what executives require of their supply chains and what they see being delivered. More than 60% of respondents report supply chains are expected to play a key role in building credibility with investors by positively impacting the bottom line. Only half of these respondents are confident that their supply chains are capable of managing the business issues associated with this role.

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