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McKinsey management speak and sustainable supply chains

McKinsey are not known for their ability to write in plain English.

Of course, as management consultants they are more of less obliged to use strange and confusing terms.

This introduction to a recent article, “Building the supply chain of the future” for example, reads:

“Getting there means ditching today’s monolithic model in favor of splintered supply chains that dismantle complexity, and using manufacturing networks to hedge uncertainty.”

I think that means using more suppliers in a simpler way, and having alternatives in case there is a problem.

Management BS aside, the article has some relevance for sustainability, and is worth a scan.

For example, they make a good business case for supply chain visibility, key to implementing those sustainable procurement targets many large companies have today.

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