4 Pillars of Supply Chain Strategy (after Dr. Muddassir Ahmed)

Supply Chain Strategy

Great thing has happened to me last week – I was talking to Dr. Muddassir Ahmed! He is a real professional with a great passion to Supply Chain Strategy and Procurement! Muddassir has a considerable experience in deploying Continuous Improvement best practices in Europe Middle East & Africa. But most of us know him because of his blog on Supply Chain Management and Procurement related topics www.muddassirism.com.

It is a big happiness to find the like-minded people! Especially – to have the interesting discussions with them!

So the topic I want to share with you today was suggested and well-explained by Dr. Muddassir in our Podcast episode.

In addition to the Podcast let me share with you the short extract from Dr. Muddassir’s blog.

4 Pillars of Supply Chain Strategy

It doesn’t matter how advanced is your organisation in supply chain competency. Because if you want to develop the long-term directions for Supply Chain – you should begin with very basic questions. And a good starting point can be to understanding the link between strategy and the supply chain.

First of all – investigate these areas:

  • performance level, which must your business must achieve to be competitive,
  • level of team development , which is required to achieve desired results,
  • systems, which your organisation should use to have right data to drive right decision,
  • core processes, which your team or you need to master on,
  • role of Supply Chain, which it should play for the current business environment and in the future.

As a result of your initial investigations – you can create four pillars to base your Supply Chain Strategy.


To recognize our most important asset, our People. Start building the standard org structures with defined roles & responsibilities, maintaining relevant development & training plans, and working together. For example, a good idea is to be part of local organisation like CIPS or APICS.


To leverage the use of standard Systems – you should build Core Processes around them and training the People to use them effectively.

Core Processes:

To provide the best possible information for the business, based on sound analysis and consensus planning, to allow us to plan for and deliver results profitably.


To make full use of our People, Systems, Models and Planning tools to deliver product on time and at minimum cost to the business, maximizing profit and customer satisfaction.


Maybe you want to find more information/thoughts and experiences like this? Therefore check out Muddassir’s blog – great source of knowledge and tools for Supply Chain and Procurement professionals!

P.S. Listen to the full interview with Dr. Muddassir Ahmed in Future Procurement

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