In “The Supply Chain Revolution,” the conventional business approach is challenged, and the book emphasizes how companies can succeed during times of disruption by utilizing supply chain and sourcing strategies.




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When CEOs think about the supply chain, it’s usually to cut costs. But the smartest leaders see supply chain and sourcing for what they can be: hidden tools for outperforming the competition. Steve Jobs, upon returning to Apple in 1997, focused on transforming the supply chain. He hired Tim Cook—and the company sped up the development of new products, getting them into consumers’ hands faster. The rest is history.

Across a range of industries, once-leading companies are in trouble: Walmart, IBM, Pfizer, HP, and The Gap to name a few. But others thrive. While competitors were shutting stores, Zara’s highly responsive supply chain made it the most valued company in the retail space and its founder, the richest man in Europe. The success of TJX, Amazon, Starbucks and Airbus is fueled by supply chain and sourcing. Showcasing real solutions, The Supply Chain Revolution will:

    • Improve customer satisfaction and increase revenue
    • Make alliances more successful
    • Simplify and debottleneck the supply chain
    • Boost retail success by managing store investment
    • Drive excellence

Technology is disrupting business models. Strategies must change. The Supply Chain Revolution flips conventional thinking and offers a powerful way for companies to compete in challenging times.


Book Reviews

Richard Connelly
Former Budget leader, Energy Director / Defense Logistics Agency (Department of Defense, USA)

The Ideal Supply Chain Primer for the Time-Pressed CEO or Gov­ernment Executive In clear, concise language Suman Sakar de-mystifies the complexities of supply chain management. The key to his process is simplification. In a world of business books full of buzz words and unnecessary complications, this is a refreshing approach. Sakar breaks supply chain management into its component pieces and succinctly lays out the relationships. If you are getting foggy, conflicting advice from staff and suppliers, as I frequently did in a career managing large organizations, you will find this short read welcome clarification.

Ramesh Krish
VP Supply Chain and Head of Procurement / Presbyterian Healthcare Services

The Supply Chain Revolution provides a lucid commentary of some of the most basic supply chain challenges frustrating senior management across different industries. Adopting a methodical approach to inventory tracking, product fulfillment, and channel distribution will help yield significant value in cash flow and reduce inventory obsolescence costs.

Mary Anne Gale
Retired VP of Supply Chain / Procter & Gamble

A wonderful book for supply chain and business leaders. He has presented examples that tell the story of the fundamentals in a memorable way.  It demonstrates the value of supply chain in delivering bursts results.  I highly recommend him to anyone leading a supply chain.

Yogesh Gupta
Vice President Global Operations / Cargill Business Services

Suman Sarkar does an excellent job of demystifying supply chain concepts and presents a logical framework to unlock tremendous value across the organization value chain. The fact that Sarkar has been a “hands-on” practitioner himself allows him to showcase solutions that will resonate well with supply chain managers /leaders across the industry spectrum. Well done, Suman . . . . eagerly awaiting future insights.

Satish Jain
Director, Supply Chain optimization / Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Suman Sarkar does a great job in explaining the practical solutions to common supply chain problems. He delivers an engaging balance between strategic perspectives and operational issues that make for an interesting read.

Xianghui (Richard) Peng
Assistant Professor of Operations Management / Eastern Washington University

The Supply Chain Revolution identifies and explains many supply chain challenges that frustrate executives most. It delivers corresponding practice-proofed approaches to respond the challenges. The fruitful hands-on industry practices throughout the book provide significant value for organizations to transform their supply chain. This book is a great resource for executives and senior supply chain professionals to use for self-learning or training, and for MBA students with a concentration in supply chain management to complementarily use in class.

Raj Kamalapur
Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Marketing / College of Business, Angelo State University

This book has done an excellent job in explaining many important areas of supply chain like customer segmentation, customer service, demand planning, alliance management, inventory management, streamlining supply chain, fixing bottlenecks in supply chain, managing store investment, enhancing marketing efficiency, facilities outsourcing, sourcing excellence, supplier selection, relationship management and many other areas. One area that could have received more attention in this book is in the area of logistics. Overall this is an excellent book to read and enhance your knowledge in the area of supply chain and sourcing.

Atul Tripathi
Senior Director, Global Value Innovation / Pepsico

The Supply Chain Revolution is a brilliant, clear, and simple guide for corporate executives who want to transform their supply chain. I have never seen such a clear and actionable plan for taking supply chain management to the next level. Supply chains have become more complex in the last three decades as a result of globalization, the increasing pace of innovation, and competitive intensity. Suman Sarkar explains how best-in-class companies debottleneck their supply chains by drawing from his own experience transforming supply chains both from inside a company and from outside as a consultant.

David Dreyfus
Assistant Professor, Department of Supply Chain Management / Rutgers Business School

As someone who teaches supply chain management, I was very interested in this book. Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a good, quick read that offers advice, wisdom, examples that you can import into your own business or job. Suman describes in detail some of the great projects he has gotten to be a part of during his career. The book offers a lot of great advice, which could help you and/or your organization avoids some mistakes. The book leans towards the marketing side of the business a bit. I like that there are actionable ideas presented.

P. Venkatram
Vice President, APAC Planning and Logistics Head / LEGO

This book is indeed thought-provoking for supply chain practitioners as well as for business leaders. Suman Sarkar’s guided multi-step approach focuses on simplification without ignoring business complexity. It will help companies reform their supply chains to enable a healthier business.

Martin Christopher
Emeritus Professor of Marketing & Logistics / Cranfield School of Management, UK

Successful companies in every industrial sector have long recognized that competitive advantage comes not just from the products or services that they offer but from the supply chains that support them.  In this easy-to-read and insightful book, the author explores the opportunities that exist for improving profitability through supply chain excellence and provides practical guidance on how to achieve the goal.

Henrik Thorén
Vice President, Group Sourcing North East Asia / Ericsson

The book is very inspirational for anyone working with Sourcing and Supply Chain. Sourcing and Supply Chain is not always a top priority in many companies, but this book shows some really good examples of how this can make or break a company. There are also some very good concrete examples of what and how to do which inspires you to challenge your own thinking.

About Author

Suman Sarkar is an international consultant and partner at Three S Consulting. He has advised over forty Fortune 500 companies on strategy and operations. His latest book, Customer-Driven Disruption (Berrett-Koehler, 2019), provides a blueprint for companies on how to adapt to the constantly shifting global demographics and markets. The book draws on Sarkar’s extensive experience and includes case studies from companies worldwide that have succeeded in competitive and unpredictable marketplaces.

Sarkar has also written several articles for business journals and is the author of The Supply Chain Revolution, which is a top-selling book on Amazon in its genre.