Millennials and supply chains supporting digital platforms

Uber, AirBnB, Amazon web services

These platforms showcase new business models of interconnectedness via digital platforms that allow for unprecedented synergy and dynamic connectedness between suppliers and customers with you, the service/product provider in the middle.

The blazing pace at which these platforms perform and surface new demands on your company point to the requirement, no longer just a need, of supply chain risk management and mitigation planning.

The complexity of interconnectedness, speed of sharing, and service expectations place the requirement, no longer just a need, for full company alignment. Without it, your supply chain cannot be flexible or agile enough to respond fast enough.

Strategic planning must now enter into a strategic execution planning stage to provide clear, transparent requirements. Without it, your supply chains and operations will be in a constant state of expediting and fire-fighting.

Those who master the above are awarded with exponential growth in manageable ways that work with planned and implemented supply chain infrastructure. However, the planning and implementation is tricky and difficult to master.

Complex platforms require integrated planning and execution between experienced management and executives along with Millennials. Are your Millennials ready for that challenge? Are you, as a Millennial, ready for that challenge?

If not, what skill sets do you need to help your company compete successfully?

Tell me what you and your company need. Manager or executive? Please comment or go to the 1 question at Industrial Strength SC from Millennials at If you’re a Millennial, please comment or go to the 1 question Millennial supply chain survey at

Key words and concepts: Millennials, supply chains, complexity, digital platforms, collaboration, interconnectedness, alignment, transparency, strategy Cynthia Kalina-Kaminsky with Process & Strategy consults with and provides training for organizations eager to increase their competitive value by helping enable growth, align performance, make and move product (even when the product is a serving of electrons). She has been invited to teach SCOR (Supply Chain Operations Reference model) in Baton Rouge this October. SCOR is the framework Fortune 500 companies use to increase their agility.


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