Over the last several decades, supply chain professionals have focused on performance issues that have emerged from a lack of commercial/business alignment with supply chain operations. While significant improvements have been made, the biggest SC opportunities have shifted. New University of Tennessee Global Supply Chain Institute research shows that a major strategic integration opportunity exists between purchasing and logistics, and failing to capitalize on this opportunity is clearly causing many firms to miss important opportunities to create value. This whitepaper presents strong evidence that organizations that align procurement and logistics decisions not only vertically with business unit strategy, but also horizontally between functions, enjoy heightened functional and financial performance.

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