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Outsourcing Supply Chain Planning Processes
Supply chain planning tools deliver potentially tremendous savings when well implemented, and wreak havoc when they fail. A company considering an outsourcing

four planning functions  implementation. Over the next four years, they made significant progress in reducing production lead times from nine months to six months. Nike believes that its supply chain strategy is a vital link in maintaining its leading position in the industry, and has stuck with the project despite the initial glitches. (Koch, Christopher. 2004. Nike Rebounds. CIO Magazine . June 15. http://www.cio.com/archive/061504/nike.html [accessed September 21, 2005].) SCP Solutions Are Supply Chain Specific and Require a

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