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WHY use the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model?

To say it upfront: I’m biased. I have been working with SCOR for more than 20 years now, as a supply chain leader, and later as trainer, coach, trusted advisor, and as a lecturer. And it still amazes me how SCOR is helping people and organizations to bridge organizational silos, grow, foster learning, and contribute to overall business results. “But how?”, “and is it still ‘up to date’?”, I hear sometimes.

The SCOR model (© ASCM/APICS) was established to help companies unlocking potential to create value for their stakeholders. It remains a powerful tool and methodology for evaluating and comparing activities and performance of supply chains across industries; be they very simple or very complex. The model has been used around the Globe by hundreds of companies, with substantial gains.

I believe, it has never been timelier to use SCOR in practice than in times of fundamental transformation – like now. Including digital.

SCOR provides a consensus view of supply chain management (SCM), with a unique framework linking business process, performance metrics, best practices and people skills into a unified structure. With which it enables for accelerated communication amongst supply chain partners and improves effectiveness of SCM and respective supply chain improvement programs – outside-in and top-down.

Is it easy to use? Yes, it will definitely help simplifying your operations reality. And no, because even a simplified view on your supply chains may still look complex…but with SCOR it will certainly be easier to handle. SCOR – the model and the methodology – will provide clarity and focus. And of course, you need to practice it.

I invite you to follow a little series of posts on SCOR benefits and motivations for companies and supply chain leaders to use SCOR in practice. It’s not a single reason only. Steps into SCOR are plenty – here are some key ones:

Ah! Oh, yes. And the best way to start? (caution: advertisement ahead!) Just spend three days to get trained from a trusted advisor and SCOR Master Instructor who has been on all sides of SCM over several decades. Our SCOR-Professional Trainings are either public (next starts in June 2020) or in-house and can be even customized to your company’s needs. Please contact Michael Ginap and feel free to book a call. I am biased, but not blind; and I have been managing supply chains before SCOR was created. But I am convinced of its power. Happy to share my passion with you.

Let me thank you for reading until here or further, or even distribute this article! Please leave a comment or send me a DM. Let’s share views, and I look forward to discussing your experiences with SCOR!


Motivation to use SCOR (1 of x): Performance Measurement / Management

Motivation to use SCOR (2 of x): Processes

Motivation to use SCOR (3 of x): Practices

Motivation to use SCOR (4 of x): People (skills)

Motivation to use SCOR (5 of x): Determining a powerful Improvement Program

…stay tuned for more.

Michael Ginap