February 29, 2016
Maximize your influence for cold chain success
By: Dale Canning

As a supply chain manager, your work world is full of variables. Whether you’re dealing with new shipping vendors, products sitting on a dock in a distant country, or the purchase and validation of new packaging, every day has a new set of variables with which to contend.

If your company is like most, shipping the product to the customer is usually seen by your colleagues in R&D, manufacturing operations, and marketing as the last step of a long and complex process. The shipping process usually concerns them very little. What possible concerns could they have about temperature control, monitoring, and hot spots in a warehouse? Those are your concerns, after all.

The truth is that the product itself is not static—it’s a variable in the process too, and one that you have the ability to influence by making the capabilities and limitations of the cold chain known to team members.

Whether your R&D, manufacturing operations, and marketing departments are internal groups or your company contracts those services out, there is a way to communicate with those groups to ensure that they are all working toward cold chain success, even if it means that they have to change the product design.

Are you ready to identify new cold chain technologies and spread the word about them to your colleagues in other departments? Do you want to influence the next version of the product design so that it can be well-supported by the cold chain? If so, you should consider taking the Accenture Academy course Optimizing Design Options for Your Product and Cold Chain.

About Accenture Academy

Accenture Academy offers proven, cost-effective learning solutions for a more versatile workforce and a more agile organization. We provide a flexible learning approach that helps your people be more versatile and your entire organization be more agile in the marketplace. Curriculum includes Supply Chain Management, Finance, Procurement, Analytics, Leadership & Management and Specialty Skills.


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