Gucci Designs its Supply Chain

Gucci Designs its Supply Chain

November 16, 2017

Article Title: Gucci’s Surge and the Power of a Responsive Supply Chain

Author of Article: BOF Team

Date of article: October 27, 2017

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With third-quarter revenue up 28%, Gucci is doing something right. The article describes Gucci’s moves to a more responsive supply chain by focusing on vertical integration of design and production.  Their focus on just-in-time manufacturing is intended to cut lead time from weeks to days.

Discussion Questions
1. How does Gucci create an order winner in the digital age?

Guidance: Review order winners/qualifiers, lean manufacturing and lean supply chains;  Students can then create a table showing order qualifiers relationship to lean manufacturing and lean supply chain concepts that help support the order qualifiers.  A discussion then can then ensue about which order qualifiers can become order winners for Gucci.

2. Can a supply chain be responsive without a just-in-time business model?

Guidance: This is a thought question for students to grapple with via classroom debate.  Suggest having half the class develop a 2 minute presentation arguing that only responsive supply chains require just-in-time and the other half Continue reading