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Spider in the web

Spider in the Web


It’s a beautiful picture in autumn especially in the morning with all the drops of water. It makes me think of all kinds of insects that tend to turn this time of the year. Most specifically spiders in all kinds of size and shape. Which brings me to what is close to my heart: supply chain as the spider in the web.


What is the definition of a spider in the web? What do we catch within the supply chain? And with whom do we catch these “flies”? Do we have friend spiders to collaborate with?  How does the spider control his web? How big is the web?


I hear often that the supply chain function is equal to a spider in a web. Are the supply chain people really in the center of the business universe? Do they integrate different roles within a company and make them perform better? Can they provide the sticking glue, like a web, to keep people focused on the issues that matters, and set the right priorities?


Possibly… but what I think is that the supply chain is able to process and assess information from different angles. All relevant information is connected and gets a platform.


This is relevant since the pharmaceutical supply chain is a pretty complex environment. Forgetting one simple element within the pharmaceutical supply chain, may have a major impact on availability of the medicine getting in time to the patient.


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