Blog postsJanuary 27, 2017

Best-In-Class Practices for Bimodal Supply Chains

FLEXE was recently included by Gartner along with Amazon and General Electric as a real-world example of a company that embraces Mode 2 of the bimodal strategy and we are providing the full Gartner report, “For Supply Chain Executives: The Bimodal Challenge”, as a complimentary download for our readers.

Gartner defines Bimodal as “the practice of managing two separate but coherent styles of work: one focused on predictability; the other on exploration”. By optimizing Mode 1 where strategies are well-understood, businesses can exploit what is predictable, meanwhile simultaneously in Mode 2 they can spend time exploring and experimenting to solve new problems and address areas of uncertainty.

In supply chains, the bimodal strategy is a powerful tool for addressing the widening divide between what supply chains provide and what businesses need. [clickToTweet tweet="Being “bimodal” allows supply chains to operate in two very different modes while exploiting the benefits of both." quote="Being “bimodal” allows supply chains to operate in two very different modes while exploiting the benefits of both."] Today’s market requires innovation for staying competitive and utilizing both mode 1 and mode 2 in a supply chain plays an essential role in digital transformation.

The report from Gartner includes topics such as what operating two modes looks like in a real-world supply chain, how to scale, and the differences between mode 1 and mode 2. It also features six organizational approaches to guide readers in successfully embracing mode 2 in their supply chain business operations.

For more Best Practices read our On-Demand Warehousing Best Practices for Warehouse Operators