“That’s the way we’ve always done it” is known as one of the most harmful phrases in business, as it keeps companies from exploring new ideas that could lead to innovation. However, the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, defies this mindset by continually looking for new ways to improve the sustainability of its operations.
Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
“Supply chains that focus on speed and costs tend to deteriorate over time.”
A quote taken from the 2004 Harvard Business Review study, Triple-A Supply Chain, this statement seemed contrary to the ‘efficiency drive’ of the times. Since then, an economic downturn and a now resurgence in demand have refocused the views of sustainable supply chain management. This begs the question: Which SSCM philosophy rings true today?