In this article from Logistics Management, Bridget McCrea reviews the discussions and main points of a discussion concerning the cutting of costs and boosting of ability in supply chains. The discussion ranged from the impact of oil on all supply chains, how to maximize capacity, and managing labor cost and efficiency. Part of the discussion centered around distribution networks and how quickly they can change: The problem is that distribution networks change for a variety of reasons over time. Company growth, new customer service demands, mergers and acquisitions, regional market expansion, supplier network changes and labor strategy can all inhibit a firm’s ability to optimize its distribution network. External factors such as energy cost volatility or economic uncertainty also come into play and can negatively impact supply chainsThe article brings up a lot of concerns and just as many possible solutions to problems that face the supply chain industry. The advice provided by the myriad of experts mentioned not only represents best practices, but thought leadership to benefit anyone in supply chain.