Supply Chain Management - Nike & Adidas

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Supply Chain Management - Nike & Adidas
Supply management is a complex function that’s critical to business success, responsible for delivering efficient costs, high quality, fast delivery and continuous innovation throughout companies’ entire supply chains.   The strategic contribution of supply management is measured not only in savings made, but also in increased shareholder value (Niezen, Weller & Deringer, 2007).   Nike and Adidas are two global companies try to improve their competitive advantage through strategically managing and utilizing their supply chain.   The purpose of this report is to compare and evaluate the supply chain management practices of Nike & Adidas.  

2.1 Nike Corporate Profile
Based in Beaverton, Oregon, and employing approximately 29,000 people worldwide, Nike Inc. is the world's leading designer and marketer of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities (Comtex, 2002; Nikebiz, 2007a).   Is this Essay helpful? Join OPPapers to read more and access more than 325,000 just like it! get better grades

Nike holds a 32 percent worldwide market share, a $20 billion market cap (Koch, 2004), has 40,000 stock-keeping units of goods (Mongelluzzo, 2002) and sells over 120,000 products in four cycles per year (Koch, 2004).

2.2. Adidas Corporate Profile
Adidas is a leading producer of sportswear and sports equipment, offering its products primarily through four brands: Adidas, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, Maxfli and Reebok (Datamonitor, 2007)   The Adidas group and its 150+ subsidiaries are directed from the headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany, and employ 26,376 people (Adidas, 2007) The Adidas product line includes more than 20,000 items, with thousands of product variations. To keep up with market demand, the company changes its product range twice a year; more often if new technologies are available and in demand (Webex, 2004)....
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