4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 25, 2014 12:55 PM by abbymayer

    "Give Us Your Best Olympic Sport Analogy!" Contest Details

    Melissa Clow Expert

      iStock_000034248326_Small.jpgWith all the Olympic coverage, we have the winter games on our mind. And, it of course got us thinking about the tie to supply chain.


      So we thought we’d have some fun and find out what Olympic sport is most like supply chain and why? Is it most like luge? Or maybe Snowboarding or speed skating?


      Comment below and give us your best Olympic sport analogy! Post your response and the Gold, Silver and Bronze responses will be rewarded with a treat - a $25.00 Starbucks gift card. Terms and conditions found here.


      Good luck and let the games begin!

        • Re: "Give Us Your Best Olympic Sport Analogy!" Contest Details
          Nazli Erdogus Apprentice

          I`m not born and raised in winter sports so maybe for some of you this is not the right choice but I`ve always found figure skating a fascinating winter sport for so many reasons.

          So my bet goes to Figure Skating for the most like supply chain winter sport. Here is why I think it matches perfectly with supply chain:


          In Figure skating there is;



          Figure Skating: One of the main requirements in figure skating, you need to be able to communicate well with your partner (Wouldn`t be very nice if the man drops the woman during the throw jump!).

          Supply chain: Of course similar to how demand planner needs to collaborate with the supplier (and come to a consensus for required adaptations).


          Synchronized actions

          Figure Skating: Match music with moves, no room for mistake.

          Supply chain:  Match your demand to supply with (almost) no room for mismatching (otherwise you can`t satisfy the order!)



          Figure Skating: The team needs to be fast to catch the music, do the right thing at the right time.

          Supply chain:  You need to know your supply chain is knowing sooner and acting faster! (Check how RapidResponse does it!)



          Figure Skating: The team needs to know each other’s’ strengths and weaknesses and act accordingly.

          Supply chain: You need to adapt to changes, know your capacity and constraints, adjust it when there is a demand spike.



          Figure Skating: The team needs to look like they are one, and the moves need to look like it`s the smoothest.

          Supply chain: Your supply chain needs to consider demand plan, supply plan, inventory, constraints, and capacity and make sure all these are united in one single system.


          Happy Olympics!


          • Re: "Give Us Your Best Olympic Sport Analogy!" Contest Details
            Dcheng Novice

            Supply chain is most like luge. One wrong more and can be thrown off the track!

            • Re: "Give Us Your Best Olympic Sport Analogy!" Contest Details
              abbymayer Apprentice

              Ice hockey of course! Lots of different moving parts and people with different intentions having to cooperate to get that puck in the net. The team has to work together in a fast paced environment, change on the fly and move seamlessly from defense to offense. Things can and do go wrong with offsides, penalties, shootouts, etc.