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Brinker’s Parsley: Supply chain critical to success


davidparsley.jpgDavid Parsley, senior vice president of supply chain management for Brinker International and chairman of the National Restaurant Association's Supply Chain Management steering committee, recently talked to the NRA about how integral supply chain management is to the success of a restaurant company.


What is important to know about supply chain management?
That supply chain is a critical part of managing business success and that it's much more than just purchasing, especially when you are in tough economic times and your growth isn't necessarily assured. You have to have management of your cost structure.

How are emerging markets affecting supply chain?
They're making it more complex and volatile, and are keeping constant pressure on the markets.

How can smaller companies successfully compete with larger, more established ones?
It's about intelligently managing their world. They have to be smart within their own universe. They have to have smart relationships with their suppliers and use their leverage to help manage their costs. I've run organizations from very big to very small. I went to quality suppliers and they, literally, became an extension of my organization.

The first Supply Chain Management conference was held at this year's NRA show. Why was this meeting important and necessary?
People wanted an opportunity to network and connect because they are all in their own little areas in their companies. This was a new venue they hadn't had, and I think that was priceless.

Pictured, top right: David Parsley

The next Supply Chain Management meeting will be held Oct. 15-16 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla. Learn about the latest best practices that will help your restaurant operation thrive.

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