The talk was covered by Bob Ferrari, and his blog entry hit the same highlights stressed at the end of the presentation. Specifically,
1. You can find savings with network modeling. The team quoted that they were able to find $10M in savings just in the initial modeling. In fact, the speakers stressed the tremendous value in just building a baseline model. This allows you to uncover savings, but to also challenge preconceived ideas.
2. Sensitivity analysis is valuable. After narrowing down choices, the team did analysis on the impact of higher oil prices and carbon emissions to rank the solutions.
Bob Ferrari noted that this work can be done with remote teams:
The combined project team performed this task over three months on a virtual basis, without the need to meet face-to-face until just before final recommendations. This was an important reinforcement that a virtual team process can work, with selection of both the right players, and a single point-of-contact for each constituency.
The speakers also mentioned that through the years they were able to build various models that focused on different parts of their supply chain from distribution to manufacturing.