CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
December 16, 2018
Forward Thinking

Supply chain pioneer's new book provides a personal take on life and business

Joe Andraski's My Incredible Supply Chain Journey ... and What You Can Learn From It is a unique account of his personal story, Nabisco history, and what makes a supply chain organization great.

Few people in logistics and supply chain management have seen as much change—or as much turmoil— as Joseph C. Andraski has. In his new book, My Incredible Supply Chain Journey ... and What You Can Learn From It, Andraski tells of the "teamwork, trials, and triumphs" he has experienced throughout his life.

The former Nabisco supply chain executive charts his personal story, from his early days in a tough Pennsylvania coal-mining town through the turbulence of Nabisco's famous merger-and-acquisition saga, and beyond. Along the way, the straight-shooting Andraski explains in his famously colloquial style what made Nabisco's innovative Integrated Logistics organization so successful, comments on game-changing technologies, and offers heartfelt advice for anyone who's climbing the career ladder today.

The book includes several unique features, including the author's autobiography and a collection of his pithy "rules to live by." An appendix offers a variety of extras, including articles about managing change, implementing a CPFR (collaborative planning, forecasting, and replenishment) program, a glossary of Nabisco-era terms, and much more. Our favorite: a collection of fascinating reminiscences of days gone by at Nabisco and its predecessor, Standard Brands, contributed by Andraski's former colleagues. (Don't miss the story of how the Reggie Candy Bar almost missed its public debut, and Peter Rogers' hilarious stories about life under the iron fist of Standard Brands CEO Henry Weigl.)

Andraski currently heads the boutique supply chain consulting firm Collaborative Energizer LLC. Following his career at Nabisco, he served as president and CEO of VICS (Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions). He has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to the retail industry and the logistics and supply chain management professions, including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Distinguished Service Award, the VICS Milliken Achievement Award, and the Salzberg Medallion.

My Incredible Supply Chain Journey ... and What You Can Learn From It is available in electronic and paperback versions at According to Andraski, all profits will go to charities, including the Wounded Warriors Project.

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