Energy expert says supply chain is key to ending price spikes

HOUSTON, May 3, 2002 — Companies need to focus on optimizing their supply chain in order to balance supply/demand dynamics and create price stability, according to a Cap Gemini Ernst & Young expert.

Calvin Cobb described the energy industry’s complex supply/demand relationships during a live news webcast Friday on

“The industry will continue to find itself in the public’s — and politicians’ — crosshairs because supply and demand dynamics frequently get out of balance,” Cobb said.

“The energy industry must focus on optimizing the supply chain to smooth out rough patches, keeping prices more steady despite sometimes turbulent supply demand dynamics.”

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