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New and Emerging Roles in Supply Chain Management

A Business Card Guide to the Future of Supply Chains

Future Supply Chains

Open any industry trade journal and the chances are that you’ll find an article about the changing role of supply chain management. But it’s possible to get a sense of how far the industry has come—and where it might be headed—by looking at the way functional roles in supply chain management have evolved over the last 15 years or so.

A trend that we’ve witnessed is a deeper focus on operational efficiency, largely in response to increased demand from shippers for efficiency-building solutions. This has led to the creation of new roles and responsibilities within the supply chain discipline. Read More…

Guest Post: Justifying Investments in Risk Avoidance

Transportation savings

How do you put a value on avoiding a problem that seemingly no longer exists because you’ve already spent money on eliminating it?

This is the classic Catch-22 dilemma faced by many corporate security managers when trying to justify further investments in steeling the supply chain against disruptions.

It’s a vexing problem, but there are ways around it.

The obvious conundrum is that hardening the corporation, its processes, and its supply chain requires investment. If nothing happens and no crises materialize, this effort is, in hindsight, deemed to be a waste of money by senior executives. There is some justification if an actual disruption was sidestepped or its impact mitigated. But even then, it is difficult to quantify the benefits of dodging the bullet. Read More…

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Still Searching for Excellence in Global TMS? These 7 Implementation Keys Will Help You

How to build a successful global transportation management system

Global transportation management systems (TMS) are gaining ground, but many shippers are finding it difficult to transition their solutions to the world stage according to a new research report from the publication Supply Chain Digest.

The Benchmarking Global Transportation Management Strategies and Practices 2013 research report is based on a detailed survey of Supply Chain Digest readers. There are more than 300 respondents in the survey including many well known companies. Some 68% of the companies/divisions employ more than 1000 people. Read More…