The main pillars of supply chain management (SCM) have generally been production, transportation, storage, and demand planning and management. It sounds simple, but it's not easy. Global supply chain management adds many more factors to consider, including culture, language and currency differences. In addition, software compatibility, supply chain sustainability and the implications that rising costs of fuel, oil and other transportation factors have an effect on logistics management.
What's a global company to do?
Fear not. This global supply management guide is full of information on how to best manage your global supply chain. You'll find tips and advice on supply chain security, deployment and integration, and how the cloud and social media are positively influencing supply chain operations. Discover the best practices the supply chain veterans follow and learn how to keep your supply chain running smoothly and securely.
Choosing the best SCM software for your organization
All the planning in the world won't help your organization successfully manage its supply chain unless it has the proper supply chain management software. Figuring out which mix of components will best address a supply chain challenge is the first step, and zeroing in on the optimal SCM software deployment method is the next major phase. Read on to find out how to choose the right SCM software -- and to understand it -- and learn how the cloud and social media are affecting the global SCM software arena.
Choosing between on-premises and SaaS delivery models or niche and integrated SCM suites eventually boils down to what's best for the business, industry watchers say. Continue Reading
In the future, effective logistics management technology will become very important as competition shifts from individual companies to whole supply chains and manufacturers tighten up their logistics practices because of increasing global shipping expenses. Continue Reading
Best practices for using SCM software
Global supply chain management faces various challenges such as language barriers, real-time visibility and accessibility, currency discrepancies and software compatibility issues. Some experts feel that SCM should be more aware of the global impact on supply chain trends and try to address social issues (i.e., hunger, clean water) as well. Read on to find out how supply chain veterans have approached these challenges and learn what innovations the future holds for supply chain management.
Today's global and extended supply chains are putting a strain on traditional quality control systems, causing new challenges for manufacturers. Continue Reading
Globalization's effect on security and the supply chain
Your organization has chosen its supply chain management software and has become familiar with how it all works. But is it secure? Read on to find out how important supply chain security has become in the face of globalization; for instance, the U.K. has adopted an ambitious schedule to secure its supply chains as soon as possible. Also learn about new technologies and the changing focus on the supply chain as a whole, not just the corporation.
Targeted attacks affect the whole supply chain, not just big corporations, according to author Misha Glenny. Continue Reading
This year's annual top 25 supply chains showcase more industrial and high-tech manufacturers that are excelling in their supply chain initiatives, such as security. Continue Reading
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