A guide to global supply chain management

Last updated:August 2013

Editor's note

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.

1Best 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.

2Globalization'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.

3Test your knowledge on the global supply chain

Take this short quiz and see how much you know about the global supply chain.