Key considerations in global supply chain management

Last updated:May 2019

Editor's note

The main pillars of supply chain management (SCM) generally have been production, transportation, storage and demand planning and management. But global supply chain management adds many more factors, including culture, language and currency differences, not to mention geopolitical risk and cybersecurity. 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 company to do?

Fear not. This guide provides 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.

1Choosing the best SCM software for your organization

All the planning in the world won't help your company successfully manage its supply chain unless it has the proper supply chain management software. Determining what 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 next. See how to understand and select the right SCM software and learn how the cloud and social media are affecting the global SCM software arena.

2Best 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 believe that SCM should be more aware of the global impact on supply chain trends and try to address social issues as well. Learn how supply chain veterans have approached these challenges and what innovations the future holds for supply chain management.

3Globalization's effect on security and the supply chain

Your company has chosen its supply chain management software and become familiar with how it all works. But is it secure? Learn the importance of supply chain security in the face of globalization as well as the new technologies and changing focus on the supply chain beyond the corporation.

4Important terms related to supply chain management

Demonstrating excellence in supply chain management best practices requires a firm grasp of the terms, particularly newer ones. Here are some that you should know.