6 Supply Chain Skills Every Manager Needs to Know

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Supply chain is a part of almost every business. Global supply chains consist of several challenges that demand logistics professionals to constantly… General Supply Chain Management supply chain skills

Yet Another Indication that Acquired Supply Chain Skills Do Matter in Senior Leadership

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In the previous Supply Chain Matters commentary, we called attention to Procter & Gamble’s latest challenges related to strong currency headwinds and the need for more agile business and supply chain strategies. As we have pointed out in other commentaries, this path to the CEO role includes a background of supply chain operational experience.

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Penn State Launches Online Boot Camp to Address Supply Chain Skill Needs

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As reflected by many of our prior Supply Chain Matters commentaries, there is a talent management crisis across multi-industry supply chain management communities. The crisis arrived in the environment where the urgency for end-to-end supply chain visibility and informed decision-making has reached a peak requirement.

Supply Chain Matters Impressions of QAD Explore- Part Three

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In a prior Part One Supply Chain Matters commentary, I shared overall impressions regarding QAD’s current applications software and technology activities along, and in a Part Two posting I shared additional impressions related to interactions. Last week, this industry analyst attended and spoke at mid-market focused ERP provider’s QAD Explore 2016 conference.

6 Supply Chain Skills Every Manager Needs to Know

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Significant Announcement Between APICS and JD.com in Supply Chain Management Skills Development

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This week, supply chain management professional association APICS and China’s E-commerce company JD.com announced a strategic agreement to establish nationwide standards for the Omni-channel supply chain capability within China and to advance supply chain performance of the e-commerce industry in the region. Supply Chain Matters views this announcement as rather significant.

Small Firm Supply Chains in Latin America the Focus of New SCALE Study

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One of the main reasons is a lack of supply chain expertise – an issue that has received scant attention from researchers up until now. Featured Strategy developing country supply chains MIT Global SCALE Network Latin America nano-stores reducing small firm failures supply chain skill

What are Specific Skill Needs and Gaps in Supply Chain Management?

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There is little question that supply chain talent development and retention has become a top of mind multi-industry challenge. Supply chain leaders express frustration in their efforts to find talent with correct skills. Desired skills include embracing the flood of new technologies making their way into supply chain business processes, understanding of global business cultures […].

New APICS Supply Chain STEM Educational Outreach Program- Consider Getting Involved

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Within our independent research, annual predictions and Supply Chain Matters blog commentaries, we have identified the ongoing challenge for attracting new talent to the various functional needs that umbrella supply chain management. The need is substantial and extends across all major functions to include procurement, strategy, planning, operations management and dedicated IT support. There are […].

Supply Chain Matters Coverage of APICS 2015 Conference: Staff Interviews

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Last week, while attending and speaking at this year’s APICS annual conference, Supply Chain Matters had the opportunity to interview two of the executive leaders of the organization. APICS is a global professional organization supporting the professional education and certification needs of operations and supply chain management professionals.

Guest Posting: The Internet of Things is Profoundly Reshaping the Supply Chain

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The following Supply Chain Matters guest posting has been contributed by Margaret O’Donnell. It is posted as an aide to our readers seeking supply chain educational opportunities. Every industry is ripe for digital disruption and the supply chain industry is no exception. a Program Manager at Rutgers Business School Executive Education. For example, we’re moving […].

Leadership in the Supply Chain Industry Starts with Business Acumen

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The following is a Supply Chain Matters guest posting by Jim Barnes, Services Managing Director for the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Business Acumen training program. The role of a supply chain professional has never been more strategic than it is today. Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Talent Management Institute for Supply Management ISM ISM 2016 Conference Jim Barnes Supply chain Matters blog

Changing Perception in the Supply Management Industry

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The following commentary is a Supply Chain Matters guest posting authored by Jim Barnes, Services Managing Director, Institute for Supply Management (ISM). One of the biggest challenges in our industry is gaining recognition of the value procurement and supply chain management brings to the corporate bottom line. We know supply management increases shareholder value by […].

Describing an Exponential Organizational and Supply Chain Capability

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In prior Supply Chain Matters blog coverage of the Oracle Modern Supply Chain technology conference we did not have the opportunity to share a compelling keynote describing an exponential organizational and supply chain capability.

Deep Dive on 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Prediction Three: A Supply Chain Talent Perfect Storm

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The following Supply Chain Matters blog is part of our ongoing series of deep dives into each of our previously unveiled ten 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. At the start of the New Year, our parent, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group along with our Supply Chain Matters blog as a broadcast […].

Is Supply Chain Facing a Talent Problem or an Image Problem?

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Supply Chain Matters continues with our efforts to provide varying global-wide perspectives and viewpoints regarding the recognized challenge of supply chain talent retention. Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Talent ManagementIn order to do so, we from time to time, invite global search firms to provide their perspectives. The following guest posting is contributed by Richard Paisley, Group CEO for global-based […].

A New CEO for LEGO with an Operations and Supply Chain Management Background

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An area that the Supply Chain Matters blog has focused on since our inception is bringing visibility to how a background in the many functional areas that make-up supply chain management can lead to other senior business leadership roles, including that of the CEO.

Noteworthy Senior Supply Chain Executive Changes at J.M. Smucker

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We at Supply Chain Matters are always on the lookout for important supply chain related learning, insights and accomplishments. Thus, what caught our eye was a recent announcement related to senior supply chain leadership changes at consumer foods producer J.M. The company announced the pending retirement of Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Logistics and […].

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Positioning Individual Skills for the Future Needs of Supply Chain Management

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Supply Chain Matters has returned after our two-week summer break. It is now time to return to our commentaries and insights related to multi-industry and global supply chain developments. Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Talent Management Upcoming Supply Chain Conferences APICS APICS 2015 annual conference Independent supply chain industry analyst Bob Ferrari's Blog Supply chain Matters blog

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Top Ten Most Read 2015 Supply Chain Matters Content

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This Editor had the opportunity to view our Supply Chain Matters readership analytics (thanks to Google Analytics) for all of 2015 and can now share our ten most popular 2015 commentaries during the year. In reverse order: Number 10 Highlights of the APICS Annual 2015 Conference held in Las Vegas in October, and specifically […].

Statements Related to the Supply Chain Talent Management Crisis

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recently featured a commentary- Companies See ‘Massive Shift’ in Search for Supply Chain Talent. free metered view) The article points out that the growing complexity of various industry supply chains and the increasing need for advanced technology applications has significant consequences […]. Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Talent Management Supply chain Matters blog supply chain skills gap supply chain skills shortage

Supply Chain Matters Interview with the CEO of ISM

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This executive editor conducted a recent interview with Tom Derry, CEO of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Our interview was in conjunction with next week’s ISM 2015 Conference, which this year celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the organization. That is quite a noteworthy achievement offering a time to reflect on the past […].

Supply Chain Matters Shares Highlights of the APICS 2015 Conference: Jack Welch Keynote

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APICS is a global professional organization supporting the professional education and certification needs of operations and supply chain management professionals. Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Talent Management Supply Chain Transformation APICS APICS 2015 annual conference APICS Supply Chain Council careers in supply chain management Jack Welch Supply chain Matters blog

E-Commerce and Supply Chain Management Skills Driving Retail Industry Talent Needs

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Online Customer Fulfillment Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Talent Management online e-commerce trends retail industry skill needs retail industry talent trends Supply chain Matters blogIn the spirit of passing along career tips to our millennial generation readers, we call attention to a recent report of recruiting trends in the fashion retail industry.

Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains

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Once a year, just before the start of the New Year, our parent, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group along with Supply Chain Matters provide a series of predictions for the coming year. These predictions are provided in the spirit of assisting industry supply chain teams in setting management objectives for the year ahead as […].

Positioning Skills for the Future Needs of Supply Chain Management

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As we, via Supply Chain Matters, and many others have noted, there is no question that supply chain talent development and retention has become a top of mind multi-industry challenge. Supply chain leaders express frustration in their efforts to find talent with correct skills. Such skills include embracing the flood of new technologies making their […].

Supply Chain Career Changes – How to Get In, Get On, and Get What You Want

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Through its extensive span of activities, the supply chain sector offers wide-ranging possibilities for employment and career progression. In a different context, online retailer Amazon spotted inefficiencies in the supply chains of other companies. Mechanical skills.

Moving Beyond Key Performance Indicators

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In our prior Supply Chain Matters posting we called attention to the evolving attraction for leveraging predictive analytics in supply chain decision-making practices which has added to the continued pent-up demand for data scientists. We highlighted a guest contribution indicating that big data and more predictive analytics capabilities can be non-effective if not preceded by […].

A Growing Need for Responsive and Skilled Procurement Leaders- Consider Attending ISM 2017

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The role of procurement leaders, both in large and smaller enterprises, will further evolve in 2017 to include more strategic advisor skills. In just a matter of weeks, ISM will be conducting its annual 2017 conference which affords a timely opportunity to hone individual and team procurement management skills. Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Collaboration Supplier Management Supply Chain Skills Institute for Supply Management ISM 2017 Supply chain Matters blog

The Implications of SAP Run Simple for Supply Chain Applications Support

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Supply Chain Matters penned a prior commentary regarding the implications of SAP’s new strategies focused on integrated business planning that has since received significant reader and social media activity. SAP conducted its annual Sapphire NOW users conference in the U.S. and utilized this customer forum to once again communicate significant changes and implications concerning future direction.

Breaking News: Supply Chain Council to Merge with APICS

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A somewhat stunning but not all that unexpected announcement is breaking today that will certainly capture the attention of our Supply Chain Matters readership. That announcement is that two premiere professional membership organizations focused on supply chain management are about to come together. A formal press announcement is expected sometime tomorrow which Supply Chain Matters has obtained.

Millennials: The Workers of Today, the Supply Chain Leaders of Tomorrow

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This age group makes up a significant proportion of today’s industry supply chain operations, planning and logistics teams and some will certainly be the supply chain leaders of tomorrow. We believe that the three management actions outlined in this commentary could certainly be helpful to current supply chain leaders. Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Talent Management Supply chain Matters blog supply_chain_matters

Supply Chain Matters Interview with the CEO of APICS

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Most supply chain professionals probably have awareness to APICS from its various certification programs. In October 2013, APICS rebranded itself to position the organization as the: “professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and […]. This author recently had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Abe Eshkenazi, the CEO of APICS.

Apple Promotes Supply Chain Executive to COO Role

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In these end-of-year Supply Chain Matters commentaries, we wanted to update our readers on certain news and developments that occurred just prior to the Christmas holiday. On December 17th, Apple realigned its senior executive ranks for the coming year and promoted its existing worldwide operations and supply chain executive to chief operating officer.

Another Evidence Point on the White Hot Demand for Senior Supply Chain Executives

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Supply Chain Matters has previously alerted our readers among multiple previous postings to the red hot demand for both experienced supply chain professionals and executive leaders. While such demand for supply chain talent extends across multiple industry settings, the needs for highly experienced supply chain leadership within the pharmaceutical and medical device sector are especially growing.

Praise for the APICS International Student Competition in Supply Chain Management

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Supply Chain Matters extends an enthusiastic Tip-of-the-Hat to supply chain and operations professional association APICS Supply Chain Council for its efforts in sponsoring, what we believe to be as the first international student case study competition in supply chain management. Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Talent Management APICS APICS International Student Competition APICS Supply Chain Council Supply chain Matters blog

An Excellent Supply Chain Executive Perspective

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A lot of electronic alerts come across the desk of Supply Chain Matters regarding web content focused on key topics and challenges involving today’s supply chains. High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Supply Chain Business Process Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Strategy Supply Chain Talent Management Supply Chain Technology Supply Chain Transformation independent industry analyst Bob Ferrari's blog Supply chain Matters blog

A New Value Towards CEO Operational Leadership Experience for Retail Industry

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In a May 2014 Supply Chain Matters commentary, Recruiting the New Era of Retail and Online Fulfillment Leaders, this Editor made the following statement: “In this era of online retailing and Omni-commerce, there are two leadership competencies that will differentiate tomorrow’s executive leaders in retail.

Deep Dive on 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Prediction Two: A Challenging Year in Procurement

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The following Supply Chain Matters blog is part of our ongoing series of deep dives into each of our previously unveiled ten 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. At the start of the New Year, our parent, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group along with our Supply Chain Matters blog as a broadcast […].

Follow-up on Announced Supply Chain Council Merger with APICS

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This commentary is a follow-up to our previous breaking news posting regarding the announcement that supply chain corporate and individual certification organizations Supply Chain Council (SCC) and APICS will unite as one organization. Make no mistake that this is significant news in supply chain management talent management circles. Earlier today Supply Chain Matters had the opportunity to speak directly […].