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September-October 2016

September-October 2016

What does it take to be a supply chain leader and what can the rest of us learn from their efforts? Those are questions we attempt to answer each September when we publish Gartner’s annual look at the Top 25 supply chains. While the Top 25 is a celebration of great supply chains, the leaders also offer lessons for the rest of us who aspire to the top.
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September-October 2016

September-October 2016

What does it take to be a supply chain leader and what can the rest of us learn from their efforts? Those are questions we attempt to answer each September when we publish Gartner’s annual look at the Top 25 supply chains. While the Top 25 is a celebration of great supply chains, the leaders also offer lessons for the rest of us who aspire to the top.

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Women in Supply Chain
In today’s competitive environment, it only makes sense to advance women into senior leadership roles to fuel supply chain innovation, close the talent gap and improve business performance. Based on the “Women in Supply Chain Survey” from Gartner and AWESOME, progress is being made—but much more must be done.

September-October 2016 Features

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E-tailing update: Thinking fulfillment strategies
E-tailers are exerting significant pressure on traditional brick-and mortar retailers.

6
How MOOCs can raise a company’s IQ and increase competitiveness
What benefits do companies gain from Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)? The obvious one is a better-educated workforce, but how does this...

22
Technology Spotlight: Big Data Plus Analytics Equals Innovation
Everyone’s talking about analytics, but supply chain managers want to know if they can drive innovation in their operations. HP’s...

28
The Customer Experience
The new technologies behind Supply Chain 4.0 not only increase efficiency, they may also deliver huge benefits to the customer. Here’s how...

44
Women in Supply Chain
In today’s competitive environment, it only makes sense to advance women into senior leadership roles to fuel supply chain innovation, close...

52
The Power of Modern Supply Chain Modeling
The larger and more complex a supply chain becomes, the greater its potential to under-perform.

55
A holistic view of procurement leads to efficiency
Making changes to other procurement processes can lead to fewer resources and cost allocated to tactical activities.

58
Supply Chain Execution Software
A look at what’s going on under the hood and shaping the supply chain execution space in 2016—and beyond.

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Quarterly Trucking Transportation Market Update: Is the Party Over?
Shippers are benefiting from temporary excess capacity in the truckload market, but analysts say this condition is temporary. The driver situation, increasing...

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Third Party Risk: Too Close for Comfort
You’ve got a handle on many of the potential supply chain "disrupters" that can paralyze your business. But the real risk is embedded in areas you may have overlooked.
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From the September-October 2017
Additive manufacturing and 3D printing promise to simplify manufacturing, reduce inventories, and streamline operations. But, to determine when and how to apply additive manufacturing, organizations need a decision model that assesses it’s market strategy, supply chain performance, and complexity.
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EDITORS' PICKS
Supply Chains in Advanced Markets Should Become More Agile, Says Atradius
Higher inflation, falling unemployment, and strengthening Purchasing Manager Indices all suggest...
Trade Trends Report Confirms E-Commerce Urgency
Because trade policies remain fluid, shippers must have the information needed to be flexible and...

Supply Chain Digitization of Ocean Cargo Gateways Examined by chainPORT
The chainPORT initiative is led by the Ports of Los Angeles and Hamburg Port Authority in Germany,...
Procurement Still Falls Behind in Digitized Supply Chains, Says Accenture
“The digital revolution has largely overlooked procurement,” says Accenture.