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July-August 2016

What’s the difference between us and our competitors? Our people!” I can’t think of an organization that doesn’t publicly state that its people are its most important asset. Yet, anyone who has been in the workforce for any length of time knows that when the rubber hits the road—or something else hits the fan—people are usually the first casualty of cost cutting. It’s far easier to free up your talent for “other opportunities” than it is to close a plant or sell a fleet of trucks.
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July-August 2016

What’s the difference between us and our competitors? Our people!” I can’t think of an organization that doesn’t publicly state that its people are its most important asset. Yet, anyone who has been in the workforce for any length of time knows that when the rubber hits the road—or something else hits the fan—people are usually the first casualty of cost cutting. It’s far easier to free up your talent for “other opportunities” than it is to close a plant or sell a fleet of trucks.

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July-August 2016 Features

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People matter
"What’s the difference between us and our competitors? Our people!”

4
The omni-channel supply chain, circa 2000
Two years ago I began writing about retail e-commerce, mainly highlighting the struggles that brick-and-mortar retailers have had competing against the likes...

8
Global retail supply chains remain healthy
While many managers feared that post-Brexit anxiety would erode consumer confidence, global markets continue to grow with existing trade agreements taking hold....

8
Project-driven supply chains: Repeating the unrepeatable
Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes. In the supply chain domain, there is no better example of this...

10
The soul of the procurement organization
Organizations that remain successful over the long run always invest significant resources in nurturing their “people capability” because they “get it”—they...

15
Making the Shift
Is your company prepared for a supply chain talent crisis?

22
A portrait of the supply chain manager
Who is today’s supply chain manager? And, how did he—or she—get to where they are in their career? Those...

29
Millennial Managers: How Today’s 30-somethings are Re-energizing the Supply Chain Profession
How do Millennials in our profession think and act? What drives the successors of today’s supply chain leaders? Supply Chain Management...

35
How They Did it: Walgreens’ Talent Strategy
Walgreens is transforming its supply chain to meet the new demands of an omni-channel customer. The next challenge: Recruiting the talent to...

40
Bringin’ it all back home
As conditions change in some emerging markets, companies that once outsourced some of their manufacturing and distribution processes are thinking about bringing...

46
Conquering supply chain’s next frontier
Analytics is fast becoming a competitive differentiator for many companies. Conquering this next frontier of supply chain productivity starts with asking the...

48
5 ways to address supply chain risk
Supply chain risk comes in many shapes and forms. Is your company ready to meet it head-on?

52
Supply chain professionals want challenges and opportunities to learn
Opportunities for development and special projects count, but don’t forget culture.

55
The Real Value of Supply Chain Certification
Curious about what a supply chain certification really means for your career? Here’s your answer.

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State of the 3PL Market: Technology now the key differentiator
Following last year’s merger and acquisition frenzy, the speed of technology implementation by the new “mega 3PLs” will need to keep...

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If history is our guide, economies take a turn every nine years. Yet time and again, a strong business cycle and fading memories convince us the good times will go on forever. Ten years after the great recession, we surveyed 100 manufacturing firms to find out if businesses are ready to fight through the next recession.
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EDITORS' PICKS
Supply Chain Management Issues Confronting Us This Year
A variety of fresh challenges will surface for global traders in January and beyond
Global Supply Chain Pricing May Face New Pressures in 2019
The global economy started 2018 with strong, synchronized growth, but the momentum faded as the year...

IHS Markit’s New Economic “Predictions” for 2019 and Impact on Global Supply Chains
The U.S. will remain “above trend,” while other key economies will experience further...
Global Kuehne + Nagel Indicators Signal Global Supply Chain Resilience
So far this year, international merchandise trade has risen by 10.6%. Emerging markets and North...