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Magazine Archives

November 2010

November 2010

Grace under pressure. Anyone working as a supply chain professional over the last couple of years knows what that phrase is all about. With the economy only recently beginning to rouse itself from the doldrums, supply chain folks are still being asked to find “just a few more” areas where costs can be cut. For a while there, the cost-cutting pressures were unrelenting. But for the most part—as our Annual Global Survey of Supply Chain Progress in this issue confirms—the supply chain came through. One of the key findings from this year’s survey is that absent the supply chain’s ability to control costs and streamline operations, companies would have had a lot harder time surviving the tough economy.
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November 2010

November 2010

Grace under pressure. Anyone working as a supply chain professional over the last couple of years knows what that phrase is all about. With the economy only recently beginning to rouse itself from the doldrums, supply chain folks are still being asked to find “just a few more” areas where costs can be cut. For a while there, the cost-cutting pressures were unrelenting. But for the most part—as our Annual Global Survey of Supply Chain Progress in this issue confirms—the supply chain came through. One of the key findings from this year’s survey is that absent the supply chain’s ability to control costs and streamline operations, companies would have had a lot harder time surviving the tough economy.

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Eighth Annual Global Supply Chain Survey
Yes, we’ve all experienced some formidable challenges during the economic downturn of the past two years. But things could have been a lot worse were it not for the supply chain’s positive impact on costs, revenues, and operations. That’s just one conclusion of our annual survey, which suggests brighter times ahead and encourages supply chain professionals to get ready for the upturn.

November 2010 Features

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Eighth Annual Global Supply Chain Survey
Yes, we’ve all experienced some formidable challenges during the economic downturn of the past two years. But things could have been...

20
Sourcing Success under Tight Time Pressure
The pressure to cut costs—and do it fast—shows no signs of letting up anytime soon. Not surprisingly, that pressure is...

28
Are Supply Chain Leaders Ready for the Top?
Why don’t chief executives come from the top supply chain ranks as readily as they do from finance, marketing, and sales?...

34
Blueprint for Change: Georgia’s Procurement Transformation
Can strategic procurement best practices from the private sector be effectively applied to state government? The State of Georgia’s success with...

42
Supply Market Intelligence:  Think Differently, Gain an Edge
Supply market intelligence (SMI) is a proven approach to reducing risk and gaining a competitive advantage. It begins with the collection and...

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2019 Top 5 Trends of Enterprise Labeling
This year’s sixth annual Top 5 Trends in Enterprise Labeling report outlines significant shifts in labeling that are impacting businesses and global supply chains at an unprecedented level.
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From the January-February 2019
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.
Truck Driver Shortage: No one behind the wheel
Intermodal to the rescue
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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...