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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. Yet, studies point to a widening gap among top-performing and all other procurement organizations. 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.


Supplier Visibility, Personalized Medicine and the Future of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

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This Supply Chain Matters guest blog from Pierre-Francious Thaler, CEO of EcoVadis, outlines trends in personalized medicine and the future impacts to pharmaceutical and healthcare supply chains.


The Demise of Brick and Mortar Stores and of Traditional Retail Distribution

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Supply Chain Matters has been predicting a radically changed business environment across retail channels because of permanent shifts by consumers to favor online buying. We again advocate that slashing distribution, logistics and customer fulfillment operations budgets without a context to an integrated online business model could prove to be short-sighted.


Autonomous Driving Technologies for Trucks Takes on Added Interest

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Supply Chain Matters continues to highlight exponential developments in advanced technologies that will eventually impact various industry supply chains with an update on increased investments in autonomous driving technologies for trucks.


Supply Chain Matters Q1-2017 Newsletter Has Published

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We alert our Ferrari Consulting and Research Group clients and Supply Chain Matters readers that our Q1-2017 Newsletter has published and we highlight specific content areas.


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. After additional reading and reflection, we do so now.


General Motors Production Plant Seized in Venezuela

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General Motors was forced to halt production operations in Venezuela after its plant in the country was unexpectedly seized by local authorities, demonstrating another example of geo-political driven supply chain risk.


Apple Declares a Long-Term Commitment Toward a Closed-Loop Materials Supply Chain

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In its 2017 Environmental Update Report, Apple declared a goal towards implementing a closed-loop supply chain. This includes a pledge to end the company’s reliance on mined materials from the earth, and to one day, make its products from renewable or recycled materials. We applaud these efforts.


Supply Chain Matters Shares Our Top Ten Blog Postings in 2016

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An annual tradition for the Supply Chain Matters blog has been to look back to the prior year’s readership uptake and share with our readers the top ten blog postings of the prior year. Admittedly, we are a bit late in compilating all of our 2016 readership data but we did want to publish this […]


SAP Announces Key Executive Leadership Changes

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Last week, SAP SE announced changes to its high-level Executive Board which from our lens, provides evidence of changing strategies, business focus and possible succession planning in the months to come. An important insight to the meaning of these moves is likely the title of the press release: “SAP Promotes Proven Leaders to Strengthen the […]


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