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PRTM study highlights five key supply chain challenges

SupplyChainStandard.com has an article about a PRTM study that highlights five key supply chain challenges: PRTM study highlights five key supply chain challenges.

PRTM’s study titled Lessons Learned from the Global Recession (you can download a free copy of the report by registering) outlines a very real expectation that a survey of 350 manufacturing and service companies have right now:

… believe there will be a significant upturn in demand from their customer base as well as a significant increase in company profitability over the next few years.

From the study, the population considered,

The survey population is composed of organizations from a diverse set of industries, including aerospace,  industrial and automotive equipment, consumer goods, retail, electronics and semiconductors,  telecommunications, and health care.The survey’s global nature is reflected in the response population. Nearly 40% of respondents are senior executives in supply chain management within their company, with 15% at the CXO-level. Three major geographic regions—the Americas, Europe, and Asia—are each well represented within the survey respondents. And, while nearly two-thirds of survey participants are companies with annual revenues
greater than $1 billion, more than 10% have revenues less than $100 million.

The real question is whether this expectation from the survey is from the usual appreciation of business cycles that have long been through expansions and contractions – why must this time be any different? Or is it from a collective impression that things are getting better – something rooted in empiricism or the like? Whatever, it is, it is a valuable data point. Of course, what remains to be done is to take these responses and map them against a sampling of 10-K reports of public listed companies and see whether these words are matched by their actions.

Nevertheless, the study highlights five key challenges. They are:

      1. Supply chain volatility and uncertainty have permanently increased
      2. Securing growth requires truly global customer and supplier networks
      3. Market dynamics demand regional, cost-optimized supply chain configurations
      4. Risk management involves the end-to-end supply chain
      5. Existing supply chain organization are not truly integrated and empowered

I’ll address the meat of these challenges in the next post.

Hacked, jacked but recovered

I’ve just managed to recover almost everything that was hacked by some pharma front that inserted unauthorized and irrelevant ads inside my blog.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to go through too much hassle to recover the site and the bonus is that I’ve managed to upgrade the site to WordPress 2.9.2.

Meanwhile, here’s a short video from Mario Vittone of the US Coast Guard that I found interesting.

Wrong About Everything (sample) from Mario Vittone on Vimeo.

What I found interesting was his effort to classify the types of mistakes that he found in his experience and organization. There’s a long video also available on Vimeo on the same topic and it will be worth your while to obtain the only free lunch in life i.e. learning from the mistakes of others.

About me

I am Chris Jacob Abraham and I live, work and blog from Newburgh, New York. I work for IBM as a Senior consultant in the Fab PowerOps group that works around the issue of detailed Fab (semiconductor fab) level scheduling on a continual basis. My erstwhile company ILOG was recently acquired by IBM and I've joined the Industry Solutions Group there.

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June 2010