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2018 Supply Chain Management Resource Guide - Surviving the Age of Disruption

In the long-running television show Survivor, players vote opposing contestants off the island, ending their chance to win the million-dollar prize. No doubt, many in the business world wish ending competition from their rivals were just as easy. Unfortunately, to beat 'em, you generally have to be better.

Yet, those vying for the same market share that you and others seek may fall out of the running for reasons that have nothing to do with competitors’ superior business acumen or ill wishes. Sometimes business initiatives falter, if only temporarily, or even fail permanently due to disruptions stemming from entirely different sources.

Ours is the quintessential age of disruption in business, especially in supply chain, and inadequate preparation can be disastrous for companies, not to mention careers. Clearly, natural disasters threaten or shut down supply chains: witness in recent years a microchip factory fire in New Mexico leading to Ericsson leaving the mobile phone business; ash-filled skies from an Icelandic volcano keeping much European airfreight grounded; a tsunami wreaking havoc on Japanese assembly plants; floods ruining hard-drive factories in Thailand; and fire and explosions destroying thousands of vehicles in Tianjin, China.

Supply chain disruption often can’t be predicted and survival can be difficult to guarantee. But even though natural disasters present their own unique challenges, some precautions and safeguards can still be built in. Other disruptions, however, can be readily anticipated and should be protected against up front. Take, for instance, relying on suppliers who are woefully underfunded. Their promises are worth little or nothing if they can’t deliver. Are you relying on someone who can’t perform?

Also in the realm of supply chain finance is the pressure to optimize costs for bottom-line impact. Cost-optimization is critical to success, but are your cost intervention strategies stuck in the past? If so, you’re courting disruption or worse.

Today, one might ask, how’s your data, and what the heck are you doing with it? The question isn’t academic or merely polite. Data quality and analysis is not a nice-to-have but indispensable to achieving success. If your data governance is not up to par, your business growth is seriously threatened.

Digital demand management processes and technologies align and enable vertical functional silos with horizontal process flows, ensuring that you can rapidly respond to demand variability. That, in turn, can help you cut your operating costs in half. Just watch how that disrupts the competition.

In this, the 2018 Supply Chain Management Resource Guide, experts weigh in on the many forms of disruption and detail how to mitigate or avoid them entirely.

The bottom line? While some disruptions can be quite difficult to deal with, threats from business rivals don’t have to be. Unfortunately, you can’t simply vote the competition out of the game, but you can be prepared for anything they throw at you.

It’s called Surviving the Age of Disruption.

Brad Berger

Analysis/Consulting
Supply Chain Analytics, the Key to Success in the 'New Normal'

Apparel
3D Virtual Technologies: The Industry’s Next Innovation Frontier
The Growth of Exclusive Brand Labels

Asia Pacific
Redefining the Retail Industry in China

Automation & Robotics
Emerging Technologies Changing the Way We Solve Distribution Challenges
Advances in Robotic Capabilities and Feasibility

Automotive
Innovative Products Redefine Transportation, But They Require New Processes and Efficiencies
How Supply Chain Finance Can Fund the Future of Automotive

Big Data/IoT
Will Advanced Analytics Leveraging Digital Technology Be An Extinction Event?
The New World of Business Analytics Offers Promise for Supply Chain Leaders
How Big Data is Revolutionizing Six Sigma Application in Manufacturing
How Industrial IoT is Disrupting Supply Chains

Business Strategy
Avoid Strategic Drift in Your 3PL Relationship with a Sound Governance Structure
How Well Does My Past Predict My Future?
Collaboration 4.0: The Digital Revolution

Chemicals & Energy
After Years of Falling Prices, 2017 Marked an Explosion for Natural Gas

Demand Management
Digital Demand Management: Connecting the Silos

E-Commerce/Omnichannel
Digital Disruptions Continue to Drive Retail Evolution
Delivery of Online Bulky Items Creates New Competition for FedEx and UPS
E-Commerce Disruption and the Rise of Omnichannel Retail

Education/Talent
How to Compete with Google and Apple for Millennial Supply Chain Talent

Express/Parcel
How E-Commerce Has Changed the Landscape of the Parcel Industry
Parcel Carriers Manage Revenue and Finance as Disruption Impacts Business

Food & Beverage
Funding the Response to Disruption in the Industry

Freight Forwarding
Technology, Start-ups Changing Freight Forwarding Market

HR & Labor Management
Recruiting and Retaining Workers in a Tight Labor Market
Wanted! Supply Chain Planners
Labor Forecast: Tough Recruiting with a Chance of Automation
Millennials in the Supply Chain
Five Steps to Mentoring Millennials

Pharmaceutical/Biotech
Drones Gaining Acceptance in Healthcare 

Product Lifecycle Management
Helping SMEs Survive the IoT Tsunami with PLM

Quality & Metrics
Taking Control of Data Quality
Distinguishing Perception From Reality
Go for 'Best Fit' – Not 'Best Practice' – Metrics 

Rail & Intermodal
All Aboard: Low Fuel Prices and Steady Demand Keep Railroad Operators Chugging Along 

Regulation & Compliance
There's No Time to Relax in 2018
Shipping Dangerous Goods Is About More Than Licking Labels and Kicking Boxes 

Retail
Four Ways Amazon Disrupting Customer Expectations
Emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility
Robots Will Soon Be In The Store Helping to Fulfill Orders
A Complete Supply Chain Transformation From Push to Demand-Pull
Either Retail Industry Evolves with Today's Consumer -- or It Dies

S&OP
The Path Forward for Agility
Unlocking Business Growth by Transforming from S&OP to IBP

SC Planning/Opt
Success May Turn on Redesign of Decision Support
The Power of Technology-Enabled Supply Chains
Leveraging the Convergence of Digital Technologies to Create a Winning Supply Chain

SC Security & Risk
Strategic S&OP Supported by Embedded Risk Management Tools & Techniques

Site Selection
Availability, Cost of Labor Drive New Ways of Thinking about DC Strategy

Source/Procure/SRM
Meeting Heightened Expectations in Managing Supplier Alliances

Supply Chain Finance
Breaking Free of the Supply Chain Death Spiral
Providing Cash Flow Predictability for Buyers and Suppliers

Supply Chain Visibility
We Know Where the Material Is, But … Where's the Payment?
From EDI to Blockchain
Enhanced Vision from Connected Environments
Blockchain: The Key to a Seamless Supply Chain 

Transportation
Transportation Drives the Digital Transformation
Partnership – Not 'Vendorship' -- Prevents Disruption

Warehouse Services
Collaborative Mobile Robots Are Coming To Your Warehouse
DC Metrics: Change Is in the Air

WMS
Digital Disruption, Technology Adoption in the Warehouse, DCs and FCs

Yet, those vying for the same market share that you and others seek may fall out of the running for reasons that have nothing to do with competitors’ superior business acumen or ill wishes. Sometimes business initiatives falter, if only temporarily, or even fail permanently due to disruptions stemming from entirely different sources.

Ours is the quintessential age of disruption in business, especially in supply chain, and inadequate preparation can be disastrous for companies, not to mention careers. Clearly, natural disasters threaten or shut down supply chains: witness in recent years a microchip factory fire in New Mexico leading to Ericsson leaving the mobile phone business; ash-filled skies from an Icelandic volcano keeping much European airfreight grounded; a tsunami wreaking havoc on Japanese assembly plants; floods ruining hard-drive factories in Thailand; and fire and explosions destroying thousands of vehicles in Tianjin, China.

Supply chain disruption often can’t be predicted and survival can be difficult to guarantee. But even though natural disasters present their own unique challenges, some precautions and safeguards can still be built in. Other disruptions, however, can be readily anticipated and should be protected against up front. Take, for instance, relying on suppliers who are woefully underfunded. Their promises are worth little or nothing if they can’t deliver. Are you relying on someone who can’t perform?

Also in the realm of supply chain finance is the pressure to optimize costs for bottom-line impact. Cost-optimization is critical to success, but are your cost intervention strategies stuck in the past? If so, you’re courting disruption or worse.

Today, one might ask, how’s your data, and what the heck are you doing with it? The question isn’t academic or merely polite. Data quality and analysis is not a nice-to-have but indispensable to achieving success. If your data governance is not up to par, your business growth is seriously threatened.

Digital demand management processes and technologies align and enable vertical functional silos with horizontal process flows, ensuring that you can rapidly respond to demand variability. That, in turn, can help you cut your operating costs in half. Just watch how that disrupts the competition.

In this, the 2018 Supply Chain Management Resource Guide, experts weigh in on the many forms of disruption and detail how to mitigate or avoid them entirely.

The bottom line? While some disruptions can be quite difficult to deal with, threats from business rivals don’t have to be. Unfortunately, you can’t simply vote the competition out of the game, but you can be prepared for anything they throw at you.

It’s called Surviving the Age of Disruption.

Brad Berger

Analysis/Consulting
Supply Chain Analytics, the Key to Success in the 'New Normal'

Apparel
3D Virtual Technologies: The Industry’s Next Innovation Frontier
The Growth of Exclusive Brand Labels

Asia Pacific
Redefining the Retail Industry in China

Automation & Robotics
Emerging Technologies Changing the Way We Solve Distribution Challenges
Advances in Robotic Capabilities and Feasibility

Automotive
Innovative Products Redefine Transportation, But They Require New Processes and Efficiencies
How Supply Chain Finance Can Fund the Future of Automotive

Big Data/IoT
Will Advanced Analytics Leveraging Digital Technology Be An Extinction Event?
The New World of Business Analytics Offers Promise for Supply Chain Leaders
How Big Data is Revolutionizing Six Sigma Application in Manufacturing
How Industrial IoT is Disrupting Supply Chains

Business Strategy
Avoid Strategic Drift in Your 3PL Relationship with a Sound Governance Structure
How Well Does My Past Predict My Future?
Collaboration 4.0: The Digital Revolution

Chemicals & Energy
After Years of Falling Prices, 2017 Marked an Explosion for Natural Gas

Demand Management
Digital Demand Management: Connecting the Silos

E-Commerce/Omnichannel
Digital Disruptions Continue to Drive Retail Evolution
Delivery of Online Bulky Items Creates New Competition for FedEx and UPS
E-Commerce Disruption and the Rise of Omnichannel Retail

Education/Talent
How to Compete with Google and Apple for Millennial Supply Chain Talent

Express/Parcel
How E-Commerce Has Changed the Landscape of the Parcel Industry
Parcel Carriers Manage Revenue and Finance as Disruption Impacts Business

Food & Beverage
Funding the Response to Disruption in the Industry

Freight Forwarding
Technology, Start-ups Changing Freight Forwarding Market

HR & Labor Management
Recruiting and Retaining Workers in a Tight Labor Market
Wanted! Supply Chain Planners
Labor Forecast: Tough Recruiting with a Chance of Automation
Millennials in the Supply Chain
Five Steps to Mentoring Millennials

Pharmaceutical/Biotech
Drones Gaining Acceptance in Healthcare 

Product Lifecycle Management
Helping SMEs Survive the IoT Tsunami with PLM

Quality & Metrics
Taking Control of Data Quality
Distinguishing Perception From Reality
Go for 'Best Fit' – Not 'Best Practice' – Metrics 

Rail & Intermodal
All Aboard: Low Fuel Prices and Steady Demand Keep Railroad Operators Chugging Along 

Regulation & Compliance
There's No Time to Relax in 2018
Shipping Dangerous Goods Is About More Than Licking Labels and Kicking Boxes 

Retail
Four Ways Amazon Disrupting Customer Expectations
Emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility
Robots Will Soon Be In The Store Helping to Fulfill Orders
A Complete Supply Chain Transformation From Push to Demand-Pull
Either Retail Industry Evolves with Today's Consumer -- or It Dies

S&OP
The Path Forward for Agility
Unlocking Business Growth by Transforming from S&OP to IBP

SC Planning/Opt
Success May Turn on Redesign of Decision Support
The Power of Technology-Enabled Supply Chains
Leveraging the Convergence of Digital Technologies to Create a Winning Supply Chain

SC Security & Risk
Strategic S&OP Supported by Embedded Risk Management Tools & Techniques

Site Selection
Availability, Cost of Labor Drive New Ways of Thinking about DC Strategy

Source/Procure/SRM
Meeting Heightened Expectations in Managing Supplier Alliances

Supply Chain Finance
Breaking Free of the Supply Chain Death Spiral
Providing Cash Flow Predictability for Buyers and Suppliers

Supply Chain Visibility
We Know Where the Material Is, But … Where's the Payment?
From EDI to Blockchain
Enhanced Vision from Connected Environments
Blockchain: The Key to a Seamless Supply Chain 

Transportation
Transportation Drives the Digital Transformation
Partnership – Not 'Vendorship' -- Prevents Disruption

Warehouse Services
Collaborative Mobile Robots Are Coming To Your Warehouse
DC Metrics: Change Is in the Air

WMS
Digital Disruption, Technology Adoption in the Warehouse, DCs and FCs