In the article he asks, "What's so hard about finding the right people in supply chain these days? It has to do with the growing complexity of the job. Many older specialists came out of the armed forces, where the term 'logistics' was coined. Others fell into the job from former positions in marketing or operations."
Supply chain management has at least as much to do with business success as do marketing, finance and accounting, and alert companies have been catching on over time: a McKinsey survey of 60-plus CEOs back in 2010 reported that more than 90 percent of those surveyed said supply chain capabilities are critical or very critical to success.
Bowman points out that "modern-day supply chain management is about much more than coordinating the physical movement of goods from one point to another. It encompasses procurement expertise, supplier management, knowledge of international trade trends and regulations, information-technology prowess and customer-relationship management, to name but a few key aspects of the discipline."
Supply chains are clearly becoming increasingly complex, and professionals in supply chain management face exciting, challenging times ahead. We think they will rise to the challenge; companies just need to expand their use of resources and creativity to find the gems that are out there.
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