Industry experts say an understanding of technology and an ability to work in a global environment are increasingly important in the supply chain, forcing managers to look for people with a rare mix of specialized skills to manage this crucial aspect of their business.
With a wealth of data now available to help predict demand more quickly, for instance, companies can save large amounts of money by keeping less inventory on hand. But such savings require technological savvy and an ability to corral and analyze the large amount of data that comes in from growing markets around the world.
"The supply chain industry is undergoing one of the most massive talent shifts we have ever seen." Cisco Systems Inc. Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Operations John Kern said at a recent conference for supply chain executives in Phoenix.
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