A strategic difference: Survey says supply chain management is a critical function
A majority of manufacturing companies consider supply chain management to be an essential component of their business strategies. In fact, 56 percent of companies regard supply chain management as either a market strategy differentiator, a customer service differentiator, or a profit center.<br/>
A majority of manufacturing companies consider supply chain management to be an essential component of their business strategies. In fact, 56 percent of companies regard supply chain management as either a market strategy differentiator, a customer service differentiator, or a profit center.
Those numbers emerged from a recent survey of more than 800 companies conducted by Boston-based Aberdeen Group .
"We conducted numerous interviews in a variety of industries (automotive, consumer packaged goods, high-tech semiconductor, and chemicals) and there was nearly unanimous recognition of the need for supply chain transformation driven by factors such as the globalization of supply, increasing competitive pressures, and dwindling product life cycles," said Robert Shecterle, VP, supply chain with Aberdeen.
Shecterle said these pressures are causing manufacturers to prioritize adoption of technologies that address things like global supply chain visibility and sales and operations planning (S&OP).
According to the Aberdeen survey, the top three pressures driving companies to focus on supply chain transformation today are:
Aberdeen compiled the survey results into a report titled The Supply Chain Executive's Strategic Agenda 2008 .
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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