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 .
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.