“There is a tool for every task, and a task for every tool,” says the doomed patriarch Tywin Lannister in George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire. Admittedly, he wasn’t talking about supply-chain management, but I’m comfortable appropriating his words to make a point about that particular discipline. Because executing on
Analyst insight: Non-profit association Business Roundtable has made a valuable case for corporations to shift their purposes to promote “an economy that serves all Americans.” A “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation” signed by 181 CEOs is asking companies to lead for the benefit of all stakeholders, including customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders.
Analyst insight: Over the past decade, cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions have grown from outliers to commonplace for supply-chain systems. As they mature, these technologies will drive significant changes in supply-chain system functionality, interoperability and ownership costs. Most supply-chain software providers today offer cloud-based solutions or are pursuing cloud strategies. This has been driven by the
Analyst insight: Demands for sustainability are putting new pressure on the supply chain as initiatives become more ambitious. This is changing the way companies think about supplier finance, particularly supply-chain finance, and how it can help fund sustainability initiatives. There are a lot of factors contributing to an increased focus on supply-chain sustainability, but two
Analyst insight: Supply-chain visibility is top of mind for many companies, but they may not be asking the right questions. When companies are beginning the journey to improve their supply-chain visibility, there are three immediate considerations they need to grasp before making a significant commitment. Scope of visibility: What do we mean by supply-chain visibility?