The Financial Times, on Tuesday 18th December 2007, will publish its special report on “Supply Chain Management,” which will be distributed globally as the latest in a series of supplements to the newspaper on the operational mechanics of modern business.
Complex, global supply chains have become the norm with strategies now involving several providers around the world. Businesses today depend on their ability to manage all supply chain activities in real time from a central location; allowing them to analyze the potential impact of unplanned events and to head off any problems they may cause. In addition to this, customers are now demanding even more information on how their purchases reach the retailer’s shelf. To manage this complex web of relationships, businesses rely heavily on Information Technology, while also understanding that building a trusting relationship with their supplier network requires a human input too.