Time for New Supply Chain Icons?

from SupplyChainDigest

By Dan Gilmore – Editor-in-Chief
Oct. 12 , 2006

As most of our readers know, I travel quite a bit on the supply chain and logistics conference and seminar circuit.

Almost always, someone cites examples of great supply chains, and about 98% of the time the references are to Wal-Mart and Dell, and occasionally one or two others (e.g., Procter & Gamble). In April 2005, for example, I participated at a Supply Chain Management conference at Penn State, during which a panel of supply chain pundit types was asked specifically to name some great supply chains besides Dell and Wal-Mart. I recall the panel managed to cite P&G and not a whole lot more.

Global Forest and Paper Company UPM Selects IBM as Information Technology Delivery Partner

from TechWack

Global Forest and Paper Company UPM Selects IBM as Information Technology Delivery Partner

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that UPM, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of printing papers, is expanding its business relationship with IBM in a 6-year IT development contract. The agreement was signed on October 5th, and work begins on the project in November 2006.

IBM will manage the completion of UPM’s ongoing Supply Chain project, provide Application Management Services for global supply chain applications and support to build the future UPM Supply Chain Application Centre. IBM has been involved in UPM’s Supply Chain program since 2003, supporting UPM with consulting and application implementation services.

Supply Chain Best Practice Tip: Managing Your Career

from SupplyChainDigest

The market for Supply Chain Execs is strong, but you need to plan your career path with care to maximize your attractiveness, says one prominent recruiter.
SCDigest editorial staff

The good news: the market for supply chain management talent is hot and likely to remain so for many years.

“I believe the demand for top supply chain executives will far exceed the supply for at least the next 10 years,” Dave MacEachern, head of the supply chain and logistics practice at top recruiting firm SpencerStuart, recently told guests at Georgia Tech’s Supply Chain Executive Forum.

This is a topic we’ll cover in more detail soon, but MacEachern provide tips for maximizing your attractiveness as a candidate for top jobs. While offered from the perspective of managers currently in executive-level positions, they offer great guidance for supply chain and logistics levels at any level hoping to reach the top some day.

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society Awards – 2006

from ClickPress

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society Awards are being conducted this year in close collaboration with eyefortransport – the world’s leading provider of Logistics and Transportation information and services.

[ClickPress, Thu Oct 12 2006] The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society is at the forefront of facilitating professional development opportunities and recognition for Logistics professionals. Innovation in Logistics strategy and technology is driving dramatic change right across the supply chain. Over the past few years, there have been more advances in the industry than at any time in history – and there’s no sign of a change any time soon.

Another industry first that is being run for the second year in a row, The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society Awards are being conducted this year in close collaboration with eyefortransport – the world’s leading provider of Logistics and Transportation information and services.

Microsoft details how to connect Office 2007, supply chain apps

from Computerworld
Future how-tos will cover retail and financial services applications

October 12, 2006 (Computerworld) — Microsoft Corp. yesterday released its first Reference Application Pack (RAP) to help developers create collaboration middleware for its upcoming Office 2007 platform.

State of Supplier Enablement

from line56.com

Better supplier enablement means reduced costs and improved communications; insight from Aberdeen

by Scott Koegler, ec-bp.org

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

In a recent study published under the name Supplier Enablement Benchmark Report, Aberdeen’s Rick Saia lays out not only best practices, but segments companies into Laggards, Industry Average, and Best In Class organizations. His conclusions echo much of what we hear from our readers, but the report includes the statistics that support the findings, along with specific recommendations for improvement.

The Lean Supply Chain

from line56.com

10 tips on how to think lean throughout your supply chain
by Harish Iyer, i2

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Going offshore to establish a manufacturing plant and distribution center offers a variety of benefits and challenges. It can reduce cost of goods and labor, and provide access to expanding markets in historically under-served areas. For example, plants that opened in China to take advantage of low manufacturing costs can position themselves to serve regional as well as overseas customers for that product.