Supply Chain Management 101

The Farmer’s Dilemma: What Do We Do with Our Land?

March 1, 2023
This post is the first in a new series, Raw Materials and Natural Resources in the Supply Chain, which explores the understudied and often misunderstood processes for sourcing natural resources that are used as raw materials by the industries that make the products we buy every day. 

A Blueprint for Agile Resilient Supply Chain Enablement

December 14, 2022
During their research for “Advancing E2E Agile Resiliency in Supply Chains,” GSCI Fellows Dave Demers and Brian Kolek leveraged 22 supply chain leaders from diverse industries. These leaders served as their think tank, providing a roadmap for how organizations can build a more agile resilient supply chain.
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The Top 10 Capabilities of Agile Resilient Supply Chains

December 7, 2022
The impact of COVID-19’s extreme and lengthy disruption of supply chain designs has been evident in the marketplace performance of many organizations. Supply chain designs that are end-to-end (E2E) and agile are now critical to enterprise performance. But with an agile global network comes complexity, cycle time constraints, and increased disruption risk. Disruptions are a logical expectation: natural disasters, political unrest, trade wars, and epidemics may be rare locally but common globally.
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How much are supply chain disruptions costing your organization?

December 1, 2022
Disruptions are coming harder, faster, and more frequently than before. And supply chain management professionals can no longer shoulder them with creativity and brute force. SCM design must be revamped to balance agility with resiliency. To convince executives and market analysts to act outside of a crisis situation, we need to connect supply chain performance and boardroom metrics.
End-to-End Supply Chain Planning

End-to-End Supply Chain Planning

November 4, 2022
End-to-end involves the entire process of the supply chain, from product design and procurement of raw materials to delivery of the final product and after-sale customer service. Effective management of an end-to-end supply chain creates a strong competitive advantage for businesses in crowded markets.
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Blockchain Implementation for Supply Chain Management

October 7, 2022
Wondering if your company should explore blockchain implementation for supply chain management? You’re not alone. The University of Tennessee Global Supply Chain Institute spent over 18 months researching and interviewing industry-leading companies like Amazon, Mondelēz International and Pfizer on how they’ve pioneered the use of blockchain in their supply chains.
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Blockchain for Supply Chain: Evaluating the ROI of Blockchain Technology

September 30, 2022
Even if you haven’t explored, researched or experimented with using blockchain for supply chain management, you’ve likely heard of blockchain technology. One of the most hyped advancements of the last decade, the only thing harder to understand than blockchain itself is blockchain value. Or, more specifically, the return on investment (ROI) of blockchain for supply chain. 
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Blockchain 101 For Supply Chain Management

September 23, 2022
The Global Supply Chain Institute dug into blockchain technologies, their benefit for supply chain management and how to get started evaluating blockchain ROI for your company in the white paper, “When Is(n’t) Blockchain Right?” Consider this article a bite-sized blockchain tutorial, drawn from the white paper, to help take the mystery and intimidation out of this transformative technology.
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Generating a ROI from ESG

April 11, 2022
Generating a ROI (Return on Investment) is essential for the long-term sustainability of an organization. This 3-part series on Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) in the supply chain would not be complete without addressing ROI. ESG and ROI cannot be separated; they are two sides of the same coin.
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Best Practices Implementing ESG in the Supply Chain

February 18, 2022
This article is part 2 of a 3-part series explaining the what, why and how of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), its best practices and the ROI of integrating ESG priorities into supply chain management.