The November issue of Supply Chain Digital is now live!

Supply Chain Digital | October 31, 2018

The November issue of Supply Chain Digital is now live!
Whilst supply chains have been traditionally linear, digital technologies are disrupting outdated models and enabling the creation of a network value chain capable of responding simultaneously, rather than serially. For our leadership feature this month, EY’s Global Supply Chain Leader Glenn Steinberg illustrates how the business is helping companies reinvent their supply chains for a digital future by embracing automation, utilizing cloud technologies to unlock real-time access to that information across the whole value chain. “It's just an amazing time right now because the technology is finally here.”
We also speak to one of the world’s biggest distributors of promotional merchandise. BDA’s seasoned Director of Global Sourcing, Rob Bangerter discusses why brands should look at the big picture when it comes to cost savings in sourcing and procurement strategies.

Spotlight

This is an introduction to the principles of supply chain management for organisations that are new to the subject or in the early stages of developing a supply chain. There is ample evidence that working in a positive and collaborative way with companies that you ‘supply to’ and ‘buy from’ is good for business. Construction companies that work in this way are seeing the benefits both for themselves and their clients. Supply chain management is the formalised process that gives structure to these arrangements.

Spotlight

This is an introduction to the principles of supply chain management for organisations that are new to the subject or in the early stages of developing a supply chain. There is ample evidence that working in a positive and collaborative way with companies that you ‘supply to’ and ‘buy from’ is good for business. Construction companies that work in this way are seeing the benefits both for themselves and their clients. Supply chain management is the formalised process that gives structure to these arrangements.

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