Inside Extreme Scale Tech|Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Seven Key Questions Supply Chain Executives Should Be Asking Themselves Today 

With another calendar year coming to a close, some supply chain professionals get a chance to take stock, while many others brace themselves for a sudden crescendo of activity that will mercifully relent once January rolls around.  That’s a reality of the supply chain management community: It’s broad and deep and diverse.

There are many job titles that handle many responsibilities in the complex business of moving things on time and on budget in the quantity and of the quality expected; for all the things that differentiate them, however, there are universal common challenges that are faced daily by every decision maker.

During the development of the 10th Annual Supply Chain and Logistics Summit North America 2012, an advisory board of experts drawn from industry, government and academia identified a number of key questions all supply chain decision-makers should be asking as they work to grow their organization in a still-volatile economy:

  • How does our supply chain’s performance contribute to organization’s competitive advantage?
  • Are we truly proactive and versatile when we talk about our approach to risk management?
  • How do I go from analysis to action to make my metrics really mean something?
  • Are we using the best tools, tactics, and technology available to achieve our goals?
  • How can we communicate better up and down the supply chain to coordinate and collaborate towards mutual improvement and success?
  • How should I optimize my operational footprint to take advantage of opportunities in different jurisdictions with a proper awareness and respect for region-specific challenges?
  • What can I bring to my organization as a leader to drive positive outcomes on new ideas and improved processes?

These are not always easy questions to answer, but for three days in Dallas this December several hundred people, including over fifty speakers from companies and organizations such as: Hewlett-Packard, NASA, Starbucks, The Department of Defense, The Coca-Cola Company, and Procter & Gamble will explore these and other questions in a series of case studies, panel discussions, workshops, keynote presentations, and master classes based on their own experiences.

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