supply chain strategy 4 pillars

Supply Chain Strategy – 4 Key Pillars [Infographic]

To build Supply Chain Strategy first it is important to revisit what is strategy in general. Max McKeown (2011) argues that “strategy is about shaping the future” and is the human attempt to get to “desirable ends with available means”, so regardless of the size of your business (SME or Large Corporation) or nature of your business most business leaders and managers are involved in developing Supply Chain Strategy or contribute towards the execution of strategy. In the recent environment where supply chain is used as drive to give “competitive advantage”, I believe that a supply chain should be closely aligned […]

Supply Chain Competencies

8 Must Have Supply Chain Competencies

The underlying Supply Chain competencies are skills, knowledge and characteristics that support the effective performance as Supply Chain professional. Given the global Supply Chain demands Supply Chain professional should never stop developing new skills and enhancing existing ones. The supply chain competecnies mentioned in this blog is still high level description of what is required to be a competent supply chain professional. If you want to know details Materials Management Competencies, you can use Materials Management Technical Competencies Self-Assessment tool or you can read my blog 11 Vital Components of Material Management Technical Competencies to Master Here are 8 core supply […]

APICS VS CIPS – What Should You Choose?

Lot of Supply Chain and Procurement folks who are in early stage of their ask me should they go for CIPS or APICS qualification. Depending on their career aspiration to either grow in Supply Chain in general or become specialise procurement professional I give them advice accordingly. Like most good things in life there is no right or wrong answer, it is only the matter of preference. Therefore, I thought a comparison of two leading supply chain bodies and their qualification will be useful and I hope it will make the decision making easier for aspiring Supply Chain and Procurement […]