Supply Chain Manager

8 Habits of a Highly Effective Supply Chain Manager

A good well-rounded Supply Chain Manager is always in high demand, but they are in scarce supply in my opinion! You just need to look around how many jobs are available with title of “Supply Chain Manager”. I have worked as a Supply Chain Manager for 5 years in two entirely different businesses and in the process I have seen and worked with lot of Supply Chain Managers either as colleagues or Suppliers or sometime as Customers. There are several habits that many successful Supply Chain Managers have in common. Sometimes these habits form naturally, but they are more often […]

Supply Chain Management Book

Which is The Best Supply Chain Management Book? Top 7 for Beginners

“Which is the best Supply Chain Management Book for beginners like me to learn operations and supply chain?” someone ask me on Quora. And I thought I could write a blog on this and can mention 7 of them, rather than 1!  Although Supply Chain Management can be encapsulated in a definition presented in my old blog here, however, these definitions explode into an immeasurably vast field not only for studying but also for working within. There are so many sub-fields and branches that it can be quite confusing to determine which area you wish to study or specialise in. […]

Masters in Supply Chain Management – Top 6 Universities in the U.K.

Masters in Supply Chain Management why do you need one? By definition, Supply Chain Management focuses on how to economically and efficiently manage the supply-chain systems in place for the smooth movement of the product or service from the supplier to their client thus increasing a business’ competitive advantage.   It sounds simple enough! However, in today’s international market, the client is continually sourcing their suppliers globally to ensure that their product or service meets their customer’s demands at the lowest cost yet highest profit margin so as to stay competitive and relevant in their field. This makes the modern […]

supply chain competencies

8 Must Have Supply Chain Competencies

The underlying Supply Chain technical 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. Here are 8 core supply chain competencies that Supply Chain professionals need to master and continually improve (in no particular order!). 8 Technical Supply Chain Competencies   1.    Capacity Planning Assuring that needed resources (e.g., manufacturing capacity, distribution center capacity, transportation vehicles, etc.) will be available at the right time and place to meet logistics and supply chain needs. In other […]

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 […]

2700 Plus Supply Chain Management Terms & Glossary

Managers, academics, students, professionals and practitioners of Supply Chain Management require ready access to a definitive source of current terminology and practice. Over the years I have gathered the most up-to-date glossary of Supply Chain Management terms, concepts and definitions relevant to the subject, which I hope you will find it useful. Salient features of this document include: You can download here for $0.99, 2700 plus Supply Chain Management Terms, which if purchased in paperback format could cost between £21.54 to £55.58. [purchase_link id=”431″ style=”button” color=”orange” text=”BUY NOW”] Easy to use format. Current definitions, based on those given by leading authorities. Key […]