This issue explores how supply management organizations have managed during a year of continual volatility. In the cover article, six experts offer their 2022 retrospectives and thoughts for the future. Other features highlight how supply chain disruption has fostered burnout among some professionals, how European supply chains are faring amid disruption, and the inspirational projects undertaken by the winners of the inaugural ISM® Supply Chain Trailblazer Awards.
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The Manufacturing PMI® registered 49 percent, indicating that U.S. manufacturing activity contracted in November, ending a 29-month period of expansion. The contraction is the sixth since 2000 for U.S. factories.
Preparing for environmental, social and governance (ESG) requirements is creating a new sense of urgency for already overworked businesses, government agencies, procurement officers and logistics practitioners.
Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have used carbon and fossil fuels to catalyze growth and productivity. New industries grew rapidly, and carbon emissions ballooned. Initially, however, we didn’t understand the long-term consequences of over-reliance on fossil fuels.
After more than two years of walking a tightrope to keep products — and their companies — moving during the coronavirus pandemic, many procurement professionals are feeling the ‘PTSD’ of supply chain burnout.
Improving the customer experience — whether the customers are businesses or consumers — has become an imperative for today’s companies. Yet poor customer experiences deluge the contact center industry, potentially tainting the manufacturer, distributor and other aspects of the product’s supply chain.
Integration efforts can offer the necessary bridges into procurement, spend data and supplier onboarding processes. Through their involvement in developing the post-merger culture, supplier diversity leaders have a platform for communicating the benefits of using diverse suppliers.
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