Our 2018 Top 10 List!

Top 10 List

It’s been a tremendous start to our second year at  Supply Chain Game Changer.  Our goal has always been to share experiences and expertise, including our 2018 Top 10 list.  In the first half of 2018 our readership continued to grow substantially over our first year, 2017.  And we were selected  as one of the Top 25 Procurement blogs in the world.

In 2018 we added video content and introduced our “Seasoned Leadership in Action” Interview series.  For the purpose of this Top 10 List we have excluded all  “Seasoned Leadership in Action” articles as we are not trying to promote a popularity contest amongst individuals.  That being said the response to the Interview series has been absolutely outstanding.

We also continued to add more and more Guest posts provided by industry leaders.  We have 17 new Guest contributors so far in 2018 on top of the outstanding roster of contributors who started with us in 2017.

As we end the first 6 months of 2018 we wanted to publish our Top 10 List, so far.

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So here is our 1st Top 10 List of 2018…

10. Food Waste and World Hunger!  The Food Supply Chain is Broken!  (Video)


The Food Supply Chain is Broken!  On the one hand there is a phenomenal amount of waste throughout the Food Supply Chain.  At the same time there is an indescribably large Hunger problem that is ongoing around the world.  In a perfect world the elimination of the waste would solve the hunger problem.  In this, our most important article ever, we discuss the problem and provide data and video content to raise awareness and hopefully drive action on these life altering issues.

9. 10 Supply Chain Investment Challenges – Real and Imagined!


There is a lot of opportunity to invest in the Supply Chain these days.  From the Digital Supply Chain to WMS to Intelligent Analytics to End-to-End Electronic Connectivity to TMS and on and on there is a never ending set of new and emerging capabilities in Supply Chain.  But how do you translate this into a coherent strategy and deal with the real challenges associated with getting the funding and resources to make these investments?  We discuss those challenges in this article which is relevant to everyone.

8. The History of Supply Chain Management!  (Infographic)  


Supply Chain Management is a fascinating profession.  It touches every aspect of every business and it has so many dimensions that it is perpetually interesting.  With so many people working in Supply Chain it is only fitting to understand the History of Supply Chain management which is brilliantly presented to us in this article by Jason Rosing.

7. The Digital Supply Chain!  Supply Chain 4.0 Overview!  (Video)

Supply Chain 4.0

The Digital Supply Chain is Here!  Sometimes called Supply Chain 4.0, a complementary capability to support Industry 4.0, the Digital Supply Chain is enabled by the tremendous set of disruptive technologies that now exist and continue to evolve.  As such we decided to create our first video to discuss these technologies, the new capabilities that a Digital Supply Chain will enable, and the skills that everyone in Supply Chain will need to have and develop.

6. 3 Key Trends in E-Commerce Logistics!

E-Commerce Logistics

E-Commerce continues to set the pace in terms of growth, consumer demands, and supply chain capabilities.  As quickly as anyone can place an order online the entire system only works if the Supply Chain and Logistics teams can fulfill that order to a customer’s expectations.  This guest article from Adam Robinson discusses the key trends in this pivotal space.

5. The Future of the Chief Procurement Officer … Is Already Here!


Disruptive technologies, demands for greater strategic returns from Procurement, and the need for ongoing transformation are factors that are driving a change in the role of Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs).  And that reality is not something that will come in the future … these are realities that are already here!  Check out our first article on the list from Sam Jenks.

4. Gartner’s 2018 Top 25 Supply Chains List!  Is it Still Relevant?


Every year Gartner releases its Top 25 Supply Chains list.  Gartner is an exceptional organization.  But as we reviewed this years list, and compared it to the lists of prior years, it became apparent that most of the names on the list are the same year after year after year.  That caused us to review the Gartner selection methodology and question whether there may be a better way to select the best Supply Chains and recognize innovation and talent from companies beyond those that have the greatest revenue.

3. The Journey of One Banana!  A Supply Chain in Motion!  (Infographic)


Many of us take the Food Supply Chain for granted.  We go to the grocery store and conveniently we get what we want.  But the Supply Chain behind the grocery store that makes this possible is very interesting and can be very complicated.  This guest article from Sam Jenks on the Banana Supply Chain proved to be incredible popular and provides great insight into the tremendous work that is done to bring food to your table.

2. Truck Drivers – Unsung Heroes of the Supply Chain!  (Infographic)


Truck Drivers are everywhere on the roads of the world, and thankfully  so.  Without Truck Drivers, the people who make Supply Chains work, the world economy would quickly grind to a halt.  This article discusses the invaluable impact that Truck Drivers have, and the accompanying infographic gives some insight into what the life of a Truck Driver is really like.

1. Spreadsheets – A History and a Future!


Spreadsheets have been around for a long time.  My history with them goes back to the early days of Visicalc and Lotus 1-2-3, programs that many have likely never heard of.  And spreadsheets are likely to be around for a long time to come.  The fact that this was our Number 1 blog post in 2018 reflects the deep seated interest and value that people derive from Spreadsheets each and every day.


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Originally published on June 26, 2018.