As we come to the end of our 5th year here at Supply Chain Game Changer it’s time to reflect on the tremendous events of the year.
The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic have continued to stretch far and wide, unabated, touching many aspects of all of our lives. Even the supply of Christmas Trees will be impacted in some fashion by the pandemic due to logistics delays, trucker shortages, and environmental forces.
We would like to thank our incredible followers and readers for the ongoing support. Supply Chain Game Changer is recognized as a Top 10 site globally in Supply Chain, Logistics, and Procurement. We’ve been recognized for global Though Leadership and Influence in Change Management, Supply Chain, Management and Education Technology.
And as we ended the year we published our 1000th article! An amazing milestone representing our extensive library with something for everyone.
So let’s review our Top 10 list articles for the second half of 2021!
10. Supply Chain at a Crossroads – Back to the Shadows or Into the Spotlight?
Supply Chain has never been more prominent or in the public eye than it has been as a result of the pandemic. The test will be after the pandemic as to whether Supply Chain shrinks back into the shadows as a back office function, or whether it rises and shines and gets the long overdue respect and recognition that is Supply Chains due.
9. Thesis Ideas for Supply Chain Students!
It is such an exciting time to be in Supply Chain, with such extraordinary potential for the future powered by the Digital Supply Chain. With such promise there are a myriad of ideas and topics for Supply Chain students to explore as they do their theses and studies to complete their educational curriculum.
8. Thoughts on Future Challenges and the Strategic Direction of Supply Chain!
With all of the focus on Supply Chain in the wake of the death and disruption caused by the pandemic, we must turn our thoughts past dealing with the immediate continuity of supply issues. We must think about the future, how we learn from the past, and how we redefine the future of Supply Chain.
7. Post Pandemic Inventory Priorities: High Turnover or Extra Inventory?
Far too many businesses have had their businesses disrupted due to a lack of inventory during the pandemic. Going forward companies will need to decide whether it is better to hold more inventory and sacrifice some turnover performance so as to ensure better continuity of supply.
6. Logistics at Risk! Charter, Outsource or Vertically Integrate?
Logistics has been in the global spotlight more than at any other time. With ports backlogged, trucker shortages, and supply issues, effective and inventive logistics management is required for the very survival of a lot of companies.
5. Is Just in Time Past Its Time?
The Just in Time inventory model has been around for decades and the envy of many. But this on time delivery paradigm was not robust enough to withstand the ravages of the pandemic. What does the future hold for this previously widely held holy grail of Supply Chain?
4. The Supply Chain Detective™ and the Change Paradox!
The latest article in our Supply Chain Detective™ series discusses the issues surrounding change management. The very forces that want change in a company can be the same forces that resist and block that change. Let’s check out this real life story from our popular Detective.
3. Immediate Retailer Actions to Overcome Logistics Delays
Logistics delays at ports and over the road have plagued retailers and companies of all kinds. Of course the pandemic is the catalyst for these delays. But there are steps that retailers can take to circumvent some of these roadblocks and restore the inventory levels on their shelves and in their warehouses.
2. ECommerce Overpackaging is an Absolute Disgrace!
The title and the main picture of this article says it all. Overpackaging represents a lack of management, a lack of process and a lack of focus and concern on the part of ECommerce companies. It’s an unnecessary and easily avoidable waste. Having worked in, managed and overseen many distribution centres I know that there is no excuse for such blatant disregard for the environment.
1. The Resilient Supply Chain! Passing Fad or Long Term Strategy?
The pandemic has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that we need to create more robust and more resilient Supply Chains. Our overarching concern is that once we get past the pandemic people will forget what we’ve all gone through and go back to their old ways of doing things. This coming period will be the true test of leadership and visioning in Supply Chain.
Here is the number one article in our 2021 Top 10 List, Part 2.