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The Challenges in Global Supply Chain Management

To say that 2020 brought record global supply chain challenges would be a gross understatement. With COVID-19, trade wars, weather events, port congestion, and other significant upheavals, many companies saw more disruption in a year than they had seen in decades combined.

These disruptions brought with them supply chain management problems and challenges that didn’t exist before while magnifying others and exposing their weaknesses. Demand and supply planning teams found themselves working to overcome obstacles. Some industries saw the bottom fall out of their order positions, while others that supplied essential items experienced unprecedented growth.

 

Supply Chain Challenges

While many of these challenges were related to disruption alone, others were already on the horizon, highlighting the need to reassess and develop new strategies. Here is a look at some of the most significant supply chain challenge


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21 May 2021
How Much Longer Can Supply Chain Teams Work Remotely?
 

Over the past year, nearly every industry has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing team members to adjust to working remotely. The transition to remote work was considered a temporary measure in efforts to stop the spread of the virus, but it does not seem as though it's going anywher

 
Martin Pahulje
Flexis
 
21 May 2021
Building trust and visibility across the automotive supply chain
 

Disruptions to the supply chain If any event reveals the need for resilient supply chains, it’s COVID-19. The disruptions shook every industry, including automobile. Early 2020 forecasts projected a significant drop in new vehicle sales, but ultimately turned out much better with only a 15%

 
Infor
Infor
 
14 May 2021
5 Critical Issues that can hamper your S&OE Process
 

Sales and Operations Execution (S&OE) is a highly beneficial process in optimizing how you strategize supply chains. This process primarily serves to keep S&OP goals on track, integrating with the planning process to drive daily and weekly supply and demand fluctuations. Fueling the success

 
Martin Pahulje
Flexis
 
12 May 2021
Overcoming the barriers of ineffective tools to drive S&OP success
 

Sales and operations planning (S&OP) can be painful. It is additive work on top of the day-to-day activities that use most, if not all, of the available human capacity. It causes anxiety because, in addition to the sunk costs of time and energy, the potential impact of any errors and revisions g

 
Patrick Van Hull
Kinaxis
 
12 May 2021
How a Unified Logistics Approach Drives the Customer Centric Supply Chain
 

What a year it has been! Glad to see the back of it… ‘New normal’… ‘Online schooling’… ‘Have you been vaccinated yet?’ Pandemic… Unprecedented… Zoom fatigue… three-day delivery isn’t fast enough… I shudder

 
Jim Bralsford
Blue Yonder
 


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