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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply Chain Management (SCM) business systems are used to connect, coordinate and manage the movement of products or services across interconnected trading partners including customers, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, shippers and other participants providing valued-added services. SCM can be broadly aligned in two categories -- Supply Chain Planning (SCP) which includes demand, supply & inventory planning, forecasting, optimization, network design and other planning related processes; and Supply Chain Execution (SCE) which includes warehouse management (WMS), transportation management (TMS), logistics, event management and other physical handling and execution processes. Recent developments and business evolution have made the term 'supply chain' somewhat of a misnomer in contemporary practice where the 'chain' is actually a complex network and the 'supply' is becoming more demand driven, giving rise to Demand Driven Networks.
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Associations & Education
APICS International association for operations management
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Professional not-for-profit association
Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Professional association provides research, education, more...
Supply-Chain Council (SCC) Non-profit consortium produces the SCOR® process reference model
Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association (VICS) Business guidelines & specifications
Research & Industry Analysts
Aberdeen Fact-based research and insights focused on the global, technology-driven value chain
AMR Research Comprehensive research and advisory services for Business and IT executives
Forrester Independent research provides pragmatic & forward-thinking advice to business & technology leaders
Gartner Broad coverage analyst firm provides technology-related insight for clients to make better decisions
IDC Research & market data for making fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy
Quocirca Primary research and analysis with local capabilities in Europe, North America & Asia Pacific
Resources News & Blogs
Supply & Demand Chain Executive News, events, jobs, podcasts, webcasts and more...
SupplyChainBrain Supply Chain news, developments and innovative thinking
Supply Chain Market News, whitepapers & case studies about supply chain management best practices
Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) Software evaluation and selection resources and services
Publications & Newsletters
Inside Supply Management Monthly publication of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM)
Supply & Demand Chain Executive Analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies
Supply Chain Digest Supply Chain & Logistics newsletter with information, news and commentary
Supply Chain Forum International Journal with in-depth research articles and company case studies
Supply Chain Management Review Comprehensive coverage of supply chain management issues
Recommended Reading
Essentials of Supply Chain Management Excellent introduction into supply chain management
Lean Six Sigma for Supply Chain Management Eliminate supply chain problems & boost performance
Logistics & Supply Chain Management Creating value-adding networks
On-demand Supply Management World-class Strategies, Practices and Technology
Strategic Supply Chain Management Building a low-maintenance, high-performance supply chain
Streamlined 14 Principles for Building & Managing the Lean Supply Chain
Supply Chain Excellence A Handbook for Dramatic Improvement Using the SCOR Model
Supply Chain Management Best Practices Anecdotes, interviews, case studies, research, and analysis
Supply Chain Management Processes, Partnerships, Performance