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Great changes are afoot in the supply chain management (SCM) world. As a profession, SCM emerged over twenty years ago in the 1990s when the fields of procurement and logistics integrated. Now we are on the doorstep of an even more powerful set of integrative and evolutionary shifts. We call these the “five shifts”. The five shifts are not independent, but highly inter-related and inter-connected – a network of transformative changes in thinking, processes, and skills that are destined to create a bold new future for those supply chain managers willing to progress to the next level.

This white paper explores and outlines the five shifts, relates them to three stages of supply chain professionalism as one progresses from manager to director to executive, and then suggests some key training areas for future professional development.

by Ken Chapman, Executive-in-Residence, GO Productivity

The IMD World Competitiveness Centre, part of the Swiss based IMD business school, has released its 2016 World Competitiveness Scoreboard.

NOT GOOD NEWS FOR CANADA

There are plenty of changes since 2015.  While Canada is still in the Top 10 we have slipped 5 places since last year...OUCH!  The only other economies to slip more than Canada are Mexico, Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Greece.  Not distinguished company to be associated with at all.

submitted by Ken Chapman, Executive-in-Residence, GO Productivity.

GO Productivity along with the Construction Owners Association of Alberta, the Alberta branch of the Supply Chain Management Association and June Warren-Nickle’s Energy Group (JWN) have formed a new coalition to raise awareness of the need for change and adaptation in the industrial construction sector. This is all about making sense of the new normal caused by lower for longer commodity prices.