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The Global Supply Chain Institute’s white papers reveal the best practices of the industry in supply chain’s greatest challenges. Research from these white papers has appeared in publications such as Supply Chain Management Review, DC Logistics, Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal and Forbes.

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Future Trends Shaping Transportation

Authors: MARY HOLCOMB , MARY LONG, ALAN AMLING

Publication Date: October 1, 2020

The 2020 pandemic highlighted the importance of end-to-end supply chain visibility. Where were all the products missing from store shelves? Answering that question required visibility to the physical location, status, and condition of the product in motion. Visibility is more easily achieved within the four walls of a manufacturing facility or distribution center; once a product is out on the ocean, rails, or roadways, establishing continuous connectivity and visibility becomes a far greater challenge, particularly in global settings. Hence, this timely dive into a deeper look at the future of transportation, the chief agent of motion in our global supply chains.

MANAGING CYBER RISKS IN GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS: THE FOUR FUNDAMENTALS

Authors: Dan Pellathy, PhD, Ayman Omar, PhD, Ted Stank, PhD, Mike Burnette

Publication Date: April 14, 2020

Cybersecurity threats are a growing, technologically advanced risk to global supply chains. Yet, too many supply chain managers continue to react to these threats in 20th-century ways. The paper focuses on the best practices to reducing cyber risk across the end-to-end, integrated supply chain. Based on interviews with cyber experts from more than 30 organizations, the paper outlines four essentials for securing the supply chain.

END-TO-END SUPPLY CHAIN SYNCHRONIZATION

Authors: Dan Pellathy, PhD, Mike Burnette, Scott Meline, Ted Stank, PhD

Publication Date: April 14, 2020

Benchmark supply chains are early adopters of end-to-end strategies (E2E) that create competitive advantages. To maintain competitive advantage, leading companies are now working to synchronize their “three Ps,” physical assets, business processes and people systems, with their core business drivers. The goal? Achieving total value in the supply chain.

EPIC GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN RISK ASSESSMENT

Authors: Global Supply Chain Institute, IHS Markit, CSCMP

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

The environment – natural, political, business – is increasingly unpredictable. Given such uncertainty, how can supply chain leaders assess risk and measure supply chain capability globally? With the new EPIC Global Supply Chain Readiness Index 2020, leaders will gain greater visibility into an uncertain world, allowing them to plan and prepare accordingly. The EPIC structure provides a framework for assessing 64 countries in 10 geographic regions around the globe on their supply chain readiness from four different perspectives: Economy (E), Politics (P), Infrastructure (I), and Competence (C). The purpose of the EPIC structure is to define and explain the conceptual dimensions of global supply chain management and to identify the characteristics of those dimensions in 10 distinct regions of the world.

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