SCL RESEARCH FORUM: A look at new directions

by Canadian Shipper

TORONTO, Ont. — Global competition is forcing companies to make changes to their supply chain management practices that provide lower costs, better quality, improved delivery, and greater flexibility in meeting customer demands.

Research literature contains a variety of examples on firms that are implementing innovative supply chain strategies, such as partnering and information sharing with key suppliers, adopting new e-business technologies, and implementing supplier development programs.

– With increasingly complex supply chains, and the emergence of legislation requiring traceability, vendors throughout the supply chain are forced to embrace the sharing, synchronization and standardization of data. The most advanced initiative in Collaborative Planning Forecasting will share a valuable model of best practices.

– Asian Logistics brings a fresh set of challenges that many multinationals are still grappling with. What is the capability of the Chinese road and rail transportation sector? How do we evaluate Chinese warehousing and distribution center services and capacity? The selection of logistics suppliers is a critical logistics success decision.

– As companies embrace these and other new processes, how do they measure the success? What are the financial and operational benchmarks that will provide the necessary answers?

During the Research Forum, an integral part of Supply Chain and Logistics Canadas Annual Conference, researchers from across Canada will challenge your thinking with new directions and answers to these and other critical issues in the supply chain.

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