Friday, 3 October 2008

CSC Supply Chain Survey

CSC has just published its 2008 Global Survey of Supply Chain Progress, produced with Supply Chain Management Review (SCMR) magazine, Michigan State University, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and Supply Chain Europe magazine.

The results are based on 294 responses mainly from corporations with a heavy emphasis on manufacturing and distribution. In total 60% of companies responding had revenues of $500m or more. The responses represented 22 industries and 32 countries, which were split into North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific for the analysis.

You can see the full report here, but there was one particularly interesting chart which I've reproduced. When it comes to improving supply chains a number of aspects were cited by respondents, including environmental/green issues and ethical trading concerns. In Europe there tended to be more areas of improvement than North America, particularly around these green issues, as well as outsourcing and supplier segmentation.

With reference to sustainability initiatives, Chuck Poirier, a partner in CSC’s Global Business Solutions group said that “Europe was an early adopter due to its greater focus on customer relationships, but sustainability is starting to be accepted as a supply chain initiative across all regions now, and more progress can be expected”.

He also pointed out that more than 80% of leaders put an emphasis on green issues, as opposed to only half of the laggards. Momentum is growing as these leaders increasingly place green responsibilities onto suppliers and promote positive results in their marketing campaigns.

The higher level of improvements around green issues in Europe compared with North America can be explained by the higher cost of fuel in Europe and also, to some extent, local legislation/environmental targets. These are factors that will spread geographically and the implications will have an impact up and down the supply chain.

Clearly the opportunities for improved IT solutions and services will expand rapidly in the coming years. Those IT services companies with a supply chain solutions and an industry track record (such as CSC) need to make sure they have Green offerings in place to prevent upstart specialists from stealing some of their business.

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