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Geography 3422A/B
Milford Green

Supply Chain is a Strategic Discipline 2/4/2013 6:43:00 PM Supply Chain is a Strategic Discipline  A complex web of global partners and suppliers, volatile energy and commodity prices coupled with currency fluctuations are now the norm  Mr. Blasgen, whose 25-year career has included senior supply chain positions at three of the world’s largest food companies – Nabisco, Kraft Foods and ConAgra – took leadership of the Council in 2007 o The second most important issue his members face is keeping tabs on the information transmitted between supply chain partners o Today, companies need to collaborate with supply chain partners to minimize risk and maximize transparency  Businesses operating global supply chains also have a range of other factors to consider including the tax, regulatory and environmental impact of their decisions o Most importantly, they need to view the supply chain function in an entirely new o When companies get it right, their supply chains can become a strategic and competitive advantage  Supply chain logistics used to be viewed as a cost-cutting mechanism; now they are being used as growth drivers to open up new markets, particularly emerging markets  In Octob
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