Summary of Global Supply Chain Ecosystems

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Asia expert Mark Millar draws from his hands-on logistics experience as he explains the fundamentals of globally-connected “supply chain ecosystems.” He details visibility-enhancing technology, risk-mitigating measures and innovative concepts, and he describes the global trade potential of sub-Saharan Africa. Millar cites up-to-date research to support his astute observations on trending topics in the transportation industry. getAbstract recommends his guide to investors, transport professionals, logistics experts and leaders in supply chain management.

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Mark Millar is managing partner of M Power Associates, a consultancy on supply chains and logistics in Asia. He is a frequent speaker, moderator and conference chair at industry events.

 

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“Global Supply Chain Ecosystems”

In the 21st century, the steps in your supply lines form supply chain ecosystems – an intricate interweaving of information and product flows connecting “organizations, industries and economies.” A developed supply chain ecosystem provides a tactical, multifaceted and worldwide competitive advantage. New rivals face great difficulty entering or competing with an already established system of customer-supplier relationships across continents.

Today, in every forward-thinking business, the chief supply chain officer is likely to sit on the corporate board. This shows how vital supply chain functions have become in enabling a business to thrive, driving revenue and differentiating against the competition. In this cutthroat arena, companies must constantly strive to enhance their warehousing, transport and inventory management capabilities.

Figures from the World Trade Organization indicate a “32-fold increase” to $37,658 billion in global trade’s “gross imports and exports” between 1973 and 2013. Globalization ensures that multiple-country commerce will remain the norm. Your parts, assembly, shippers and customers may all reside...


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