Supply Chain

Supply Chain to Supply Circle

Supply Chain to Supply Circle

In the new global economy, how can manufacturers create value, cut costs, and reduce their exposure to volatile commodity price swings that squeeze profits? Perhaps by collaborating with suppliers and customers to extend the lifecycle of products, components, and materials while rethinking their business model to retain ownership of recoverable materials and then recycling them back into use. This suggests a supply circle rather than a supply chain. While it looks great as a hypothesis, is this concept practical? Just how do you pull such strategies off? And just where, around this supply circle, can IT intervene or be leveraged to make it happen?

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Bryan Ball

Bryan Ball, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Supply Chain Management, Aberdeen Group

Bryan Ball is the Vice President and Principal Analyst for Aberdeen’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) research practice, responsible for developing Aberdeen's research coverage within the practice and delivering findings via published works... More   View all posts

Rick D. Blasgen

Rick D. Blasgen, President and CEO, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

Rick D. Blasgen currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in Lombard, Illinois, USA. He began his career with Nabisco, where he held various logistics pos... More   View all posts

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