Virtual summit 2021: developing a game plan for the future


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Each December, the issue is dedicated to our annual Executive Guide to Supply Chain Resources. This is a comprehensive guide to services, products, and training opportunities aimed specifically at supply chain professionals. But, like in previous years, we also feature several articles that we hope will give you food for thought in the coming year.

Let’s start with an excerpt from “A Shot in the Arm: How Science, Engineering, and Supply Chains Converged to Vaccinate the World,” the latest book by Yossi Sheffi of MIT. In it, Sheffi brings her unique combination of research and reporting to document the race to develop a life-saving vaccine in record time and in the midst of a pandemic. Needless to say, the supply chain played a key role. To find out more, you can listen to my interview with Sheffi on the “Talking Supply Chain Podcast,” which is available wherever you get your podcasts.

We also offer our annual look at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals State of Logistics Report, written by the partners at consulting firm Kearney. As you can imagine, COVID-19 played a huge role in shaping 2021, surprisingly with the authors predicting it will continue to affect the supply chain in 2022.

From Kearney’s report and what every supply chain professional experiences every day, we know that transportation and logistics costs are skyrocketing. What can you do about it? One suggestion is to transform your short and long term operations to become a shipper of choice. Transportation and Logistics Advisors authors Lee Clair and Robert Sabath come up with a plan to get there.

Finally, Jim Tompkins, one of the industry’s best-known thought leaders, offers his take on the seven permanent changes he sees in the wake of the pandemic and what companies need to do to respond to their future success.

If you weren’t fortunate enough to attend NextGen 2021, Supply Chain Management Review’s annual conference focused on the technologies that shape the supply chains of tomorrow, you can still register to view the conference online. Sessions will be available until April 2022. Please visit the registration page on nextgensupplychainconference.com. You will not be disappointed.

As always, the editors of SCMR wish all of our readers a successful year ahead. We hope that the information and ideas in this issue will play a role in this success.






November 30, 2021


About the Author

Michael Levans, Group Editorial Director Michael Levans is Editorial Director of Peerless Media’s supply chain publications and websites group, including Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management Review, Modern material handling and product handling information. He’s a 23-year-old publishing veteran who started with the Pittsburgh Press as a business reporter and has spent the past 17 years in business-to-business press. He has been covering the logistics and supply chain markets for seven years. You can reach him at [email protected]


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