Global Supply Chain Ecosystems: Strategies for Competitive Advantage in a Complex, Connected World

Global Supply Chain Ecosystems: Strategies for Competitive Advantage in a Complex, Connected World

by Mark Millar

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With increased globalization, off-shoring, and outsourcing, global supply chain management is becoming an important issue for many businesses.  Global supply chain management shares some of the main concerns of traditional supply chain management, such as lowering the costs of procurement and decreasing the risks related to purchasing activities. It also has the additional challenge of involving a company's worldwide interests and suppliers, covering numerous organizations across several countries, borders, time zones, cultures, and languages. 

Global Supply Chain Ecosystems explores the latest market trends and industry developments across emerging, developing, and developed markets.  Author Mark Millar presents practical insights that will help companies capitalize on market opportunities, overcome supply chain challenges, and make better informed business decisions.  In addition to highlighting key supply chain shifts such as the move beyond globalization back towards regionalization, the book explains several critical aspects of global supply chain ecosystems, including visibility, risk, resilience, sustainability, and collaboration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749471583
Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd
Publication date: 06/28/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mark Millar is Managing Director of M Power Associates, which provides consulting, education, and recruitment services to business and organizations.  He has over 30 years of experience working with supply chains and logistics in Asia, and he is a Visiting Lecturer at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is currently Head of International Relations at Vietnam Supply Chain and Chairman of the Logistics Committee at the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and he was included on the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 2014 list of "Top Pros-to-Know in Supply Chain."

Table of Contents

About the author
Publisher’s acknowledgements
Author’s acknowledgements

01 Global supply chain ecosystems
Supply chain management has become strategic
Supply chains have become increasingly complex
Global supply chains for a connected world
Global supply chain ecosystems in a complex, connected world

02 Supply chain visibility
An introduction to supply chain visibility – what, why, where and how
Supply chain visibility is about ‘connecting the right dots’
Technology – friend or foe?
What do we mean by IT systems in supply chains?
Commitment to integration is essential
Case study: How technology enables supply chain visibility

03 Sustainability and green supply chains
Positive environmental strategies for a sustainable supply chain
Drivers of a green supply chain
Practical steps to a green supply chain
Who can apply green supply chain and logistics programmes?
Educating staff on environmental awareness
Industry leadership
Case study: Green supply chains depend upon accurate and complete data collection and analysis

04 Risk and supply chain resilience
Risk – building supply chain resilience for competitive advantage
Evaluating the potential for risks in the supply chain
Types of risk
Prevention vs preparedness
Features of a resilient supply chain ecosystem
Building supply chain resilience
Case study: Examples of supply chain risks and contingency planning

05 Free trade for all – navigating the FTA landscape
Free trade agreements – economic necessity or political minefield?
Who’s who in free trade?
International support for FTAs
A valuable South-east Asia perspective
What’s gone wrong with the WTO’s mission?
In defence of the WTO
What now for the WTO and FTAs?
Can trade barriers be justified?
The new supply chain discipline of tariff engineering
Where to source and locate materials and components
Case study: Best practices in effective customs duty management

06 The Asian Era
The workers have become the shoppers
The Asian Era is here and now!
China at the crossroads?
The rising stars of ASEAN
Case study: Myanmar enters the world of global trade
07 The New Silk Road connecting Europe and Asia
An historic trade route revived for the 21st century
Deep-sea ocean freight
Will economic shifts boost the New Silk Road?
Asia-Europe by road transport
Governmental and organizational investment and support
Barriers to Silk Road trade
Case study: China’s $40 billion Silk Road Fund

08 Integrated logistics hubs
Integrated logistics hubs enable global supply chain ecosystems
Container ports as transit hubs
Integrated logistics hubs
Logistics service providers connect the dots
Case study: SME freight forwarders connect integrated logistics hubs via membership networks

09 Human Capital – the talent pool
Human capital – the fuel that drives supply chain ecosystems
How emerging markets develop supply chain ecosystems
Human resource challenges in advanced economies
The gender gap and opportunity
Why staff move on
Make training and development pay at all levels
The changing labour market
Take stock and assess the impact
Review and adapt
Preparing for the millennial generation
Case study: Gender diversity in supply chain and logistics

10 Omni-channel supply chains
The brave new world of omni-channel supply chains
What drives the e-commerce revolution?
Supply chain impact of omni-channel?
Case study: The Amazon phenomenon – internet business or logistics company?

11 Africa – is it the next Asia?
What future for Africa by 2050?
Diverse and complex
Logistics developments and the supply chain challenge
Nigeria – Africa’s largest and most populous economy
Case study: Walvis Bay Corridor set to make Namibia a leading logistics hub

12 Supply chain innovation
Future considerations for global supply chain ecosystems
Technology developments impacting supply chains
Inland container port developments expand the supply chain ecosystems
Game-changing infrastructure developments could transform trade flows
Case study: Innovative port solution for ocean freight supply chains



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