Insights from NextGen 2020: How Can Supply Chain Teams Achieve Agility?

That’s a wrap on NextGen Supply Chain Conference 2020. This year, Supply Chain Management Review (SCMR) set out to answer questions around what’s next for the supply chain. Leaders from across the world reflected on the effects of the pandemic on manufacturing and gave their advice on how to successfully improve supply chain efficiency in today’s “new normal.”

This year, supply chain agility was front and center, with several themes throughout the show on how top supply chains needed to improve supply chain efficiency and prepare their teams for whatever disruption comes next. 

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Building Manufacturing Efficiency in Today’s Fast-Changing Environment

Manufacturers are feeling it: Stresses on procurement workflows have been growing for years due to the global and heavily customized nature of today’s supply chains. The pandemic further exposed cracks in oversight, priorities, and daily tasks, resulting from tighter budgets and increased constraints across factories. These shifts pose a significant challenge to procurement teams’ daily work: How can teams do more with less, while also making incremental progress toward organizational goals? 

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