Wednesday, June 03, 2009

AMR's Top 25 Highs and Lows

It's become almost an annual ritual, similar to the Fortune 500, the top billionaires and the AMR Top 25 Supply Chain report. No joking, what AMR has done with the top 25 over the years has done plenty in getting supply chains the recognition it deserves. Here are some of the highs and lows from my view.

Putting on my IBM hat, it's great to see we are still in the top 5. This year we climbed a spot to #4. I am particularly glad to see the reference to IBM's "people supply chain", which is just as complex as a hardware supply chain.

One company I am glad to not see in the list this year is Zara, the Spanish clothing retailer. While they are second to none in getting clothes from the catwalk to the shop floor, they suffer in quality and anyone that shops at Zara would back me up here.

Apple continues to hold the #1 spot.

Toyota is also curious at #10. This article in MarineLog reported that "Toyota had to rent a boat in Sweden to store 2,500 extra cars from inventory."

But overall I tip my hat to AMR and look forward to the next top 25 in 2010.


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Hello Sir,
I am keen to make a successful career into Supply chain management.
First of all I would like to thank you for creating this blog as this opens a new avenue for inquisitive aspirants like me to communicate with successful professionals like you.
Over the years my experience has covered areas including Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Purchase, Procurement, Business Development, Market Research, Database /
Knowledge Management, Compliance and Independently handling short term and medium term projects.

Now I am doing Full time Post Graduation in Supply Chain Management. I want to specialize in Forecasting.

I think in coming year SCM industry will grow a lot. more and more companies will hire trained manpower for SCM & firms will innovate effective SCM to compete with each other.

Sir, I request you to please add following things to my knowledge
a) Are their any other field or job profile or departments into SCM apart from Forecasting, Retail Logistics, Shipping Logistics, Warehousing management, Inventory management and Purchase or procurement in which I can specialize?
b) please enlighten me about the average salary in all the above fields (highest to Lowest in order).

Sunil Motiramani