#155: The Origin of “Supply Chain” and Supercharging the SCM of the Future

Dr. Wolfgang M. Partsch is a pioneer in Supply Chain Management and an internationally recognized thought leader in this field. He has also played a key role in the development of many innovative Supply Chain concepts. And, he was the Project Manager of the first ever recorded Supply Chain Management project in the world.

He has a great deal of experience in integrating and coordinating the entire Supply Chain on an international basis with over one hundred major projects in about 20 countries around the world leading to performance and profit improvements of several billions of Euros.

He is author of dozens of Thought Leadership Papers in Supply Chain Management since 1979. He also has co-authored the book “Supercharging Supply Chains – New Ways to Increase Value Through Global Operational Excellence”, which was a best-selling business book published 1998 in USA and 1999 in Japan.

During the last few years he has developed advanced solutions in the rapidly increasing field of Supply Chain Security and Risk Management, where he is an internationally recognized leader. Further he developed and executed many contacts and projects in the fields of “Green and Alternative Energy Solutions” since many years.

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Some of the highlights from the podcast:

  • How did a snow storm play a part in creating the word “supply chain”
  • Becoming the pioneer and creator of the SCM process
  • Supply chain development from the early ‘80s to 2020
  • Convincing C-Level and the board to focus on the end-to-end supply chain
  • Why data is important in managing the supply chain
  • Integration of the end-to-end supply chain

Show notes:

  • [6:08] Tell us if you remember some of the stories or examples of early-stage wins, where you convince some CEOs to think of this supply chain end-to-end way
  • [10:33] From the ‘80s up to now, there was a dramatic development, especially in terms of technology but the basics of the supply chain did not change and will not change for the next 100 years.
  • [11:24] When you look back at the last 40 years, are there certain moments, technologies, or historical milestones that you think played the most importance in developing the supply chain to what it is today?
  • [11:43] Supply chain is like a big mosaic, there’s a lot of individuals that needs to be put together. The collection and sharing of data is fundamental because you cannot manage your supply chain, either in a company or end-to-end if you don’t have data. 
  • [17:50] What do you see as the main areas of development for the next five years? 
  • [21:26] Let’s say the next five years, the end-to-end supply chain needs to be integrated. 
  • [24:08] Are there any other low-hanging fruits or points of inflection which you would like to mention as principles for breakthrough supply chains?
  • [24:22] The low-hanging fruit is to look at integration and collaboration as much as possible along the supply chain. Don’t hide behind needed information. 

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About the Host:

The host, Radu Palamariu is the co-author of “From Source to Sold – Stories of Leadership in Supply Chain”. He has been named one of the top 3 Global Supply Chain Influencers on LinkedIn and was featured in ForbesBloombergWEFBangkok Post, and MIT Supply Chain Talent magazine. Radu invites executives to share stories and perspectives around technology, logistics, e-commerce, supply chain, and manufacturing, and their views on how the future will look.

Alcott Global connects and upgrades the supply chain ecosystem by finding the right talent through executive search, developing talent through learning solutions, and meeting supply chain technology needs through a comprehensive crunch base marketplace.

The supply chain executive search has been our focus since the very beginning, offering recruitment services for top-tier supply chain roles at every level of the end-to-end supply chain: plan, source / procure, make, and deliver. Our consultants have years of experience in placing top talent, in North America, LATAM, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and APAC, and besides speed, one of our biggest strengths is our network within the supply chain industry, and we capitalize on it to find the best solutions.

Through the years, we have grown as an organization and our offerings with it. One of our initiatives, the learning solutions- training and supply chain academy, is focused on transforming leadership- self-leadership, executive presence, influence capital, and business acumen. Through Supplify, we aim to match corporations with the top technology companies to solve their supply chain and logistics challenges with a focus on innovation and digital transformation.

We are in constant touch with the leaders in supply chain, inviting them to inspire the supply chain professionals in thought-provoking podcast episodes and events, and showcasing what is possible at the yearly Leaders in Supply Chain Awards.

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