Changes in Supply Chain Certifications

Changes in Supply Chain Certifications

February 4, 2020

The new year is a good time to check out the various supply chain management certifications and how they’re changing in the next few years.

Obtaining just one certification can increase the average annual salary by $12,200. With two certifications, salaries increased up to $22,200 versus no certifications.  Interested in introducing your students to supply chain certification options? Supply Chain Dive has featured ISM, ASCM, and CSCMP.


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This post is based on the Supply Chain Dive article, Supply chain certifications: What’s new?, by Deborah Abhrams Kaplan, January 16, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Video Spotlight above. Image source: Shutterstock / Wichy.

Discussion Questions:

1. Have students perform an internet search of ISM, ASCM, and CSCMP.  Which supply chain certification would they seek to launch a supply chain-related career?

Guidance: This exercise introduces these professional organizations and encourages students to consider certification options.  A good follow-up question is asking if any of these certifications could add value to someone Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Carbon Footprint Rewind

Microsoft’s Carbon Footprint Rewind

February 3, 2020

Microsoft plans to become “carbon negative” by 2030 by using both natural and technological solutions.

The company recently shared a big picture view of its commitment to sustainability efforts. Microsoft plans to reach zero emissions across its entire supply chain.  The global network of data centers operated by Microsoft will be operated in the future by renewable energy.


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This post is based on the CBS News article, Microsoft plans to erase its entire carbon footprint since 1975 founding, by Irina Ivanova, January 16, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Video Spotlight above. Image source: Shutterstock / Toa55.

Discussion Questions:

1. How can Microsoft force supply chain partners to be carbon free?  Will this be possible by 2030? Why or why not?

Guidance: Students should perform a quick internet search related to these questions.  Answers will vary, but consider the need for electric vehicles as one stumbling block at this time.  Carbon free means trucking will have Continue reading

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Effect of Chinese New Year on Inventory Management

Effect of Chinese New Year on Inventory Management

January 27, 2020

The Chinese New Year brings manufacturing slowdowns in China. United States companies must plan on being proactive in managing supply by making early purchases and scheduling transportation before the slowdowns begin.

Building buffer inventory in the United States as a result of early purchases means storage capacity in the United States must be managed proactively as well.


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This post is based on the Supply Chain Dive article, Why procurement planning is critical ahead of Chinese New Year, by Amanda Loudin, January 16, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Video Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / Dmitry Kalinovsky.

Discussion Questions:

1. Note in the article that the average shipping time from China to the United States is about 30 days.  How does this lead time impact inventory levels at United States facilities?

Guidance: This question is designed to get students to reflect on the interaction between lead time and inventory levels.   Ask students to suggest better ways to accumulate the additional Continue reading

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