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Where are the Biggest Gaps?
| SCDigest Says:
| In the US, improving supplier connectivity (13% of respondents cited as top priority) and the related area of supply chain visibility (11%) were the top focus areas
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The AMR report also asked companies to rate the perceived importance of a variety of supply management processes and technologies compared to the company’s current capabilities/performance in that area.
While the research showed important gaps between importance and performance in areas like supplier connectivity and visibility, the largest gaps were actually in more basic areas, such as contract management and spend analysis. Services procurement was another area that showed a large gap between importance and performance.
Mixed Data on “Green”
On green supply management initiatives, the data was mixed. For example, “green procurement” initiatives ranked near the bottom of the priority list, cited as the top priority of only 4% of respondents.
On the other hand, 37% of large US companies plan deployment of some type of supporting technology for green procurement in 2008.
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