Publisher’s Note

From the Desk of Wade McDaniel

Welcome to the Winter 2016 issue of Supply Chain Navigator.

In our April 2015 issue of Supply Chain Navigator, we focused our supply chain spotlight on the topic of supply chain talent. At the time, the industry folks we talked to seemed to feel that much of the media coverage of the so-called talent shortage was more hype than reality. Still, there was a consensus that in order to build a robust pipeline of talent for the future, both industry and academia needed to do a better job in raising student awareness about the benefits of a career in supply chain management. While the benefits are many, one area that is most likely to appeal to young professionals is the growing role supply chain management is playing in corporate social responsibility (CSR).

In this current issue, we take a look at how CSR has evolved through the past decade or so, and provide a number of examples of how supply chain professionals are truly making a difference in the world by leveraging their business to promote responsible sourcing, sustainability, ethics, and human rights. We hope you may find some inspiration in the stories of social enterprises like Fairphone and EcoZoom, as well as some more practical CSR management insights from our contributors Frédéric Trinel and Wayne Visser.

Also in this issue, we are proud to be the first publication to share results of the final report from the Global Supply Chain Benchmark Consortium on global sourcing strategies and restructuring trends. This landmark project has brought together some of the most respected supply chain and operations professors and analysts in the world.

And last, but most definitely not least, we have our One-on-One interview with Dr. David Simchi-Levi. David is a renowned author, professor, entrepreneur, supply chain consultant, and frequent contributor to acclaimed publications such as Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal. David shares his unique insights into supply chain data analytics, risk management and more with us. Enjoy!

Until next time,

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Wade McDaniel


Many thanks to the Supply Chain Navigator Editorial Advisory Board for their support and guidance:


Don Hnatyshin
Chief Supply Chain and Procurement Officer,
Jabil Circuit

Alam Monsur
Vice President, Product Management, Supply Chain and Advanced Procurement,
Nokia Corp

Arnie Maltz
Associate Professor,
W.P. Carey Supply Chain Management,
Arizona State University
Mark Cotteleer
Mark Cotteleer
Research Director,
Deloitte Services, LP
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Chalam Kalahasti
Director,
Component Supply Chain Operations,
Cisco Systems Inc.

Questions or comments about our publication can be directed to Supply Chain Navigator Editorial Director Diane Trommer at Diane.Trommer@Avnet.com Connect with Diane via LinkedIn.

Wade McDaniel

Wade McDaniel

Publisher, Supply Chain Navigator,
Vice President, Supply Chain Solutions, Avnet Velocity

Wade McDaniel is the publisher of Avnet's Supply Chain Navigator digital journal and Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions for Avnet Velocity, responsible for architecting and implementing sophisticated supply chain solutions for Avnet customers and suppliers globally.