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Supply chain management delivers the businesses logistical provision focused at retaining steady supply levels. SCM is also known to reduce overheads and business complications and increase customer satisfaction. Changing from a supply chain to a demand network needs complete prominence and subdivision of clients, products, and providers. To keep up-to-date of the new modifications in SCM, the professionals are required to be specialists at managing supply chain functions that include logistics, warehousing, record management, and assembly planning. Various certification courses are required to be cleared for a SCM professional by passing the exams developed by third-party certification centers.
Three main certificates are valid for a SCM professional; the Certificate in Production and Inventory Management offered by The Association for Operations Management, Certified Professional in Supply Management from the Institute for Supply Management, and the SCPro from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Supply chain professionals must have a clear understanding of the market situation, true end-to-end visibility, and access to analytics and simulation capabilities . SCM profession also demands the professionals to be aware of Kanban; an inventory control system that controls logistical chain from the production perspective. SCM professionals use kanban to move information vertically and horizontally within and between the company and external suppliers .
Moving forward, the main focus would be on changing the supply chain to demand networks as the demand network positions the customer at the center of all processes, and meets the organizational goals with efficiency and profitability. How can the SCM professional contribute to drive the growth, increase costs, manage the inventories better and gain organizational alignment on a new definition of supply chain excellence?
Cimorelli, S. (2006). Kanban for the Supply Chain: Fundamental Practices for Manufacturing Management (illustrated ed., Vol. 1). Productivity Press.
Thalbauer, H. (2014, March). The Time to Move to a Demand Network Has Come. SAP Insider Special Report, 1-4.