Managing Automation writer Chris Chiappinelli offers his summary on the leading SCM issues for the next year.
We are also seeing companies interested in reducing their carbon footprint taking a renewed look at off-shoring strategies which have been commonplace over the past 10-15 years. In a traditional balanced scorecard approach economic balance does not always justify environmental impacts due to not only creating but transporting goods from offshore manufacturing sites. We have been approached by several associations and economic entities regarding this quiet revisitation of off-shore strategies where they collide with emerging sustainable business practices. That too will play into the operations management discussions in 2011.