Many of us do some of our best thinking when our heads hit the pillow to sleep each night. We're finally sheltered away from the bright computer screens, noises of the city or children, and the seemingly endless bombardment of information to consume. Unfortunately, for some of us, these moments just before drifting off to Never Neverland are also filled with apprehension about how to overcome challenges we find ourselves facing. And one group who knows this all too well right now is supply chain managers.
Being a supply chain manager in the current landscape brings along with it hurdle after hurdle to leap over before one can get to the finish line to finally get some rest. The rate at which technology is expanding can deem certain processes obsolete before they're even mastered. The talent pool to help run these processes continues to be dry with no sign of a nearby hose. Cost pressures that accompany new regulations and disrupters nipping at their heels are putting the squeeze on budgets more than ever. The list goes on and on.
One way many supply chain managers have conquered these challenges is by joining forces with group purchasing organizations (GPOs). GPOs have the ability to improve margins, reduce supply chain risk and keep managers apprised of the latest in best practices so they can stay two steps ahead of the curve. Supply chain managers aren't alone in the trials they're encountering so they shouldn't have to tackle them alone either.
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