CAPS Research, BCG
Bryan Fuller, Geoff Zwemke, Daniel Weise, Alex Dolya, Chitt Jha
The Future of Supply Chain Management
Every five years, the Center for Advanced Procurement Strategy (CAPS), a joint initiative of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and Arizona State University, conducts a global survey of practicing supply chain executives and knowledge experts, asking about the challenges they expect to face and their strategies and performance goals in the coming years.
For the 2021 survey, CAPS worked with BCG to query 157 supply management leaders across industry segments, including discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and service industries.
We gained their insights on a host of important topics, including:
- Supply chain market dynamics
- Cost savings and efficiency
- Risk and resilience
- Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) regulations and initiatives
- Supplier management
- Supply chain operations
- Human resources
Key Insights from Procurement and Supply Chain Leaders
Two trends in the new survey stand out.
First, fulfilling environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) goals has assumed paramount importance.
The second notable trend is a greater emphasis on achieving resilience in the face of unpredictable raw materials shortages and logistical challenges, which were greatly exacerbated by the pandemic.
Two trends in the new survey stand out: (1) fulfilling environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) goals ; (2) … a greater emphasis on achieving resilience
The schematic below summarizes some of the survey’s most important findings.
Summary Figure: Highlights from the 2021–2025 CAPS and BCG global survey of procurement leaders
- Increasing environmental regulations and sustainability concerns will be the most important disruptive factors in SCM over the next 5 years (83%).
- Reducing costs will be important to future operations (80%).
- Strengthening supply chain resilience will be a critical priority (88%).
- Need to transform to a future- ready operating model (80%).
- Need to build transparency throughout the supply chain (84%).
- Need to develop a strategy for ensuring business continuity (89%).
- Expect to accelerate adoption of digital and analytics capabilities (87%).
- Need to create a common, org-wide database for supply information (78%).
- Need to integrate ERP applications (72%).
“Going forward, CPOs will need to constantly balance tradeoffs between sustainability, resilience and cost.
CPO KPIs and capabilities will need to evolve respectively to reflect all these priorities. This will be the most challenging task for the next five years,” — Alex Dolya
CPOs need also to rethink through their approach to suppliers, given their need to balance priorities.
If in the past, cost savings were primary objective of supplier engagement, today CPOs need to ensure that suppliers can deliver in the face of decarbonization, supply resilience and cost competitiveness.
Getting the equation right could prove tricky.
CPOs need also to rethink through their approach to suppliers, given their need to balance priorities. Getting the equation right could prove tricky.
Structure of the report
· The Future of Supply Chain Management
· Key Insights from Procurement and Supply Chain Leaders
· The Rising Importance of Sustainability
· The Need to Improve Supply Chain Resilience
· Sustainability and Resilience Top Cost Concerns
· 2021 vs. 2016: Different Change Drivers, Different Strategies
· Upgrading Supply Chain Technology
· Looking Forward
Senior Director, Procurement, Solidigm, Former Executive Director, CAPS Research
Director of Product, CAPS Research
Managing Director and Partner, BCG, Global Leader for BCG Procurement Practice, CEO of Inverto
Managing Director and Partner, BCG, Asia Pacific Leader for BCG Procurement Practice, Global Leader for Procurement and SCM in Energy and Mining, BCG
Partner and Associate Director, BCG, BCG Global Expert on Procurement Resilience, Sustainability, and Digital
Originally published at CAPS Research.