The supply chain industry must constantly evolve alongside the audiences it attempts to reach. I’ve often said that the one main secret to my success is my possession of an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and curiosity. Without that, it’s hard to stay relevant in a space that changes so rapidly. That being said, where can supply chain professionals go to learn from influencers within the industry? Are there many supply chain blogs or websites?
Not many would think of blogging about supply chain as a necessary activity for those in the business, but it is one of the most economical ways to get your company and products out. It gives your company an online contribution to the corporate community. You can create an image in the supply chain industry for your business as an expert and give tips on how to tackle encounters. Blogging has always been something that can effortlessly be set up online and managing posts and content has never been easier.
There’s a variety of supply chain blogs in social media, digital marketing, and other different publishing verticals, so it’s difficult to identify which ones best serve general supply chain knowledge needs. Some blogs and publications supply the knowledge most supply chain professional requires.
Also, they all offer critical resources for the application, not just the theory, of what they’re trying to teach. Here are 20 Supply Chain blogs and publications you should add to your reading list this year.
Best Supply Chain Blogs and Websites
Supply Chain Digital is simple and easy to navigate digital publication and magazine that produces content almost daily. The website has almost zero distractions and is also among the most “visually appealing” of the supply chain blogs listed. Most topics on the supply chain blog deal with global and international supply chain matters. Supply Chain Digital has all the bases covered. Each month, a number of unique blogs are put out, covering the topics new logistics technology. They also feature reports from supply chain companies located across the globe, giving you an inward look at how logistics, subcontracting and procurement officials run their business. This is a one-stop shop for supply chain executives and those interested in learning more.
Supply Chain Brain is operated by Keller International Publishing Group and is designed for high-level officials to help them identify trends, develop strategies and best practices, and create cutting-edge ideas and results. One of the biggest reason an organization should place this blog in their go to list is because of its industry specific content. Supply Chain Brain has a bevy of resources available to cover a variety of supply chain topics. It covers industries such as automotive, chemical and energy, retail and so on. It is also a good resource for professionals around the world, because it can read in over 60 different languages!
SCMDOJO has been founded with the vision
“Supply Chain Knowledge and Solutions for Everyone”
This supply chain blog is about all the things to do with Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics. SCMDOJO was created with the intention to enable supply chain professionals & supply chain team to solve the problems they face in their jobs & business. The enablement will come by proving relevant and best in class knowledge bank (ebook, guides, training & talks, mentoring, courses, videos) and self-assessment tools to solve the problems face by the supply chain professionals.
SCMDOJO has recently launched a comprehensive course on Sales & Operations Planning.How to Run a S&OP Process – Benefits, Steps & Barriers
You can try most of these web-based supply chain tools for free!ABC Analysis Tool S&OP Maturity Model – How Good is your S&OP? Warehouse Operations Assessment 5S Audit Tool
This supply chain blog offers a unique blend of supply chain analysis, covering all sides of the topic. Possibly the best pure “blog” on this list, the 21st Century Supply Chain Blog covers exactly what you would expect it to. It combines the contribution of several different authors with all the necessary analysis related to supply chain matters.
Supply Chain Management Review is a respected publication that writes content about supply chain and related topics. Though technically not a supply chain blog, it provides too many valuable resources to be left off this list. The site offers daily news stories and also produces webcasts on all things related to supply chain. It publishes columns and features written by school professors, industry analysts and leaders. It also publishes case studies of top companies which provide unique insights that supply chain professionals can implement within their business.
Supply Chain Matters is a global supply chain blog produced by the owner of the Ferrari Group, Bob Ferrari. Supply Chain Matters tackles supply and value chain management. This supply chain blog also provides expert investigation on supply chain matters, which is an excellent resource for those new to the supply chain field. Content is written for supply chain leaders by a supply chain leader.The Ultimate Guide to Demand Forecasting
7. Shipium Blog
Shipium’s blog is a collection of insights from former Amazon and Zulily supply chain executives. It has a focus on eCommerce supply chains, but many of the ideas apply to the global supply chain community as a whole. They post infrequently, but when they do, it’s thorough and insightful. Shipium the company provides a software platform for modern logistics using many of the same principles that guided Amazon’s and Zulily’s growth, and the blog is the outlet for the co-founders to share their experiences over the last 19 years.
This blog is spreading European supply chain knowledge around the world. This website has tons of useful supply chain blogs, tools, checklist, trends and events info. You should also look forward for their digital magazines. Supply Chain Movement Quarterly Magazine is a publication of Supply Chain Media BV.
This is another good website by Peerless Media. as they claim “MaterialHandling 24/7 – The Best Online Resource for Material Handling Products and News. As the most comprehensive, product-focused resource in the materials handling industry, Material Handling 24/7 is the best online resource for materials handling products — from manufacturing to the loading dock to storage, packaging and distribution. MaterialHandling247.com makes it easier for warehousing and DC professionals to keep current with the new as well as standard equipment and technology to increase productivity and efficiency in your manufacturing facility, warehouse or DC.”
I think this is one of the best supply chain websites to search for Material Handling Products and News or else you can look at Amazon to get your next Material Handling Equipment! I was surprised to see Amazon is selling anything from Forklift Truck, Pallet Jacks & Trucks to Signs
This blog started in July 2016. The blog is founded by Kumar Singh who is an ex-senior consultant of Boston Consulting Group. The blog is focused on Supply Chain + Analytics + Technology. Some articles are quite heavy to read, so mostly targeted to mid-advance users.
Supply Chain Insights is mainly a research and consulting company, founded by Lora Cecere. It centres on helping supply chain leaders drive greater value. The site provides value for professionals with their online community where they can socialize. This site offers more than a supply chain blog; it is full of supply chain resource in different formats. They host webinars and events to help professionals make improvements in their jobs.
Supply Chain Game Changer™, the name says it all! In this supply chain blog supply chain expert share his experiences in improving the Supply Chain. As the author wrote “There have been some remarkable achievements and there have been some missteps along the way. However, there are lessons to be learned and experiences to be shared in every case. And I hope that this learning and shared experience will be of value as you seek to improve the Supply Chain you are a part of”. In my view, there are some really good articles especially on AI in Supply Chain.
Supply Chain Shaman is another stunning success by Lora Cecere. Though the two supply chain blogs talk about the same topics at times, Supply Chain Shaman is an enterprise software supply chain blog. The blog focuses on topics like demand shaping, revenue management, predictive analytics and so on. It provides content that is more than news, but is actionable. An organization can have an idea of what they can apply into their business after reading through this site.
Supply Chain Trend is produced by Niels Van Hove. Niels has been helping businesses improve their supply chain and business planning for many years. The supply chain blog discusses strategy alignment in an organization and integrated planning with a twist that lays emphasis on creating effective mindsets and behaviours.
Supply Chain 24/7 provides business resource for supply chain, logistics, distribution and transportation professionals. The site is a combination of news site about the industry. It discusses a number of topics ranging from laws that affect how business is carried out to recent trends in supply chain management. Readers will find it useful and would ensure their companies are informed of any situations that may cause otherwise unforeseen changes affecting their business.
Logistics Viewpoints is one of the leading supply chain blogs managed by Adrian Gonzalez and Steve Banker. They introduce many years of logistics research knowledge to their writing to provide trusted information on logistics innovation and technology.
DCVelocity is a digital magazine covering a wide area of the supply chain. The supply chain blogs are created by leading experts, such as Kate Vitasek and Steve Geary. These columnists offer vast amount of information into their blogs which are useful to both starters and experts alike.
Logistics Management is one of the biggest websites for Logistics Management professionals. The website has dedicated sections for Logistics Transportation Technology and Resources.
19. Spend Matters
Spend Matters focuses on eProcurement, e-invoicing, P2P, group purchasing organizations (GPOs), leveraged buying/leveraged contracts, supplier enablement, supplier networks, supplier information management, vendor management, supply chain risk, services procurement, services procurement and vendor management systems. The website is a great collection of useful information for supply chain and procurement professionals – aimed at everyone from junior analysts to the most seasoned CPOs, COOs and CFO
Cerasis is one of the good supply chain blogs as far as content is concerned, but this is a great example of a 3PL company using a blog to promote its business by providing great content to potential leads. And these leads can become their long term customer. In addition to the useful blog, they also have a section for white papers.
If your blog isn’t on this list, it doesn’t mean I don’t read or subscribe to it. I just don’t read it as routinely as I do these others. Please add your own suggestions in the comments, or send me via a message on Linkedin or Twitter for Supply Chain blogs I may have overlooked.