Why Supply Chain is the Best Career in Business

Many people often ask the question "What do you do for a living?" If you find yourself in the field of Supply Chain, you often get a puzzled look when answering that question. This confused perception of what Supply Chain actually is has been recently discussed by Matt Davis, Senior Vice President of Research at SCM World and affiliated faculty member at Penn State's CSCR.

Davis has come up with 5 numbers that prove exactly why Supply Chain is the best career in business:

#5- In 2014, 43% - nearly half – say that finding and developing talent has become more difficult.

#4- Supply chain is unique in that we are positioned to solve our business partners’ biggest problems. When sales, R&D and marketing sets a strategy for what needs to happen, we in supply chain can respond with how to make it happen.

#3- The United Nations estimates that the population of Africa will top 3.6 billion by 2100. The challenge of supporting this growth with food, medicine, apparel and technology is a supply chain challenge. Companies like Diageo, Unilever and Pfizer already have extensive experience in Africa with supply chain as the center point for strategy and new business fulfillment.

#2- Each region around the world has its own unique complications and opportunities, but the challenges of health, hunger and environmental sustainability unite us. Emerging and emerged. Urban and rural. Global and local.

#1- The word “community” worked its way into each of the previous entries and is the critical differentiator for those who partner with SCM World. With over 20,000 members contributing content, asking questions and debating issues, it is the single, go-to place for the latest in supply chain innovation.

Davis currently is an affiliated faculty member at Penn State's CSCR. He was previously a Research Director at Gartner where he was lead analyst for supply chain strategy, customer centricity and supply chain segmentation. He has over 75 publications with more than 15 first authorships on the topic of supply chain segmentation.

Prior to joining Gartner, Davis spent nine years in different rotations across Dell’s supply chain organization. This experience included strategy roles in supply chain design, demand management, fulfillment and customer service. Davis has served as a member of the board of directors for the Supply Chain Council since 2007. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a Lean Change Agent. He has a B.S. in Business Logistics from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Texas.

For more on this latest article published by Matt Davis, please visit: http://bit.ly/13Auu1F.