The People Supply Chain Top 10’s “Digital Supply Chain Media”

This is a recommendation of my top 10 favourite sources of online media which have a Supply Chain focus, my selection is based on the regularity of content updates, the quality of the content itself and of course my personal opinion.

This list is not in any particular order its just my 10 favourites, they are all number one in my opinion! : )

These are a mix of blogs and websites operated by various individuals and SME’s to multinational organisations… all are committed to raising the profile and improving the development of the global Supply Chain!

Feel free to add links any others that you recommend in the comments below.

Global Logistics Media – A favourite of mine when it comes to finding global Supply Chain content mainly due to its regular updates and wide range of media from photos to videos to blog links, exclusive interviews, and the various articles from its regular contributors who come from the industry. www.globallogisticsmedia.com

Logistics Voices – A dynamic source of Supply Chain content, these guys are also the social media guru’s for the Supply Chain sector with great content and great ideas, its what the industry has needed for a very long time! They will even manage your own organisations ongoing social media activity for a small fee! www.logisticsvoices.co.uk

Supply Chain Digital – I highly recommend this site, there is always lots of great stuff to read in this digital publication which includes an interactive website and magazine. Especially interesting is their regular top 10’s feature which has been running since 2011 www.supplychaindigital.com

Southern Cal Supply Chain – One of my favourite word press blogs as it always has a good mix of relevant information with many interesting posts and articles which are updated regularly, this includes their own content as well as many shared posts from other bloggers www.southerncalsupplychain.wordpress.com

Supply Chain ROSCO – An excellent Supply Chain focused blog with some brilliant insights and its also highly entertaining! if you are wondering who or what a Supply Chain ROSCO is you will just have to click the link! www.supplychainrosco.wordpress.com

Supply Chain 24/7 – A dedicated supply chain website which regularly shares interesting content but its also an ideal source for industry reports, case studies, white papers and research http://www.supplychain247.com

Arabian Supply Chain – I would go as far as to say this is one of the leading websites to look at for Supply Chain news and developments in the Middle East, definitely check it out if you haven’t already! www.arabiansupplychain.com

Warehousing & Logistics International – One of my favourite UK based sites, this is the official website and also magazine of the International Federation of Warehousing & Logistics Associations (IFWLA) the website has fresh content which is updated regularly and also allows you to download PDF versions of previous magazine issues free of charge www.warehousinglogisticsinternational.com

Supply Chain YOU – The ultimate place to go for weekly news and views from the global supply chain, the newsletter is free to subscribe to and features top articles and stories gathered from digital media around the globe, all put together in one easy to read format online or even delivered to your inbox saving you all of the trouble and the time that you would have spent finding it yourself. www.SupplyChainYOU.com

Logistics Executive Group’s “Knowledge Centre” – The knowledge centre was launched in 2015 and has a wide array of information available from its regular CEO newsletter series, to its own media and article’s library, industry white papers and research materials as well as links to acknowledged subscription based services which include the Transport Intelligence Portals, and the daily Supply Chain brief news feed. http://www.logisticsexecutive.com/knowledge-centre/

I hope you found this list of my personal favourites interesting!

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I would highly recommend exploring all of these links whenever you get a chance, although I must finally admit I am a little biased when it comes to the last two… ; )


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I’m giving you a blank cheque!

There’s a story behind this one, so bear with me…

A couple of years ago myself and Darryl Judd the COO of the Logistics Executive Group ran a workshop in Doha for IATA’s world cargo symposium which was attended by an audience of  “future air cargo executives” the next generation of leaders.

Some of the worlds most important people in air cargo were sitting in the room that day as these are the people who are going to be running the sector in the years to come.

In order to deliver the workshop so it would be best received by this particular generation (See Education… Aligned.) we decided to run a forum using snap polls (a simple show of hands), encouraging some lively discussion along the way.

After debating a range of topics we eventually came to the subject of continuing education and personal development.

We asked for people to raise their hands if they had worked towards a formal degree qualification over the past 12 months.

About half the room shot their hands up.

We then asked who had taken part in any soft skills training in the last 12 months…  just two or three hands popped up.

Ok… so its evident (for whatever reason) that soft skills weren’t at the top of the training agenda.

We were now warming up to the killer question.

“If we gave you a blank cheque that you can use to pay for either a degree course or soft skills training… which would you choose?”.

$$$ Degree or Soft Skills? $$$

$$$ Degree or Soft Skills? $$$

Silence… for a few minutes, then discussion backwards and forwards, the room is divided… and with a final show of hands its a 50/50 split (I guess if you were personally very aware of a soft skill area where you would like to improve then you would be one of the soft skills choosers).

Their was clearly a demand for soft skills training in the room which hadn’t been identified by their employers (remember only 2-3 people had raised their hands earlier).

So is it more important to pay for the degree or better to fine tune your soft skills?

Well if you want to be leading people and growing a business and if you are going to be one of the future senior executives in an industry then you are definitely going to benefit from having highly mastered soft skills.

Ah but hang on though, will you ever get those opportunities without the degree? Could you handle a senior executive post without the hard skills gained whilst getting a degree?

Would qualification by experience also be enough instead of a degree?

There is no real right or wrong answer here as too many different factors are involved, but I would add that in a challenging jobs market you need to have as many strings to your bow as possible to give you the edge on your competition.

If you have the means and ability to get a degree then you should do it…. but also keep on honing those soft skills!

Education… Aligned.

Advances in technology and workplace culture and environment are changing faster than ever before.

Education needs to be better aligned to suit each generation, and this comes down to understanding what makes each generation tick.

The gap in experience between generations is vast and we cannot afford to lose the skills and experience of the mature and experienced professionals or we are facing disaster. With this in mind each generation must be provided for in a flexible way which appeals to their differing learning styles.

The Gen-Y’s (Millennials) should be accommodated  for with their technological and flexibility requirements with online & apps based training, brainstorming, group workshops etc.

For the baby boomers and previous generations classroom based learning may prove more effective.

In my opinion, we must understand that today’s workplace has people working together with vastly differing age ranges, values and experience. One solution which is slowly being adopted by a growing number of organizations is training on generational awareness in order to create a better understanding and more effective internal communication. It’s time to get savvy and adopt technology, build creative brand energy, and be open to new ideas.


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