Leveraging Data, Analytics, and Geospatial Information Systems to Enhance Global Supply Chain Management

By Maris Listello

June 24, 2013 at 8:48 AM



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Gone are the days that most of the work happened within a single facility, or at worst a few factories close to each other. Supply chains of today are increasingly global and can face disruption by political unrest, adverse weather events, accidents, or even the normal perturbations of human endeavor. Improving supply chains to gain efficiency becomes a complex series of trade-offs and a complicated set of considerations. Supply chain management (SCM) professionals need new tools, knowledge, and techniques for managing the tangled web of connections, dependencies, interactions, movements, and processes that compose a company’s supply chain. Success entails combining diverse types of information tied to the geographic nature of a supply chain. That is why SCM professionals need expertise in data, analytics, and geospatial information systems (GIS). With these tools, they can collect and analyze hundreds of constraints for a geographically distributed supply chain; develop and compare contingency plans; reduce supplier costs; better control inventory under just-in-time strategies; forecast and balance supply and demand; and manage risk.



Dr. Stephen McElroy

Dr. McElroy has been working in the GIS field since1999, as a GIS technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Southwest Watershed Research Center; a senior research specialist for the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arizona; and the assistant director of geospatial technologies for a private-sector cultural resource management company. Dr. McElroy holds a Ph.D. in geography from the joint doctoral program at San Diego State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the University of Cincinnati. He also holds a GIS professional certification from the GIS Certification Institute.


Steven Owlett, CPSM, C.P.M., CISCM

Steven Owlet is a seasoned supply chain management executive with 20+ years’ experience driving global market expansion through supply chain setup and optimization. Mr. Owlett experiences encompass executive and senior-level positions in the energy, multi-retail, and services industry segments. In addition, Mr. Owlett has a comprehensive understanding of the supply chain process and is expert at applying advanced analytics and technologies to enterprise supply chains.



Susan Avery, Editor, My Purchasing Center

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