Supply Chain Cost Reduction is Manufacturing’s Top Priority

Reducing overall supply chain cost is manufacturing’s number one supply chain priority in the coming year, according to IDC Manufacturing Insights’ 2012 U.S. Supply Chain Survey of 350 companies. 80% of respondents gave that answer, while nearly 55% suggest supply chain agility is second and 52% suggest improving product quality and safety is the third most important priority. When asked to rate the level of importance of new technology areas, big data/analytics came out on top, followed by mobility, cloud computing/software as a service and social business tools. While manufacturers face...

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