Dr. Chris Caplice
MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics
The most obvious prediction for 2010 is that the level of uncertainty in the financial markets, commodity prices, consumer demand, and virtually every other facet of the economy that supply chain managers are concerned with will only increase. Greater uncertainty makes all aspects of a supply chain manager's job more difficult. It increases the need for more flexible and sophisticated forecasting methods, contractual arrangements, operational models, sourcing strategies, etc. But the biggest challenge that firms and supply chain managers will face in 2010 is talent management - ensuring that they recruit and retain the right people who possess the right skills.