International Supply Chain Professionals Day on June 7 is an initiative of e2open, which celebrates all the workers who make the supply chain possible. This holiday goes far beyond truck drivers and container ship captains. It includes everyone from warehouse workers to inventory and transportation planners, export managers, load planners, and so many more. The professionals who get our favorite products from point A to point B wear many different hats, and all play a crucial role in a supply chain’s success – whether they’re working behind a desk or the wheel of a delivery van.
As we continue to confront global disruption in the form of natural disasters, geopolitical conflict, and more, professionals throughout the supply chain are left to adapt. To commend their resilience and show appreciation, supply chain management software company e2open is celebrating International Supply Chain Professionals Day.
History of International Supply Chain Professionals Day
Beginning with the COVID-19 pandemic, new world events are combining to form a seemingly perpetual storm of supply chain disruption. Whether it was strike threats, weather-related disasters, or the global semiconductor shortage, every manufacturer and consumer alike has felt the outcome of our fragmented supply chain.
Too often, the focus is put on the inconvenience rather than the people working to keep things in motion behind the scenes. For every port bottleneck, there are thousands of professionals working around the clock to mitigate backlogs. For every new shortage, there are warehouse workers and manufacturers working tirelessly to ramp up production. For every delay, there is a trucker or container ship captain fighting against time. But how often do people think about this when they open a parcel or run to the grocery store for milk?
Working in supply chain and logistics can be a thankless job; continued outcry from the industry around unfair treatment and an ongoing labor shortage is evidence of this. International Supply Chain Professionals Day is meant not only to honor these workers but also to raise awareness about just how much value they bring to our everyday lives. Key to this is education around the magnitude of how strained the supply chain is between capacity limitations, rising costs, and a lack of visibility. E2open, the connected supply chain SaaS platform with the largest multi-enterprise network, is eager to inform consumers of these obstacles but more importantly, to shed light on the critical role the workforce plays in combating them. This requires the recognition and celebration of the professionals core to our supply chains’ function.
E2open’s global network has revolutionized the supply chain for both professionals and businesses. The company’s mission is to build a global supply chain software ecosystem that will deliver unparalleled customer value through data, networks, and applications.
International Supply Chain Professionals Day timeline
The COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacts supply chains and the logistics industry.
The container ship Ever Given grounds in the Suez Canal, halting global trade and forcing businesses worldwide to pivot their strategies.
The bottleneck of ships at the Port of Los Angeles results in a federally mandated 24-hour workday for ports.
The invasion and subsequent sanctions prompt key materials shortages, material cost increases, demand volatility, and logistics and capacity constraints.
Skyrocketing inflation causes consumers to severely cut back on expenditures, plunging demand for goods and services into uncertainty.
E2open celebrates the first-ever International Supply Chain Professionals Day.
Port and rail facilities closed or decreased operations as one of the strongest hurricanes to ever strike the U.S. traveled up the southeast coast.
E2open again celebrates International Supply Chain Professionals Day.
International Supply Chain Professionals Day FAQs
What is a supply chain?
The sequence of processes involved in the production and distribution of a commodity.
What is supply chain management?
Supply chain management is the handling of the entire production flow of a good or service — starting from the raw components to delivering the final product to the consumer.
What are some common supply chain challenges?
Material scarcity, increasing cost, demand forecasting, diversification of exports, lack of visibility, and higher labor costs and shortages are some of the challenges.
International Supply Chain Professionals Day Activities
Thank a supply chain professional
Do you know anyone working in supply chain or logistics? Today, let them know how much you appreciate their hard work.
Become more sustainable
Live more sustainably for 24 hours. Be more mindful of overconsumption, such as panic buying, which contributes to shortages.
Learn more about what it takes to build resilient supply chains
To better supply chains worldwide, we need to educate ourselves on the solutions to common issues. Building resilience and agility through supply chain software platforms helps companies maintain an efficient supply chain and address challenges before they even come to fruition.
5 Shocking Statistics About Supply Chain Management
Supply chain professionals comprise a significant portion of the global workforce
Forty million people work in logistics and supply chain management worldwide, according to the International Labor Organization.
Supply chain professionals work overtime
Supply chain professionals work an average of 49 hours per week, with some working over 60 hours per week during peak periods, according to APICS.
Supply chain professionals drive economic growth and create jobs around the world
Supply chain professionals are responsible for facilitating over $20 trillion in global trade each year, according to the World Trade Organization.
Supply chain professionals optimize supply chain operations and reduce waste
Supply chain professionals have saved businesses up to 25% on their supply chain costs, according to a report by McKinsey & Company.
Supply chain professionals are helping to create a more sustainable future
Supply chain professionals are prioritizing supply chain sustainability, with businesses projected to capture over $4.5 trillion in value over the next 10 years by implementing sustainable supply chain practices, according to a report by Accenture and the United Nations Global Compact.
Why We Love International Supply Chain Professionals Day
It’s a tough job!
International Supply Chain Professionals Day is special because it celebrates an often-overlooked workforce. Supply chain professionals meet the demands of consumers and keep the economy going.
Consumers are educated
Awareness is created about the supply chain. This makes the average consumer conscious of their wants and needs, and how they can compromise and adapt to supply chain disruptions.
E2open’s global supply chain software ecosystem
E2open’s platform provides its clients greater efficiency, economics, and sustainable environmental, social, and governance impact across the entire value chain, enabling global supply and fulfillment.
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