Firms' global claims disputed

6 June 2007
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07 June 2007

Almost half (48 per cent) of supply chain executives claim their companies are global, yet their procurement activity suggests otherwise.

Around 60 per cent who claimed to be global said procurement was made on a regional or domestic basis, according to an online survey by logistics firm BDP International's Centrx consulting unit.

"These results suggest some multinational companies operate a series of what might best be described as multi-domestic rather than global supply chains," said Yone Dewberry, managing director of Centrx.

Almost half of respondents indicated their supply chain transportation networks were managed regionally and only 35 per cent globally. When asked to select their top supply chain issues, 87 per cent of Europe-based respondents and 55 per cent of North American respondents cited on-time delivery. The second most pressing challenges were import costs and logistics costs, each named by 39 per cent of the 77 respondents.

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