Supply Chain Innovation

Supply Chain Innovation


Supply Chain Innovation aims at students in undergraduate and graduate courses in supply chain management. Collaborative planning, e-fulfilment, outsourcing, social media, technological developments and automation all have an impact on supply chain and operations management. Sustainability, 3D printing and modal shifts in distribution will challenge supply chain partners, governments and education. This book aims to contribute to finding innovative supply chain solutions.

The book is written in down-to-earth language. Real-life scenarios and best practices illustrate how businesses can live up to their corporate and social responsibility of serving people, planet and profit. The chapters follow the main processes of the SCOR model: plan, source, make, deliver and return. The final chapter looks at the future and more specifically, at innovation in the supply chain. Although written from a global perspective, in the examples and case studies the author tries to do justice to the fact that Germany and the Netherlands are leading countries, taking the first two positions in the Logistics Performance Index (LPI) ranking of the World Bank in 2014.

This second edition has been completely revised to include the latest developments. Each chapter starts with learning objectives, to help students focus on the key concepts, which are also illustrated in the text by a large number of examples and cases. At the end of each chapter, study questions allow students to test their knowledge, whereas a comprehensive case study helps them to tackle real-life supply chain challenges of companies such as Zalando, Coffeelovers and VDL Nedcar. Users of the book can download the powerpoint presentations to each chapter, as well as the answers to the study questions and case studies via the AcademicX portal.

Mauk Wilbers graduated as a business economist at Tilburg University and is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP). He teaches Supply Chain Management at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht, the Netherlands.