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Supply chain managers still under pressure, SCM World study finds

By Staff
October 02, 2013

Chief supply chain officers need to accelerate their teams’ skills and capabilities if they are to meet growing expectations about the business value the function can deliver, according to the latest annual study conducted by SCM World published this week.

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Readers can download a summary version: http://www.scmworld.com/Research/Reports/2013-Chief-Supply-Chain-Officer-Report/?utm_source=Media&utm_medium=Article&utm_campaign=CSCO+-+SCMR

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