Monday, August 2, 2010

Material Handling and Logistics Getting High-Level Attention

(Material Handling Management)

Companies are now more likely to have executive-level supply chain leaders, according to a recent Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium survey of leading retail and manufacturing companies. The executive briefing – The Structure of Today’s Supply Chain Organizations, based on the survey – notes that throughout the past five years, the organizational level of the senior-most supply chain executive has gradually moved higher. Today, nearly half the retail and manufacturing companies surveyed have a supply chain leader at or above the executive vice president level. This has major implications for material handling managers, says Bruce Tompkins, Executive Director of the Consortium and author of the briefing.

“Now people with a general supply chain background are finding themselves in the C suite reporting to a president and that will make opportunities for people to move up into those levels where there weren’t such levels before,” he told MHM. “As organizations become more matrixed they have multiple hats on and that means there will be an opportunity for material handling people to branch into other areas of supply chain as well.” Read more