2008 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100

Driving the "Next Wave" of Supply Chain Innovation

In the mid-1990s, the U.S. Council on Competitiveness used the term "innovation ecosystem" to describe the system of interconnections and interdependencies that bring individuals and enterprises together to drive the advances in science and technology that keep the economy moving forward. In a sense, the innovation ecosystem was a supply chain of ideas, supported by talent, investment and infrastructure, and aimed, ultimately, at creating new products and services.

In this magazine, we concern ourselves, appropriately, more with the supply chain of things — the ecosystems of partners that gets those new products to the consumer by transforming raw materials into finished goods and moving those goods out to customers. But innovation remains an intrinsic component of our coverage, for our readers look to us for information on the innovative technologies, services and processes that are giving leading enterprises their competitive edge.

For that reason, this year's "Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100" feature focuses on supply chain innovation. We are looking for solution and service providers that are helping to drive supply chain innovation by providing their customers/clients with unique software, solutions and/or services that address those clients' primary current and future supply chain challenges.

The end result of this year's "100" process will be a listing of "next wave" innovations in supply chain software, solutions and services that the readers of Supply & Demand Chain Executive can take advantage of in their own organizations to improve the performance of their own supply chains.

To submit for the "Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100," please go to http://www.questionpro.com/akira/TakeSurvey?id=923775&responseCheck=false, provide the requested information and submit it to the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 selection committee.

A sample submission form may be downloaded as a three-page PDF file at http://www.sdcexec.com/images/article/2008_SDCE_100__Sample_Nomination_Form.pdf, and we strongly encourage submitting parties to prepare materials for submission "offline" and then cut and paste the submission materials into the appropriate spaces on this form. However, nominations must be submitted through this online submission process.

To view past editions of the "Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100," please see the respective articles for 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.
Deadline for submissions is May 12, 2008, and the list of the "100" will appear in the June/July 2008 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine and online at www.SDCExec.com. Should you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Andrew K. Reese, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, at [email protected].

The submitting party acknowledges that the information submitted is truthful to the best of his or her knowledge, and that the submitting party has the right to provide the information submitted. Supply & Demand Chain Executive is not responsible for any forms improperly filled out and cannot ensure that any forms incorrectly submitted will be considered. All information submitted becomes property of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. Multiple nominations from a single submitting party allowed. Deadlines may be extended at the discretion of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.