Chicago June 23, 2004 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine, the go-to source for complete knowledge and information on end-to-end supply and demand chain solutions, today announced the third-annual listing of the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 in its June/July 2004 issue.
Three years ago, Supply & Demand Chain Executive announced its first "100" list of supply chain solution providers, consultants and other organizations that were helping to lead the way in transforming companies' supply and demand chains.
In 2003, the magazine revisited this endeavor to pinpoint the enterprise-wide solutions and consulting organizations that have either continued this pursuit of excellence or are carving out their own niche in this rapidly changing and demanding environment.
And now, in 2004, Supply & Demand Chain Executive continues the tradition of providing its readers with information about organizations that are leading the way in providing solutions and services for enabling supply chain transformation. Recipients of the 2004 "Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100" designation are listed below.
"Clearly, much has changed since our original list appeared early in 2001," said Andrew K. Reese, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. "With all the ups and downs of the past few years, we've seen any number of solution providers close their doors, get acquired or shift their focus in order to survive. But we've also seen a significant number of providers continue to build up their customer base, build out their offerings and solidify their reputations for offering effective solutions."
Reese added that it is these "supply and demand chain survivors" those that were not booted off the island by market forces that the magazine wanted to highlight with this year's Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100.
"We at Supply & Demand Chain Executive believe that 2004 marks, in many ways, a turning point," Reese said. "Whether in formal interviews or casual conversations with executives working to enable their companies' supply chains, we have detected a shift in their attitudes from the survival mode most frequently encountered in 2002, and from the holding pattern most frequently seen in 2003, to active interest in again tackling, in a practical and systematic way, the concrete issues in organizations' supply and demand chains."
Reese said the shift is slight from a "glass is half empty" to "glass is half full" mentality and no one is suggesting that corporations are going to start throwing buckets of money at their supply chain challenges. "But it nevertheless represents a turn toward a more sanguine, forward-looking psychology," he added.
With this renewed optimism in mind, Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine focused the criteria for the 2004 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 on many of the very factors that its readers have said matter most as they consider possible solutions to enable their supply and demand chains today.
These practitioners are looking for providers that can demonstrate that they will be around for the long-term, that have relevant industry knowledge and expertise, that address specific pain points in the supply chain, that can demonstrate a return on investment, and that are continuing to drive innovation in their solutions and services offerings.
After receiving nomination forms, the Supply & Demand Chain Executive Editorial Team and Advisory Board culled through them to find the applicants that best fit the above criteria. Final recipients are featured in the cover story of the June/July 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.
Articles from that issue will be posted online at www.SDCExec.com as of June 30, along with additional information on each of the "100" solution providers.
2004 "Supply & Demand Chain 100"
Solution providers listed alphabetically
A.T. Kearney Procurement Solutions
Blue Agave Software
EC Sourcing Group
GE Corporate Payment Services
Global eXchange Services
Integrated Warehousing Solutions
Intermec Technologies Corp.
Microsoft Business Solutions
SeeBeyond Technology Corp.
Technical Services Associates (TSA)