Once a year, just before the start of the New Year, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters Blog provide our series of predictions for the coming year. We have maintained this tradition since the founding of the blog in 2008 and it has turned out to be quite popular with our readers judging from the numbers of views and requests for copies of our subsequent research report.

These predictions are provided in the spirit of advising supply chain organizations in setting management agenda for the year ahead, as well as helping our readers and clients to prepare their supply chain management teams in establishing programs, initiatives and educational agendas for the upcoming New Year.

Over the next two weeks, the blog will feature a series of postings to provide detail around each of our predictions. In this Part One posting, we introduce the series along with the full listing of all of our ten predictions for 2014.

Predictions are sourced from synthesizing developments and trends that are occurring in supply chain business, process and technology dimensions, researching various economic, industry and other forecasting data, along with input from clients, other thought leaders and global supply chain observers. We incorporate a lot of thought into our predictions and actually scorecard our annual predictions at the end of the year.

This year, we elected to change our process.  In previous years we had begun the predictions series by first re-visiting current year predictions made at the start of the year.  Feedback indicated that this was confusing for some readers, since they believed that the blog was addressing predictions for the upcoming year.  Thus, for this year’s process, we start with 2014 and will loop back later in December to actually scorecard our 2013 predictions.

We kick-off this series in Part One with the full listing of our 2014 Predictions for Global Supply Chains.  In upcoming postings, we will provide detailed commentary supporting each prediction.

As in the past, the complete 2014 predictions research report, providing far more detail, will be made available for no-cost downloads in our Research Center in January. Readers will be able to register to download a copy or can email us directly.  More details regarding that process will come later.

As in past years, throughout the upcoming year Supply Chain Matters will provide periodic commentaries and specific updated research to add further detail or background and developments concerning these predictions.

Below is the full listing of Supply Chain Matters Predictions for Global Supply Chains for 2014:


Prediction One

Optimistic yet Uncertain 2014 Global Outlook with Consequent Impacts on Industry Supply Chains

Prediction Two

Stable Inbound Commodity and Component Prices with Certain Exceptions

Prediction Three

Continued Momentum Associated with the Resurgence of U.S. and North America Based Manufacturing

Prediction Four

Supply Chain and Manufacturing Talent Management Remains a Continued Challenge

Prediction Five

Industry Specific Supply Chain Challenges for B2C, CPG and Aerospace Focused Supply Chains

Prediction Six

Supply Chain Social and Environmental Responsibility Strategies Continue to become far more visible with Business and Shareholder Implications

Prediction Seven

Increased Dimensions and Occurrence of Supply Chain Risk or Major Disruption Further Impact Global Sourcing Strategies

Prediction Eight

Anticipate More Pronounced Restructuring of Global Transportation Networks in 2014 with Uncertain Implications

Prediction Nine

The Internet of Things and Embedded Devices Makes a More Visible Presence across Select Product and Service Focused Value-Chains

Prediction Ten

Supply Chain and Manufacturing Technology Investment Continues at Moderate Pace with Added Emphasis on Cloud-Focused, Select Managed Services, More Predictive Planning and Supply Chain Wide Decision-Making Capabilities


Keep your browser focused on Supply Chain Matters as we review each of these predictions.

As always, readers are encouraged to add individual perspectives or other predictions in the Comments section associated to each of the postings in this series.


Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor

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