The Supply Chain Executive's Agenda 2009: Weathering the Recession

New Research Study Reveals Top Supply Chain Priorities in 2009

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 10, 2009) - A new study published by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), "The Supply Chain Executive's Agenda 2009: Weathering the Recession," highlights the top supply chain trends reported by over 200 supply chain executives in response to the current market pressures.

"Economic volatility has been the cause for the majority of supply chain disruptions over the past year," said Viktoriya Sadlovska, product value chain researcher, Aberdeen and co-author of the report. "This report explores the strategies companies can adopt to mitigate the effects of the recession through supply chain management."

Leading performers in this study have superior capabilities in:

Supply chain integration: The leading performers are more likely to have closed-loop integration of supply chain planning and execution and B2B connectivity with partners.

Supply chain responsiveness leading to a more customer-driven process: The top performers are more likely to have the ability to treat inventory in transit as available for the safety stock calculations and have the ability to make mid-course changes to shipments.

A more "intelligent" and "enabled" supply chain: The leading performers are more likely to use supply chain visibility software, transportation management software, and inventory optimization software.

"The recent global economic downturn has led to major challenges in global supply chain management," comments Nari Viswanathan, VP/ principal analyst, and report co-author. "In the short term companies can utilize a number of strategies such as reducing inventory, renegotiating partner agreements or discontinuing unprofitable product lines; however, in the long-term, supply chain infrastructure must be improved by increasing supply chain visibility and integration, increasing supply chain responsiveness, and enhancing supply chain risk management."

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Contact Information: Media Contact: Viktoriya Sadlovska Aberdeen Harte-Hanks (617) 854-5239 Nari Viswanathan Aberdeen Harte-Hanks (972) 580-0940