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Supply Chain Management 101
I covered the basics of ERP previously, and thought I'd move on to supply chain management (SCM), which we're also featuring in tomorrow's TEC Newsletter (go to

stock tutorials  chain breakdown, the company's stock plummeted 20 percent—making a $100 million loss look nearly trivial. Later that year, Cisco announced a $2.2 billion inventory write-off. The culprit, once again: supply chain problems. This fiasco was—and still is—the largest inventory write-off in history. These debacles are not necessarily the direct result of poor software selection or faulty SCM evaluation—but they are potent reminders that software evaluation can be the single most important factor

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