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"...an excellent introduction into supply chain management...a book you should own and loan out to others frequently..." (Supply Management, 10 April 2003)

"In clear and concise prose, this lean book outlines the most crucial tenets and concepts of supply chain management." (Supply Chain Management Review, September/October 2003) --This text refers to the Digital edition.

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Praise for ESSENTIALS of Supply Chain Management"There are opportunities for every player in any supply chain to improve all aspects of supply chain management. Improving our customers' bottom line through creative transportation solutions is on the mind of our employees every day. Michael Hugos provides the information and practical examples of how specialized expertise combined with collaboration can produce entirely new and profitable outcomes for our customers."
--Laurel McGrath, VP and General Manager, Celtic International
"Michael Hugos presents the core concepts and techniques of supply chain management in a clear, concise, and easily readable style for those desiring an introduction to the subject or for those wanting to refine their understanding and application of supply chain issues. The case studies and executive insights are very useful in illustrating how to effectively employ supply chains to enable companies to accomplish their business goals."
--Perry J. Gaid, Vice President of Purchasing, OneSource Facility Services, Inc.
"My company is involved in both manufacturing and distribution. Mr. Hugos's book provides a valuable framework of concepts and techniques that people at all levels of the company can use to organize and improve our supply chain management capabilities and tie them to our business strategy."
--Grant Watkinson, PhD, President, Coastwide Laboratories
"An excellent introduction into supply chain management . . . a book you should own and loan out to others frequently."
--Supply Management (April 2003)
"In clear and concise prose, this lean book outlines the most crucial tenets and concepts of supply chain management."
--Supply Chain Management Review, (September/October 2003)
One of the "top 5 books that every supply chain executive should have on their bookshelf."
--SupplyChainOpz, (June 2014)
Fully revised and expanded with new case studies, executive interviews, and the latest technology tools available for supply chain management, the Third Edition contains valuable tips, techniques, illustrative real-world examples, exhibits, and best practices. This handy and concise paperback will help you stay up to date on the newest thinking, strategies, developments, and technologies in supply chain management.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470942185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470942185
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've spent several decades working in that space where information technology, supply chains and business overlap. I have advised and mentored development teams at Microsoft Xbox, Starbucks Coffee Company, U.S. Navy Medical Logistics Command and numerous smaller companies. My company SCM Globe (www.scmglobe.com) provides cloud-based supply chain modeling and simulation applications for use in education, training and business.

Previously I was chief information officer (CIO) of a North American distribution organization where I developed a suite of supply chain applications that transformed the company's operations and revenue model. For this work I won the CIO 100 Award for resourcefulness, the InformationWeek 500 Award for innovation, and the Premier 100 Award for career achievement. I earned my MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and am author of several business and technical books.

I'm also a student of history (if a supply chain geek can venture into something entirely different). There was once a time when the seemingly eternal Roman Empire and the classical world it represented came to an end and another world emerged in its place. Based on a true story from a Roman historian of that time, my book Leptis Magna: Emperor's Dream on the Edge of the Desert, is a historical novel told in a series of short stories by the heir of an imperial Roman family. He reflects on how the Roman world has changed in the years since its peak when his famous ancestor was emperor. In memoir style, he recounts his struggle to make sense of what has happened, and to find his place in what comes next.

[You can reach me via my personal website, www.MichaelHugos.com, or by email at mhugos@scmglobe.com.]

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I have been managing complex supply chains for the aerospace industry for at least a couple of decades and have installed collaborative supply chain applications at several airlines and OEMs. I find "Essentials of Supply Chain Management" a refreshing, easy, and informative read for the practitioner. Having recently gone through several text books written by academicians I find that even the best of them lacked the touch and the feel of real life supply chain issues. Most hands on managers however need to know the latest technologies and best business practices that might help them solve real life problems. Michael Hugo's book comes close to achieving that goal. The simulation model at [...] works hand in hand with the book. It allows paractioners the opportunity to put to test some of the concepts described in the book. The book and the simulation model can but does not have to be used concurrently to help managers formulate and test assumptions relevant to their own operation. With customer experience at the top of SCM manager's agenda these days, this book shines a light on a road not strictly dedicated to the theory of constraints with a single minded focus on maximizing throughput. More on the simulation model at [...]
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This book gave me the fundamental understanding of supply chain management that I was looking for. I had no prior education in SCM and now I feel I understand the basics.
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Awesome book with a lot of great information. This book starts you from the bare bones of the internal workings of your business and explains how you can improve your business' perfromance by using supply chain management principles.
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I purchased Mr. Hugo's book after reading other recommendation on a LinkedIn posting. As an executive search consultant I had the need to ramp up to supply chain management in hurry due to a pharmaceutical client's request.

In a previous life (15 years ago) I was a Director of Ops for a Fortune 500 company. As such I was rusty and in a hurry to be educated. I found this book to be ideal to satisfy both objectives. I feel more confident and energized to speak with clients and candidates alike and have found new means to utilize supply chain in my own business.
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I found this to be an excellent book for my bachelor-degree students who aspire to be supply chain managers. As a professor at a private institution of higher learning in Paris (16th), I use this book in my classroom. It covers the subject of supply chain management in an easy-to-read format, with lots of visual graphics that make good powerpoint presentations. It also comes with a stimulation game that students can use for hands-on activities. The case studies are also useful for in-class homework.
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Nearing completion of this book "Essentials of Supply Chain Management". I purchased it from Amazon to help prep me for job interviews for my post-military career. I will be off active duty in February 2014. I have 20 years of experience in Supply Chain Logistics Management in the Navy including combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan along with two tours in the Horn of Africa. It's a great book and should give me the knowledge, support and confidence that I need going into interviews. One of the biggest challenges is that the software we use in the Military- for inventory management, warehouse management, tracking, etc, is not the same as those used in the civilian sector, i.e. Oracle BI, SAP ERP, etc- but it's similar. I'm sure the civilian companies know this, nevertheless, I'm still getting calls to interview. I took up the author's offer in his book to e-mail him and I was happy when he replied to my e-mail. He assured me that the software is constantly changing and not to worry to much about it as software can learned but to focus on the fundamentals. It was great advice. Know that when you're buying this great book, you're also buying access to its author....who by my experience, appears to be a solid-gold person.
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I am working on my MBA and will then be furthering my education in Supply Chain Management. I ordered this book to help give me a good overview of the industry prior to starting course work on the subject. It has been an excellent read and very informative. I found it to be an easy book to read, interesting, and very good at laying out the concepts associated with SCM. It was very beneficial to me and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to get into SCM or for someone that already has some experience, but would like to dive a little deeper in to it.
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Author has done an excellent job of balancing attention to business, application and information aspects of supply chain management.
Comprehensive coverage on industry standard modeling including SCOR, GS1, etc. for supply chain master data management.
Ready to use techniques for enhancing customer responsiveness while driving internal efficiency.
It is the best book on supply chain management I have read since "The Goal" by Goldratt.
Highly recommended for new entrants into SCM domain or seasoned SCM managers who need a refresher.
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