Nine Supply Chain Sustainability Trends for 2011



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"Soft" sustainability initiatives and commitments won't cut it in today's marketplace. It's now tougher to compete, with consumers smarter and buyers more demanding. Gartner provides a list of trends to watch out for in 2011 to help supply chain managers get the upper hand.

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  • Analysis
    • No. 1 — Focus Remains on Operational and Resource Efficiency
    • No. 2 — Energy Efficiency Will Emerge as the Clear Front-Runner of This Efficiency Focus
    • No. 3 — Climate Legislation and Regulation Will Be on Hold ... or at Least Won't Break Further Ground
    • No. 4 — Resource Constraints Beyond Carbon, Such as Water, Will Gain Attention
    • No. 5 — In an Information-Rich and Connected World, Companies Will Increasingly Look to IT for Help
    • No. 6 — Full Life-Cycle Accounting of Environmental and Social Impact Will Continue to Gain Traction
    • No. 7 — Supply Chain Recycling, Waste and Resource Management Will Be Key
    • No. 8 — 2011 Will Show Increased Investments in Clean Technology Globally
    • No. 9 — Smart Cities, Smart Buildings, Smart Energy, Smart Water and Smart Transport Will See More Definition and Ramp-Up
  • Recommended Reading
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