Gartner Research

Chemical Industry Supply Chain Outlook, 2013

Published: 25 January 2013

ID: G00245242

Analyst(s): Paul Lord

Summary

Chemical industry supply chain leaders will experience market and organizational turbulence in 2013. This research identifies and analyzes three major trends and how leaders can address these challenges, while maintaining a profitable balance.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Margin pressure from a sluggish global economy and new competitors is pushing chemical companies to adopt approaches that reduce cost, while maintaining competitive service and quality
    • Digging Into Logistics Costs
    • Segmenting Demand and Supply Strategies
    • Addressing Risk and Complexity
  • Concurrent support of corporate initiatives and ongoing business operations require chemical supply chain organizations to achieve clear strategic alignment and organizational influence
  • Slowed earnings growth is causing chemical companies to turn to working-capital reduction as a source of investment cash

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