Large numbers of resources for supply chain improvement and management are available on the Web. The following are representative examples.

Useful Web sites

American Supplier Institute (ASI):

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK):

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals:

Electronic Supply Chain Association:

Erasmus Global Supply Chain Center:

ERP Association:

Institute for Logistics Management:

International Society of Logistics:

Logistics Management Institute:


Purchasing Magazine Web Site:

SME Supply Chain Management:

Supply Chain Academy:

Supply Chain Exchange:

Supply Chain Planet:

Supply Chain Excellence:

Harvard Business School Cases:

  1. "H. F. Butt Grocery Co.: The New Digital Strategy" (A)(#300-106): Examines how this company's supply chain has moved to e-commerce.

  2. "Cisco Systems: Building Leading Internet Capabilities" (#301-133): Explores Cisco's efforts to broaden its Internet use, including supply chain improvements.

  3. "Supply Chain Management at World Co. Ltd." (#601-072): Illustrates the value of response times and how to reduce response times.

  4. "Ford Motor Co.: Supply Chain Strategy" (#699-198): Evaluates whether Ford should "virtually integrate" on the Dell Computer model.

  5. "Sport Obermeyer Ltd." (#695-022): Examines how to match supply with demand for products with high demand uncertainty.

  6. "Barilla SpA(A)" (#694-046): Allows students to analyze how a company can implement a continuous replenishment system.

  7. "Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc." (#898-238): Deals with the challenges in managing inventory in a large, complex agribusiness firm.

  8. "L.L.Bean, Inc.: Item Forecasting and Inventory" (#893-003): Explores how the firm must balance costs of understocking and overstocking when demand for catalog items is uncertain.