Combine the “Great Recession” with “Internet 2.0,” and what do you get? The answer: a tremendously challenging business environment for publishers of books, newspapers, and magazines. Simply put, the lack of advertising revenues, increased delivery costs, and competition from online content providers is wreaking havoc on the centuries-old publishing industry. In fact, a website called Magazine Death Pool (www.magazinedeathpool.com) - yes, you read that name correctly—keeps a running list of magazines that have ceased publication. The Magazine Death Pool’s website banner asks, “Who Will Be Next?”
If you’re wondering what this has to do with supply chain management (SCM), then you haven’t heard the bad news. Some of the most influential SCM publications will cease publication as of April 30, 2010. The list includes Logistics Management, Purchasing, and Supply Chain Management Review, among other publications that were produced by Reed Elsevier. There was no advanced warning (at least to the subscriber base) and little fanfare, other than an April 20th email announcement that read:
Dear Valued Subscriber,
Our parent company, Reed Elsevier, announced in July of 2009 its intentions to substantially exit its Reed Business Information U.S. publishing business, while retaining other businesses. Over the past several months, multiple publishing brands have been divested. On April 16, 2010, we announced the closure of the remaining publishing brands and their associated products and services. Consequently, we have discontinued Supply Chain Management Review's eNewsletters and our web sites will cease operating as of April 30, 2010.
We are proud of the role we have played in informing our industry over the years and it has been our pleasure to serve you.
The Staff of Supply Chain Management Review
You may think that this isn’t a big deal, but consider that Purchasing has been in publication for almost 95 years. That’s a great deal of expertise and influence being sidelined. I will certainly miss Logistics Management’s mode-by-mode analysis of the transportation sector each July. And, Supply Chain Management Review provided valuable in-depth articles on supply chain strategy over the last 10 years. It was a professor’s best friend for teaching SCM courses. I can only hope that other publications will eventually fill the void left by the demise of these three publications.
Despite these losses, there remain many quality sources for timely SCM information. A sample of top-notch publications includes:
American Shipper American Shipper magazine was first published 1974 and is designed to serve the information needs of shippers, carriers, and third parties involved in international transportation. It also provides insights for executives managing international logistics and supply chains.
CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly The Quarterly contains articles and editorials about current supply chain hot topics. Much like Supply Chain Management Review, the content is developed by practitioners, thought-leaders, academics, consultants, and seasoned industry journalists.
DC Velocity DC VELOCITY speaks to the specific informational needs of distribution center managers and executives. The publication offers readers a trusted and reliable source of business intelligence that they can turn to and quickly draw needed information.
Lloyd’s List Since its start in 1734, Lloyd’s List has provided expert, authoritative coverage of the global shipping markets is as strong as ever. The daily newspaper and website also provide in-depth coverage of marine insurance, offshore energy, logistics, global trade, and law.
Logistics Quarterly Since 1995, LQ has provided authoritative thinking on the complex and fast-changing work of the logistics and transportation business in Canada and the United States. LQ is written by professionals for professionals in the field.
Supply Management Supply Management magazine and its companion website supplymanagement.com are business tools for purchasing and supply professionals. These resources offer news, features, and comment on purchasing and supply
Printed publications are supplemented by Internet-based resources and tools. The 21st century supply chain manager can glean insights from valuable sources of information including Accenture Research & Insights
and professional organization websites like the Institute for Supply Management
. Research firms such as ARC Advisory Group and universities also provide beneficial content. Of course, the Supply Chain Academy
website provides access to a wide variety of training materials and current resources.
So while the SCM profession will continue to move forward with numerous supporting resources, we bid adieu to three quality publications. We should all acknowledge Frank Quinn, Patrick Burnson, and their team at the Reed Business Information Supply Chain Group. Over the years, these folks diligently provided valuable analysis and insights into SCM issues, trends, and challenges. They truly aided in the evolution of our industry, shaped perceptions (in a good way), and helped to build the credibility of SCM in the executive suite. Thanks, gentlemen, and good luck in your future endeavors.