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in optimizing the supply chain. Because the procurement
process has evolved in such a way that it has almost
become proprietary on a per company basis, the need
for scalable and careful planning is key. "Often, we'll
say, 'Let's get one thing started and build on it and then
move down the road.' We also find it more empowering
for manufacturers and procurement groups to make the
decision - we're the service provider that does the work
to create the efficiencies," Schrage says.
With the beginning of a new decade, Schrage sees
continual evolution in supply chain management and
optimization, including growing demand for 100%
transparency. "I also think we'll see dramatic changes in

the way the markets are looked at - from our standpoint,
we see more of a retailer and producer-led market," he
predicts. "And everyone in between is trying to link
integration and efficiencies between the two."
Volatility - a hallmark of commodities - will also
likely continue into the 2020s. "As long as there is weather
and disease, there will be volatility," he says, citing
examples like the recent swine fever in China and its
subsequent impact on markets and micromarkets. With
these types of factors affecting the price of commodities,
taking advantage of advancements in risk management
practices should be a part of your progressive supply
chain optimization program.

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