Is It Time to Rename Supply Chain Management?

Has the term “supply chain” become “overused ad nauseam”?

The folks at Lake Superior State University believe so, which is why they included supply chain on their annual list of banished words for 2022.

Not surprising, many people in the industry strongly disagree. This debate regarding the banished words list, however, raises a different question: Is it time to rename Supply Chain Management?

Back in August 2021, we asked our Indago members — who are all supply chain and logistics professionals from manufacturing, retail, and distribution companies — “Do you believe the term Supply Chain Management accurately conveys the realities of today’s operating environment?”

Watch this 3-minute video for some highlights from the survey results.

For more data and insights on this topic, please download the Indago report (available to Indago members only). If you’re a supply chain or logistics professional from a manufacturing, retail, or distribution company, we invite you to join our Indago research community. It’s free, confidential, the time commitment is less than 4 minutes per week, and the best part — your participation benefits a variety of charities. To learn more and apply, please visit