New year, new beginnings

From the December 2018 print edition

Very few factors in life are as constant as change, and that’s true of magazines as any other area. For

Michael Power is the editor of Supply Chain magazine.

those of you who visit our website, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, you have likely noticed some big changes. The first and most obvious change is to the name: as of this issue, PurchasingB2B has been renamed and re-launched as Supply Professional.

This isn’t the first time, as the magazine has gone through a handful of name changes in its 60 years of publishing. When it began in 1958, we were known as Modern Purchasing. We changed to PurchasingB2B at the beginning of the last millennium.

Each change reflects a change in the times, as well as in the focus and priorities for the magazine. For this most recent iteration as Supply Professional, we landed on the name after a good amount of soul searching. We considered options, discussed them internally and consulted our editorial advisory board. We also commissioned and completed a full redesign through an agency specializing in this type of redesign.

We intend the new name to reflect the direction we plan for the magazine—covering all aspects of the supply chain—as well as our desire to focus on the professionals who work in the field in Canada. Purchasing and procurement will be a big part of that, as it always has been. But we’re expanding our scope. We’ll also work to cover the changing nature of that supply chain, as AI, Industry 4.0, robotics and other developments change the nature of the field.

Each issue will feature one of you on the cover. This, we hope, allows you to share your expertise with one another, learn from other industry professionals and stay abreast of trends in the field.
But while much has changed, some things will stay the same. Supply Professional will still strive, as always, to provide the insights, tips and best practices that help you to do your jobs as best you can.
We’re keeping the same quality content, the same national circulation, but changed a few things to ensure we continue to capture the needs of our readers, industry partners, advertisers and other stakeholders.
On page 13, for example, under our “Thought Leadership” banner, you’ll find a roundtable discussion of the RFP process.

Our Fleet Management section begins on page 21, providing you with comprehensive coverage of the fleet management world.

For Supply Professional’s inaugural profile on page 40, we spoke with VersaCold president and CEO and SCMA fellow award winner for 2018 Doug Harrison, who shares insights into supply chain, professional development and other areas.

And we still rely on you, our readers and partners, to help us in providing you with the best possible content. As always, please let me know what you think about the issue at my (new!) email address: [email protected]

Happy reading!