When it comes to gleaning information about supply chain management or indeed, operational insights relevant to any industry, social media is often the first channel that professionals turn to for expert guidance.
However, there is another form of online resource which, while not enjoying the exposure of LinkedIn and other professional networking sites, can be just as useful, if not more so.
That resource is the industry forum, and in this brief message, I’d like to share why these websites, like our own Supply Chain Forum, are often superior sources of information and advice when compared with social media sites, and therefore, why you shouldn’t overlook them when researching a topic or seeking solutions to a business problem.
The Key Benefits of a Supply Chain Forum
Don’t get me wrong; this is not an attempt to bash social media in any way. Indeed, I am as active as anyone on Twitter and LinkedIn, using these and similar networks frequently to share and seek useful information.
However, there are some advantages to forums which social media as yet, does not offer, at least not to the same extent. For example:
- It’s easier to find the topics you wish to study or research, as forums are arranged into logical libraries.
- You can enter into discussions anonymously, which can be useful when you don’t want people to presuppose your motives or intentions for engaging in a particular debate.
- Forums are rarely influenced by the corporate agendas which sometimes reduce the purity and value of information and guidance on social media platforms.
- Forums typically target a specific industry niche, so you don’t have to sift through items with varying degrees of relevance to the topic you’re researching.
- There are fewer distractions on forums, since they minimize the social element, and focus more on information and opinion sharing.
Try Our Supply Chain Forum
Every industry needs its online resources, and the supply chain domain is no exception. The next time you want some information about a supply chain or logistics topic, or you merely want to tap into the pulse of our industry, stop by at the Supply Chain Forum—I bet you’ll be there for a while, once you see the wealth of knowledge our members and guests are sharing.
While you’re there, don’t forget to say hello in our member introductions board, as we love to greet new visitors and get to know their interests. We look forward to welcoming you to our professional online community.