Chain v. Chain

Heard the term 4PL? It refers to the generation of logistics providers beyond 3PLs, known as integrators. More simply put, it can mean an entire supply chain, end to end. The concept is the latest rage in supply chain management theory. Here’s an Industry Week interview on it that’s worth reading. For the harder core procurement fanatics, try reading this audacious Harvard Business Review article from 2004 by SCM guru and Stanford professor Haul Lee.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow