The 2013 edition of this report marks the first in an annual report series by the Supply Chain Management faculty at the University of Tennessee. The 2013 report was published in Spring 2013 as a collaboration between the University of Tennessee Knoxville's Global Supply Chain Institute, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Ernst & Young, and Terra Technology.For this white paper, we define game-changing trends as those trends that meet the two basic criteria of being extremely impactful on a firm’s economic profit and shareholder value, as well as very difficult to implement successfully. This research is based on foundational research conducted at Michigan State University in 2000 coauthored by Don Bowersox, Dave Closs, and Ted Stank, one of our SCM faculty at UT. That study and the updated version incorporated responses from approximately 150 supply chain professionals across a wide range of industries (retailers, manufacturers, and service providers, large and small in size). But that doesn’t mean the material in this white paper is dated—far from it. Based on our interaction with literally hundreds of companies annually (the largest industry network in the academic world), we believe that those trends still serve as a foundation. But the supply chain world has drastically changed over the past 13 years. In this white paper, we’ll discuss the gamechanging supply chain trends that you need to squarely face today, and we’ll suggest how to make progress toward the desired end state. We’ll also use plenty of examples along the way.