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Business: Supply Chains

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  1. U.S. Public companies must disclose their customers' names, when 10% or more of their revenue comes from sales to a single materially important customer.  You'll find these in companies 10-K (Annual) SEC filings
  2. Companies' Investor Relation pages can be a good supply chain resource, with details about their top suppliers, their sustainability efforts, etc.  Examples:  Apple, Target, Coca Cola, and H&M.

Procurement IQ 
15-20 page reports that give an overview of the procurement landscape for 1000+ US idustries.  Reports cover product/service pricing dynamics, product characteristics that affect the purchasing decision, supplier benchmarking and supply chain risks, and negotiation questions and tactics, recent price, forecast price, market characteristics, market risk, benchmark price, key price drivers, major vendors, vendor cost benchmarks and the Buyer Power Score.


Geography: US
Industry research reports of 30-40 pages on over 700 U.S. industries, including a section for industry-level supply chain information. 


S&P Capital IQ  *(Current UCI students, faculty, & staff)
Geography: Global
A comprehensive company intelligence database, offering granular financial and capital structure information on millions of companies worldwide, including data and graphs for historic stock prices, searchable SEC filings, mergers & acquisitions activities, and venture capital/private equity data  Also features biographic and professional connection information for millions of business practitioners.  

  • Search for a company.  Then in the left navigation menu >> Business Relationships >> Customers | Suppliers


Bloomberg Terminal **(Current Merage students, faculty, & staff) 
Geography: Global
Type SPLC and <GO>, for customer and supplier data, including peer competitors. 



Tip:  The terminology used to characterize a distributor may vary by industry. 
Other relevant words include:  reseller, wholesaler, dealer, and broker

To build a list of distributors by industry (and location), first find the most relevant NAICS code for your product category. 

  • NAICS codes related to "Wholesale Trade" start with the number 42.


Using one of the following company directory databases, enter the relevant NAICS code (it's an available search option), and use any other limiting criteria (e.g. location) that you need.


Geography: Global
A global company directory with two modules:  American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries, and Foreign Firms Operating in the United States.  Search on key criteria, including industry, employee count, and revenue, and download results in an Excel spreadsheet. 


Mergent Intellect
Geography: Global
Public and private company information (as available) for companies worldwide.  Advanced Search allows for creating a custom Excel spreadsheet of companies based on criteria like industry, location, size, Fortune 1000 status, etc. 


News on Supply Chains


News is often one of the only sources of information about a company's practices related to its supply chain. 


Business Source Complete
Geography: Global
Thousands of business articles from newspapers, trade publications, and magazines. 


Geography: Global
Worldwide coverage of local and regional newspapers, trade publications, business newswires, press release wires, media transcripts, news photos, and business-rich websites.


Access World News
Geography: Global
Full-text information from over 600 U.S. and over 700 international sources, each offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues.



 Academic Articles for Supply Chains


Business Source Complete
Geography: Global
Thousands of articles from newspapers, trade publications, and magazines. Searches across several key titles including: Supply Chain Management Review, World Trade: WT100Journal of Commerce, Industrial Marketing & Purchasing (IMP) Journal, and Supply & Demand Chain Executive


Journal of Business Logistics
Peer reviewed journal, covering original thoughts, research, and best practices within the logistics and supply chain arenas.


The Journal of Supply Chain Management
Peer reviewed journal with content on behavioral research focusing on theory-building and empirical methodologies.


International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications
Peer reviewed journal that covers all aspects of logistics:  the management of processes, flow of materials and associated information along the entire supply chain, from raw materials through to the final user of the product.


International Journal of Managing Value and Supply Chains
Open Access, peer reviewed journal that disseminates new ideas and new research, advance theories, and propagates best practices in the management of value and supply chain management, looking across both product and service-based businesses.



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