RFID in the Supply Chain: Fizzling Technology or the Future of Effective SCM?


In 2003, Walmart announced that all of its suppliers would need to have Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on all pallets and cases by 2006. Wal-Mart CIO Linda Dillman oversaw the implementation of the retailer’s first electronic product code (EPC) compliance program in 2003, and by the end of 2006, Wal-Mart had deployed RFID chips on pallets for its top 100 vendors and suppliers. Passive RFID tags, on the other hand, rely on power sources within external RFID tag readers.

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SCRC Partner Profile: A Textbook Transformation at Biogen-Idec

Supply Chain View from the Field

Although strategic sourcing capabilities are well established in industries ranging from automotive to electronics, they are still in the formative stages in the biotechnology sector. With their external spend increasing so fast, there is great pressure on biotech companies to rethink how their sourcing structures are set up to add most value. It was formed from the November 2003 merger of Biogen, Inc.

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Responsible Jewelry = Traceable Jewelry


When the Kimberley Scheme for conflict-free diamonds was introduced in 2003, it was one of the earliest traceability programs in ethical sourcing. Without a digital supply chain, there are few ways to verify the source of stones. Click below to download our free resource on implementing responsible sourcing. But bagging and tagging rough stones is no longer the best practice: today some producers laser-etch polished stones with unique serial numbers.

The Network Effect in Supply Chain and Logistics

Talking Logistics

Source: UPS. Source: UPS. I first wrote about SCONs in 2003, and over the past decade we’ve seen the rise of network providers such as Ariba, Descartes, GT Nexus, Elemica, E2open, LeanLogistics, One Network, and others that are the Facebook equivalents in the supply chain and logistics world. Supply Chain Operating Network Model (as depicted in 2003). Where to Find Supply Chain Innovation (Source: Adelante SCM).

Two Important Questions About the Future of Freight Moves

Talking Logistics

The projections are from BTS’ and FHWA’s latest version of the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) , “which integrates data from a variety of sources to create a comprehensive picture of freight movement among states and major metropolitan areas by all modes of transportation.”. Adjusted for inflation, federal purchases have fallen by about 19 percent since 2003, while purchases by states and localities have fallen by about 5 percent.

7 Rules of Fashion Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Opz

Zara who is the fashion retailer in Spain, has managed to get the attention from academics and the first case study about its strategies was published by Harvard Business School in 2003. 5) Keep production in-house : Zara tries to stay away from low-cost country sourcing and make an investment in the in-house manufacturing as much as possible.

Three supply chain lessons for businesses coping with COVID-19

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Despite past lessons from 2003’s SARS outbreak and 2011’s Fukushima tsunami about the hidden weaknesses in their supply chains, companies are challenged to manage logistics concerns stemming from sourcing strategies and risk management. Current supply chain designs have predominantly followed a one-size-fits-all philosophy, on the assumption that raw materials are readily available for sourcing and production globally.

Three supply chain lessons for businesses coping with COVID-19

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Despite past lessons from 2003’s SARS outbreak and 2011’s Fukushima tsunami about the hidden weaknesses in their supply chains, companies are challenged to manage logistics concerns stemming from sourcing strategies and risk management. Current supply chain designs have predominantly followed a one-size-fits-all philosophy, on the assumption that raw materials are readily available for sourcing and production globally.

Post-pandemic Supply Chains

Enterra Insights

From the outset, key lessons related to knowing the supply chain were at the forefront — not just the final link but key sources of supply related to materials, having contingency plans for interruption of supply, and understanding the capabilities and vulnerabilities of critical elements within the value chain.”[4]. Tan points out, when the SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, epidemic broke out in 2002 and 2003, “China contributed 4% to the world’s GDP.

How to Stop Disruption in the Supply Chain From the Coronavirus

Veridian Solutions

Many have compared this outbreak to the SARS emergency of 2003. In addition to the quarantines and government regulations, the impact of the coronavirus to the supply chain space includes labor shortages, sourcing and travel restrictions, and limited or no means of transportation, all of which are greatly disrupting the consumer experience. Realize this outbreak will come to an end, and make long-term sourcing plans knowing that other outbreaks are certain to occur in the future. .

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Coronavirus Highlights Fragility of Global Supply Networks


Since the outbreak of SARS in 2003, the last major epidemic to hit China, the country has become even more important as a source of key components and materials as well as finished consumer goods. China ’ s economy has grown in leaps and bounds from roughly 4% of world GDP in 2003 to 1 6% today.

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LTL Carrier Profile: UPS Freight

The Logistics of Logistics

The latest addition to this portfolio includes LTL and truckload freight services, which complements UPS’s global capabilities to provide customers a single source for multiple modes of transportation. were rebranded to the UPS Store brand in 2003. LTL Carrier Profile: UPS Freight. UPS Freight is the fourth largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $2.4B in sales (estimated 2012). UPS Freight has 6.9% of the less than truckload (LTL) market.

Notes from ProcureCon Indirect West at the Wigwam in Phoenix Arizona

Supply Chain View from the Field

Anu discussed how when she signed contracts for her house she bought in 2003, it involved 80 signatures. Chris Hahn from Coupa did a demo for me, showing me the ease with which Coupa software allows Accounts Payable and Sourcing groups to access all of their data online. Had a great time today speaking at the ProcureCon conference in Phoenix today, and spent a good deal of time talking to a number of the different solutions providers in the vendor area.

What role can technology play in transforming the food and drink industry for the better?: transparency roundup


“For every $1 spent on food, society pays $2 in health, environmental, and economic costs” (Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation ). Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation ). Source: Huffington Post ). Source: Kimberly Warner, Author & Senior Scientist at Oceana). Source: Unilever ). Sources: * The Guardian , ** Forbes ). Interested in how blockchain-powered product transparency can help grow trust in your brand?

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How do we Drive Invention to Innovation in Planning?

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, 32% of companies have source, make and deliver reporting to the same organization, and the gaps in alignment between operations and commercial teams are large. In 2003, short-term forecasting approach using pattern recognition was invented by Terra Technology to replace rules-based consumption. This week, I spoke at the Chicago CSCMP round table event. I love to hear the thoughts from different speakers.

The worst Supply Chain practices must be confessed and not only by constraint

KEPLER Consulting

A range of bad practices are observed on the visibility provided to suppliers: Failure to share forecasts with the supplier: this bad practice causes suppliers to secure their lead time by prolonging it, which has a negative effect on the customer’s sourcing flexibility. Two examples among others are the manual sourcing process or asset management to be applied on future orders from the supplier. Sources Cachon G.P.

The rapid reorientation of supply chains


Whilst interconnectedness and large-scale sourcing from nations with competitive advantages in their labour costs was advantageous in more stable times, that suddenly became a major issue in the midst of the pandemic.

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7 Pitfalls of Outsourcing and How to Avoid Them - SupplyChainOpz

Supply Chain Opz

One of the earliest and most cited articles is called " The Seven Deadly Sins of Outsourcing " by Barthelemy 2003. In 2005, Rosetti and Choi 2005 conducted another research and pointed out some problems associated with outsourcing in the aerospace industry called " On the Dark Side of Strategic Sourcing: Experiences from Aerospace Industry " (sadly, one of the biggest aerospace company in the world didnt read this article and has made the cardinal sin in outsourcing). NAVIGATE.

What’s the Solution to Power Outage Proliferation

USC Consulting Group

weather-related events, source of electricity, car accidents that damage utility poles, etc.), ASCE has a few suggestions, noting that any meaningful action must start at the top: Federal government must comprehensively assess where grid requires reinforcements and strategically invest in alternative energy sources such as biomass, hydroelectric, geothermal, and solar. From 2003 to 2012, outages resulted in losses that averaged between $18 billion and $33 billion for the U.S.

Using Big Data to Drive Manufacturing Sales: 3 Big Takeaways from the USMTO Reports


At the trough of the recessions in 2003 and 2009, only $100 million worth of equipment was being purchased. According to our USMTO data the 2003 recession really started in 2001 and didn’t really end until 2005 or even 2006. Sources: The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) [link]. How Can USMTO Reports Help Drive Manufacturing Sales and your Bottom Line?

7 Principles of Supply Chain Management Explained

Supply Chain Opz

Each customer in US or EU might already control the source of raw materials, ask you to provide dedicated production lines, nominate 3pl companies and air/sea carriers. However, in 2003 Robert Kaplan said that its difficult to maintain an ABC costing model to reflect the changes in activities, processes, products and customers. NAVIGATE. Basics. Case Studies. Graphics. All Posts. About. Copyright. Privacy. Blogroll. 7 Principles of Supply Chain Management Explained.

Conscious Clothing? Why Fashion's Going Green

Material Handling and Logistics

For years now, we’ve watched the old guard of the packaged-food industry get pummeled as consumers look to fill their grocery carts with trendier items bearing feel-good labels such as “natural” or “sustainably sourced.”. Nearly twice as much apparel was sold in 2017 than in 2003. Apparel makers don’t want to risk being late to what could be a consequential shift in consumer preferences.

Case Roberta Roller Rabbit: Increasing Performance Through Improved Process and Technology

RELEX Solutions

Launched in 2003, RRR has evolved into a lifestyle brand offering a plethora of products that are still printed, cut and sewn by hand in collaboration with artisans preserving ancient traditions. RRR has three different sources of information: web sales, SAP ERP for PO Management as well as wholesale inventory and sales, and a POS system for retail store sales and inventory. Case Roberta Roller Rabbit: Increasing Performance Through Improved Process and Technology.

Reverse Logistics: 5 Steps for Better Backward Operations

Supply Chain Opz

Brito and Dekker 2003 indicates in the article " A Framework for Reverse Logistics " that reverse logistics gain more interest due to lots of pressures from regulatory agencies, customers and corporate social responsibility movement. Establishing more comprehensive reason codes and using control chart to monitor the trend of each code will help company to figure out the problems with normal supply chain operations such as sourcing, manufacturing and delivery. NAVIGATE. Basics.

Ten Best Retailers at Handling Dangerous Chemicals

Material Handling & Logistics

Source ID. Since 2003, Apple has reduced or eliminated chemicals of concern from products, including lead, arsenic, brominated flame retardants, and PVC/phthalates from certain components. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. Source ID. One-third of 30 major U.S.

Why Is It So Hard to Find Good Help These Days?

Material Handling and Logistics

SCOTT: Obviously tariffs, if implemented for the long-term, will impact global supply chain strategies—sourcing, nearshoring versus offshoring, etc. In the case of RFID, Walmart’s 2003 edict to its top 100 suppliers that they implement RFID technology by 2005 propelled the technology into the spotlight. Omni-channel begat sharing sourcing, procurement, allocation, deployment, inventory, and yes in many cases, distribution.

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21 Experts Reveal Best eCommerce Platforms for Small Businesses


As for open source, I like OpenCart for its simplicity and easy to understand coding structure. ServiceBot is what I would consider the best platform to sell services (not products), Pros: ServiceBot is an open-source platform which is following in the steps of WordPress. I’ve been selling a waterless car wash product on the Internet since 2003. Introduction. What are the best eCommerce platforms for small businesses like yours?

Industry 3.X and TPM deciphered

KEPLER Consulting

This remains very important because from the beginning of the digital data creation until 2003, there were 5 exabytes of information created and now the same amount of information is created every two days. Sources : Boud, A. Following our last article “ Industry 4.0… … well let’s talk about 3.X! , we propose to continue with a brief description of the TPM supplemented by the different types of technologies in Industry 4.0. What is the TPM?

When is Now: Logistics Leaders for Type 1 Diabetes Cure

Talking Logistics

My friend Manny Ohonme, who was one of my first clients many years ago, answered that question when he founded Samaritan’s Feet in 2003, an organization that “shares hope with children in the U.S. Seeing how far Manny’s idea and passion have taken him, and the difference he’s made in the lives of others, remains a source of inspiration for me. “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” – Hillel the Elder.