Vanilla Sourcing in Madagascar

SCM Research

In a previous post, I demonstrated how Symrise creates added value beyond corporate boundaries by closely collaborating with vanilla farmers in Madagascar. Watch the following video, which highlights this approach from the perspective of Unilever, a buyer of Symrise’s aromatic compounds.

Perceptions of the Gartner 2014 Top 25 Supply Chains Ranking

Supply Chain Matters

In conjunction with its Supply Chain Executive Conference held this week, industry analyst firm Gartnerannounced its annual Top 25 Supply Chains rankings for 2014. Supply Chain Matters will feature our summary impressions regarding the messages delivered at the Gartner 2014 conference in a separate commentary. This author attended this year’s conference and the Top 25 Supply Chains announcement dinner held at the conference.

Insights from Ryder Innovate 2014

Talking Logistics

Source: “Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Transportation & Logistics,” Jason Mathers, EDF, Ryder Innovate 2014. Source: “Advances & Best Practices in Supply Chain Design,” Toby Brzoznowski, LLamasoft, Ryder Innovate 2014.

Supply Chain Power 50: Best Supply Chain Blogs of 2014

Supply Chain Opz

Then, blogging and web contents have become the primary source of business ideas for many working professionals. Please drop us a line to bloggeradmin [at] supplychainopz [dot] com with the subject " Blog Nomination " by the end of March 2014.

Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2014 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Two

Supply Chain Matters

We continue with our series of postings reflecting on our 2014 Predictions for Global Supply Chains that we published in December of last year. Our research arm, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group has published annual predictions since our founding in 2008. We not only publish our annualized ten predictions, but scorecard the projections as this point every year. After we conclude the scorecard process, we will then unveil our 2015 annual projections for industry supply chains.

This Week in Logistics News (December 15-19, 2014)

Talking Logistics

OHL Launches Phase One of Their Single Source Portal for Customer Logistics Intelligence. Cass Truckload Linehaul Index November 2014. The post This Week in Logistics News (December 15-19, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

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This Week in Logistics News (August 4-8, 2014)

Talking Logistics

The bodega and building as it appears today (source: Google Maps). The post This Week in Logistics News (August 4-8, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Factory Destruction Across Vietnam: Supply Chain Sourcing Flexibility and Resiliency Has Never Been as Important

Supply Chain Matters

In the quest to seek alternative global low-cost manufacturing sourcing across multi-industry supply chains, countries such as Thailand and Vietnam were high on the list. Both offered relatively attractive direct labor wage rates while offering a highly educated and motivated workforce. Up to this point, that has resulted in a steady flow of foreign investment in these countries including internal supply chain ecosystem capabilities.

Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2014 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains-Part One

Supply Chain Matters

While global industry supply chain teams continue to work on enabling 2014 operational and business performance objectives, this is the opportunity for Supply Chain Matters to reflect on our 2014 Predictions for Global Supply Chains that we published in December of 2013.

GAP Elects to Source Some Apparel Production within Myanmar

Supply Chain Matters

announced plans to source apparel production within factories in the country of Myanmar and the headline was the first U.S. apparel retailer to source in that country since sanctions were lifted two years ago. The apparel retailer indicated that it had engaged in a sourcing deal involving South Korean owned factories that operate in the country. According to a published report in the Wall Street Journal, the announced sourcing represents one of the largest U.S.

Supply Chain Matters Highlights of the MIT 2014 Crossroads.

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters Attendance at 2014 Oracle Industry Connect Conference. Supply Chain Matters Highlights of the MIT 2014 Crossroads Conference. Procurement and Sourcing (376). Archives Select Month July 2014. June 2014. May 2014. April 2014.

Supply Chain Matters Guest Contribution: Three Must-Dos for Procurement in 2014

Supply Chain Matters

It seems like just yesterday we were making our new year’s resolutions and sifting through predictions of what 2014 would hold for us. Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Collaboration Supplier Management BravoSolution challenges in procurement procurement''s relationship with the CFO Supply Chain Matters Supply chain Matters blog

Severe Congestion and Paralysis Among U.S. West Coast Ports- Supply Chain Matters Update Four

Supply Chain Matters

Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Sales and Operations Planning Supply Chain Disruption Transportation and Logistics 2014 U.S. west coast port congestion 2014 U.S. In last week’s Update Three commentary regarding the current crisis involving the near paralysis among the U.S. West Coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Supply Chain Matters highlighted that conditions on the ground were not showing any signs of improvement.

This Week in Logistics News (November 10-14, 2014)

Talking Logistics

September 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Cass Freight Index Report – October 2014. The post This Week in Logistics News (November 10-14, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation

The Logistics of Logistics

Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation. In December’s issue of InBound, editor Keith Biondi cited customer service as the source for supply chain innovation. Customer Service: The Real Source of SCM Innovation. The post Customer Service: The Source of Supply Chain Innovation appeared first on The Logistics of Logistics. Not technology. Not business process re-engineering (BPR). Interesting, right?

This Week in Logistics News (June 30 – July 4, 2014)

Talking Logistics

The post This Week in Logistics News (June 30 – July 4, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Due to the July 4th holiday on Friday, we postponed publishing our weekly news roundup until today.

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SCM Global 50: Best Global Supply Chain Blogs 2014

Supply Chain Opz

As a result, issues in global supply chain management such as international trade, international transportation, global sourcing, regulatory compliance, risk management, humanitarian and sustainability won''t go away any time soon.

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Another Important Indication of Chief Supply Chain Officer Agenda

Supply Chain Matters

This year, we were able to obtain a copy of The Chief Supply Chain Officer Report 2014, Pulse of the Profession. Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Management Supply Chain Business Process Supply Chain Strategy Supply Chain Talent Management 2014 challenges and agenda for senior supply chain leaders Chief Supply Chain Officer Study E2Open Inc. SCM World SCM World Chief Supply Chain Officer 2014 research report Supply chain Matters blog

Supply Chain Matters Impressions from Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2014

Supply Chain Matters

Inventory Management Marketing Strategies Online Customer Fulfillment Procurement and Sourcing Service Lifecycle Management Service-centered Supply Chains Supplier Collaboration Supply Chain Business Intelligence Supply Chain Technology #smartercommerce cognitive commerce Emptoris an IBM company IBM efforts in supporting business networks IBM Smarter Commerce impressions supply chain and B2B technology influencer Bob Ferrari''s blog Supply chain Matters blog supply_chain_matters

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Severe Congestion at U.S. West Coast Ports- Supply Chain Matters Update Three

Supply Chain Matters

Online Customer Fulfillment Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics 2014 U.S. west coast port congestion 2014 west coast port congestion independent blog commenting on global supply chain developments Supply chain Matters blog We are a mere two weeks before the Black Friday holiday shopping kick-off, and a mere six weeks before the actual Christmas holiday and the severe congestion that is crippling U.S.

Supply Chain Matters Friday News Capsule: June 27, 2014

Supply Chain Matters

Procurement and Sourcing Supply Chain Skills Supply Chain Talent Management Transportation and Logistics independent blog commenting on supply chain management Supply chain Matters blog supply_chain_matters It’s the end of the work week and we continue with our news update series related to previousSupply Chain Mattersposted commentaries or news developments.

Peak Holiday Season Supply Chain Customer Fulfillment Surge- The Initial Results

Supply Chain Matters

While reverse supply chain activities continue to ramp over the remaining days of the calendar year, it’s a good time to reflect on the initial learning from the 2014 holiday surge. From all the sources Supply Chain Matters has tapped thus far, it would appear that the many weeks of pre-planning have yielded a rather smooth fulfillment period. As we approach the start of the New Year, B2C and Omni-channel focused supply chains teams can begin to take a much needed breather.

Barnes and Noble to Source Nook Branded Readers and Tablets with Samsung

Supply Chain Matters

Business media is reporting that Barnes and Noble has reached a deal that sources the production and distribution of the book chain’s Nook branded color readers with Samsung Electronics. According to these reports, the revised sourcing deal relieves the burden of Barnes in Noble to continue to invest in product design and manufacturing and focus more on its book distribution businesses.

Supply Chains By the Numbers

Supply Chain Shaman

Intellectually, while I will know that year has changed, I will screw-up time, and time, again by writing 2014 on documents for many, many months. … this is the last blog of 2014. Tomorrow starts a new year. It will take me awhile to adjust.

Considerable Number of Bangladesh Garment Factories Fail 2014 Safety Checks

Supply Chain Matters

Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Social Responsibility Strategies for Global Supply Chains implications of 2013 Bangladesh Rena building collapse independent blog commenting on global supply chain developments Supply chain Matters blog

The U.S. Postal Service Suddenly Changes the Dynamics of Parcel Shipping and Online Commerce

Supply Chain Matters

Online Customer Fulfillment Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Service-centered Supply Chains Transportation and Logistics 2014 online commerce predictions independent blog commenting on global logistics and transportation Supply chain Matters blog supply-chain_matters U.S. This week, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) suddenly changed the dynamics related to shipping costs in B2C/B2B online commerce and the beneficiaries may well be online customers and mass retailers.

Next Week: IBM Smarter Commerce 2014 Global Summit

Supply Chain Matters

Next week, Supply Chain Matters will be in Tampa Florida attending the IBM Smarter Commerce 2014 Global Summit event. Online Customer Fulfillment Procurement and Sourcing Supplier Management Supply Chain Technology IBM Smarter Commerce Supply chain Matters blog supply chain technology influencer Bob Ferrari''s blog supply-chain_matters

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Next Week- PTC Live Global 2014

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters has been invited and will be present at PTC’s Live Global 2014 conference being held in Boston next week. PTC is of the believe that by strategically aligning the supply chain with the fundamental processes that drive product innovation, design and development, teams will be able to rationalize components and suppliers, optimize direct material sourcing, speed production, reduce cost and mitigate risk.

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Understanding Your Sourcing Footprint is the Key to Procurement Analytics

Supply Chain View from the Field

Direct conversations through on-site engagement with different lines of business is the most direct and effective means of understanding how sourcing processes are occurring today, as well as understanding how the sourcing need evolves and is expressed to suppliers. Supplier registration processes need to be designed around sourcing engagement processes, which track the supplier life cycle. Procure to Pay Strategic Sourcing Supply chain analytics

Raise a Toast to Digital Business!

Supply Chain Shaman

At the end of 2014, many leaders that I work with are preparing their 2015 strategies. Too few companies understand the differences between syndicated data sources and the use of channel data. It is the week before Thanksgiving in the United States; and as a good Yank, I am reflective.

Automotive Service Networks Response to Crisis: Update Three- Expanded Recall Involving Suspected Defective Air Bag Inflators

Supply Chain Matters

Automotive Supply Chain Operations management Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Product Quality Service Lifecycle Management Service Parts Planning Service-centered Supply Chains Supplier Management 2014 Takata airbag inflator recalls automotive industry global supply chain challenges automotive service supply chain challenges Honda supply chain Supply chain Matters blog

Let the Qs Begin

Supply Chain Shaman

How do you balance the trade-offs between source, make and deliver? Last week was the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. It was great to see old faces at the kick-off. 110 supply chain leaders attended. I smiled on the week following the conference as the accolades piled up in my inbox.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Can We Really Collaborate?

Supply Chain Shaman

Source Wikipedia. Definition: Brass tacks are a type of pin or nail. The phrase to come (or get) down to brass tacks is sometimes used idiomatically to consider the basic facts of a situation. In the 1990s suppliers had channel power. The formula for success seemed foolproof.

Maersk Reports Stronger Earnings but Continued Industry Warnings

Supply Chain Matters

Global Trade Issues Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics 2014 global transportation challenges 2M alliance in global transportation AP Moller-Maersk blog commenting on global supply chain management developments global transportation trends and implications Maersk Line Supply chain Matters blog This week, AP Moller-Maersk, parent of global leading ocean container shipping line Maersk reported rather positive Q3 financial results.

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Breaking: Home Depot Data Hackers Gained Access With Stolen Vendor Credentials

Supply Chain Matters

The WSJ cited informed sources as indicating that after two months of investigations, Home Depot was the victim to the same infiltration tactics hackers used in the Target stores data breach that occurred a year ago, namely hijacking the credentials of a contracted services supplier.

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