How Many Slaves Are in Your Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

California, for example, passed the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 , which went into effect in January 2012. The company is also stopping production in Ecuador, Venezuela, Belarus and Pakistan by April 2014 (these countries scored low in a World Bank report that assessed countries on accountability, corruption, violence, and other metrics).

Supply Chain Scope: New Study Shows Rise in US Inventories; California Estimated to Improve Freight Efficiency by 25% in 2030


Sustainable Freight Action Plan for California is estimated to Improve Freight Efficiency by 25% in 2030. The Sustainable Freight Action plan released by California governor Jerry Brown outlines a long-term 2050 vision and guiding principles for California’s future freight transportation system. California Sustainable Freight Action Plan. Source: Commerce Dept. Source: SupplyChainDigest. Source: Supply Chain Shaman. Source: EBN.


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FreightWaves Classics: Fallen Flags – Southern Pacific Railroad

The Supply Chain Journal

A pair of Southern Pacific’s famous GS-4 “Golden States,” one wearing her iconic “Daylight” livery and the other in drab black, which also lost her modest streamlining), are paused at Humphreys, California on October 17, 1954.

Sea change: Testing maritime uses for alternative energy

The Supply Chain Journal

Recently it announced plans to support production of 12,000 metric tons of biomethane. A nearly two-hour briefing on the Energy Observer given to the California Fuel Cell Partnership can be viewed here.). A small, unusual-looking vessel docked in San Francisco last week.

Global Sourcing and Human Rights Go Hand in Hand


Low-cost country (LCC) sourcing is now a commonplace strategy for shrinking bottom line labor and material costs in most consumer products industries, including apparel, footwear, toys, and other manufactured products. The on-going tariffs levied by the Trump administration in 2018 against China has also made this option significantly more expensive for sourcing.

Driver Shortage, Driverless Vehicles, and Other Supply Chain Curiosities

Logistics Viewpoints

To demonstrate, one California autonomous vehicle company, TuSimple, tested the efficacy of long-haul driverless vehicles in a recent trek from Nogales, Arizona to Oklahoma City, shaving 10 hours (42%) off of what would otherwise be a 24-hour trip.

US wants to reclaim critical rare earth supply chain

The Supply Chain Journal

had only one big operational rare earths mine, in Mountain Pass, California. for several years, and our proposed facility will provide a secure, domestic source of high-quality separated rare earth materials,” Lynas said. million metric tons of rare earth reserves in the U.S.

7 Best Supply Chain Books of All Time

Supply Chain Opz

Therefore, the challenge to establish the ranking method is to find a more economical data source and the unbiased metrics. Author Affiliations: authors of the books on our list are university professors from Michigan State University, Stanford University, Northwestern University the University of California at Berkley and Cranfield University (UK).

10 Greatest Supply Chain Management Books of All Time

Supply Chain Opz

Therefore, the challenge to establish ranking method is to find more economical data source and unbiased metric. Stanford University, Northwestern University, University of California, Berkley and Indiana University are usually ranked in top MBA programs (Tier 1) by US News College Ranking. Supply chain management books that are praised by supply chain executives, consultants and supply chain management professionals at all levels.

The Importance of Transparency in Supply Chains

Enterra Insights

Consumers, activists, and investors increasingly want to know the products they buy are sourced sustainably and ethically. Transparency, on the other hand, involves moral and ethical dimensions of activities associated with sourcing and manufacturing. sources of raw materials. performance-based metrics. In the information age, it’s difficult to hide things you would prefer to remain undiscovered. This is as true for businesses as it is for individuals.

Is Apple Supply Chain Really the No. 1? A Case Study

Supply Chain Opz

Apple Inc purchases raw materials from various sources then get them shipped to an assembling plant in China. For other distribution channels such as retail stores, direct sales and other distributors, Apple Inc will keep products at Elk Grove, California (where central warehouse and call center are located) and supply products from there. Some components are currently obtained from the single or limited sources. NAVIGATE. Basics. Case Studies. Graphics. All Posts. About.

Say Customer Service and Mean It

Supply Chain Shaman

Many of my clients talk about a customer-centric supply chain but rely on useless metrics from an annual survey or a net promoter score. Starbucks redesigned their cups for the Grande product, and the flimsy cups were a source of constant spills and burns.

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update


There are seven counties in Northern California where people have been asked to stay home: The railroads and dray carriers are exempt from this at this time. Delays in Northern California and Seattle are limited at this time. Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

Source: Founded in 1988 in Milpitas, California, SanDisk is publicly traded on NASDAQ with 8,600 employees globally, and market capitalization in 2015 over $13B. Lora wrote the books Supply Chain Metrics That Matter and Bricks Matter , and is currently working on her third book, Leadership Matters. Platitude: a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound. During the year, I go to a lot of conferences.

Crowley developing first fully electric tugboat in US

The Supply Chain Journal

3,100 metric tons of carbon dioxide. The California Air Resources Board. We envision the eWolf to be the first of multiple additional eTugs that can be deployed and adapted based on individual port needs and alternative energy sources. The first fully electric U.S.

Podcast: Roberto Reichard on Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Capital Projects


The pressure to be more sustainable also comes from outside sources like governments, banks and customers. For example, where I live, in Marin County, California, there is now a regulation concerning embodied carbon for cement used in commercial buildings.

7 Pitfalls of Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon)!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Amazon FBA sometimes falls short in this crucial metric. At Red Stag, for example, we can add inserts and personalized marketing materials to your customers orders, or help you source uniquely branded boxes and even tissue paper with your company’s logo. Amazon has some Rise ‘N Shine coffeemakers with the same SKU in a warehouse in Northern California. But what if the item in the California warehouse is actually a knockoff being sold under the same SKU? Subscribe Here!

Raise a Toast to Digital Business!

Supply Chain Shaman

Too few companies understand the differences between syndicated data sources and the use of channel data. One of my clients uses the analogy of “hotel California.” In addition, my new book Metrics that Matter is designed to help build cross-functional teams. It is the week before Thanksgiving in the United States; and as a good Yank, I am reflective. I am giving thanks. This blog was started in 2010.

How China became the big winner of the COVID era

The Supply Chain Journal

The ships at anchor waiting to unload at California ports highlight the strength of demand for Chinese goods. Despite all the talk of supply chain diversification over the years, American sourcing remains very China-centric. importers reliant on Chinese sourcing face a new headache.

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28 supply chain professionals share the biggest challenges of supply chain management

6 River Systems

Emily Murphy @scbrief Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, for her major in Film and Digital Media and has experience in writing, publication and teaching. As the number of products, customers, sources and channels has proliferated, the education, methodologies and decision support tools have not kept up. Metrics such as Perfect Order Rate tell businesses a lot.

Quantum Computing: The Adults are Arguing

Enterra Insights

We’re working with the research community and have open-sourced tools to enable others to work alongside us to identify new applications.”[5] Many people credit Professor Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, for conceiving the notion of a quantum computer. Physicist Joseph John Fernandez notes, “In a [1981] lecture titled Simulating Physics with Computers, Professor Feynman talked about why physicists need computers, and what they require of these devices.

26 logistics professionals reveal the biggest trends in logistics technology

6 River Systems

RFID tags and robotic warehouse systems generate and transmit data that, when combined with other data sources, allow companies to optimize the supply chain and make better predictions and forecasts to improve efficiency and boost the bottom line. They can also be used to track the provenance of adulterated products to identify the source. Mobile apps can generate reports and monitor performance metrics.