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 collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh last week , which killed at least 705 workers and injured thousands of others, has put a spotlight on a problem that plagues many supply chains: the use of slave labor.

Why The Time Is Now for Sustainable Procurement

Jaggaer

Earth Day (April 22nd) is a celebration of commitment to creating a safer, healthier and cleaner world, making it a natural time to reflect on the power and value of sustainable procurement programs. With that, global businesses are committing to key sustainability objectives such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions , eliminating slave labor , avoiding plastics , conserving water used in production , tapping into renewable energy sources and more. Procurement at the pivot point.

Still Don’t Know How Many Slaves Are In Your Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

Last week, the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), a leading international body representing purchasing and supply management professionals, issued a press release highlighting findings from a survey it conducted showing that relatively few companies are ready to comply with the UK’s Modern Slavery Act , which was passed in March 2015 with enforcement set to begin on April 1, 2016. Compliance with a similar law passed in California back in 2010 is equally poor.

Paving the Way for Sustainable Public Procurement

EcoVadis

Sustainable public procurement can also be beneficial from the economic perspective: It can generate income, reduce costs and promote innovation among domestic producers. National Procurement Standards. Although public procurement policies vary widely from country to country, most national governments issue purchasing guidelines for state-owned enterprises. The commitment to sustainable procurement extends to ensuring suppliers follow sustainable practices.

Sustainable Supply Chains Requires Effective Supply Management Capabilities!

Supply Chain View from the Field

Globalization has created the emergence of sophisticated supplier networks, creating management challenges as exposure to volatility and complexity of global sourcing has emerged. Further attention was drawn to sustainable supply management as a result of the California Transparency Act in 2010. Emerging Issues in Supply Chain Procurement Sustainability Strategic Sourcing Supplier Relationship Management Sustainability

Global Sourcing and Human Rights Go Hand in Hand

NC State SCRC

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.

How This Plastic-Free Town Became Britain's First

Supply Chain Brain

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in California and the University of Georgia have estimated that up to 10m tonnes of plastic enter oceans each year. Business Strategy Alignment Global Supply Chain Management Regulation and Compliance Sustainability Consumer Packaged Goods Retail Food & Beverage All Technology SC Planning & Optimization Sourcing/Procurement/SRM

Supplier Diversity Reporting in Utility Industry

Infosys Supply Chain Management

The client was from utility industry located in Las Vegas & had a customer base of approximately 2 million including residential, commercial and industrial customers.They provided natural gas service to parts of Arizona, Nevada, and California. Utility companies operating in the West/South West USA and serving any part of California are regulated by CPUC. The primary goal of this program is to ensure that each of the participating utilities procure at least 21.5%

Client Case Study Video Interview

Eyvo

We recently went to visit one of our clients in the local San Francisco Bay area here in California called Lucid Motors. We did a comprehensive market analysis of the majority of the procurement tools that were available to us and we decided upon the Eyvo eBA system due to a combination of high functionality and reasonable cost. Clearly you can see the system was designed by a team of people who are really expert in purchasing and procurement. E-Procurement Software

Unique Problems Require Unique Solutions

ivalua

Enormous, complex, global enterprises use procurement technology to manage their spend, suppliers, contracts and bids every day without seeming to run into the same stumbling blocks as the public sector, which operates on a smaller and more localized basis. An example of what often happens is that a state that wants to streamline and standardize their procurement processes and technology. e-Procurement Public Sector

SAP to Expand Cloud Presence with Acquisition of Ariba

Supply Chain Network

The acquisition will also significantly boost SAP’s cloud applications portfolio with the addition of Ariba’s leading cloud-based procurement solutions. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Ariba has approximately 2,600 employees. Industry experts estimate the cloud-based enterprise network and procurement segment at a current size of $5 billion in revenue. SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and Ariba, Inc. Nasdaq: ARBA) today announced that SAP’s subsidiary, SAP America, Inc.,

From Materials to Practices: Sustainable Purchasing Groundswell At The SPLC Summit 2019

EcoVadis

This session brought together Kim Kipin-McDonald, Head of Sustainable Development North America at Covestro, and Stephanie Lopez, Special Programs Manager at the University of California Procurement Services, to compare and contrast how they’re leveraging sustainability ratings to drive their programs. Read more in this Guidebook on Integrating Ratings into Sustainable Public Procurement. Integrating Sustainability Criteria Into Procurement.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

Source: Dictionary.com. I find that in this world of the global multi-national that procurement processes have become convoluted and increasingly complex. (In In my opinion, we have made procurement increasingly complex without adding value. In my research, I find that the companies with the most progressive procurement processes also have the most advanced customer supply chain process evolution.)Without

Ivalua Continues Global Expansion with New Office in Sydney, Australia

ivalua

REDWOOD CITY, California , May 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Ivalua, a leading provider of global Spend Management Cloud solutions, today announced that it has opened an office in Sydney, Australia to support its rapid growth and increased presence in the Asia Pacific region. ” Eric said: “ Australia and New Zealand are mature markets with increasing competition when it comes to Procurement. Ivalua is the Procurement empowerment platform.

El Niño May Have Your Supply Chain Partying Like It’s 1997

Kinaxis

A massive El Niño occurred in 1997-1998, unleashing record rains in California, deadly tornados in Florida, and a brutal drought in Indonesia, thus landing the term firmly on the radar (no pun intended) of millions of people around the globe. Special attention should be paid to products that you source from one supplier with no redundancy—and their related revenue streams. by Kirsten Watson It’s not often that a weather phenomenon becomes part of the pop culture zeitgeist.

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From “Rules of Thumb” to Non-Linear Algorithmic Optimization

Logility

While head deep in this struggle to build a business case for supply chain process, structure and technology improvements I came across a little blue book edited and compiled by Dick Morreale and published by the Council of Logistics Management Southern California Roundtable. By contrast, multi-echelon inventory optimization models and analyzes all stages of the multi-echelon supply chain using available information regarding costs, demand signals, supply volatility and sourcing.

Illuminating the Way Toward Sustainable Supply Chains

EcoVadis

Nearly 100 professionals in procurement, supply chain and sustainability gathered together for EcoVadis’ first North American Sustainable Procurement and Finance Roundtable Series to learn more about how to proactively and efficiently leverage sustainable procurement best practices and discover untapped value opportunities throughout the supply chain. .

The Local Food Movement is right around the corner

ITradeNetwork

From a recent survey of some of the major grocery store chains conducted here at iTradeNetwork, sourcing locally fresh food is a direct response to their customer’s desire. But all food simply cannot be sourced locally. That stalk of celery you purchased for the stuffing in your holiday turkey has a 95% chance of being from California or Arizona and about 88% of eaters in North America do not live near the major production areas.

How to Manage Risk and Boost Transparency in the Raw Material Supply Chain

EcoVadis

A recent Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) conference in Santa Clara, California, discussed the latest developments in the field as well as possible solutions and international initiatives aimed at minimizing risks associated with using resources extracted in conflict areas. Umicore, a global materials technology and recycling group, introduced its Sustainable Procurement Framework for cobalt. 3TGs: Updates on Gold Sustainable Procurement.

Ivalua Continues Global Expansion with New Office in Sydney, Australia

ivalua

REDWOOD CITY, California , May 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Ivalua, a leading provider of global Spend Management Cloud solutions, today announced that it has opened an office in Sydney, Australia to support its rapid growth and increased presence in the Asia Pacific region. ” Eric said: “ Australia and New Zealand are mature markets with increasing competition when it comes to Procurement. Ivalua is the Procurement empowerment platform.

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update

Transplace

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. There is also significant congestion at the equipment depots in Southern California resulting in delays in the ability to turn equipment in. Delays in Northern California and Seattle are limited at this time. 53’ update: There is a drop in intermodal volume out of Southern California due to a lack of imports.

Minority Business Enterprises – Diversity of Supply Article

Claritum

Claritum Article - Procurement Blog. million people are employed by 909,000 of these minority owned businesses (Source: www.mbda.gov). Source unknown). And, there are financial tax breaks available to both the sourcing company and the supplier. In fact, diversity of supply is critical in expanding the corporate supplier base beyond traditional supply sources. Contents. Introduction. Why is diversity of supply important.

A Year In Events: Looking Back At 2016 (US Edition)

EcoVadis

From California to Connecticut, and Novi to New Orleans, EcoVadis was on the ground contributing to the advancement of sustainable procurement and CSR/sustainability practices in global supply chains during our most active year on record in the US. Ethical Sourcing Forum (New York, NY). The AIAG Corporate Responsibility Summit focused on sustainable procurement challenges and best practices in the automotive sector.

36 innovative companies re-inventing and rethinking supply chain and logistics

6 River Systems

Strategies include sourcing more items directly from manufacturers to improve margins, SKU rationalization and space reduction, “show more carry less” and assisted-store ordering. Boot Barn @bootbarn In 2016, Boot Barn improved operations at its distribution center in Fontana, California by implementing HighJump’s Warehouse Advantage WMS. About 40% of VF Corp’s production is sourced from the Americas, more than double the industry average.

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

6 River Systems

There are so many potential issues that can impact a supply chain to cause delays (such as fluctuating availability of raw materials, hold-ups in customs, adverse weather, staffing problems, political issues, procurement problems, changes in legislation and so on) that being able to realistically foresee and safeguard against each of them will only ever be partially successful, and it takes up a lot of resources.

A vision for a transparent global Rare Earth Element system using blockchain technology

Provenance

China’s low prices have historically undercut global prices and pushed out foreign competitors –– such as the Mountain Pass mine in California, which closed in 2002. In the short-term, we consider a certificate trading scheme focused on Swedish/EU source mines and manufacturers only.

Balance and Segmentation – What the Election Can Teach Supply Chain

Kinaxis

Source: © 2007 AMR Research, Inc. | Page 5. Aside from just getting the CEO/CFO to make the decision, a Supply Chain S&OP will always be faced with Marketing vs Sales, Product Management vs Procurement, or Service vs Finance. Source: Gilliland, Michael; Sglavo, Udo; F ocus on Forecasting: Worst Practices in Business Forecasting , 2010. Source: Glaka, Max; Election Results in the Third Dimension , 2016.

Forced Labor in Seafood Supply Chains

EcoVadis

This paper explores why forced labor in seafood industry supply chains continues to grab headlines, tarnish brand images, and challenge procurement teams – and what they can do about it. State Department, Southeast Asian countries, and notably Thailand, are also sources of widespread modern slavery. The Sustainable Seafood Coalition , which envisions having all seafood sold in the UK sourced sustainably. Introduction. Shrimp tacos. Blackened catfish. Grilled mahi-mahi.

Answering the Call in Times of Disaster

Material Handling & Logistics

On the line was a procurement person for a big-box home products retailer, wondering if the manufacturer, which produces doors, windows and other home construction materials, could, on extremely short notice, fill an order to meet what the retailer was projecting to be a 400-percent spike in demand for a particular product in the wake of the impending storm. And that was before wildfires in Northern California took a huge toll on life and property.

The Limitations and Evolving Role of On-site Supplier Audits: 4 Reasons They Are Starting to Miss the Target

EcoVadis

Audits also fail to include external stakeholders—NGOs, trade unions and community stakeholders—which leaves an important source of impartial information on violations & business impacts to local communities. The CSR landscape is changing rapidly and sustainable procurement programs are directing their efforts toward new standards and frameworks, including the Ruggie Principles. Stanford University/ University of California at Berkely.

How to Get the Benefit of GDPR for Your Supply Chain

Logistics Bureau

Others, which may have been added over the years in an ad hoc way, include specific applications for procurement, production, packaging, inventory, and transport management. In addition, new sources of information now exist such as data from devices connected via the Internet of Things.

Claritum and ADS Solutions® Announce Strategic Partnership

Claritum

Claritum Article - Procurement Blog. Wholesale Distributors Get More Control Over Procurement. In turn, Accolent ERP users will now be able to take advantage of Claritum’s streamlined processes for sourcing, procurement and invoicing to deliver significant, measurable and sustainable cost savings and process efficiencies. Accolent users will also be able to grow revenues and margins through improved sourcing delivered by integration with Claritum.

Truckload spot and contract rates tell different stories

DAT Solutions

Shippers continue to explore alternative modes, including rail intermodal, trailer pools, and power-only sourcing, to keep transportation budgets in line. just when shippers are kicking off their annual procurement events. There are really two truckload rate stories this year.

10 Things to Consider in the Global Economy

NC State SCRC

I presented the keynote to the group of procurement executives gathered, speaking on the subject of “The New Reality of Supply Chain Ecosystems”, which addresses many of the emerging issues that face supply chain executives in the digital world. My session was preceeded by a discussion by Brian Bancroft, Vice President of Direct Procurement at Coca-Cola in Atlanta.

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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. Omni-channel begat sharing sourcing, procurement, allocation, deployment, inventory, and yes in many cases, distribution.

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