How Many Slaves Are in Your Supply Chain?

Talking Logistics

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. How many slaves are in your supply chain?

The Branded Supply Chain

DELMIA Quintiq

What do H&M and Whirlpool know about supply chains that many of their competitors don’t? It is that world-class supply chains embody world-class brands by delivering to the customers the promises made and stories told by their marketing departments.

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

Talking Logistics

How many slaves are in your supply chain? 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.

Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

Yet the company is at pains to make it clear this is part of a global operations strategy, with devices continuing to be assembled in China and Brazil and components presumably continuing to be sourced from emerging markets based on cost and quality.

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

Arkieva

This and much more, in your Monday supply chain briefing from Arkieva. Supply Chain News. Sustainable Freight Action Plan for California is estimated to Improve Freight Efficiency by 25% in 2030. California Sustainable Freight Action Plan. Source: EBN.

The (Internet of Things) IOT Supply Chain Benefits Now Coming Clearer

Cerasis

The Internet of Things (IoT) seems to be popping up in more conversations throughout the entire supply chain , and more businesses have turned towards IoT experts for guidance on how to take advantage of its benefits. The IoT Supply Chain and Shipping Processes.

10 Greatest Supply Chain Management Books of All Time

Supply Chain Opz

Supply chain management books that are praised by supply chain executives, consultants and supply chain management professionals at all levels. Therefore, the challenge to establish ranking method is to find more economical data source and unbiased metric.

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.

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. They are demanding more supply chain transparency. ”[1] They add, “The reasons for this increased interest are clear: Companies are under pressure from governments, consumers, NGOs, and other stakeholders to divulge more information about their supply chains, and the reputational cost of failing to meet these demands can be high.”

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready For Artificial Intelligence?

ThroughPut

( Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on readying your supply chain for artificial intelligence (AI). Modern industrial supply chains are complex and, at times, chaotic. The post Is Your Supply Chain Ready For Artificial Intelligence?

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready For Artificial Intelligence?

ThroughPut

( Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on readying your supply chain for artificial intelligence (AI). Modern industrial supply chains are complex and, at times, chaotic. The post Is Your Supply Chain Ready For Artificial Intelligence?

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Help Us Build a Global Classroom for Supply Chain Talent

Supply Chain @ MIT

A curriculum for online learning that MIT CTL plans to launch next year will provide new sources of supply chain talent across the globe. The supply chain profession urgently needs to fix the problem of a chronic shortage of talent. Redefining education.

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Readying Your Supply Chain for Artificial Intelligence

ThroughPut

( Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on readying your supply chain for artificial intelligence (AI). At this stage, it can be useful to establish new KPIs to measure the impact of integrating AI into supply management.

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Readying Your Supply Chain for Artificial Intelligence

ThroughPut

( Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on readying your supply chain for artificial intelligence (AI). At this stage, it can be useful to establish new KPIs to measure the impact of integrating AI into supply management.

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The Science of Sustainable Supply Chains (Guest Post by Dara O’Rourke, UC Berkeley)

SCM Research

In his recent Science article, The Science of Sustainable Supply Chains, Dara argues that the field of supply chain management needs to significantly improve and integrate sustainability measurement systems and decision-support tools. The science of sustainability measurement has progressed alongside efforts to advance supply chain traceability, impact assessment, and aggregation of data into sustainability indicators.

7 Best Supply Chain Books of All Time

Supply Chain Opz

In this article, we rank books based on their influence, popularity, recency and practicality and then we come up with the list of the best supply chain books. Finding Best Supply Chain Books We've found that most recommendations for on the web are based on just personal opinion. Therefore, the challenge to establish the ranking method is to find a more economical data source and the unbiased metrics.

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

Supply Chain Opz

Is Apple Supply Chain Really the No. Surprisingly, IT research firm Gartner ranks Apple Supply Chain as the best supply chain in the world for 4 years in a row. But, is Apples Supply Chain really the number 1? 1) Apples Supply Chain Model.

Why Hasn’t the Music Industry Supply Chain Responded to the Vinyl Resurgence?

Kinaxis

However, one thing that we need to really think about is this: If people want to buy LPs, what is the established supply chain to get the LPs produced, packaged, and shipped to these listeners? So, what’s the problem with the supply chain in this case?

Enabling Supply Chain Flexibility: Two Important (But Often Overlooked) Factors

Talking Logistics

The El Niño weather pattern, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts will be among the strongest on record , is already causing flooding and mudslides in California. El Niño and Jonas are the latest reminders that weather and other natural events, such as earthquakes, can lead to supply chain disruptions. Then post a question or comment and share your perspective on what it takes to develop a flexible supply chain and why it matters.

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Supply Chain Movement 16 – Consultancy

Supply Chain Movement

Contents Supply Chain Movement 16 – 2015 Q1. Our supply-chain future: fair sharing – column. 11 | Snapshots Roundtables Supply Chain Movement. In spite of several acquisitions, the landscape of supply chain consulting firms remains fairly fragmented.

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

6 River Systems

Supply chain management is a multi-faceted process with many stakeholders and even more moving parts. New technology aims to make the supply chain more efficient, yet investing in the wrong technology further complicates productivity while hindering profitability.

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. Opaque supplier networks leaves supply networks exposed to environmental or labor practices that are non-compliant with enterprise sustainability objectives and codes of conduct. Further attention was drawn to sustainable supply management as a result of the California Transparency Act in 2010.

50 Online Resources for Aspiring Supply Chain Scholars

Supply Chain Opz

Supply chain management is not an easy subject. Background Supply chain management is a relatively new discipline. Access public data from Data.gov Supply chain management is part of complex economic activities. Resource: CSCMP Supply Chain Glossary 15.

Slavery and Supply Chain Transparency

Enterra Insights

“But in today’s connected, digital economy, visibility and transparency have never been easier to obtain — even across complex, global supply chains.”[1] Coca writes, “During the early days of globalization, it was relatively easy for corporations to either hide, or be ignorant of, human rights and environmental atrocities committed along their supply chain. 4] “ Responsible Sourcing of Seafood – Thailand Action plan 2015-2016.

SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

Source: Dictionary.com. As supply chain clichés take flight, clients struggle with execution. One of these concepts that I hear a lot; but see few tangible examples, is the idea of “customer-segmented supply chain.”

Sweetgreen: Sustainable Supply Chains in Farm-to-Table Restaurants

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

Sweetgreen is a part of the “farm-to-table” (and more recently “seed-to-table”) movement, which promotes using locally-sourced, high quality ingredients in food preparation. This means that on any given day, each of their stores handles products that were sourced from upwards of 200 suppliers.

Good-bye siloed, functional planner. Hello storm chasing network planner.

Kinaxis

by Bill DuBois If you had anything to do with supply chain planning in the early days of enterprise resource planning (ERP), you may consider those years the “good ol’ days”. Aligning the supply plans to these new volatile demand profiles was no easy achievement.

7 Supply Chain Cost Saving Ideas from SpaceX

Supply Chain Opz

2) Keep product design in-house : Musk knew from the start that the product design is a very critical mission because it dictates type of materials, manufacturing processes and source of supplies.

SCRC Fellows Study Local Food and Sustainable Supply Chains

Supply Chain View from the Field

The fellows will provide supply chain research and expertise to develop successful, economically viable connections between local food producers and mainstream retail and institutional food buyers. Fellows will analyze the sourcing practices of NCGT project partners as well as research novel practices used by other retail and food service companies across the country. Food Supply Chains Labor and Human Rights in the Supply Chain Supply Chain Management Sustainability

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Illuminating the Way Toward Sustainable Supply Chains

EcoVadis

Bill Cooper , Associate Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at the University of California (UC), spoke about his experiences leading a cross-departmental effort to improve supply chain efficiency and sustainability across 10 UC facilities.

Peeling Back The Orange Juice Supply Chain! (Video)

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out Food Waste and World Hunger – The Food Supply Chain is Broken! While Oranges and Orange juice are common and usually easily found it is still curious as to what the Orange juice Supply Chain is. The Orange Juice Supply Chain.

Why The Time Is Now for Sustainable Procurement

Jaggaer

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 teams are in a unique and important position to drive such initiatives forward as these improvements are only possible through actions taken in the supply chain. Sourcing Supply Chain sustainability

Balance and Segmentation – What the Election Can Teach Supply Chain

Kinaxis

In my opinion, these are factors that led to the pollsters being so far off on the 2016 US election, and how supply chain practitioners can help these pollsters to improve. Balance is also critical for supply chains. Source: © 2007 AMR Research, Inc. | Page 5.

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.

How the Supply Chain Can Thrive in the Face of Natural Disasters

Material Handling & Logistics

As climate change drives up the regularity of natural disasters, supply chains must rely on real time data to thrive. . . . . Supply Chains at Risk. How then can your business protect itself from the risks of such overwhelming supply chain disruptions?

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

6 River Systems

The world of supply chain and logistics is changing every day. Each one is featured as having done something unique to reinvent their supply chain and logistics. Dick’s Sporting Goods @DICKS In today’s supply chain, speed is king.

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

EcoVadis

As conflict minerals continue to find their way into supply chains of major western corporations, businesses need to place more emphasis on due diligence and explore new technologies to increase transparency. Increasing Due Diligence in the Cobalt Supply Chain.