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. In response, federal and state governments are taking action to drive down the use of slave labor in supply chains. California, for example, passed the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 , which went into effect in January 2012.

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.

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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. And that only happens when marketing and supply chain teams collaborate, which is probably not often enough. The Branded Supply Chain covers three main areas: loyalty, sustainability and leadership.

Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

The recent announcement by Google-owned Motorola Mobility that all new Moto X smartphones sold in the US will be manufactured in Texas, highlights the continued importance of the global supply chain and role of freight forwarders and logistics services providers (LSPs) in successful local sourcing strategies. The post Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain appeared first on Kewill Corporate.

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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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. 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: EBN.

Home Sweet Office: Manage Your Supply Chain Remotely

DynaSys

As it stands currently, all companies are impacted by the coronavirus lockdown in one way or another, and the supply chain software industry is no exception. The post Home Sweet Office: Manage Your Supply Chain Remotely appeared first on QAD Dynasys Blog.

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. Background In dynamic supply chain management environment, people have to make the quick and decisive actions against various issues. In order to facilitate smooth learning process, this article will show you 10 greatest supply chain management books that can help you accelerate the learning.

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.

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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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. With extreme weather—running the gamut from droughts to flooding rains—likely to occur across the globe this winter, we can expect to see the supply chain affected in several areas.

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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.

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. In our opinion such a curriculum would expand the talent pipeline and provide a world standard for supply chain education. The SCMx (Supply Chain and Logistics Management) curriculum will take edX in a new direction.

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Planting the Seeds for Blockchain in the Food & Beverage Supply Chain

Logility

Blockchain is a hot topic across the supply chain industry and often accompanied by more questions than answers. Yes, there are a few companies experimenting with blockchain pilots, but very few companies have committed to standardizing parts of their supply chain operations using blockchain. So, what is holding companies back from embracing blockchain and, in particular, what needs to be done to grow the adoption of blockchain in the Food & Beverage Supply Chain?

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? This case study will show you the analysis of Apple Supply Chain core processes, challenging issues and complexities of its operations. 1) Apples Supply Chain Model. Supply Chain Model of Apple Inc.

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. In any supply chain, the amount of a product or service that a company can produce over a given time frame is negatively impacted by operational bottlenecks. 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. In any supply chain, the amount of a product or service that a company can produce over a given time frame is negatively impacted by operational bottlenecks. The post Is Your Supply Chain Ready For Artificial Intelligence?

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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). While nearly every manufacturer has at least taken steps to implement digital transformation in some form, not every company is ready for artificial intelligence (AI)-driven supply management. 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). While nearly every manufacturer has at least taken steps to implement digital transformation in some form, not every company is ready for artificial intelligence (AI)-driven supply management. 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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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.

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? And also, if more and more people want to buy these new LPs, how can the supply chain change to accommodate the increased demand? In the United States of America, in 2015, 12,000,000 new LPs were sold, up from 1,000,000 in 2007 (Source: Wikipedia ).

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 the rapidly changing economy, countless companies need advice on strategy and especially supply chain management. In spite of several acquisitions, the landscape of supply chain consulting firms remains fairly fragmented. 22 | Management: international supply chain obstructions.

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. Effective supply chain management offers numerous benefits for companies, so overcoming challenges to keep things running smoothly is a top priority for supply chain professionals.

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

Material Handling and Logistics

As climate change drives up the regularity of natural disasters, supply chains must rely on real time data to thrive. . . . . In the past year alone wildfires have ravaged California, multiple hurricanes have hit South America, and Indonesia has been rocked by a deadly earthquake and tsunami that caused thousands of fatalities. Supply Chains at Risk. How then can your business protect itself from the risks of such overwhelming supply chain disruptions?

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. Utilize GIS data from ArcGis GIS data has been used to analyze supply chain related issues such as vehicle routing and location strategy. So we believe CSCMP supply chain glossary is one of the most useful resource to use.

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.” The discussion of customer-segmented supply chains happens often. Most supply chain planning teams do not know their customers. SanDisk’s Journey to Build a Supply Chain Customer Segmentation Strategy.

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”. Supply chain planners (I’m lumping in all the silos, including demand, supply, inventory and capacity planning) today are dealing with challenges that were unimaginable when Lotus notes were the next big thing. However, none of this physically destroyed your 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. The farm-to-table movement has very specific implications for the sweetgreen supply chain. Luiza Niemeyer, Claudia Sanchez, and Felipe Caro.

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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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. 3) Use standard components and modular design : to reduce cost further, Musk tries to utilize standard components that are highly available within the aerospace industry in California. During the period of slow economic growth, many manufacturers have to deal with the cost pressure.

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

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. .

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. We must have an ability to monitor the supply chain, and detect when it goes out of balance. I say mature, as most supply chains can detect the cost based – unit demand vs unit supply imbalance.