In Congo Outbreak, Ebola Vaccine Faces Cold-Chain Reality Tests

Supply Chain Brain

Because it is not yet licensed, the Merck & Co vaccine has been offered to Congo under a “compassionate use” protocol agreed by national and international health and ethics authorities. The Congo outbreak is a chance to reality-test a vaccine against a disease epidemic that can’t be replicated in controlled environments.

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The High Cost of Cheap Minerals

APICS

Last Friday’s cover story in The Washington Post, “The Cobalt Pipeline,” carefully examines how the valuable mineral travels via supply chains from Congo into consumers’ phones, laptops, and electric cars. Congo is home to a wealth of minerals and natural resources, but its population is very poor.

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Volvo Turns to Blockchain to Avoid Unethical Cobalt

Material Handling and Logistics

Cobalt is an important ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, is mainly extracted in Congo, which last year produced more than two-thirds of the world’s cobalt

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Time to Wipe Out Modern-Day Slavery in Supply Chains

Supply Chain Brain Podcast

It's tough enough stopping the use of conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. How about attacking the larger issue of human trafficking throughout the supply chain? Read More

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Logistics and Supply Chain Management in Africa

SCM Research

Herein, the authors focus their discussion on ten selected economies: Algeria, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania. As you might know, I had the great opportunity to travel to East Africa several times, where I gave logistics and supply chain management lectures ( see my previous post ). In spite of a lot of desperation, I was somewhat heartened by many developments I observed.

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Mineral Supply Chains Going Conflict Free

APICS

These minerals often are considered conflict minerals because rebel groups and factions of the Congolese Army in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) benefit from illegally trafficking these materials. Finally, some good news about tin, tungsten, and tantalum. However, last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that conflict-free mineral exports are rising. In short, companies are buying fewer minerals connected to militia groups in the DRC

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Mapping the Cobalt Supply Chain

SCM Research

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the largest producer of cobalt. The Federal Institute of Geosciences and Natural Resources from Germany has now published a report, titled Mapping of the Artisanal Copper-Cobalt Mining Sector in the Provinces of Haut-Katanga and Lualaba in the Democratic Republic of the Congo , which analyzes the cobalt supply chain in the Congo. Cobalt has become a key commodity for battery-powered vehicles and other electronic products.

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Cobalt: The New Looming Brand Risk

Resilinc

Media outlets are abuzz following a joint investigation report released by Amnesty International and African Resource Watch (Afrewatch) on January 18th titled “ This is What We Die For: Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo Power the Global Trade in Cobalt ”.

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A Moral Revision of Electronic Supply Chains (Guest Post by Bas van Abel, Fairphone)

SCM Research

In the first Fairphone that will be released in December 2013, conflict-free tin and tantalum from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been integrated in the manufacturing of the phone, but that’s only a first step. To make the supply chain more transparent, Fairphone opens up the entire system to understand what shapes our economy. I am happy to share the following guest post by Bas van Abel, CEO and founder of Fairphone. Thank you for contributing to my blog.

Big Tech and Auto Battle for the World’s Cobalt Resources

Elementum

The Democratic Republic of Congo holds the most global cobalt reserves , at around 3.5 Traditionally, companies like Apple haven’t purchased the metal directly from mines, but through brokers like China’s Congo Dong Fang Mining. A cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2006, lithium-ion batteries consumed only 20% of the global cobalt supply. Ten years later, that number has more than doubled.

Tristar celebrates its first ever Global CSR Week

Logistics Middle East

World Blood Donor Day is on June 14, but Tristar conducted it this week in the Pacific island of Guam, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kuwait and UAE

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Most desirable logistics location of Europe in 2018

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. The Netherlands is the best region for a logistics base according to the ‘VerkehrsRundschau Markenstudie ImageRanking’. The market study by VerkehrsRundschau (a leading German magazine with a website about transport and logistics) assessed the attractiveness of the countries close to Germany as a base for logistics activities.

Checklist for working capital management

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. 10 questions to assess working capital management. Working capital management revolves around inventory, debtors and creditors. Some companies generate cash so quickly that they can even achieve negative working capital. Supply Chain Media and software vendor Slimstock have developed this checklist for working capital management. >>Please

Big Tech and Auto Battle for the World’s Cobalt Resources

Elementum

The Democratic Republic of Congo holds the most global cobalt reserves , at around 3.5 Traditionally, companies like Apple haven’t purchased the metal directly from mines, but through brokers like China’s Congo Dong Fang Mining. A cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2006, lithium-ion batteries consumed only 20% of the global cobalt supply. Ten years later, that number has more than doubled.

Rethinking your optimum

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. Rethink your optimum: Prepare your supply chain for the challenges of 2017 and beyond. Advanced analytics and optimization technology is the game-changing advantage that will push you past the competition – giving your business more agility, higher accuracy and sharper insights to maximize your revenue.

Checklist for Global Trade Management

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. 10 questions about Global Trade Management. Managing the activities comprising a supply chain is becoming more difficult with the growth of trade and increased regulation. Supply Chain Movement and software supplier Amber Road have put together this checklist for Global Trade Management. >>Please >>Please click on the red button and fill in the fields to activate the green download button.

The (Potential) Value of Labeling in the Lithium Ion Battery Supply Chain

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

For example, over 60% of cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which uses the labor of tens of thousands of children as young as four years old in its mines. [4]. 2018, www.cbsnews.com/news/the-toll-of-the-cobalt-mining-industry-congo/. [5] Kevin Popper, Julia Navarro, Amelia Lanfrankie, and Felipe Caro. Demand for electric vehicles has risen dramatically alongside consumer concerns about greenhouse gas emissions.

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White paper: Are the weakest link in your supply chain?

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. Increasingly, your supply chain is seen as a value-creating process that differentiates your company from the competition. Clearly, this does not change the call for efficiency and productivity. And now, the pressure is on you -as senior executive- to deliver. However, there is a realistic possibility that you are the weakest link in your supply chain. Surprised?

Vlisco takes optimization to the catwalk

DELMIA Quintiq

Today, Vlisco is an undisputed market leader in Benin, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast and the Congo. For over 160 years, African fashion titan Vlisco, has been designing and producing the most spectacular fashion fabrics. The textile manufacturer initially focused on the Dutch and Dutch-Indonesian markets, but by the end of the 19th century, it had expanded to the West-African market. For a long time, production planning for their colorful fabrics was performed manually at Vlisco.

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White paper: What if you are the weakest link in your supply chain?

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. Increasingly, your supply chain is seen as a value-creating process that differentiates your company from the competition. Clearly, this does not change the call for efficiency and productivity. And now, the pressure is on you -as senior executive- to deliver. However, there is a realistic possibility that you are the weakest link in your supply chain. Surprised?

La carte du commerce international 2016 / Global Trade Map 2016 in French

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. Les accords commerciaux et leurs risques d’un point de vue UE. Amber Road, leader des solutions de gestion du commerce international (GTM), et Supply Chain Movement ont collaboré ensemble pour établir cette carte de commerce international 2016 qui montre les accords commerciaux actuels de l’UE et les risques potentiels pour le commerce. Uncovering and mitigating trade risks in international operations.

Is Logistics Outsourcing Right for Your Company?

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. More shippers today appear to be outsourcing some or all of their logistics. How does a company decide that outsourcing logistics is the right choice? This C.H. Robinson whitepaper can help companies decide, set reasonable expectations for what outsourcing can contribute to their organisation, and how much of a role a company will need to play to achieve the successful business outcome they seek. About C.H. Robinson.

Conflict Minerals Disclosure: A Progress Report

Supply Chain Brain Podcast

It's been about a year since the Securities and Exchange Commission began imposing its rule on the disclosure of conflict materials from the Democratic Republic of Congo in manufactured products. Are companies up to speed? Read More

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Checklist Regelkonforme Lieferketten/Global Trade Management

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. 11 Fragen zum Global Trade Management / 11 questions about Global Trade Management. Der globale Handel wächst – und mit ihm die Regulierung. Das effiziente Management von Lieferketten wird dadurch immer weiter erschwert. Gemeinsam mit Supply Chain Movement hat Amber Road eine Checkliste entwickelt: Testen Sie Ihr Global Trade Management!

Talent development essential for supply chain leaders

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. Recruiting raw talent is ‘extremely challenging’. Supply chain leaders have gained an ever-stronger position in the world of business over recent years. Talent development can make an important contribution to the execution of their supply chain strategies, but not all leaders pay the same amount of attention to this topic.

Sourcemap CEO, “Manufacturers have no excuses for lack of transparency in cobalt mining.”

Sourcemap

According to Amnesty International , the lack of accountability has led to insidious mining conditions, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which produces 60 percent of the world’s cobalt. Cobalt prices have quadrupled since hitting an all-time low just two years ago. The material’s use in the rechargeable batteries of electric cars and smartphones triggered a spike in the market and demand isn’t expected to slow.

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Mindmap High-Tech Supply Chain 4.0

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. A technology revolution is rapidly changing the way we work, providing threats and opportunities along the way. These developments impact Original Equipment Manufacturers, both at strategic level and at operational level within their supply chains.

Mind Map for Order Management 2.0

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. Global competition is forcing companies to optimally manage the orders they have scored. Supply chain execution software can coordinate the necessary alignment process between the various systems within the network.

Updated IT Subway Map: Major acquisitions in SC software

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. The supply chain software industry is in a considerable state of flux. Three large, international take-overs are changing the face of the market. as the advance of e-commerce continues, companies with an omnichannel approach are increasingly implementing specific order management systems.

7 Use Cases for Hyperledger in Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

This could help in food track and trace, the management of gray market goods to eliminate counterfeit items, and the assurance of origin for tracking social responsibility goals for fair labor, Congo metals, etc. As we tackle issues like fair labor, clean water, Congo metals, and carbon consumption, blockchain can track the code of custody and help us to better understand and measure energy consumption, carbon emissions and other social responsibility goal tracking. Hyperledger.

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Strategic moves among logistics providers

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. Fourth release of 3PL Subway Map Europe. Manufacturers and retailers welcome the ongoing consolidation in the fragmented logistics industry. they want logistics service providers to offer full service on a global scale and are demanding more technological innovation.

Mindmap for Supply Chain Execution 24/7

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. Customers are becoming more demanding all the time: they increasingly expect personalised offers, available globally and round the clock. Such huge pressure on sales is also dragging the supply chain department(s) towards an ever-higher service level.

Gartner’s survey analysis: Women in Supply Chain 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. Gartner’s first Women in Supply Chain Survey, conducted with AWESOME, an executive women’s leadership group, and supported by Supply Chain Media, compares the representation of women in supply chain leadership roles. It also identifies practices that are increasing the engagement with and success of women in supply chain organizations. Key Findings. ■

Gartner’s Women in Supply Chain Survey 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. Gartner’s first Women in Supply Chain Survey, conducted with AWESOME, an executive women’s leadership group, compares the representation of women in supply chain leadership roles. It also identifies practices that are increasing the engagement with and success of women in supply chain organizations. Key Findings. ■ The percentage of women in leadership positions decreases as the corporate ladder rises.

10 questions about supply chain optimisation

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. Better decision-making processes. The business complexity is increasing all the time due to globalisation, big data and dynamic interdependences. It is becoming ever-more difficult for supply chain professionals to make the right decisions. Supply Chain Media, software vendor Aimms and consultancy firm Districon have put together this checklist for supply chain optimisation. >>Please