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.

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The Supply Chain of a Computer

SCM Research

What can be problematic about sourcing raw materials from the Congo? Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. In my courses, I introduce the key ideas of SCM by discussing a map of our globe. Questions we discuss include: Who is actually producing our computers?

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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.

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Vlisco takes optimization to the catwalk

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.

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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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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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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.

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.

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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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. Hyperledger. Blockchain. New concepts? Get used to it. They are here to stay.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

KPI Key Performance Indicators in Supply Chain & Logistics

Logistics Bureau

Supply Chain KPIs are Essential – The Right Ones! The information on this page WILL help you get it right. Many people get really confused about KPIs or Key Performance Indicators in Logistics and Supply Chain operations. Which ones to use?… … How many to use?

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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.

Reflections: Building the Network of Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

Congo Metals. I remember the call like it was yesterday. Four years have passed. On this cold day, I would like to walk on the beach with my friend Maddy. She is there. I am not. Let me tell you the story. In 2014, while sipping on an early morning coffee, Maddy called to ask me a question.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mindmap for the Fashion & Luxury Goods Market

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. In the global fashion and luxury goods market, ever-higher customer expectations, combined with demographic and economic shifts, are making it increasingly difficult to predict consumer behaviour and plan accordingly.

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.

Complex costs of transportation

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. 10 questions about Freight Spend Management. There are numerous ways a shipper can reduce freight spend. They can renegotiate contracts, find other carriers, and do a better job of maximizing their truck utilization.

Gradual changes in the European supply chain consulting market

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. The major consultancy firms are still acquiring smaller niche competitors to intensify their supply chain expertise. At the same time, the supply chain specialists are expanding across Europe and even into North America.

Mindmap for Global Logistics Integration

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. The world is becoming smaller and larger at the same time through globalization and the internet. Goods have to be transported across the globe and across the neighbourhood.

Mindmap for the Supply Chain Director 2020

Supply Chain Movement

Congo. Congo, The Democratic Republic of The. The rapidly changing world is forcing companies to continually adapt.