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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Civil Strife in the Congo Brews Problems in the Coffee Supply Chain

RFgen

” The Case for Coffee in the Congo. The Starbucks Corporation is another company with supply chain stakeholders in a war-town location: Congo. The post Civil Strife in the Congo Brews Problems in the Coffee Supply Chain appeared first on RFgen.

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Civil Strife in the Congo Brews Problems in the Coffee Supply Chain

RFgen

” The Case for Coffee in the Congo. The Starbucks Corporation is another company with supply chain stakeholders in a war-town location: Congo. The post Civil Strife in the Congo Brews Problems in the Coffee Supply Chain appeared first on RFgen.

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Podcast | Human Rights in the DRC’s ‘Artisanal’ Cobalt Mines

Supply Chain Brain

Are workers’ rights in the mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo being sacrificed to the world’s hunger for cobalt

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Human Rights in the DRC’s Artisanal Cobalt Mines

Supply Chain Brain Podcast

Are workers’ rights in the mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo being sacrificed to the world’s hunger for cobalt

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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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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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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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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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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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The reality of green energy: “green metal” supply chains won’t be able to keep up

NC State SCRC

of the lithium reserves and a quarter of its copper deposit, much in the Atacama desert – see picture of the flats above); Third, the Congo which has 46% of global cobalt reserves and produces 70% of the world’s output.

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? Where does value creation take place? Who is governing the computer supply chain? What is the role of contract manufacturers? Why is final assembly being done in China and not in the EU or Canada?

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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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How EV Manufacturers Can Navigate Supply Chain Complexity

Arena Solutions

The mining of these metals is concentrated in China, South Africa, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

How AI is forecasting price fluctuations for raw materials and rare earth commodities

Resilinc

The analysis showed that when CommodityWatch forecast price increases early in the year because of the pandemic lockdowns in China, policy changes in the top cobalt-mining country—Republic of Congo—and other factors, prices indeed increased.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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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Ethical sourcing risks pose challenge to electric vehicle market

Resilinc

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which supplies most of China’s and the world’s cobalt raw materials, is also the focus of intense scrutiny over child labor in cobalt mining, according to the Wilson Center.

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: 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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.