Microsoft Logistics Fleeing Germany Because of Patent Fears

Supply Chain Network

According to various news sources, including the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, Microsoft Corp. Nasdaq: MSFT) is moving its European logistics activities from Germany to the Netherlands as a risk-avoidance measure related to its ongoing legal battle with Motorola Mobility Inc. Microsoft says that, even though it would prefer to stay in Germany (an important regional technology center and Europe’s largest economy), the risk was too great to stay there.

Hey Mr. President, Why Can’t We Be More Like Germany?

Supply Chain View from the Field

Germany vs. Germany. But soccer isn’t the only thing that Germany is admired for. Recent statements from a New York Times article show that Germany is the envy of Europe for economic reasons as well. Germany’s stock market is riding high, its unemployment rate has remained stubbornly low and the Continent’s best and brightest are moving here in droves. The secret sauce for Germany is related to a number of important policies, in my opinion.

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Energy efficiency: Are fossil fuels or renewables the more reliable source?

USC Consulting Group

By just about every measure, natural resources such as these are significantly more efficient than legacy sources like coal, natural gas and oil. “Which energy source gets you the most power delivery for your investment dollar? ” It raises an interesting question, however: Which energy source is the most efficient of them all? Germany is hoping that by 2030, approximately two-thirds of its energy will derive from sources like wind and solar.

YP@Airbus – International event 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Innovation meets Global Sourcing. Download the brochure for more information >> Register now >> Events 3D printing Airbus BME CPO event Germany Global Sourcing Hamburg innovation Site visit students young professionalsDate: September 6, 2016. Venue: Airbus Operations GmbH, Hamburg (D). Organisation: BME. URL: yp@airbus.

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The Global Procurement & Supply Chain Management for Oil And Gas Industry 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Venue: Intercontinental Berlin, Germany. SCM and Procurement teams will need to build internal supply planning capabilities, create higher value and efficiency, and out- source to third parties at a reasonable cost to help consolidate their position within the business. Download the brochure >> Register now >> Events Berlin event Germany global procurement Intercontintal Berlin Magvoy Energy oil and gas industry Supply Chain Management

Why The Time Is Now for Sustainable Procurement


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. Start making better sourcing decisions today with the Value-Based Sourcing Checklist. Sourcing Supply Chain sustainability

The Global PSCM 2015

Supply Chain Movement

Venue: Radisson Blu Berlin 5*, Germany. Sourcing. Events Berlin Category management Conference contracts Global pcsm 2015 materials management mavgoy energy Procurement Radisson Blu sourcing supply chain The Global PSCM 2015. Date: 30 – 31 March 2015. Organizer: Magvoy Energy – MagVoyages ltd. Url: [link].

COVID-19 Procurement Response: Your Questions Answered


You can also run sourcing events more frequently to make sure that you’re getting the most up-to-date prices. . Based on this, we came to the conclusion that even if we can have many pre-designed dashboards for Spend and Sourcing in general, for Predictive Analytics, this can’t be an ‘out of the box’ capability. And this can be accessed across sourcing, spend, savings, and more. Do KPIs in JAGGAER assess data from external sources like ERPs ? Source-to-Pay

Don’t Blame Purchasing! (The Hardest Job in the Enterprise)

Supply Chain View from the Field

This gentleman was visiting from Germany, and he and his colleagues from the local facility had come to meet with our team to review a recent project we had completed on “Creating a Public Relationships Campaign for Procurement” The student project, led by Kate Hamilton, had focused on how important it was to make individuals in other functions aware of the value that procurement can deliver.

Conflict Minerals Supply Chain Compliance and Transparency

Supply Chain Movement

Location: Tulip Berlin – Hotel Hamburg, Berlin, Germany. Establishing reliable and transparent supply chain, developing a responsible sourcing initiative and a sustainable business model of the future, managing Conflict Minerals compliance. announces Conflict Minerals Supply Chain Compliance and Transparency Forum taking place on 30th November – 2nd December 2016, in Berlin, Germany. Conflict Minerals Supply Chain Compliance and Transparency.

Applying Porter Five Forces Analysis to Drive Category Management Insights

Supply Chain View from the Field

In the workshops I’ve been running, I have challenged sourcing executives to use the tool to take a hard look at their markets, and really evaluate how much power they have as a buyer in the context of global change. For example, working with a uranium mining company, we assessed how the impact of the Japanese tsunami has scared off many nuclear power projects, especially in markets like Germany, making their business more challenged and focused on cost savings than in the past.

600 Dead in Bangladesh: Is there a soul to the enterprise?

Supply Chain View from the Field

Officials from two nongovernment organizations, PVH (Phillips Van Heusen) and Tchibo Group from Germany, have signed on to a group that would ensure a broad plan to ensure fire and building safety in Bangladesh factories. Procurement Sustainability Retail Logistics Strategic Sourcing Supplier Relationship Management Supply Chain Management Sustainability

Protecting and Preserving


However, Lumber Liquidators is learning a hard lesson that sourcing wood from the habitats of endangered Siberian tigers in Southeast Asia—and then claiming the timber came Germany—is bad for the bottom line and illegal On the surface, it might seem that supply chains don’t have anything to do with tigers.

Procurement Leading Pharmaceutical Companies Through the Pandemic


Some 48 active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) vital to the pharma supply chain are sourced from the central province of Hubei. Because supplier information comes from a variety of sources, it is difficult to get a holistic view into the entire supplier po r tfolio.

Fresh food logistics: A better approach with optimization

DELMIA Quintiq

I, along with fellow consumers in Germany who have enjoyed this gastronomic pleasure before, would have wondered at some point, how is it that this delicacy can also be made available by German retailers – without any loss of quality or taste too. According to online sources, a total of seven regions in France are supplying 6,500 tonnes of oysters per year to the whole of Europe.

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Top 25 3PL warehousing companies in 2020 (by revenue)

6 River Systems

Revenue data is sourced from the companies’ websites and market research platforms such as Macrotrends. billion (December 2019) Headquarters: Bonn, Germany CEO: Frank Appel 3. started in 1890 in Bremen, Germany as a forwarding commission agency for cotton and other consolidated freight.

Uncertainty in supply due to nature: An everyday struggle for you, too?

DELMIA Quintiq

Are you sourcing from different countries and facing logistical complexities? Let’s imagine that you are sourcing corn seeds from France and Spain, processing and mixing in Hungary, and delivering to Germany. Is your agriculture business dependent on what nature is giving you? Read on to find out what the main challenges faced by seed manufacturers are and how they can overcome them to boost efficiency in areas they have control over. Pressure to deliver.

The need to know


bln in Hong Kong secondary listing -sources. Factbox: Germany paints hydrogen energy future in green, grey, blue and turquoise. Germany’s cabinet passed a national hydrogen strategy on Wednesday as part of a wider push to decarbonise Europe’s largest economy, government sources said. Germany’s public network for electric vehicles expanded by 10,000 charging spots, an increase of nearly 60%, in the last year, the country’s electricity lobby said on Monday.

This Week in Logistics News (April 11-15, 2016)

Talking Logistics

May their memory continue to be a source of strength and comfort to their families and friends and us all. Robots set to aid postal workers with deliveries in Germany ( Reuters ). If the rumors are true, the next piece in Amazon’s logistics puzzle is buying an airport, specifically Hahn airport in Germany. Today marks the three-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, a sad and scary day, especially those of us living in the Boston area.

Doing Business in Poland


Located east of Germany in Central Europe, Poland is about 312,685 sq. Poland’s bordering countries include Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine. Primary trading partners included Germany, the Czech Republic, the U.K., Primary import partners were Germany, China, Russia, Netherlands, Italy, France and the Czech Republic.

Using Weather and Climate Data to Improve Demand Forecasting


For instance, in a recent application that involved temperature and ice cream, a consumer goods company deployed machine learning to develop a model for five European countries: Germany, Poland, Sweden, the Netherlands, and France. Source: NYCCSC. Editor's Note: This is the second in a three part series on advanced demand analytics to improve demand forecasting. Part One of the series, New Product Introduction (NPI), can be found here.

Doing Business in South Africa


While it does have a history of sporadic electrical system outages, being primarily powered by thermal sources, the country is on a path to growth and sustainability in the power sector. billion worth of goods to China, the US, Germany, Japan, India, Botswana and Namibia. Primary import partners included China, Germany, the US, Saudi Arabia and India. Judging by the fossils found there, South Africa was home to some of the earliest of modern humans, many years ago.

Doing Business in South Africa


While it does have a history of sporadic electrical system outages, being primarily powered by thermal sources, the country is on a path to growth and sustainability in the power sector. billion worth of goods to China, the US, Germany, Japan, India, Botswana and Namibia. Primary import partners included China, Germany, the US, Saudi Arabia and India. Judging by the fossils found there, South Africa was home to some of the earliest of modern humans, many years ago.

Blockchain for Brexit

Supply Chain Movement

To illustrate his point, he used the example of a purchaser at an Italian company that mainly sources semi-finished products from France. But the French supplier has used components from Spain that in turn contain some parts originating in the UK and others from Germany. 29 March 2019 is set to be another D-Day: Brexit.

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Manufacturing Gains From Machine Learning


Source: Smartening up with Artificial Intelligence (AI) – What’s in it for Germany and its Industrial Sector? (52 Source: Technology and Innovation for the Future of Production: Accelerating Value Creation (38 pp., Source: Digital Factories 2020: Shaping the future of manufacturing (48 pp., Source: Smartening up with Artificial Intelligence (AI) – What’s in it for Germany and its Industrial Sector? (52

Lead Logistics Provider Capabilities Will Require Customized Innovation


A recent study conducted by several academics and consultants in Germany of Fourth Party Logistics Provider services reveals several important trends, based on a panel of experts and an online questionnaire. [2] It doesn’t appear to matter if the 4PLP establishes and hosts the platform, or sources it from an external IT Provider and supervises operations.

Building the Network of Networks

Supply Chain Shaman

The group is working on case studies to test new technologies like blockchain, cognitive computing, supply chain operating networks, and open source analytics. We hope to see you at the next meetings: June 25th-26th at Evonik in Hanau, Germany. Today, I am facilitating a share group. The dream is the building of Network of Networks. The goal is to close current gaps to build inter-enterprise visibility and improve inter-operability between businesses. Today, the gaps are large.

How to Stop Disruption in the Supply Chain From the Coronavirus

Veridian Solutions

In addition to the quarantines and government regulations, the impact of the coronavirus to the supply chain space includes labor shortages, sourcing and travel restrictions, and limited or no means of transportation, all of which are greatly disrupting the consumer experience. Carmakers in Germany, which make the majority of their profits in China, have announced the temporary closures of their manufacturing plants in the country, as have many large car-parts suppliers.

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Bristlecone Flash – May 2020


SAP ARIBA: Bristlecone Industry-Specific Tactical Sourcing (BITS) – Introduces industry best practices into tactical sourcing, accelerates SAP Ariba Guided Buying deployment and adoption, and enhances user experience. S/4HANA and Ariba integration for Germany-based manufacturer. NEW SAP-QUALIFIED PARTNER-PACKAGED SOLUTIONS. Bristlecone has introduced several new fixed-price, fixed-scope offerings for SAP products across supply chain planning, procurement and execution.

Embracing the Digital Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

I will be speaking and working with clients in wonderful locations in Brussels, China, Germany, London, Mexico, Peru, and South Africa. Historically, supply chain processes were functional focused on make, source and deliver. Digital sourcing? The use of new network technologies to sense and manage supplier relationships to ensure ethical and reliable sourcing.) This week I am busy packing. It is the same feeling that I had as a child getting ready for camp.

10 Ways Machine Learning Can Improve Manufacturing Today


Source: McKinsey/Harvard Business Review. Source: Microsoft Azure blog, Implement predictive analytics for manufacturing with Symphony Industrial AI , Boston Consulting Group (BCG) found that manufacturers’ use of AI can reduce producer’s conversion costs by up to 20% with up to 70% of the cost reduction resulting from higher workforce productivity. Source: Boston Consulting Group, AI in the Factory of the Future, April 18, 2018. AI has the potential to create $1.4T to $2.6T

Bristlecone Flash – February 2019


BRISTLECONE DEPLOYS SAP ARIBA STRATEGIC SOURCING SUITE. By automating everyday tasks and increasing visibility into the procurement process, the company is now positioned to enrich its supplier relationships, generate significant savings through better sourcing decisions, and improve contract monitoring and compliance. AMERICAN CORPORATE APPAREL COMPANY SELECTS BRISTLECONE.

Coronavirus Highlights Fragility of Global Supply Networks


Since the outbreak of SARS in 2003, the last major epidemic to hit China, the country has become even more important as a source of key components and materials as well as finished consumer goods. The situation is perhaps even more serious in Germany, whose auto industry has a deep and multidirectional relationship with China. Die Welt reported that t he fan manufacturer ebm-papst is a family-run business in Mulfingen , a small town near Heilbronn in southern Germany.

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Experts Unfold Top Supply Chain Technology to Watch

Supply Chain Opz

Jim Hoefflin, president and COO of logistics, Kewill Driverless trucks, currently being tested in Germany and Nevada, could be revolutionary to the supply chain and might be the solution to the truck driver shortage that’s poised to have a huge negative impact on the industry. Brian Miller, VP of Services at Intesource, a PROACTIS company Managed services is a sourcing approach less common in the procurement industry today, but poised to grow tremendously over the next couple years.

How COVID-19 is Battering Australia’s Imports and Exports

Logistics Bureau

Germany, $5.471 billion – partner share 5.01 Germany, $18.2 Source Australian Bureau of Statistics. Refined petroleum: Australia sources most of its refined petroleum products from Singapore, which, with 138+ confirmed cases, is also in the COVID-19 firing line. Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that China is Australia’s largest trading partner by far, with two-way trade amounting to $194.6 billion (AUD), or 24.4