Ripped from the Headlines: More Supply Chain Trends in the News

Talking Logistics

Lingerie maker Victoria’s Secret looks to uncover supply chain issues (Reuters) and Target invests in Minneapolis start-up that helps retailers monitor supply chains (StarTribune). As reported by Reuters, “Lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret…has pledged to trace the sources of its wood-based fabrics, joining the ranks of fashion companies addressing human rights and deforestation, its parent company said.”

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Say Customer Service and Mean It

Supply Chain Shaman

The organization is not clear on accepting special requests and expedited shipping policies, often resulting in a lower margin. Dan, new to the job, failed to remove the shipping bolts from the back of the washer.

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Spot Market Freight Rates Soar After Hurricane Harvey

DAT Solutions

Outbound volumes from Houston also fell 73%, but the rearrangement of supply chains, the difficulty of shipping in the flooded region, and increased seasonal demand in other parts of the country combined to create pockets of tight capacity that put extra pressure on truckload rates. The Southeast, especially Atlanta , is also the main source of relief supplies — including plywood, ice, and bottled water — headed for Florida in advance of Hurricane Irma.

Jaro Caban: “Establishing S&OP is a challenging journey”

Supply Chain Movement

I split this off from global sourcing because we had plenty of buyers but not enough planning and logistics so service and documentation was failing. GMS is a team of nine people based in Rotterdam, Shanghai and Minneapolis. Their mission is to work with our many global buyers, collectively known as Risk Management and Sourcing (RMS), to streamline the buying, planning and logistics. Nine questions about the topics on the supply chain agenda of a supply chain professional.

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28 supply chain professionals share the biggest challenges of supply chain management

6 River Systems

“The single biggest challenge of supply chain management is delivery and logistics…” When the products are ready to be sent out from the manufacturing facility, the company has to decide where to send the goods, how much to send and through which channels the goods should be shipped and delivered to minimize the delivery and logistics costs and to maximize sales. For example, a certain product is ready to be shipped from the manufacturing facility.