Made in “I Really Don’t Know”

Talking Logistics

In this week’s Ripped from the Headlines segment, another example of how many companies still have poor visibility and control of their end-to-end supply chains. As first reported by Fairfax Media , a factory in North Korea has been making high-priced surf and snow gear for Australian surfwear company Rip Curl since at least 2014, with the garments labeled “Made in China.” We do not approve or authorise any production of Rip Curl products out of North Korea.”

Procurement Can Prepare for  Supply Chain Risk

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Supply Chain Managers today have never been so reliant on suppliers to deliver goods and services to customers. Globalisation has made is much easier for UK businesses to trade across borders, allowing access to lower cost sources of supply and new markets. This drive has resulted in increasingly global and complex supply chains, which expose organisations to more supply chain risk than ever before. Alex Saric, Smart Procurement Expert, Ivalua.

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What Supply Chain Risks Must Supply Chain Execs Keep Top of Mind?

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Risk permeates supply chains. The best-laid plans to avoid as many risks as possible often fall on deaf ears in supply chain management, but supply chain executives who take the time to understand the greatest threats can successfully position their companies to overcome such risks. While there are thousands of possible supply chain risks in various supply chains, supply chain execs should keep these risks top of mind.

Sorry, I’m Not Sure: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2018

Talking Logistics

I will be wrong again,” I stated last year before making my supply chain and logistics predictions for 2017 , and I was right. But I was right with some of my other predictions, especially my prediction that we would see a rise in cyber attacks in 2017, with supply chain and logistics operations becoming new targets. It echoed the title of my September 2016 post, “ The Day a Cyber Attack Brings the World’s Supply Chains to a Halt.”. Source: Evan, Flikr.

Supply Chain and Logistics Resolutions for 2017: 4 Things to STOP Doing This Year

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Three years ago, I wrote a popular post highlighting “ 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Supply Chain and Logistics Executives.” But technology won’t solve your supply chain problems or help you improve unless you also address the most common culprits of poor supply chain performance: poor data quality, lack of resources and training, lack of metrics and accountability, and poor communication and collaboration with trading partners (see resolution #3 below).

Supply Chains Must Pay Attention to Geopolitical Strife

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Rising diplomatic tensions in North Korea and around the world pose a serious threat to global supply chains. Many manufacturers have taken steps to protect their global operations from the effects of natural disasters. Read More

Harvey’s Impact on the Global Supply Chain: The Role of Analytics

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Entire warehouses full of products, as well as significant links in the global supply chain could be affected, as well as transport and other nodes. This raises the issue of supply chain risk once again, and the only statement that can be made with confidence in such cases is that it is really difficult to predict the impact of such events. What do we do after Harvey to ensure our continuity of supply? Supply Chain Management

Forced Labor in Seafood Supply Chains

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While environmental repercussions of overfishing have traditionally been the focus among seafood consumers, labor practices in the seafood industry supply chains have recently emerged as the most discussed Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issue plaguing the sector. Western multinationals linked to these practices through their supply chains into damage control and Western governments responded by imposing trade sanctions on Thailand. Introduction. Shrimp tacos.

In Chains: How to Approach Human Trafficking in your Supply Chain

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Human trafficking – the recruitment of workers by means of force or deception – is rife in essentially every supply chain, which means that most products with global supply chains have, at some point, been touched by someone forced into labor.Although many companies are attempting to eliminate forced labor in their supply chains, recent studies show that human trafficking is still prevalent. Are You Linked to Forced Labor?

Has China lost its relevance as a production location?

Supply Chain Movement

China’s position as a production location is currently a hot topic amongst global thought leaders in supply chain. The general price level of products made in China is rising rapidly, and it has been claimed that some of the products actually originate in North Korea. This is one of the most common questions that I’m asked when holding keynote speeches, workshops or supply-chain training courses. By Heidi Larsen, Supply Chain Princess.

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Over 400,000 People Living in 'Modern Slavery' in U.S., Report Finds

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North Korea has the highest prevalence of modern slavery globally, with one in 10 of the population, or 2.6 Global Supply Chain Management HR & Labor Management Supply Chain Security & Risk Mgmt. North America Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider NewsThe Global Slavery Index, published last week by Walk Free Foundation, describes modern slavery as a complex and often hidden crime that crosses borders, sectors and jurisdictions. The U.S.

I Will Be Wrong Again: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2017

Talking Logistics

This is not only true for financial investments, but also for supply chain and logistics predictions. Like I said last year, making supply chain and logistics predictions is like throwing darts at a moving target: sometimes you get lucky and hit the mark; other times you miss the bullseye by a mile. Here’s one of my predictions for 2016 that hit the mark: Blockchain Technology Will Make Its Debut in Supply Chain Management.

Cyber Attacks Are Major Risk in New Global Resilience Ranking

Material Handling and Logistics

Cyber risk is just one of the indicators of the index which reflects data related to economics, natural hazards and supply chains, and addresses concerns about business risks including political upheaval, fire and hurricanes. These attacks raise the specter of stalled operations, disrupted supply chains, class-action lawsuits and permanent brand damage.

Chinese New Year Shutdown 2020: How to Prepare

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In mainland China (and even in other countries that celebrate the holiday such as Indonesia, Malaysia, North Korea, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, and Brunei), the Chinese New Year holiday is a very big deal. If your business relies on manufacturers in China or the other countries that celebrate the holiday, the Chinese New Year shutdown will probably affect your business — even if the factory is just one step in your supply chain.

Thoughts on Supply Chain Impacts (After Listening to Trump’s State of the Union)

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Here’s a few of the random thoughts that went through my head, (albeit from a supply chain guy’s point of view). It means that pharmaceutical companies need funds to increase their supply chain capacity – which also means more jobs, for which there is already a shortage.

What’s Happening in Washington that’s Impacting Trade Today

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impacting your world and supply chain? and the Republic of Korea have reached an agreement in principle on KORUS trade negotiations, which includes quotas at 70% average exports of steel and aluminum based on 2015-2017 data, and an increase in U.S. parts in April because it was violating rules and selling to North Korea and Cuba. Global trade is a moving target in today’s political scene. How are these issues in Washington, D.C.

Navigating the Future in an Uncertain Political and Regulatory Environment

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The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative held its bi-annual Industry Partner Meeting in the Talley Student Center at North Carolina State University this past week. Participants also attended the Innovation Showcase in Nelson Hall,, featuring two winning supply chain teams in the undergraduate and graduate divisions! Emerging Issues in Supply Chain Forecasting Internet of Things Inventory Management Supply Chain Economics Supply Chain Management

This Week in Logistics News (September 5-9, 2016)

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The kids are back at school, we have air conditioning again, and North Korea tested a nuclear bomb yesterday. “If Moving on to the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week… Mercedes-Benz and Matternet unveil vans that launch delivery drones (TechCrunch). JDA Powers the Always-on Supply Chain with Latest JDA Manufacturing Planning Release. Everything is back to normal.