A Different Investment Environment Concerning China- Differentiating Market and Supply Chain Sourcing Strategies

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Manufacturing Sourcing in China- What Have We Learned?

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A Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Implies Impacts to Some Industry Global Sourcing Strategies

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Over the past month, business and general media has been reporting on leaked and other types of information stemming from the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks currently underway concerning a proposed trade agreement among 12 nations including several Pacific Rim countries and the United States. The stated goals of the TPP are to “enhance […].

The Celebration of the Year of the Pig and Implications for Industry Supply Chain Management Strategies

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Some manufacturers are pressuring suppliers to adsorb the bulk of added tariff costs, not necessarily a wise longer-term strategy. There are now more discernable signs of businesses in the process of moving component or finished goods sourcing to other Asian or domestic sourcing.

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

speakers are professing "data got sexy" and data is now a core strategy for. process has been scaled in-house, then out-sourced, and partnered with rigid, error-prone ETL automation. This is a long term strategy and commitment.

Supply Chain Sourcing Taking on More Geo-Political Significance

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The importance and implications of existing or future supply chain management sourcing strategies continue to be brought to light. Global trade trends Procurement and Sourcing Social Responsibility Strategies for Global Supply Chains Supplier Management Supply Chain Performance Supply Chain Risk Management effects of Brexit on industry supply chains supply chain global sourcing strategies Supply chain Matters blog

Shoring up Sourcing Strategies

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Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Report of Pending Product Sourcing Risks for European Based Manufacturers

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SanDisk’s Story of Customer Segmentation Strategies Using Inventory Postponement

Supply Chain Shaman

Source: Dictionary.com. When I hear companies discussing the implementation of a customer segmentation strategy, I ask a series of questions: Who is your customer? What are you trying to accomplish through the execution of a customer segmentation strategy?

Deep Dive on 2017 Prediction Four: Increased Anti-Trade Geopolitical Forces Provide Added Global Sourcing Challenges

Supply Chain Matters

The following Supply Chain Matters blog is part of our ongoing series of deep dives into each of our previously unveiled ten 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains. At the start of the New Year, our parent, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group along with our Supply Chain Matters blog as a broadcast […].

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

last three decades, there is now a surprising attraction to data-centric strategies. Sourcing it from third-party sources is interesting and. IoT-sourced data offers exciting opportunities but in the shipping industry, there’s value within. multiple sources.

Factory Destruction Across Vietnam: Supply Chain Sourcing Flexibility and Resiliency Has Never Been as Important

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In the quest to seek alternative global low-cost manufacturing sourcing across multi-industry supply chains, countries such as Thailand and Vietnam were high on the list. Both offered relatively attractive direct labor wage rates while offering a highly educated and motivated workforce. Up to this point, that has resulted in a steady flow of foreign investment in these countries including internal supply chain ecosystem capabilities.

Global Supply Chain Risk Exposures Report- Continued Reinforcement for More Risk-Balanced Sourcing Decisions

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From our Supply Chain Matters lens, it provides a yet another stark indicator that supply chain disruption and risk criteria were most likely not weighted high in past outsourcing or global based manufacturing and strategic sourcing strategies. Within its 5th annual Natural Hazards Risk Atlas, risk analytics and advisory firm Verisk Maplecroft calls attention to high profile risk cities that happen to be today’s growing manufacturing and logistics hubs.

The Top 5 Reasons You Need a Transportation Sourcing Solution

Talking Logistics

However, if your role is managing the movement of widgets from point A to point B, or multiple points, the freight procurement task before you can be labor intensive and time consuming — unless you use a technology solution specifically designed for transportation sourcing.

Shoring up Sourcing Strategies

Inbound Logistics

Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

The Interplay of Supply Chain Strategy and Business Outcome Results

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In many prior Supply Chain Matters commentaries related to high tech and consumer electronics, we have discussed the pros and cons of a supply chain strategy that supports two different business models. One involves a product and supply chain strategy that supports a cost-affordable […].

Overt Signs of Trump’s Agenda for Confrontation on Global Sourcing and Trade Policy

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Hilarious Sourcing Videos

NC State SCRC

I had an opportunity to watch some hilarious sourcing videos recently that I discovered on a sourcing blog by Citro Strategy. There is a great piece on developing good RFQ’s that readers should look at on Cirtuo Strategy Hub.

GAP Elects to Source Some Apparel Production within Myanmar

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announced plans to source apparel production within factories in the country of Myanmar and the headline was the first U.S. apparel retailer to source in that country since sanctions were lifted two years ago. The apparel retailer indicated that it had engaged in a sourcing deal involving South Korean owned factories that operate in the country. According to a published report in the Wall Street Journal, the announced sourcing represents one of the largest U.S.

Creating a Sourcing and Procurement Process Plan

Arkieva

What are the key elements of a sourcing and procurement process plan? Strategic sourcing is a fact based and systematic approach that organizations use to optimize the management of their supply chain. Creating a sourcing and procurement plan.

4 Important Benefits of a Sustainable Reverse Logistics Strategy

Cerasis

However, one of the most important aspects of supply chain strategies is often overlooked: the reverse supply chain (also referred to as reverse logistics ). A reverse logistics strategy provides a path for removing the existing equipment to make way for the next era of equipment in the case of end of life products or new upgrdes. In a sense, reverse logistics could be considered the “greenest” part of any business logistics strategy.

Strategic sourcing enters a new age. Are you keeping up? (Part 1)

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Since its inception in the late 1980s, strategic sourcing has always been about getting the best value for the goods and services purchased from third party suppliers. The processes and strategies driving supply chain management success are evolving and strategic sourcing is being redefined.

Strategic sourcing enters a new age. Are you keeping up? (Part 2)

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In last week’s blog , I began discussing telltale signs that you have entered the new age of strategic sourcing. Improving costs remains a core competency for any sourcing organization. Strategic Sourcing Requires Collaborative Working Arrangements with Key Suppliers.

Can Automotive Industry Supply Chain Strategy Undergo Disruption- Perhaps Yes?

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Traditional auto manufacturers and their key suppliers may be the deer in headlights if they do not move fast enough with an integrated product development and supply chain support strategy. Automotive Supply Chain High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Strategy Apple supply chain automotive industry supply chain disruption Supply chain Matters blog

Omnichannel Retail Strategy: Not just a Buzzword, But a Business Model

Cerasis

An omnichannel retail strategy is the new norm in today’s supply chains. Therefore, an omnichannel retail strategy must become the new standard business model for companies wanting to remain competitive.

Does Your Company Have A Solid Transportation Procurement Strategy?

Logistics Viewpoints

There is a need, a growing need to drive better performance and outcomes from sourcing events. Procurement/Sourcing Transportation Transportation Management Systems transportation sourcingThe logistics marketplace is dynamic and demands attention to truly optimize and enable strategic advantage. Supply Chain professionals have a tremendous amount of demands and pressures to be aware of and transportation procurement is one of those pressures.

Why Companies Need a Supplier Relationship Management Strategy

Cerasis

A vigorous supplier relationship management (SRM) strategy can assist organizations in maximizing partnership value, minimize risk, and manage costs through the entire supplier relationship lifecycle.

Bombardier Recruits Chief Procurement Officer and Centralizes Supply Chain Strategy

Supply Chain Matters

This week features another milestone, an announcement that Bombardier has hired a new Chief Procurement Officer with the challenge of centralizing all supply chain strategy among its commercial aerospace and surface transportation units while significantly […]. Since 2010, Supply Chan Matters has provided specific commentaries related to the global supply chain challenges of Canada based Bombardier.

Static Inventory an Untapped Source of Working Capital

Supply Chain @ MIT

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Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

Yet the company is at pains to make it clear this is part of a global operations strategy, with devices continuing to be assembled in China and Brazil and components presumably continuing to be sourced from emerging markets based on cost and quality.

Update on Delta Airlines Supply Chain Vertical Integration Strategy

Supply Chain Matters

Plans called for an additional $100 million to retrofit the refinery to optimize its ability to refine jet fuel and Delta would subsequently enter into marketing and sourcing agreements with both Phillips 66 and BP PLC to exchange gasoline, diesel and other refined products additionally produced at this refinery for distribution in other retail markets. In the airline industry, the largest cost of services rendered is the cost of aviation fuel followed by direct labor costs.

Fast Fashion Retail Requires Supply Chain Strategy Shifts

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Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Sales and Operations Planning Supply Chain Strategy Supply Chain Technology fast fashion supply chain Independent supply chain industry analyst Bob Ferrari's Blog Supply chain Matters blog supply chain technology influencer Bob Ferrari Xcel BrandsSupply Chain Matters has provided a number of retail industry focused commentaries regarding the trend toward Fast Fashion that has been pioneered by Zara and now other retailers.

Second Thoughts on Second Sourcing

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Not keeping all of your eggs in one supply basket is an appealing strategy to increase supply chain resilience. Featured Resilience Logistics clusters MIT CTL rapid recovery from disruptions supplier strategies supply chain risk management Yossi Sheffi

Webinar: Supply chain strategies to combat a brave new trade world

Kinaxis

A fresh set of supply chain strategies are need, the quicker the better. Wehlage of Kinaxis as they take a look at supply chain strategies such as automated supply chain planning and how it can help organizations meet growth and profitability targets in these uncertain times.

How Inbound Logistics Networks Can Be a New Source of Savings

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