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Creating a safe supply chain
Creating a safe supply chain
When we gather around the table for our favorite family meal, we don’t think about what it took to get that food safely onto the dinner plate. But it’s top of mind for manufacturers who are constantly looking at ways to ensure quality produ...
4 ways retailers can improve supply chain management
4 ways retailers can improve supply chain management
Retailers and their suppliers are under more pressure than ever before to deliver more goods to more destinations faster. To stay competitive, "retailers need to know where things are at all times so they can redirect shipments, rebalance inventories a...
The power of response in email communications
The power of response in email communications
Imagine asking someone a question face-to-face and they either a) never acknowledge the question or b) respond several hours after the fact. Many would construe said behavior as rude or dismissive. Now, apply that same theory to work email — with...
Study: 3-D printing to shake up supply chain world
Study: 3-D printing to shake up supply chain world
The technology for 3-D printing has roots that go back decades. The minds behind it were visionary. But for many years, 3-D printing appeared - at least in the mainstream view - to be more of a novelty than a practical tool to advance commercial manufa...
Inventory pullback a drag on logistics spending
Inventory pullback a drag on logistics spending
A year-long pullback in U.S. business inventories will likely continue through the rest of 2016 as retailers and manufacturers remain cautious amid uncertain demand and the prospects for higher interest rate, according to a report on U.S. logistics. Th...
Supply chain pressures transforming manufacturing
Supply chain pressures transforming manufacturing
The MAPI Foundations - the research affiliate of Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation - notes that supply chain pressures are becoming a transforming influence behind automation.
Is robotics too good to be true?
Is robotics too good to be true?
The Power of Robotics in Shared Services report surveyed over 100 shared services professionals, revealing that 67 percent respondents plan on using robotic process automation in the next 12 months.
Improving on strategic sourcing
Improving on strategic sourcing
These days, sourcing has become a common discipline in supply chain and transportation management. There is an organizational expectation that transportation modes will be sourced and cost will be taken out of the network with some regularity. However,...
3 significant supply chain challenges executives are facing
3 significant supply chain challenges executives are facing
Tom Derry writes, “Traveling throughout the country to visit with supply chain industry executives gives me the opportunity to observe first-hand the positive business trends and significant issues emerging in our industry. Over the next several ...
Should you add monitoring devices to your company vehicles?
Should you add monitoring devices to your company vehicles?
Highway accidents remain the leading cause of work-related deaths and also carry tremendous personal, social and economic costs. The good news is new technologies in on-board safety monitoring systems are being developed and implemented in both commerc...
Food manufacturers lack supply chain visibility, risk reputational damage
Food manufacturers lack supply chain visibility, risk reputational damage
The majority of large food manufacturers lack visibility into their supply chains, putting them at risk for violating regulations and damaging their reputations, according to a recent survey commissioned by Achilles. The results found 19 percent of lar...
Wages for warehouse labor to continue to climb — along with all else in the DC
Wages for warehouse labor to continue to climb — along with all else in the DC
In 2002, the average hourly wage for a warehouse and distribution center worker in the U.S. was $10.31, according to Atlanta-based staffing firm ProLogistix, which on a weekly basis employs about 12,000 people in industrial facilities nationwide. B...
UPS study highlights impact of active online shoppers on supply chain
UPS study highlights impact of active online shoppers on supply chain
It is not even close to a secret that e-commerce is changing the way consumers buy goods.
The battle for supply chain talent starts in middle school
The battle for supply chain talent starts in middle school
Paul Myerson, professor of practice in supply chain mangement, Lehigh University, writes: "I’ve written before about a possible shortage in supply chain talent in the future, as according to a survey by SCM World, 43 percent of supply chain execu...
FedEx lays groundwork for e-commerce holiday deliveries
FedEx lays groundwork for e-commerce holiday deliveries
FedEx Corp. is deep in holiday preparation mode, with work on its e-commerce package delivery strategy well underway, Mike Glenn, president and CEO of FedEx Services, told analysts on the shipping carrier’s fiscal Q4 and fiscal 2016 earnings call...
Avoid disaster through supply chain risk management
Avoid disaster through supply chain risk management
A tsunami in Japan and floods in Thailand in 2011 disrupted the electronics supply chain. Original equipment manufacturers were not able to get the electronic parts to produce products as planned. Many were taken by surprise. Any OEM and or supplier th...
Grooming the new generation of supply chain managers
Grooming the new generation of supply chain managers
In compiling the annual “Salary Survey” for our sister publication – Logistics Management – we discovered some significant new trends in the search for new talent. Tisha Danehl, Vice President of Ajilon Professional Staffing in ...
Seeing is achieving when it comes to supply chain visibility
Seeing is achieving when it comes to supply chain visibility
Supply chain visibility has become a pretty well used term in the industry lately, almost obtaining buzzword status. On the plus side, this means there is lots of information out there for those seeking it. On the down side, some of that information is...
Why to involve procurement early in supply chain finance planning
Why to involve procurement early in supply chain finance planning
Reverse factoring programs, which are also accurately described as supply chain finance (although many people mistakenly reference SCF to refer to the broader trade financing or fintech arenas), require a careful internal process orchestration that mus...
What a tangled supply web we weave
What a tangled supply web we weave
The term “Web 2.0” refers to the current state of online technology as it compares to the early days of the Web, and is characterized by greater user interactivity and collaboration, more pervasive network connectivity and enhanced communic...
Why minority suppliers belong in your supply chain
Why minority suppliers belong in your supply chain
What do you look for in a supplier? Quality products and services, favorable pricing, reliability, flexibility … the list of possibilities is a lengthy one. Joset Wright-Lacy would like supply chain professionals to add something to that list tha...
Can blockchains drive supply chain transparency in 2016?
Can blockchains drive supply chain transparency in 2016?
Provenance, a London-based software company, is using public blockchains to create a comprehensive trust mark that will span the entire length of the supply chain. In short, a blockchain provides a shared database that is both transparent and tamper-pr...
Blockchain supply chain network makes its debut
Blockchain supply chain network makes its debut
The blockchain has been considered a possible means to overhaul an array of aspects in B2B payments, including cross-border and smart documentation. One company wants to use the technology for supply chain management, including payments and invoicing, ...
Are short-sighted goals holding your supply chain back?
Are short-sighted goals holding your supply chain back?
Supply chains are growing more complex by the minute. With increased outsourcing, companies’ broad market penetration and expansion, not to mention the overall volume of products, it’s no wonder the difficulty in integrating all those inter...
5 keys to selecting the right transportation consultant
5 keys to selecting the right transportation consultant
Many companies utilize the services of an outside consulting firm to assist in the management of specific transportation projects. This is a good practice, particularly for shippers that do not currently have employees with the existing experience, kno...
Who is to blame for the hoverboard fires?
Who is to blame for the hoverboard fires?
How do we prepare our college students or even high school students for the real world? Our texts are full of theories of how a perfect process should work. But what about a situation like the hoverboard, the hot Christmas present of 2015? We've since ...
Disengagement: Your greatest threat in the warehouse
Disengagement: Your greatest threat in the warehouse
Senior management in the warehousing industry has every reason to worry about the many external challenges. While warehousing today is relatively prosperous, it remains competitive. Government regulations are more intrusive than ever before. Cyberattac...
Is Flowcasting the supply chain only for the few?
Is Flowcasting the supply chain only for the few?
Flowcasting has often been referred to as the Holy Grail of demand driven supply chain planning.
Robots handling traffic at docks
Robots handling traffic at docks
As the ships get larger and trade expands globally, the robots are poised to step up to the challenge. At TraPac LLC's Los Angeles terminal 24 giant red robots push cargo containers along the dock, moving boxes to other robots who place in them in prec...
Protecting workers in the supply chain
Protecting workers in the supply chain
New international standards to protect those working in global supply chains, was made at the International Labor Conference in Geneva on June 10. “The ILC has recommended – and empowered – this vital UN body, the ILO, to act to prote...
Hidden risks in your supply chain and how to navigate around them
Hidden risks in your supply chain and how to navigate around them
Take a moment to contemplate Murphy's Law: everything that can go wrong in your supply chain will go wrong. You have a team of experts and partners that know what they're doing, but sometimes things happen beyond your control.
Seeking a profit island in the warehouse
Seeking a profit island in the warehouse
Many buyers of logistics services regard their vendors as purveyors of commodities. While providers tend to fret about this, remember that this attitude has been prevalent for decades, long before deregulation and the rise of physical distribution and ...
7 avoidable data errors in your supply chain data
7 avoidable data errors in your supply chain data
So you're about to launch into a new global market. It's thrilling, full of potential and has its own set of opportunities and challenges. One of these challenges that you might not think of immediately is big data in your supply chain - specifically t...
Excess detention remains major issue for carriers, drivers
Excess detention remains major issue for carriers, drivers
With all of the hullabaloo in recent years about truck driver pay - usually referenced from a rate-per-mile type perspective - less attention has been paid to the issue of the time it takes to drop off or pick up a load.
Make your supply chain competency model built-to-last
Make your supply chain competency model built-to-last
Perfection may be your goal when developing a competency model for your supply management team. While that’s admirable, keep in mind the most important characteristics of the plan are consistency and value. In our industry, we have explicit expec...
Despite range of tools, it's not easy to clean up supply chain
Despite range of tools, it's not easy to clean up supply chain
Keeping the advertising supply chain fraud-free and ensuring that ads have been seen by actual people is a huge challenge. Participants on a panel called Tackling the Supply Chain discussed the issue at AdExchanger’s Clean Ads I/O conference on T...
7 common workplace safety hazards
7 common workplace safety hazards
The National Safety Council has a team of consultants who travel across the country – and the world – to visit worksites and conduct safety audits. But no matter where each team member is, chances are good that he or she will spot one or mo...
Lack of tech savvy and leadership ramps up supply chain risk
Lack of tech savvy and leadership ramps up supply chain risk
Supply chain disruptions draw big headlines. It’s no wonder that when manufacturers fall prey to such problems, then media, analysts, investors, customers, partners and other constituents all have reason to be concerned. Research by Accenture has...
Understand 21st century supply chains in 3 charts
Understand 21st century supply chains in 3 charts
When you think about pollution, it may conjure up images of deforestation, belching power plants and traffic jams. However, while industries from construction to transportation are responsible for huge carbon footprints, consumer goods account for 60 p...
4 questions to ask before open sourcing a project
4 questions to ask before open sourcing a project
One of the most common tasks in any company's open source department is evaluating internal software to see if it would be a good candidate to give back to the community. When performing this task at PayPal, we found it useful to take each potential op...
Ethical sourcing: Do consumers and companies really care?
Ethical sourcing: Do consumers and companies really care?
It seems there is a continuous stream of companies announcing new efforts to become more sustainable and engage in ethical sourcing practices. But do people really care about ethically sourced goods? Some reports say consumers do, while other research ...
Use supply chain to predict consumer demand
Use supply chain to predict consumer demand
Perhaps no industry deals with volatility in consumer demand quite as much as consumer electronics. The combination of shrinking product lifecycles and broad, rapid adoption of new products can wreak havoc on a supply chain. Electronics manufacturers h...
In supply chain, a little direction can go a long way
In supply chain, a little direction can go a long way
DC Velocity Chief Editor David Maloney writes: "It seems like everywhere you look this time of year, the orange barrels are out in full force. It is construction season, and if you live in the Northeast, that means it is a season that lasts about eight...
How Amazon triggered a robot arms race
How Amazon triggered a robot arms race
In 2012, Amazon bought Kiva Systems, a robotics company, for $775 million. Today, Amazon has about 30,000 pucklike orange Kiva robots at its warehouses around the world, helping the company fill orders more quickly and efficiently.
Using wearable devices to protect workers in extreme environments
Using wearable devices to protect workers in extreme environments
Wearable devices, using IBM Watson Internet of Things technology, are being used to help protect workers in extreme environments. The IBM Employee Wellness and Safety Solution, a research project that analyzes data collected from sensors in workers' w...
DoD's new rule helps contractors from buying counterfeit parts
DoD's new rule helps contractors from buying counterfeit parts
A new amendment to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, announced recently, will affect about 65,000 small businesses and organizations, both private and public.
Supply chain industry look to vets to plug gaps and sustain industry growth
Supply chain industry look to vets to plug gaps and sustain industry growth
Organizations have to be lean, efficient and effective, which means that the supply line becomes a strategic imperative as well as a competitive advantage. As companies move in this direction, there is a need for individuals who can manage across time ...
10 reasons to clean up your supply chain
10 reasons to clean up your supply chain
It’s growing increasingly important for businesses of all sizes to clean up their supply chains, go green and eliminate any questionable practices and/or chemicals used within it. For larger companies this might be a huge task and for others it m...
The big cost of fast and free in logistics
The big cost of fast and free in logistics
While Amazon, the uncontested super power of e-commerce, has been known to rack up big losses to gain market share, smaller players are battling to meet consumer expectations of two-day, next-day or even same-day delivery. The Amazon effect also means...
Best practices for material handling
Best practices for material handling
Manufacturing and distribution companies must concentrate on keeping costs under control, since they operate in an industry with very slim margins. As a result, they often spend a great deal of time on continuous improvement programs focused on operati...
Slimming down to a lean warehouse
Slimming down to a lean warehouse
Some say "lean" was the biggest management idea of the past 50 years. If that is true, the concept of lean could well be a masterpiece of wording. Everyone knows the difference between fat and lean, so lean is a word that should have no mystery. But wh...
Taxing the global supply chain: What is fair?
Taxing the global supply chain: What is fair?
In late 2015, the OECD published a series of 15 reports under the umbrella of its base erosion and profit shifting project. The series comprises 1,931 pages of research, analysis and recommendations for how countries accounting for about 84 percent of ...
Coming soon: A low-carbon supply chain financing program
Coming soon: A low-carbon supply chain financing program
Supply chains are responsible for up to four times the greenhouse gas emissions of a company's direct operations and yet half of major companies' key suppliers don't provide requested climate data to their corporate customers, according to a study prod...
This is how Target is solving its out-of-stock problems
This is how Target is solving its out-of-stock problems
The retailer is looking to simplify its supply chain. Out-of-stocks have long been a bête noire for major retailers. They disappoint customers and deprive stores of sales. Yet running short on a popular item has long been seen as inevitable given ...
Bring out the best in your supply chain
Bring out the best in your supply chain
A recent article in Fleetowner shed some light on the human aspects of supply chain management. Featuring research by Arash Azadegan (Ph.D, Professor of Supply Chain Procurement at Rutgers University), the article discusses some key traits held by the ...
Trump: A supply chain perspective
Trump: A supply chain perspective
Barack Obama ran on hope back in 2008. Donald Trump is running on fear this year and it’s working. Despite a relatively robust U.S. economy and a national unemployment rate of only 4.9 percent, Trump is harnessing a deep well of resentment, disil...
3 lessons Prince taught us about rocking originality
3 lessons Prince taught us about rocking originality
Whether you were riding around in your little red corvette, dancing around in your diamonds and pearls, or waiting for a kiss, the shocking news of Prince's death probably stopped you in your tracks. His ability to produce sounds of rock, pop and funk ...
Burnt out: Stress on the job
Burnt out: Stress on the job
Stress at work not only impacts employee health, but also affects workplace safety. Between 60 and 80 percent of workplace accidents are the result of stress-induced issues like distraction, according to an infographic created by Eastern Kentucky Unive...
Lean thinking — what too many value-stream maps completely miss
Lean thinking — what too many value-stream maps completely miss
Nearly 20 years after value-stream mapping was introduced to the world in the best-selling book "Learning to See," countless organizations have used it successfully - not just in manufacturing, but in "back-office" and service processes as well. Value-...
Myths and truths: Misadventures in supply chain management
Myths and truths: Misadventures in supply chain management
Just because everyone says it’s so, doesn’t mean that conventional wisdom is always right. We put six examples of conventional wisdom under the microscope and ask: Is it true or is it a myth? The results may surprise you.
US government announces latest anti-slavery supply chain measures
US government announces latest anti-slavery supply chain measures
The latest package of measures undertaken by the U.S. government to address human trafficking in supply chains have been outlined at the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Fourte...
Italy's largest fashion brands pledge to detox their supply chains
Italy's largest fashion brands pledge to detox their supply chains
During a recent press conference, 20 companies from Italy’s Prato fashion district pledged their commitment to Greenpeace’s fashion Detox. The district is home to some of Italy’s oldest textile manufacturers and is Italy's most extens...
A smarter way to run a supply chain
A smarter way to run a supply chain
When Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk proclaims that artificial intelligence is "our biggest existential threat," it makes headlines worldwide. But what goes unreported is that the very search engines people used to find Musk's comments are themselves an exa...
The supply chain disruption no one is talking about
The supply chain disruption no one is talking about
Supply chain disruptions have become the new norm for companies across America. In fact, 81 percent of companies face at least one supply chain disruption a year making it imperative for supply chain managers to stay one step ahead of what’s to c...
The top 10 causes of supply chain disruption loss
The top 10 causes of supply chain disruption loss
Global supply chains are increasing the severity and frequency of business interruption claims, with the average large business property insurance claim rising to more than $2.4 million (£1.6 million), according to an analysis of 1,800 claims ...
You, too, can master supply chain emissions
You, too, can master supply chain emissions
Today, most major companies publicly report their emissions to CDP, an international corporate emissions platform. As sustainability managers know, corporate emissions come from a variety of sources, which are grouped into "scopes." Needless to say, me...
Crime, weather, terrorism, migration crisis cost global supply chains $56B last year
Crime, weather, terrorism, migration crisis cost global supply chains $56B last year
Research from the British Standards Institute has found that global supply chains gained a combined $56 billion in extra costs last year, incurred by crime, extreme weather, terrorist threats and the migrant crisis that swept across Europe. The tru...
Supply chain identity crisis
Supply chain identity crisis
Kevin O’Marah writes, “On Jan. 31, we will close the polls on the first ever S.C.M. World University 100. This ranking is meant to gauge how hiring executives feel about the supply chain management talent available from any of about 200 un...
The logistics landscape is wide open for the IoT
The logistics landscape is wide open for the IoT
Twenty billion. That's the estimated number of devices that will be connected to the internet by 2020, according to analyst firm Gartner. It's part of the global push behind what's known as the Internet of Things. Taking that definition to the next log...
Strong warehouse demand leads push for industrial real estate
Strong warehouse demand leads push for industrial real estate
U.S. industrial markets absorbed a record-setting 70.1 million square feet of space in the second quarter of 2016, up 6.0 percent from the same period a year ago, and propelled year-to-date absorption to 132.2 msf.
Trends in supply chain visibility
Trends in supply chain visibility
Visibility in the supply chain is very important to enable you to not only make proactive decisions, but make sure you are making the right decisions. How far can you see into the supply chain and how are you using that information? Join Patrick Lemoin...
How to build support for facilities projects
How to build support for facilities projects
In the proposal process for any new facilities project, a variety of factors must be taken into consideration, ranging from the availability of suitable labor to the cost of relocating or purchasing new equipment. However, one factor that is vital to t...
How to decrease energy costs in your warehouses and distribution centers
How to decrease energy costs in your warehouses and distribution centers
As increasing awareness of environmental concerns permeates business operations, savvy companies are responding to customer, competitor and regulatory pressures to enhance their sustainability efforts. As a result, we’re beginning to see organiza...
IoT: Reducing back injuries and costs, improving productivity
IoT: Reducing back injuries and costs, improving productivity
Work-related injuries are a $250 billion problem in the United States, with lower back injuries accounting for nearly 20 percent of workplace injuries across the U.S., U.K. and Australia. More than the economic implications, work-related injuries h...
OSHA greatly increases workplace injury reporting requirements
OSHA greatly increases workplace injury reporting requirements
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a final rule May 11 that greatly enhances injury and illness data collection from employers. The new rule will require many employers to electronically submit inf...
Beef up benefits to retain employees
Beef up benefits to retain employees
Unemployment has dropped, salaries are creeping upward and, despite an uncertain construction forecast, firms are hiring to meet current demand. As competition for talent at all levels increases, employers can expect higher and faster rates of employe...
3 basics to successfully transform the supply chain with a cloud deployment
3 basics to successfully transform the supply chain with a cloud deployment
The cloud and Software-as-a-Service (S.A.A.S.) are making inroads with large enterprises because they promise better, faster, lower total cost of ownership ways to apply information technology to procurement and supply chain problems that have never be...
Cyber risk regulation: Unlocking the mystery of its effects on the supply chain
Cyber risk regulation: Unlocking the mystery of its effects on the supply chain
It's more than likely your company has experienced a cyberbreach. Indeed, 79 percent of companies have been subject to a cyberincident in the past year, according to a PwC report. And the threats are on the rise: hacking and other "cyber incidents" are...
Supply chain agility: From a cost center to a profit center
Supply chain agility: From a cost center to a profit center
Time sensitive deliveries, lean supply chains and shorter product life cycles demand that companies adapt quickly to changes within the supply chain, and today's shippers have an increased expectation for supply chain partners to have processes in plac...
7 tips for complying with the new federal wage-hour regulations
7 tips for complying with the new federal wage-hour regulations
The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently disclosed the details of its final revised regulations relating to certain "white collar" salary exemptions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
How to better manage supply chain climate risks
How to better manage supply chain climate risks
Supply chains are responsible for up to four times the greenhouse gas emissions of a company’s direct operations and yet half of major companies’ key suppliers don’t provide requested climate data to their corporate customers, accordi...
Supply chain mapping is the first step to new trade act compliance
Supply chain mapping is the first step to new trade act compliance
With the recent passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which bans the U.S. from accepting imports produced by slave or child workers, companies will have to start digging further down in their supply chain to investigate w...
10 rising supply chain stars: Meet the millennials changing electronics
10 rising supply chain stars: Meet the millennials changing electronics
As much as we bemoan a dearth of young professionals coming into the electronics supply chain profession, it's good to remember that some notable young people are taking their place at a variety of electronics and supply chain organizations around the ...
Virtual reality comes to factory floor — Will manufacturers capitalize on it?
Virtual reality comes to factory floor — Will manufacturers capitalize on it?
Will manufacturers embrace virtual reality to transform product development, testing, layout and assembly? It was hard to imagine just a few years ago that the advancements in hardware and software would allow for far greater use of virtual reality in ...
Do faulty supply chains undermine trust?
Do faulty supply chains undermine trust?
The 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals the largest ever trust gap (12 points) between the informed public and mass population, driven by income inequality and divergent expectations of the future. Faulty supply chains are also likely to figure into t...
How millennials are affecting the supply chain
How millennials are affecting the supply chain
What impact is this new generation having on the supply chain? This question was asked by E.F.T. (EyeforTransport) in their "Q1 2016 Hot Trends in Supply Chain and Logistics Report". Only around 12 percent of respondents representing LSPs, manufacturer...
Maximizing profits with better inventory management
Maximizing profits with better inventory management
All small businesses are focused on driving sales in order to boost revenue, but businesses that sell goods rather than services have the unique challenge of managing their inventory in a way that maximizes their profits. Small business owners rely hea...
3 keys to global supply chain prowess
3 keys to global supply chain prowess
The world's increasing interconnectedness presents opportunities for supply management professionals to be more efficient and effective as they work to help companies achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. That same interconnectedness, however, p...
From food to flowers: The push for supply chain transparency
From food to flowers: The push for supply chain transparency
Try to figure out exactly where fresh products come from in a grocery store. The stickers may say “Mexico” or “Colombia,” but those are big places, and labels like this don’t give much insight. Research online; the informa...
8 reasons to improve the climate impacts of your supply chain
8 reasons to improve the climate impacts of your supply chain
Following the release this week of a report that showed that even green-minded multinationals can struggle to keep tabs on their supply chain's carbon footprint, Dexter Galvin of C.D.P. — one of the organizations behind the report — discuss...
4 workplace issues that make your employees less productive
4 workplace issues that make your employees less productive
Ensuring that employees have a productive and satisfying work environment is a major concern for many companies. No one wants to work in an atmosphere that makes them feel uncomfortable, distracted or anxious.
How Michael Kors caters to increasingly casual consumers
How Michael Kors caters to increasingly casual consumers
Few things in life are certain, but you can be sure that a Michael Kors ad campaign will include a bronze-limbed model on or near a yacht, a private plane or a convertible. Forever inspired by the glamour of a jet-set lifestyle, the designer’s id...