Andrew Colias writes in Auto News how the impact of the April earthquake in Japan was far less damaging than it could have been as a result of what GM learned and implemented following the 2011 earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. The tools include a 5:30am weekly global conference call to review and mitigate […]
Ben Ames, writing in DC Velocity, notes several potential ways to deliver benefits. He notes that while set up costs (in the form of sensors, data network costs, and implementation expenses) can be significant, once in place, the benefit can be significant. He cites the ability to “rescue” perishable items from going out […]
Benchmarking is one of the areas our members suggested would be valuable. At their suggestion though, we did not take the path of benchmarking in the traditional sense of “what is your case fill rate” but rather using short “case studies” on various topics that highlight better practices. These are available to all […]
The Supply Chain Digest editorial team recaps a number of ways Walmart and others are using drones in their operations. According to Walmart’s VP of Last Mile and Emerging Science, they are just beginning to understand how drones could be utilized. Inventory optimization is the current focus, and Walmart plans to have the […]
Business complexity and outdated systems are no excuse for a broken S&OP process.
Robert Valletta tells a great story about how a $1 Billion global biotech company with more than 10,000 SKUs, 7 plants, 3 DCs overcame an unsynchronized ERP system, a forecasting system without a reporting module, and no budget for new systems or more […]
Bob Trebilcock in Supply Chain Management Review notes the on-going evolution of role of sustainability objectives in the supply chain from “nice to do” to “business critical”. Citing examples of four companies who have successfully made this transition, he outlines four practices essential to achieving sustainability goals:
1. Adopt rigorous, defensible reporting methodology […]
The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Human Rights report Shared Responsibility: a New Paradigm for Supply Chains discusses the ways that large global buyers have worked together and with host country governments to affect measurable improvements in human rights challenges that are too big and/or too deeply entrenched to be addressed unilaterally.
Adrian Gonzalez’s article, Target Cracks Down on Suppliers: Same Old Same Old Approach, Same Old Same Old Results explains how Target and Walmart are tightening delivery windows to improve inbound performance. He notes this old strategy and wonders what would happen if the “800 pound gorillas” adapted a popular approach to parenting known as […]
SVCC will recognize individuals or teams in 4 categories for Supply Chain Excellence at the Annual Summit on October 17. Sponsored by Colliers International, this year’s awards and ceremony builds on the inaugural awards last year. The Awards Committee, co-chaired by Rob Payne (Aurora Healthcare) and Jack Rosenberg (Colliers), has identified the 4 awards which […]
Neli Vazquez Rowland, a ’85 alum of Loyola University Chicago, founded A Safe Haven Foundation in 1994. With the “double bottom line” (saving money and saving lives in the long term), Neli created an organization with the goal to end the circle of poverty and allow marginalized individuals in society to gain financial stability.
ASHF, located […]