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Magazine Archives

January-February 2015

January-February 2015

As long as there have been boats and beasts of burden, intrepid business professionals, governments, and marauders have sought fame, fortune, wealth, and value by going global. Think the Phoenicians, Marco Polo, and the Vikings in days of old. Or in contemporary times, think of China, BRIC, EMEA, and other emerging markets. One could argue that outsourcing to China a few decades ago gave birth to supply chain management as we think of it today. This month we’re including an online bonus column from APQC. While this issue focuses on global management, we didn’t want to miss out on the column.
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January-February 2015

January-February 2015

As long as there have been boats and beasts of burden, intrepid business professionals, governments, and marauders have sought fame, fortune, wealth, and value by going global. Think the Phoenicians, Marco Polo, and the Vikings in days of old. Or in contemporary times, think of China, BRIC, EMEA, and other emerging markets. One could argue that outsourcing to China a few decades ago gave birth to supply chain management as we think of it today. This month we’re including an online bonus column from APQC. While this issue focuses on global management, we didn’t want to miss out on the column.

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Global Supply Chain Operations: A Region-by-region Assessment of Readiness
Nearly every organization today is expanding its global footprint, but many are discovering that not all regions are ready for global business. The EPIC framework provides a structure to help supply chain managers assess the readiness of global locations to support their supply chain operations.

January-February 2015 Features

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Global Supply Chain Operations: A Region-by-region Assessment of Readiness
Nearly every organization today is expanding its global footprint, but many are discovering that not all regions are ready for global business....

4
Now Cheaper, But not “Cheap Oil”
This column represents the annual oil update I’ve been writing since my first column in the January/February 2007 SCMR issue (“Is...

6
Supply Chain Innovation Critical in Ebola Response
Walk through the recently built UNICEF warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, and you will pass a room where office cubicles have been replaced...

8
Emerging Nations Lose Their Luster with Evaluation of Risk and Reward on Localization
Will U.S. manufacturers begin to rethink their sourcing strategies as nearshoring and onshoring become more attractive? It depends on who you...

20
Global Trade Compliance as a Tool for Success
Compliance with global trade regulations is rapidly becoming much more than an exercise in risk management. Increasingly, it is a strategic capability...

28
Contracting in China: A Contract Worth the Paper it’s Written On
Supply chain contracts in emerging markets like China were once not worth the paper they were written on. As the market and...

34
Supply Chain’s New Role in Protecting Your IP
Intangible assets and intellectual property (IP) are increasingly important in today’s knowledge-based economy. Yet, all too often protection of a company...

40
Fulfillment as a Competitive Advantage
Almost every company is working to reduce the time it takes to get an order to a customer’s home and replenish...

46
Purchasing Competency & Procurement Innovation at Molson Coors
In many businesses, innovation is driven through marketing and engineering. At Molson Coors, procurement has deployed a five-step process to drive innovation...

60
Where’s the Next China?
After a decade long offshoring boom, companies are seeking new destinations to optimize their gross profits and asking: Where’s the next...

62
Big Data: Is the Energy Industry Starting to See Real Applications?
The oil and gas industry has always collected data, even if it was hard to access. With new systems and analytic tools,...

65
To Benefit the Enterprise, Find Forward-looking Suppliers
Organizations that track supplier innovation and the ability to adopt collaborative technology benefit within and beyond the procurement function.

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Supply Chains in Advanced Markets Should Become More Agile, Says Atradius
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Trade Trends Report Confirms E-Commerce Urgency
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The chainPORT initiative is led by the Ports of Los Angeles and Hamburg Port Authority in Germany,...
Procurement Still Falls Behind in Digitized Supply Chains, Says Accenture
“The digital revolution has largely overlooked procurement,” says Accenture.