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November 2017

November 2017

Are we all about to hit the pause button on sustainability? It’s a question that’s much in the news these days, and the signals can be confounding. As I write this column, the New York Times recently reported the EPA’s plans “to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.” On the one hand, the administration has declared that coal is now back in vogue. On the other, the New York Times has also reported that even in coal country, renewable energy sources are in demand. Exhibit one: The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum is installing solar panels. What are your company’s sustainability and CR plans for 2018?
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November 2017

November 2017

Are we all about to hit the pause button on sustainability? It’s a question that’s much in the news these days, and the signals can be confounding. As I write this column, the New York Times recently reported the EPA’s plans “to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.” On the one hand, the administration has declared that coal is now back in vogue. On the other, the New York Times has also reported that even in coal country, renewable energy sources are in demand. Exhibit one: The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum is installing solar panels. What are your company’s sustainability and CR plans for 2018?

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November 2017 Features

2017 Warehouse / Distribution Center Survey: In the thick of e-commerce adjustments
As e-commerce fulfillment pressure continues to climb, our annual survey points to the many changes taking hold—from more investment in automated...

Sustainability: Taking a pause or moving forward?
Major automakers like Volvo, GM and Ford have announced plans to expand their fleets of electric vehicles, while distribution center operators like...

Advocate for responsible outsourcing
The rise of globalization and consumerism led to the evolution of global supply chains that strived to source, transport, make and deliver...

A model approach to last-mile distribution
There are lessons about a data-driven approach to last-mile network design and operation from Brazil’s largest online platform.

Tech innovation creates some jobs, puts others at risk
The opening of the global economy, along with the rapid pace of technological change, have improved the living standards of billions of...

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Make Their Mark
Sustainability and the broader umbrella of corporate responsibility (CR) mean many things today. In some quarters, it’s a marketing message. In...

Dynamic Network Management: The “What’s Next” in Network Optimization
Successful supply chains use technology, data, processes and communication to create a truly dynamic supply chain solution that is optimized on an...

Sustainability as a compass for leadership
Sustainability is often seen as a cost of doing business. At The Mosaic Company, a former CEO relied on sustainability to turn...

Cipla’s journey to driverless forecasting
After it transformed forecasting, pharmaceutical supplier Cipla Medpro South cut inventory levels 25% and stock-outs to less than 1%. But it almost didn’t...

Five Techniques to Manage Supply Chain Risk
If procurement executives don’t take intelligent risks, they cannot provide maximum value to their companies. Here are five techniques to manage...

No Shortcuts to Security
Measuring your threshold for risk has become more complicated than ever. However, industry analysts contend that we need to get better at...

Operations Advantage: The wisdom of the crowd
Crowdsourced network design can transform logistics costs.

The right distribution strategy affects logistics performance
Extensive implementation of a formal distribution strategy can yield both performance benefits and a competitive advantage

2017 Warehouse/DC Operations Survey: In the thick of e-commerce adjustments
As e-commerce fulfillment pressure continues to climb, our annual survey points to the many changes taking hold—from more investment in automated...

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Supply Chains in Advanced Markets Should Become More Agile, Says Atradius
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