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March-April 2016

When I visit my millennial-aged daughter in Chicago, I’m amazed at the number of packages dropped off by UPS, FedEx and the USPS at her three-unit building on a daily basis. It’s as if she and her neighbors are single-handedly keeping Amazon in business. All those drop-offs got me to wondering: Does any of this make sense if you think about a carbon footprint? Rather than deliver millions of packages to one address at a time every day, wouldn’t it be more sustainable if we all just drove to the mall to do our shopping? After all, doesn’t research indicate that a signi cant percentage of consumers, especially millennial consumers like my daughter, consider a company’s carbon footprint before making a purchase?
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March-April 2016

When I visit my millennial-aged daughter in Chicago, I’m amazed at the number of packages dropped off by UPS, FedEx and the USPS at her three-unit building on a daily basis. It’s as if she and her neighbors are single-handedly keeping Amazon in business. All those drop-offs got me to wondering: Does any of this make sense if you think about a carbon footprint? Rather than deliver millions of packages to one address at a time every day, wouldn’t it be more sustainable if we all just drove to the mall to do our shopping? After all, doesn’t research indicate that a signi cant percentage of consumers, especially millennial consumers like my daughter, consider a company’s carbon footprint before making a purchase?

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The perfect formula
For years, supply chain executives have asked how can they reduce inventory without affecting customer service levels or shifting cost to other supply chain partners? The answer could be a new inventory management strategy.

March-April 2016 Features

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“First do no harm” to true demand
“First do no harm” is an important tenet of medical doctors. While supply chain management is perhaps not as noble a profession...

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New technologies can learn from mature markets
What do Class 8 trucks and cell phones have in common? Their end-of-life (EOL) strategies are shaped in large part by each product...

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Do faulty supply chains undermine trust?
The 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer finds global trust inequality is growing.

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The perfect formula
For years, supply chain executives have asked how can they reduce inventory without affecting customer service levels or shifting cost to other...

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Deliver it all
In an age of expanding online commerce, is home delivery greener than sending full truckloads of goods to stores and then customers...

28
Just my (re-) imagination
The digital re-imagination of supply chains is for real: Leaders have successfully implemented digital technologies into their supply chains company wide and...

36
Metrics that count
A Gartner survey of supply chain professionals on manufacturing metrics reveals big expectations for the value that improved usage of manufacturing metrics...

42
Globalization: China style
The world has turned to China for low-cost labor, ample production and cheap goods for the last three decades. Now, the world...

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A formidable competitor
​Chinese manufacturers are evolving, not fading. Western competitors have no time to waste.

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The need for STEM skills in the supply chain
Organizations can close skills gaps by offering development opportunities to both new and existing employees.

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