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Magazine Archives

March-April 2018

March-April 2018

"Inflation creeps into U.S. Supply Chain.” So said the headline on a Wall Street Journal article I read this morning before writing this column. The Journal went on to write that U.S. companies are grappling with rising material and ingredient costs on top of pressure from higher wages—a potential double whammy— and noted that companies like Whirlpool and Ford have already issued warnings to the market.
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March-April 2018

March-April 2018

"Inflation creeps into U.S. Supply Chain.” So said the headline on a Wall Street Journal article I read this morning before writing this column. The Journal went on to write that U.S. companies are grappling with rising material and ingredient costs on top of pressure from higher wages—a potential double whammy— and noted that companies like Whirlpool and Ford have already issued warnings to the market.

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March-April 2018 Features

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From the March 2018 Issue: Why procurement matters
Finding solutions to the rising cost of supply is just one reason why procurement matters (as if readers who are planning on...

4
Are you capturing enough “quick-response” revenue?
To capitalize on all revenue opportunities, companies need what we call QRF to identify when a demand spike or drastic change in...

8
Unlocking the potential of India’s high-tech start-ups
Although India is the world’s 7th largest economy and one of the fastest growing economies on the planet, it lags many...

12
Measuring risk and reward in the global marketplace
2018 promises to be an “exciting year” for supply chain managers, say analysts at Panjiva Research. The think tank has published a series...

15
The Right Way to Procure Indirect Materials and Services
A new IP standard offers a framework to get the most from your indirect spend.

24
Power to the buyer
Buyers may feel powerless facing a sole-source, but they have more power than they think because they overlook the pressures on the...

30
Contracting for Success with Chinese State-Owned Enterprises
Foreign firms doing business in or with China are likely to sell products and services to Chinese state-owned enterprises. When a dispute...

38
Measuring Supplier Innovation
Most CPOs understand that the next big innovation is out there, being invented by someone. But, new research indicates that few have...

47
Serving Up An Experience
The next generation of supply chains will be tasked with delivering an experience as well as a product.

54
Building resiliency in your supply chain
The ultimate effect of populism on global trade is unclear, but the risks are high. Supply chain managers need new tools to...

57
Leveraging Supply Chain Finance
The evolving supply chain finance sector is making it easier for suppliers and buyers to work out their own win-win financial arrangements.

66
Less than Truckload (LTL) market in high gear
Buoyed by surging demand, less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers are revving up for 2018, warning that tightening capacity means sharply higher rates in a new...

70
Sustainability and supplier management
Aligning supplier performance with sustainability goals takes effort, but can lead to efficiency.

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Global Kuehne + Nagel Indicators Signal Global Supply Chain Resilience
So far this year, international merchandise trade has risen by 10.6%. Emerging markets and North...
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New Research Indicates Greener Supply Chains Mean More Profit
Transparency is key when selecting new suppliers as 85% of businesses want to achieve a...
New Survey Measures Potential Impact of Tariffs on U.S. Supply Chains
The proportion of total output produced abroad is meanwhile expected to rise very marginally.