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September-October 2011

September-October 2011

Volatility has always been a factor in supply chain management. It just seems that the level of volatility we’ve been experiencing recently has been higher—and certainly a lot more persistent—than anything we’ve experienced in quite a while. Those boring good old days of relative stability have been supplanted by economic turmoil and wild stock market swings; by monumental natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornados; by political upheavals around the globe; and by suppliers cutting way back on capacity or in some cases simply going out of business. These are among the major contributors to that sense of volatility that seems to haunt us daily.
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September-October 2011

September-October 2011

Volatility has always been a factor in supply chain management. It just seems that the level of volatility we’ve been experiencing recently has been higher—and certainly a lot more persistent—than anything we’ve experienced in quite a while. Those boring good old days of relative stability have been supplanted by economic turmoil and wild stock market swings; by monumental natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornados; by political upheavals around the globe; and by suppliers cutting way back on capacity or in some cases simply going out of business. These are among the major contributors to that sense of volatility that seems to haunt us daily.

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The Top 25 Supply Chains: Leadership in Action
The 2011 Supply Chain Top 25 rankings from Gartner include repeat winners and some new entrants. Perhaps even more important than the actual rankings, though, are the lessons learned from examining just what makes the leaders stand out. This year, six specific tactics they embrace seem to point the way toward supply chain excellence.

September-October 2011 Features

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The Top 25 Supply Chains: Leadership in Action
The 2011 Supply Chain Top 25 rankings from Gartner include repeat winners and some new entrants. Perhaps even more important than the actual rankings,...

16
The Greening of Walmart’s Supply Chain…Revisited
In 2007, SCMR featured an article on Walmart’s burgeoning sustainability program, focusing on eight specific initiatives being undertaken at the company. Four...

24
Achieving Flexibility in a Volatile World
New global survey from PRTM confirms the importance of operational flexibility in supply chain success and identifies five key levers that leaders...

32
What’s Your Mobility Index?
Mobile devices seem to be ubiquitous these days. So it’s not surprising to hear all the talk about mobility in the...

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The Case for Infrastructure Investment: Lessons from Medco and Staples
Companies like Medco and Staples share a common belief: The innovative investment in supply chain infrastructure — and in particular automated materials handling...

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Additive manufacturing and 3D printing promise to simplify manufacturing, reduce inventories, and streamline operations. But, to determine when and how to apply additive manufacturing, organizations need a decision model that assesses it’s market strategy, supply chain performance, and complexity.
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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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Supply Chain Digitization of Ocean Cargo Gateways Examined by chainPORT
The chainPORT initiative is led by the Ports of Los Angeles and Hamburg Port Authority in Germany,...
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