Thursday, October 23, 2014
Fear of an Ebola outbreak in the United States has spurred two key proposals for preventing the spread of this deadly disease, writes MIT’s Jarrod Goentzel. In his recent blog, he notes that these include travel bans from West Africa and stockpiling Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Join Industry Expert Adrian Gonzalez for this educational webinar on the tenets and the benefits of Closed-Loop Operational Management. You’ll learn how Closed-Loop Operational Management optimizes orders, inventory, and transportation concurrently, and how it is able to optimize large-scale problems on a daily basis.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
One of the greatest supply chain challenges that companies face is to reliably and profitable meet global demand. Outsourced manufacturing, lengthy global supply chains, a large number of suppliers, and volatile demand all create an environment where supply chain decision-makers worry that they can't deliver on promises they've made. But companies with a strong assurance of supply program have confidence in their ability to fulfill demand. They're able to make dynamic, data-driven changes in the execution stage to counter disruption and volatility. These decisions are made possible by cloud-based supply chain technology.
Of special interest to readers of Supply Chain Management Review will be “Americas Update,” which will look into the future of the market in the Americas and assess how firms will be able to favorably position themselves to compete and win market share.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Some offshoring trends are also presenting new challenges
U.S. shippers have been assured by a variety of governmental agencies that cargo vessels of Liberian Registry are no more vulnerable to carrying the Ebola virus than vessels sailing under other Flags of Convenience.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
A brick-and-mortar store is a major benefit to consumers who want to return orders
Leading company procurement organizations reap double the measurable cost reduction versus other companies, while also driving competitive advantage through supplier-driven innovation and risk management.
Commerce reported that September retail sales at $442.7 billion were down 0.3 percent compared to August and up 4.3 percent compared to September 2013, and the National Retail Federation aid that September retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, dipped 0.1 percent seasonally-adjusted month-to-month and increased 4.6 percent annually on an unadjusted basis.
Posted on 10/15 at 10:22 AM
Monday, October 13, 2014
While shippers may generally be content with the reliability of their 3PL partners, new research indicates that there’s considerable concern about the value of long-term, strategic relationships. Industry analysts explain how innovation and a deeper commitment to collaboration will become the key differentiators in the 2015 marketplace—if commoditization is to be avoided.
Posted on 10/13 at 01:32 PM