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Major automakers like Volvo, GM and Ford have announced plans to expand their fleets of electric vehicles, while distribution center operators like Amazon continue to install solar panels on their rooftops, even in coal country. The question is: Will commitments to sustainability and good corporate citizenship remain if regulations are rolled back?
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Sustainability and the broader umbrella of corporate responsibility (CR) mean many things today. In some quarters, it’s a marketing message. In others, it’s a cost of doing business driven by a firm’s customers. In others still, they are embraced as a competitive advantage and a compass for business leadership.
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Sustainability is often seen as a cost of doing business. At The Mosaic Company, a former CEO relied on sustainability to turn a struggling organization into a leader.
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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 happen. The initial challenge was gathering up the courage to change.
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The opening of the global economy, along with the rapid pace of technological change, have improved the living standards of billions of people. But it has also been accompanied by an upheaval in the jobs market.
By Roberto Michel · November 1, 2017
As e-commerce fulfillment pressure continues to climb, our annual survey points to the many changes taking hold—from more investment in automated approaches to piece picking, more use of robotics, increased interest in throughput metrics and general process improvement.
By Patrick Burnson · October 30, 2017
Following the close of its 2017 fiscal year, Panama Canal authorities announced that the entrepot welcomed a record 403.8 tons – the largest amount of annual volume ever transited in its 103-year history. Industry analysts say the impact on U.S. ocean cargo gateways will soon become evident.
By Patrick Burnson · October 20, 2017
A new online business community designed for procurement specialists has recently released its first global survey. According to London-based Procurious.com, the survey reveals that workforce is being transformed by the rise of the gig economy and the restructuring of industries.
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3-D printing has been in start-up mode for 25 years, and is now more widely recognized than ever for its potential. Expect some eye-popping leaps by the technology in the near future. NextGen Supply Chain newsletter, 3D Printing news.
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The retail market for organic products continues to defy gravity. All indications point to double-digit growth driven by consumer trends around health and wellness, clean label, natural, non-GMO, local and fresh eating. In the United States and Europe, the demand for organic already outpaces the land available to grow organic crops.

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