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By Judd Aschenbrand, Michael Mikitka, Tony Sciarrotta and Bob Trebilcock · May 2, 2018
The boom in e-commerce has led to a record number of returns. How is that affecting supply chains and what are the best practices amongst industry leaders? To find out, SCMR partnered with the Reverse Logistics Association and WERC to survey our readers and their members.
By Kyle Ous, Certified Packaging Professional and the manager of the Packaging Optimization practice for Chainalytics · May 2, 2018
The challenges facing e-commerce shipments don’t begin and end with last-mile delivery and reverse logistics. Anyone fulfilling e-commerce orders also has to grapple with the high cost of parcel shipping and consumers who want to minimize the amount of packaging they have to contend with. It’s time for a packaging strategy.
By David Eriksson, Per Helletofth, Lisa M Ellram and Cinzia Sansone · May 2, 2018
An incomplete assessment of production costs led to the demise of an already efficient manufacturing plant in Sweden. Here’s how total cost of ownership and other key data points could have saved not only the plant’s production but also important manufacturing jobs.
By Albert Tan, Ph.D., associate professor in the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI). · May 2, 2018
The technology does indeed offer much promise as a solution to Halal traceability issues—providing a number of potential pitfalls can be overcome.
By Derik Andreoli, director of economic analysis and forecasting at Mercator International, LLC · May 1, 2018
Oil prices will continue to face upward pressure, and—perhaps even more importantly—oil prices will become even more sensitive to geopolitical disruptions.
By Patrick Burnson · May 1, 2018
The concept is conceived as a continuous positive development cycle that preserves and enhances natural capital, optimizes resource yields and minimizes system risks by managing finite stocks and renewable flows. Circular Economy study, Ellan Macarther foundation research circular economy
By Patrick Burnson · April 26, 2018
IHS Markit and the Procurement Executives Group (PEG) report that the uncertainty regarding tariffs is behind the sudden increase in the costs associated with construction materials.
<p>Image: Flickr</p> By Micah Mallace, Director of Strategic Projects at the SC Ports Authority · April 25, 2018
Micah Mallace, Director of Strategic Projects at the SC Ports Authority, likens the 1980s arcade game “Whac-A-Mole” to costs in the supply chain - and suggests taking a holistic approach to reduce them
By Gary Forger · April 18, 2018
Procurement analytics may be the next big thing, but we’re still in early stages
By Patrick Burnson · April 16, 2018
Procurement organizations have significantly shrunk the capability gap in digital transformation over the past year, with two thirds now having a strategy in place and nearly half having the resources and competencies needed to execute, according to new Procurement Key Issues research from The Hackett Group, Inc.
By Patrick Burnson · April 2, 2018
The Hackett Group’s most recent research shows that, while current RPA adoption remains low, that will change over the next two to three years.
By Andre Wheeler · March 22, 2018
While China may be the target, tariffs are misdirected in today’s geo-political economy
By Jeff Schlosser, Tiffany Baker and Mark Crumrine · March 13, 2018
Measuring Procurement Effectiveness across Unequal Spend Categories
By Jayanth Jayaram and Sime Curkovic · March 5, 2018
The authors of the benchmark study on indirect procurement compare how their research results stack up next to their assumptions.
By Patrick Burnson · March 2, 2018
A new partnership forged between two prominent global supply chain consultancies was announced today by Chainalytics and Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.

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