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Navigating geopolitical challenges: Mexico as a key factor in U.S.-China trade

By diversifying sourcing destinations, businesses can enhance supply chain resilience and efficacy, navigate geopolitical unease and maintain seamless trade relationships amidst an increasingly…

Building resilience in manufacturing

Manufacturing remains a critical area of investment for many business leaders. In APQC’s 2024 Supply Chain Priorities and Challenges research, 72% of organizations named manufacturing as a…

One door closes, a better one opens

The sense of resolve out there seems at first counterintuitive, given the holding pattern of weak demand and continued uncertainty, even after COVID. Inflation, China de-risking, the brutality of…

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Navigating geopolitical challenges: Mexico as a key factor in U.S.-China trade

Thursday, July 11, 2024 · Ivan Hernandez, managing director, Mexico, QIMA
By diversifying sourcing destinations, businesses can enhance supply chain resilience and efficacy, navigate geopolitical unease and maintain seamless trade relationships amidst an increasingly complex and uncertain landscape.
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Building resilience in manufacturing

Friday, July 5, 2024 · Marisa Brown, senior principal research lead, supply chain, APQC
Manufacturing remains a critical area of investment for many business leaders. In APQC’s 2024 Supply Chain Priorities and Challenges research, 72% of organizations named manufacturing as a priority for the year with regard to investing resources, innovation, and hiring.
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One door closes, a better one opens

Friday, July 5, 2024 · Suketu Gandhi, Rupal Deshmukh, Gillis Jonk, and Sachin Narang
The sense of resolve out there seems at first counterintuitive, given the holding pattern of weak demand and continued uncertainty, even after COVID. Inflation, China de-risking, the brutality of Ukraine and Gaza, attacks on Suez shipping, Panama Canal drought, hacked data and…
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AI liftoff delayed?

Friday, July 5, 2024 · Brian Straight
Artificial intelligence is everywhere these days. But what if it isn’t? I would guess that at least 50%, and probably closer to 70%, of the article pitches I receive these days involve AI. Most conversations I’ve had at conferences this year have at least touched on AI and…

The key to good data management? Start with good data

Friday, July 5, 2024 · Brian Straight
As more companies turn to AI to manage and analyze their data, the concept of clean data sometimes gets pushed to the side.

Services economy activity sees contraction in June, reports ISM

Wednesday, July 3, 2024 · Jeff Berman
The June Services PMI, at 48.8 8 (a reading of 50 or higher signals growth), fell 5.0% compared to May’s 53.8 reading, which was preceded by a 49.4 April reading that marked the first time the Services PMI contracted since December 2022, when it came in at 49 and prior to…

Calculating financial business risk to identify supply chain vulnerabilities

Wednesday, July 3, 2024 · Romain Lucas and Pik Yien Lai
While most businesses assume higher procurement supplier spend equals to higher risk, an MIT CTL research study found that is not always the case.

Chatbot is not the answer: Practical LLM use cases in supply chain

Tuesday, July 2, 2024 · Marianna Vydrevich
Chatbots are the choice many make when implementing large language models, but for supply chains, there are better alternatives that provide more immediate value.

ISM report highlights June manufacturing declines

Monday, July 1, 2024 · Jeff Berman
The report’s benchmark reading, the PMI, came in at 48.5 (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth), down 0.2% from May’s 48.7, which was down 0.5% from April’s 49.2.

Procurement data to decisions: Actually acting on ‘actionable’ insights

Monday, July 1, 2024 · Matthew Buckingham, vice president of business development & alliances, Focal Point
With modern procurement software, API-enabled data flows, and AI-guided processes, procurement teams get to focus on what they do best: setting strategy, managing projects, and identifying spending optimization opportunities.

Improve stock control and predictability to overcome inventory performance barriers

Friday, June 28, 2024 · Paul Lord, VP Analyst, Gartner
Delivering reliable product supply has only become more difficult in recent years with market challenges. To get back on track, organizations should focus on the development and practice of two performance management disciplines: Stock control for improved predictability…

Procter & Gamble’s Amy Rardin announced as NexGen Supply Chain keynote speaker

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 · Brian Straight
Amy Rardin has proven successful at finding innovative solutions that lead to supply chain wins at Procter & Gamble. She will share some of that knowledge with the NextGen Supply Chain Conference audience in her keynote address.

Assessing the e-commerce supply chain as sales, imports grow

Monday, June 24, 2024 · Brian Straight
Retail sales continue to grow, albeit at slower rates, and as a result, brands are taking advantage of excess cargo capacity in bringing in merchandise earlier than normal.

Predicting the future is impossible; so focus on mitigating risk and building resiliency

Monday, June 24, 2024 · Jonathan Colehower
Supply chain crunches occur precisely because they are unpredictable and expose vulnerabilities that had not previously been considered. But, it’s never a bad idea to be prepared.

NextGen Supply Chain Conference announces Johnson & Johnson’s Luis Roman as keynote speaker

Friday, June 21, 2024 · SCMR Staff
Johnson & Johnson’s Luis Roman will incorporate his supply chain expertise in his keynote address at the upcoming NextGen Supply Chain conference.
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