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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.

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